Are you considering signing up for a Free website?

5 things you may want to ask when you are considering signing up for a Free website

There are so many website companies advertising on Television and the Web claiming you can build your own website for free. Yes, you can just plug this in, and plug that in and there you go. Not always the case.

We are not saying that there are not some useful “Free” resources for small, and start-up business on the Web, there are plenty, you just have to do your research.

Unfortunately, it has been our experience that a lot of start-up, entrepreneurial businesses do not have a long-term vision and want to penny pinch or can’t afford to put out money on their business advertising and marketing. We understand it might be rough to put out an initial investment for a custom build. Sooner or later you are going to have to bite the bullet and go to the next level. So whether it is now or later. You are still going to have to pay to have your business on the Net. And many a client that has come to us is already out thousands of dollars with unsatisfactory results. So all the money that they tried to save is gone, and that client is now paying out more than they wanted to spend initially and definitely more than they can afford.

We at Siren Media Marketing are just saying “Buyer beware.” Really do your homework. We get a lot of referrals and some of the clients we get were taken advantage of  by some shady characters that are giving the good guys a bad rap.

So based on our own clients previous experience before coming to us. The heads at Siren Media Marketing got together to think of 5 things you may want to ask when you are considering signing up for a Free website. These are in no particular order of importance. These are just some of the items that our clients have had to deal with when signing up for a free site.

1. Domain name. Is it mine do I own it? Can I take it with me?

This happened to a client we had. They initially went for a “free” website build with the intentions of saving money only to find when they decided to leave the free website company, they could not take their domain name, the domain name they thought they paid and owned was in fact the property of the Free site. So they had to start fresh with a new domain name.

2. How much are the monthly fees to host my site with you?

So you now have a free website, a domain name and hosting from your free website company. The website build may have been free. But there was a ridiculous monthly fee to have it hosted with the company. Most of those fees are extremely high, so make sure you find out exactly, get a detailed list of what your monthly bill is for and how much.

3. How much do I pay for a shopping cart and payment gateway?

For e-commerce sites this is very important. Again we learned from a client’s experience. They built a free website, and set up a shopping cart and payment gateway through the free website company. They ended up paying a monthly fee even if no one bought anything from their site. You need to know that there are some shopping cart and payment gateways that only charge you when a sales transaction goes through on your website.

4. Will there be ads running on my free website along with my website content?

Some free website companies run ads on your website that you built for free.That is another way for them to make money. You really don’t want ads running on your webpage. That is your real estate. When a customer comes to your site, it has to be all about your product, service or brand.

5. Can I SEO my website?

Some will offer you SEO (Search Engine Optimization)packages but they are not as thorough as having your own custom-built site and hiring someone to do the SEO work for you properly. Some of the free template website builds will not allow you full access to get in and SEO your site.

SEO is very important to getting the attention you need for your Business on the web. You have to figure out how to stand out from the competition and stay out there–but that is another blog for another day.

This is only 5 items. We didn`t even touch on  SMM (Social Media Marketing), you also want to make sure you have access for your Social Media integration and linking to your website.

Just do your research, keep your long-term vision in mind, and choose what is best for you at this time. This is your business after all. Your livelihood.

There are some great alternatives to start with on a minimal budget.

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