Can I Create a Website for Free?

By | October 22, 2015

Can I build a website for freeOne of the most common questions I get is “Can I create a website for free?”  The simple answer is yes you can and it can get traffic.  How you ask?  Well the answer is actually quite simple.  There are all kinds of platforms and subdomains that will give you the option to build a website for free.

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Free Subdomains


You can build a website on any number of free subdomains.  There are ones from WordPress, Google  (Blogger) and more.  I really like to use siterubix.  There are several reasons for this but the main reason is you can also access free training and an active community of people that are willing to help you.  You can take a look at siterubix below:

It is a great place to get started if budget is an issue.  I still say that it is best to own your own domain.  A subdomain you really don’t own the website.  While everything you put on the website you own, you can’t sell the website in the future if you chose to.

Also a subdomain, typically don’t rank as high as a personal domain.  This is not to say that it won’t rank well, it just means you might need to do a little more work to drive traffic to the site.  Not all that big of deal, just something to keep in mind.

Website Platforms

Platforms


A platform is what you build your website with.  The most commonly used platform is WordPress.  Wait a second, I just said that WordPress was a free domain, didn’t I?  Well actually they are both.  WordPress Platforms are one of the easiest to use.  You set your template and start typing.

As with anything it will take a little getting used to and there is a small learning curve.  That being said you really don’t need any coding ability at all.  That is what is so wonderful about using a platform.  I personally have used WordPress for just about every site I have ever made.  Although years ago I did take some coding classes and wrote code through Dreamweaver.  These new platforms make life so much easier than it was before.wordpress

As I mentioned there are other platforms you can use if you don’t really like WordPress.  So to be fair I will list some of the others you can look into as well and they are:

  • IM Creator
  • Silver Stripe
  • Tumblr
  • Blogger

Again my preference is WordPress at this time.

 

How to Get Started


The simplest way to get started with blogging is to find something you are passionate about.  Really think about it.  You need to be able to write content a few times a week for the next 10 months.  It needs to be quality content. Not just writing to write.  Engage with people and make sure that it is something of value.Earn Extra money home

Once you have a niche picked out you can go to the siterubix website and have two free websites set up under a subdomain.  It really is quite simple.  Along with the siterubix website you get free training available.  This will get you off on the right foot.  Only white hat methods are promoted meaning it will help you build a quality site that will last for a long time.  Black hat methods will get you traffic very quickly but it will be short lived and then you will not be able to get rankings at all after that point.

Once you have your website all set up, this can be done in less than 2 minutes, you need to write content for your website.  Of course you can outsource this but if money is tight it is time to get to work.  Here again the community that is included is very helpful and will help you get started.

 

Information Paralysis


After you have the first set of pages set up you need to find something to write about.  At first it seems like an easy task.  DON’T COMPLICATE IT!!!! You will find tons of information you can blog about.  The number one killer for a blog is no content.  You will think well I don’t know what to write about.information paralysis

Find a topic within your niche where people are having trouble or common questions.  Find the solutions to the problems and write about them.  Do your keyword research and sit down and write.  Don’t copy anyone’s work.  That will kill your website fast.  Make sure it is unique, engaging, and readable.

Don’t write for the search engines, write for your target audience.  Also don’t get stuck in research mode.  There is so much information out there that you can easily get stuck and not write anything.  This is called information paralysis.  So here is how you avoid that situation.  Block out some time, maybe 30 minutes to do some research on your topic, this is after your keyword research.  Once the timer has gone off, sit down and write your article.

Making mistakes is okay just blast out as much information as you can as quickly as you can.  Try not to look at those notes you took, just write from the heart and off of the top of your mind.  If you are going to use statistics you read, just write down what you remember put a marker like a couple of asterisks and then comeback when editing and fill in that detail. Write as much as you can without using filler.building opt in email lists

Doing it this way will allow you to write a large amount of content or a longer article very quickly.  After you have done that make sure you let it sit for at least an hour.  Then come back and edit, fill in all those details you put the asterisks by and start searching for photos.

