Welcome to Web Sites Free For Beginners!

Do you want to learn how to build websites for free? If you are tired of paying for domains, hosting, web design, graphics, and search engine optimization, or if you just plain can't afford it, then take a seat. I'm going to show you how to build, host, & promote your websites for free & make money for free, too!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Free SEO Tutorial For Beginners From TrendMetrix Software

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Here is a FREE search engine optimization guide for beginner and intermediate webmasters from TrendMetrix Software. Following these SEO lessons you can build your own successful website that can attract search engine traffic even if you are starting from zero. The ultimate goal of this guide is to help your raise your website's search engine ranking on Google, Yahoo and MSN safely for your own target keywords.

SEO is not hard and it’s definitely not an elite skill to be only mastered by the “gurus of internet marketing”. In the field of SEO, anyone can claim to become a “guru” overnight and unfortunately a lot of people get duped into the search engine marketing hype or the latest SEO trick. This guide will clear the air and put you on a foundation of SEO knowledge you can build upon. With the right information at your fingertips there is no limit to making your website rankings soar.

What You Will Find in This SEO Manual :

  • 12 clearly explained steps in plain English on how to gain solid ranking on Google, Yahoo and MSN in 2007.
  • 10 site preparation tips you must follow to get your site indexed and improve page inclusion.
  • How to get into minds of the search engine engineers and exploit the top 10 ranking sites for gaining higher ranking.
  • The top 15 On-Page optimization techniques you must implement on your site.
  • 16 detailed link popularity factors you must execute in your link-building campaign.
  • 5 real life examples of the best optimized sites you can copy today.
  • How to ethically boost your search rankings with a simple change on your web page by up to 300%
  • How to easily identify the “best” and “worst” neighborhoods for inbound links in 15 seconds or less.
  • 12 Directory and article submission pitfalls exposed.
  • How to dig deep into your site visitors' behavior on your site and make incremental conversion and usability improvements.
  • How to turn the blogosphere world and viral marketing to your advantage using Delicious, Stumbleupon and Facebook.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Building Free Web Sites 101: Chapter 3 - Choosing the Right Web Host


Web hosting, web hosting, which is best...

Should you go with paid web hosting, or can you use free hosting?

If you want a web site or a blog, you must have some form of hosting it so it will be available on the internet for other people to see it. There are several ways of achieving this.

What are your hosting options?

There are 5 basic choices:

1) Use a registered domain name with a paid hosting account
2) Use a registered domain name with a free hosting account
3) Get a freely hosted sub-domain account
4) Get a free remotely hosted website
5) Register a domain name and host it on your own server, from your own computer

Registered Domain Name With Paid Hosting:

If you can afford it, the best thing to do is to buy a domain name of your own, and select a paid web hosting plan that fits your needs. This is the route most people take when they decide to put up a web site. It is probably the best way to go, if you are serious about the success of your web site, and if you do not know how to serve your web site from your own computer.

It will cost you around $10 a year to buy and maintain a domain name of your own. There are many places to buy your domain name, but I have found that GoDaddy is the best. They give you a control panel where you can easily manage your domain names, and offer many more services along with your domains, including hosting services! They also have tutorials on how to manage your domains and how to point your domain name to your hosting account. Their service is excellent, and complaints and questions are answered quickly.

Check out GoDaddy here:

Go Daddy $7.49 .com Sale

As far as what web hosting provider is the best, only you can decide this after thinking about what extra services you would like to have along with your hosting. Some of the things you may want to think about are if you need the ability to host your own databases, and whether you want to install scripts like Wordpress, PhpBB forums, E-Commerce, Zen Cart, or if you want to have an email account or a mailing service with auto-responder with your web site.

Free Hosting with Domain:

Many hosting companies will host your domain name for free, especially if you register the domain name through them. This is ok, but they will also still want to put paid advertising on your pages, and you will not get the full array of services you would get with a paid hosting account

You need to be careful of "free domain hosting", because in almost every case, free domain hosting does not allow you to point a domain name (www.yoursite.com) to an actual page. Instead you are forced to use a concept called URL redirection. URL redirection allows a webmaster to identify a site that the URL should point to.

