I've seen quite a few websites out there with footers clearly showing that the website is free. You may think that this doesn't matter, "at least you have a website", BUT it does matter, it matters a lot!
If a potential customer comes to your website and it is blatantly free their initial thoughts are:
- Very small business (big businesses never use free websites)
- Not very professional, probably a hobby (professionals investment in a professional looking website)
- On a tight budget
- Not sure if I can trust them...
- ...I think I'll buy elsewhere
Especially if you are selling products you cannot have a site that is conspicuously free! It says too many negative things about the business.
Your customers don't want to buy from a hobbyist, they want to buy from a passionate business owner that knows a lot about their business. They want to buy from someone that makes an effort and will respond to them quickly when they have an issue.
Furthermore, with so much internet fraud going on nowadays people want to work with businesses that they can trust. Whether you like it or not, a free website doesn't not instill confidence in potential customers.
A free service is not only limiting but it also kills potential business.
I have been building my own websites since 2007. I used to build sites from scratch but now I make my life easier by using a drag and drop web builder called "weebly". You don't need any coding skill whatsoever and you can build beautiful websites with weebly in hours. I curently run over 1o websites using weebly's easy drag and drop tool.
No. I paid $78 for two years and the ability to build 10 websites. For most people 10 websites is enough but I paid a one-off fee of just $50 to increase my access to 15 sites. If you're running a free website or plan on starting a business, do yourself a favour and use weebly! It's one of teh best business decisions you could ever make!
Examples of websites I've built with weebly include this one, girlbanker.com, fatcreep.com, exampleresume4u.com, UncleCanCook.com and katsonga.com.
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