 

Photos for Blogs


No one wants to open a webpage on something they are interested in only to find a wall of words.  Remember pictures are worth a thousand words and can really help you tell your story.  There are several free sources for photos out there, but makes sure you don’t steal anyone’s photos.  Make sure you have the rights to use the photos.  You don’t want all your hard work go to waste because you stole someone else’s photo.  Let us not forget, you would not want anyone to steal your work, so just don’t do it.  That karma will come back to bite you.

 

Share


Once you have put your post together, make sure you share your content on all of your social media sites.  You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Stumbled Upon, Instagram, and more.  Whatever you already have a following on.  This will be the start of your traffic.  As people share your content and click on your links your search engine rankings will also increase.Share your Content

 

Conclusion


It is really easy to get started blogging for free.  First pick your niche and make sure you can write about it a couple of times a week for at least 10 months.  Then pick your website subdomain you want to use and your platform.  Do your keyword research and article research.  Then sit down and write like a mad man.  Let it set and get your photos and then edit your work.  After all that is done post your new blog and share your content.

So stop asking yourself, “Can I Create a website for free” and just go to here and do it.  You can learn all this and more at my top recommendation.  I have been doing this for a while and have several other recommendations you are welcome to look at here.  And as always please leave your comments, questions and experiences below.

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8 thoughts on “Can I Create a Website for Free?

  1. Riaz Shah

    Hello again Marc,
    Great write up on building a free website! It’s totally possible to create a free yet high quality one today and I could totally vouch for you on Wealthy Affiliate being the number one Online Business platform for that.

    I still remember the time when we had to either learn coding, or hire someone who do know how to create a website and pay them thousands of dollars just to get a website created. Productivity is much better today and we should totally move and make use of what advances we have in technology today. Keep writing the good write man, cheers!

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    1. Marc Post author

      Riaz,

      Thank you for your vote of confidence and your comments about your own experiences. Building an online business is not something that happens overnight. Just like building any other business, it takes time and effort.

      Since the new platforms have come out there are no excuses anymore. People just need to stay committed and make their website.

      Marc

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  2. Tasos Perte Tzortzis

    Hello Mark , yes I can create one for free.Of course I would not want to mess with coding to get such a job done.

    I remember few years ago I tried the Weebly platform but I had no idea what to do and what information to provide and soon I abandoned my efforts , mainly due to other businesses at this time.

    Have you tried it?

    Your top recommendation on the Siterubix builder gets all of my votes , and it can be tested for free with one beautiful subdomain

    Have you ever built a subdomain site? .. I would be very interested on the rankings that they get.

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    1. Marc Post author

      I have looked into weebly but have not gone much further than looking at them.

      Yes i have build subdomain sites before. You can get rankings on them and I have but you dont really own it so if you chose to later go a different direction, you cant sell the site. If you own the domain you can sell it.

      Marc

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  3. Peter

    Hi Marc,
    There are a number of platforms where we can create free websites. I have tried a few of the drag and drop editors, like Wix or Weebly, but my favorite site builder is SiteRubix using WordPress. Some people say the drag and drop editors are easier to use and it’s quicker to get started, but WordPress isn’t that difficult. I would advise someone starting a website and looking for a free option, to try a drag and drop editor and SiteRubix. I am sure they will be surprised how quick and easy it is.
    However, where SiteRubix differs from all other platforms is that it offers some valuable training to get started. This may not be important for a personal blog, but if you’re starting a business website it is very useful.
    Anyway, as you say it’s no good just thinking about starting a website you need to take action, hopefully your post will encourage people to do this.
    Thanks.

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    1. Marc Post author

      Peter,

      Thank you for your comment about your experience with web platforms. I agree with your assessment.

      I hope people will take action. I know that things are tight with the holiday seasons upon us but hey, you can get started for free.

      Best of luck to you and your family Peter during the holiday season.

      Please let me know if I may be of assistance.

      Marc

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  4. Maria

    Marc,
    Great article. You really show how easy it is to create a free website and to make it nice, useful and effective. Whether you have your own domain or a free site you still face the same issue of needing to fill it up with articles and a free website is a great ways to start going and you can always transfer to your own domain later when you feel ready to move to that next level. Thanks for this great information!
    Maria

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    1. Marc Post author

      Maria

      Thanks for your comment and I am glad you found the information useful. You are correct you can always redirect the website to one you own, you will see some drop off in the traffic at first but it will quickly pick back up.

      Marc

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