So if a user types in: http://www.example.com/, and it has been configured to redirect to a free hosting url such as: http://www.freehost/users/mysite.html , it will end up on that page instead of at your domain address.

This does not seem like much of an issue until you begin trying to get your website indexed in the search engines. The problem is that www.example.com has no data, it has no content, it simply redirects to your actual page at www.freehost/users/mysite.html. Search engines not only will not index a page with no data or content but they may even view this as an attempt to fool their algorithm, thus banning your domain name.

So be careful about having a domain name hosted for free. You may be doing yourself way more harm than good. You'd be better off with a freely hosted sub-domain web site in that case! At least the search engines know where your page is, and you can optimize it properly.

About Free Sub-Domain Hosting:

There is plenty of free sub-domain web hosting to be had, but usually the price you will pay is having banner advertisements on the top of your pages, or popup or pop-under ads which will aggravate the visitors to your website and drive them away, in exchange for getting free server space to upload your website to.

You need to investigate very closely about how many banner ads or popups your free sub-domain hosting company will put on your web site. There are many who do not put any ads, or who put very minimal ads on your site. These are the ones you need to look for.

Also, take a look at the tools they include with your free site. Do they include a forum, guest book, contact forms, mailing list, ftp service, and free web site editor with your free web site?

Some free sub-domain web hosts I have had the bad experience of dealing with in the past have overloaded my pages with so many popups (6 per page!) and banners, that my visitors could not even get to my web pages! One disreputable place even used my web hosting account to mail out spam with! (They even made the mistake of sending spam to ME from my own hosting account! Sheesh!) Fortunately, that case was an isolated one.

Most free sub-domain hosting is ok, though. They will give you a sub-domain address for your website that maybe look something like: " http://www.yourwebsitename.webhostname.com/

For some reason, your web site is thought to be more "serious" and "business-like" if you invest in a registered domain name for your website.

As for myself, I see nothing wrong with free web or blog hosting accounts for beginners. It gives you the chance to practice your html and web design skills, and the opportunity to experiment with your SEO and promotion techniques. You will be able to test out what kind of web site and what niche topics do well, and which marketing techniques work the best. If you find that your free sub-domain site is doing well, you can always invest in a domain name and paid hosting later on.

As far as a free web hosting account being less business-like than a paid hosting account with a registered domain name, I really don't see it. You have to give your personal information to register for a free account just the same as for a paid one. If you do something illegal on your free website, you are just as responsible as you are on a paid one. In fact, the rules are often stricter for sub-domain hosting services than they are for paid-hosting accounts.

Some of the best websites I have ever seen have been on freely hosted, subdomain named server space.

Free Remotely Hosted Web Sites:

Some companies have affiliate programs that will give you an affiliate referral web page, or a product datafeed, and remotely host it on their own servers for free. Then you will have an address like: "www.thecompanyname.com/?affiliate=yourname". In the case of remotely hosted pages, you will not be able to customize, nor optimize the website as much as you'd like.

For an example of a remotely hosted affiliate web page, go look at my Tweet My Blog referral page. (Sign up and you'll get free blogging tutorials while you are there, too - it's good stuff, and it's all free!)

For a look at how I built a page around a remotely hosted store in an IFrame, please see: Angelina Ballerina Dance Shoppe.

The main draw-back with a free remotely hosted web site, is that it is hosted on someone else's server, and is not actually a part of your own web site. This means that you can not optimize it for the search engines, nor promote it the same way.

One way you can get around this big impediment is by building a page on your own web site, optimizing the meta tags and page content, and then sticking the remotely hosted page into your own page within an IFrame. (This is pretty easy to do - all you have to know is how to write an short little IFrame code and insert it where you want the page to appear.)

Buy a Domain Name and Host Your Own Web Site:

Even better than paying for having your files hosted on someone else's server, is to buy your own domain name and serve the web site off your own computer! Serving your own web site is not very hard to do at all - not as hard as people think it is! All you need to do is learn how to save your web page files onto your computer properly, and download and configure a web server program which will allow you to be your own host for free!

