Affiliate marketing is one of the best business models out there in internet land, but the problem is that even though it’s not expensive to get started, there is still some money involved. Of course, it’s possible to get free websites for affiliate marketing, but is that really the best idea?
If you want to start off on the right foot, you should have the following.
– A domain name
– Autoresponder series
Free Websites for Affiliate Marketing
Admittedly, you could go without the autoresponder, and you could use free plugins with upgrades, but you still need to buy a domain name and hosting. If you can even afford those two things, does that mean that you can’t get involved in affiliate marketing? No, it doesn’t, but you can’t do it nearly as well. Let’s look at some examples.
Vintcer.com is a relatively new website provider, and it is pretty bloody cool, to be honest. I stumbled upon it in a Quora thread, checked it out, and really liked it. You get a ton of stuff if you take the free option such as:
– Live text editor
– Slide show builder
– Media Player
– Retina ready
– Pop up editor
– Live Chat Widget
– Cookie Consent
– Password protection
Plus a lot more. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you want free websites for affiliate marketing. Now, if you want to upgrade, you can, and this is the bit I like the most. You have three options, and they are as follows:
– $25 Yearly
– $40 Lifetime (1 website)
– $99 Lifetime (5 websites)
You definitely need to check out what you get for these prices. If you’re thinking of doing affiliate marketing, drop shipping, Kindle eBook Publishing, Blogging, and so on, I’d go for the $99 option even if you’re not sure if you’re going to have five websites.
WordPress.com is a free blogging service that offers people the chance to start blogging. There are many, many restrictions with a free WordPress blog. In fact, in the good old days, you could do a lot more than you can do today. You cannot:
– Run any ads service.
– Promote any products which are not your own.
– Upload any plugins.
– Upload different themes.
Do not try to game the system. If you try to do anything that WordPress.com doesn’t allow, your account will be suspended. And don’t think they won’t notice. Other people can report your blog, so even if you last a couple of weeks or months, you will eventually get shut down, so all your time will have been wasted.
Basically, if you want free websites for affiliate marketing using WordPress.com, you can’t have them, so I’m afraid WordPress is out. Don’t worry, you have other options.
Wix.com is probably the most famous free website provider after WordPress. There are fewer restrictions with Wix than there are on WordPress, but there are still restrictions. The biggest one is that you have to have Wix ads on your site. You may think that’s not a big deal but trust me, it is a significant problem.
Pretty much everyone knows when someone is using free websites for affiliate marketing. That’s no problem if you’re just writing a blog on how great some boyband is, but if you are selling anything online, what does a free site say to most people? It means that you can’t afford a paid site, so you can’t be very successful. It might not be true, or even fair, but it is still what people think.
If you choose to upgrade to get rid of the advertising and to gain more control, you’ll be paying a lot more than most people pay for their hosting. But if you’re not that experienced technology-wise, you may feel you’re stuck using Wix and end up paying a lot more for your site.
Like all the other free websites for affiliate marketing, you don’t get much with a free Weebly site. However, you do get a free SSL certificate, which is something that other websites don’t give out. As always, you can upgrade, but the problem with all the upgrades on all the ‘free’ sites is that you need to go up more than one level to get any real benefits. Let’s take a quick look at what I mean.
The free website gives you a site, free SSL certificate, and 500mb of storage. Okay, that’s not terrible but let’s look at the first upgrade. The €5 a month (paid annually) gets you a free domain, which is apparently worth $20, although using Namecheap you can get one for half that price. The only extra you get is connecting the ‘free’ domain name to your website.
If you go up one more upgrade to €10 a month, you still don’t get much more. Weebly ads are removed, you get $100 of Google Ads credit, a site search box (big deal) and the ability to accept payments, which is quite useful, of course. However, to get everything you need to run a successful website, you need to upgrade the whole way to €20 a month. Quite honestly, that’s pretty expensive.
I think I’m going to struggle to keep writing individual stuff for each free website service. The fact is that most of them seem to offer more or less the same service and the only way you can have a decent website is to pay around $20 a month. And Webnode is no different.
I was trying to see what you got with a free site, but with the next upgrade at $3.95, you get 100mb of storage, which is seriously pathetic and 1gb of bandwidth. You can link your own domain though, which is better than Weebly at any rate.
According to Webnode, they have 30 million users. Now, I’m more than happy to believe that, but unless they’re all taking the free option, I can’t really understand why. I’m not saying Webnode is any worse than any of the others, it’s not. It’s just that, as with all the others, people need to go for the paid option immediately; they’d save a lot in the long run.
Top Hat Registry
Okay, this one looks quite good. You have to transfer your domain to them or buy a domain, but once you’ve done that, you get a free website. However, there’s a catch; their domain prices are a little high. Still, as long as you want a .com, I reckon it’s reasonably good value.
Now, what I do like about this site is that you get the following:
– 50 Personal Themes
– Unlimited Pages
– 1 GB Disk Space
– 150 GB Bandwidth
That’s pretty good, although the bandwidth bit is confusing. I’m not sure if the 150gb is per month or per year. Either way, it’s pretty good. As a first site, even if you’re only getting 10 GB a month, that’s pretty damn good. You can check out Top Hat Registry here.
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I have to say, it looks far from impressive. It seems to have even more restrictions than WordPress.com, which is saying something. However, it does have upgrade options. Unfortunately, these upgrade options are pretty terrible as well. For $7 a month, you get this:
– Live Chat Unlimited
– No eCommerce
– 1GB Storage
– 1Gb Bandwidth/Mo
– Support via Forums
Even a slightly successful website will use that 1gb/month bandwidth, so you’ll almost certainly need to upgrade further. Notice you also can’t do eCommerce, and it looks like you can’t even accept payments. So, I would not recommend this one unless… well, there is not unless. Plus, only the most expensive option comes with an SSL certificate so unless you pay $21/month, Google will ignore your site anyway.
Wrapping It All Up
And there you have it. The real problem with free websites is they are not really free. They’re there for the express intention of getting you to upgrade as quickly as possible and with some of them, if you don’t upgrade, you’re website won’t be seen because you’ve run out of bandwidth.
Honestly, and I mean this with all the advice I give, you would be much better off heading over to Namecheap, get yourself a domain and cheap hosting, and build a website that you want, rather than a site you have to have. Want to know more about affiliate marketing, click here.
Think I’m being too hard on the free sites business model. Meh. You may be right. Let me know what you think and WordPress, Wix, Weebly, etc. in the comments below.
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