I have several free server programs on my computer that are extremely easy to use - all I have to do is click and tell it which folder to serve and click to turn it on! It even tells me how many visitors I have and which pages they are looking at, in real time! (You must have high-speed internet for this, and enough RAM to handle the bandwidth demands, but most new computers can handle this just fine. If you are getting boat-loads of traffic, then you will make enough money to buy a bigger system!)

With hosting your own files from your own computer comes the very real risk of the threat of viruses, or a hack job on your computer. Your own computer could crash, get hacked, or be infected with a virus, and you could lose ALL of your files. You will need a good security program installed on your computer for protection. If you decide to host your own files, please take the time to back up all your files, and upload them onto a back-up server somewhere, or onto a portable USB drive, so you won't lose everything!

Make Your Own Decision:

It is really your decision what kind of hosting plan you want, and which way of doing it fits your needs the best. You will get more features and better support if you pay for a hosting account. Just be careful and read the fine print so you will know what you are getting.

Whatever way you choose to get your web site onto the internet will depend upon your skill as a webmaster or developer, and what kind of services you want to have for your website - whether you want to host one domain or multiple domains, how many visitors you have, and whether or not you want to be able to host your own databases.

If you are a beginning Webmaster, free sub-domain hosting is a great place to start, and a good way to learn!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

DevHub Is HubPages on Steroids - So Easy a Monkey Can Do It!

I am promoting DevHub to the max!
This is so easy even a monkey can do it...

Build up to 10 complete, monetized, and SEO optimized Free Niche Websites!

Get 10 free Niche Websites, with free hosting, free drag and drop builder and free web tools! Earn money from the DevHub advertising on your sites, plus all the earnings from your own affiliate ads, plus 10% of your referrals' earnings!

Get over to DevHub right now & SIGN UP!

How Does This Work?

DevHub works pretty much like HubPages. You use capsules to assemble your web pages, adding blocks of text, ads, affiliate code, photos, videos, or whatever you want to add, just like assembling HubPages hubs. Except for you are building an entire web site and not just one article page - so it will be several pages, instead of just one like at HubPages.

Free Hosting:

All sites are hosted for free by DevHub. You can either purchase your own domain names and point your approved domains to DevHub and you are up and running - or you can use sub-domains like yoursitename.devhub.com. The hosting and all the tools and services are free.

I already signed up, and if you would like to see what a DevHub site looks like in the first stages of being worked on, or follow my progress as I build it, my first new site's url is: http://magicstarnetworks.devhub.com/

Yes, another free web site building and web tools site! I just signed up and have not done much of anything with it yet, except for make my horizontal navigation menu at the top. That's the first step of making any web site after you decide what it is going to be about: Navigation!

(Update 8/23/09: I have the first 2 pages almost done and have discovered that you can only add pages to the site that are in the navigation menu, which is somewhat limiting, if you build sites with lots and lots of pages, like I do. But for most people, a dozen or so pages should be enough.)


The process is very similar to that of HubPages. Using their integrated drag-and-drop editor, you can easily create and publish full-fledged websites using text, image, and embed/widget modules. You can also add your metatags and site titles with the click of a button. Further enhance the look and feel of these sites by changing the background, logo, site styles, and more. Add Google Analytics code (or any other code!) to all of the pages of your web site by clicking once! The Privacy Policy page and Site Map are already built into the web sites!

The DevHub Editor - Easy drag & drop! SO easy!

ANYONE (Yes, I think even a monkey!) can build a web site at DevHub, because it is all drag and drop and clicks of the button!

API's & Integrated Tools:

In addition to their traditional publishing tools, the DevHub platform features integrations with over 35 premiere Internet partners, which help you add depth, provide additional sources of monetization, and enhance your visitors' experience on your sites.

Here's what you can add to your DevHub web sites with the click of a button:

News & RSS
More Web Pages
Your own html, javascript & affiliate products
Contact Forms
Navigation Menu
Local Listings
Property Listings
Integrated Advertising


DevHub's reporting dashboard allows you to track the performance of your entire network or drill down to the particular analytics of a single site. View charts and daily detailed statistics on traffic and revenues, allowing you to make better decisions on how to grow your mediaconomy.

Here's How the DevHub Ecosystem Works:

DevHub Ecosystem - Build Your Own Online Media Network:

Whether you are looking to build a network of 1 or 1,000 sites, the DevHub platform provides you with the flexibility to publish, monitor, and manage your own online media network.
The platform itself is a convergence of multiple API integrations and high-end development tools that empowers the Internet entrepreneur to build quality, media-rich sites targeted at niche audiences.

DevHub takes care of the heavy lifting (hosting, programming, integration of monetization channels, and report aggregation) so you can focus on building and enhancing your network.

With DevHub you can easily publish a wide range of sites:

Local Service-based
Commerce / Product-based
Media Rich portals (i.e. Videos, Pictures, Podcasts)
Vertically-focused (i.e. Jobs, Travel, Education, etc)

All in all, this works pretty much like HubPages. Where you build your pages with capsules and drag & drop, and they are monetized wtih Adsense, Amazon, and Ebay. Except that at DevHub, you build an entire web site and not just one article page, and you can put even more affiliate products on your pages! You can also include your own blog, forum, guest book, rss, javascript, widgets, or literally whatever else you want to stick in your pages!

(I don't know if I can stick a Niche Store into one of those pages or not yet, but trust me, I certainly do intend to try it!)

Just imagine being able to build a whole site around your topic instead of just one page! And be able to add interactivity to it like a blog, forum, newsletter, rss feeds, etc, etc.

And it is so EASY! This is just about the most awesome thing I have seen in a very long time! It's almost better than sliced bread! I am thrilled with this!

How many Niche Topics can you think of?

I can think of quite a few! In fact, I have already come up with my ten Niche Topics!

(I can't tell you what they are, though! Have to find your own!)

You can do this! This is EASY!

This is a great opportunity to take your niche topics a little bit farther and see what you can do with them!

Check it out! You have nothing to lose. It's FREE!

Get over to DevHub right now & SIGN UP!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome to Web Sites Free For Beginners - Introduction

Many of you are out there spending big bucks on building, hosting, and promoting your web sites or blogs.

Why do people do this? I don't know.

When I first started out, I didn't have the money to be shelling it out everywhere - especially when I didn't really know what I was doing yet, and everything I put out there was an experiment, or just for practice. This is why I built free web sites, instead of taking a risk of losing a bunch of money on my failures.

And I still build my own web sites for free!

Most people think you can't make money on the internet with free web sites, but that's not true. The biggest proof is right here on Blogspot, where people are making lots of money on their free hosted blogs.

The idea that free web sites hosted on free web hosts were somehow "shady" or "not to be trusted", has pretty much fallen by the wayside. In my opinion, it was never true anyway. You have to give all the same identifying information for your free web sites as you do on paid ones. So owners of free hosted websites are really just as accountable as those who are paying. Web services providers will still try to sell you this line of baloney, though, to keep you paying through the nose.

Why all my perseverance in building free web sites and learning all this stuff? Why, to figure out how to make money with my own free websites, of course!

Can you earn money for free on your free web site? Certainly, you sure can! Just ask Grizzly at Make Money Online For Beginners! He makes plenty on his freely hosted Blogger blog! And he's happy to teach you how to do it, too - without all the hype and sales pitches being rammed down your throat! Go check him out to learn how to make money with blogs hosted for free!

It wasn't that easy trying to figure out how to keep up with the big guys when I was only working with freebie website stuff. They had lots of money to spend on all the high-priced fancy techno gadgets, scripts, and graphic stuff I couldn't afford. How could I compete with all that?

I developed extraordinary researching abilities to discover free ways to build my own free websites, so I could get my free web sites to look as good as their expensive ones.

It was out of the question to hire someone to build my free websites for me. No way could I afford it. I could not afford to buy web templates, either, nor fancy web designer graphics and logos. So I had to learn html on my own, and how to make my own templates and graphics through free web design tutorials.

Pretty tough for someone who had never seen html before, and had no idea what was involved. But I figured it all out, for the most part. At least I know my way around a little bit, or can pretend I do, anyway.

I found the free html tutorials, free graphics tutorials, free web editing software, free graphics software, and technical information I needed to start building free web sites. And I set myself to learning everything I didn't know about building free web sites and free web site promotion.

Through a lot of research and trial and error, and with some major OMG moments when some crappy web hosts and software screwed up all my hard work, I learned where to get the best free web hosting, and which free web hosting providers had the best services and best free web tools. Which ones give you the most free web space and bandwidth with the least forced ads.

Things have improved a whole lot since I first started building my own free web sites, and have gotten better and easier for people who build free websites. Now we have free hosting providers who will give lots more storage and bandwidth, and who will host your databases and will allow you to add Wordpress, Joomla, PhpBB forums, Social Networking scripts, Python, Rails, E-Commerce scripts, and a myriad of other free scripts and databases onto your free web hosting account, almost as easily as the click of a button.

I am like a kid in a candy store just looking at it all! My free websites get more awesome and easier to build every time! And not only that, but free web sites are not so looked down upon as they used to be!

I did come up with several favorite free web hosts after all this time. I will be doing close up reviews of the best free web hosting providers in my future posts, and I will share them with you, so you will know who they are, too. But for now I want to concentrate on just letting you know what I am going to be trying to do here on this Web Sites Free For Beginners Blog.

I spend a lot of time digging around on the internet looking at other peoples' web sites and promotion strategies, so I can learn what gadgets, techniques, and strategies they are using to get the success they are enjoying. Whenever I see something really smart, cool, or innovative, I immediately try to figure out how to implement it myself for free on my own free websites.

Over the years, I have learned the hard way which are the best free web hosts, where to get the best free templates, who has the best free graphics for your web site, how to use free online graphics tools and free graphics software to make your logos and free web graphics, where to go to get free web design tutorials when I get stuck, who the best free affiliate networks are, and how to use free SEO tutorials, free SEO software, and free online SEO tools to promote your websites for free.

I can also tell you about the best places to write articles to promote your blog for free, the best free mailing software, (not Aweber!) and the best free classified ads sites to advertise on. There are a lot of good places to write articles to promote your web sites for free and earn money from Google AdSense, Ebay, and Amazon while you are doing it.

But probably the best one is HubPages. I have written articles there that were indexed and ranked very high with my chosen keyword phrases on the first pages of Google within a couple of hours. Go check out their Guide to Generating Revenue now, sign up and start making a little money right now by writing articles about whatever you want to write about. I'll clue you in on the other free article writing places later.

It seems like the free search engine optimization and free web site promotion are the hardest parts of building free websites. The building part is the fun part, but choosing the right niche keywords, optimizing your site for the search engines, and promoting your website for free is painstaking and not that much fun. (Not to me, anyway!)

But optimizing your site for the search engines is the nuts and bolts of building a free web site, and is the most important thing you can do for your free website or blog. You have to do it, because without it, you will get no traffic at all, and your site will die a quick death.

In advance, I can tell you that I will be sharing my free website building secrets with you - such as how to build a free website by yourself, how to get the best free web hosting, free website building and free graphics tutorials, how to optimize your site for the search engines, what to do to make money with your free web site or blog, and how to get free targeted traffic.

In short: every bit of knowledge and all the tools you need to start building free websites and making money for free.

So, if you want to learn how to build websites for free, get free website building tutorials, free software, free web tools, free graphics, and free tutorials on how to make money for free with your free blog or website, then subscribe to " Web Sites Free For Beginners "

I already have 10 categories of stuff to help you build your own free website, with 39 sub-categories of things you can use to build free websites with. Just so you know: You can expect this blog to be a veritable authority on everything you need to build free web sites and start earning money now!

Hey! Do you like my fancy new Social Bookmarking widget at the botttom of this post? Just an example of the cool stuff I find for building free websites!

I'm not really a big fan of social bookmarking myself - I'd rather get free targeted traffic generated by good old-fashioned SEO. But hey, any traffic is better than no traffic, and some of you have your niche networks built up nicely enough so it works for you.

If you would like to add this Free Social Bookmarking Widget for Blogger from SocioFluid to the bottoms of your blog posts, go get the script from the above link, then just open your editor to "layout" and select "add a widget", then select "add your own widget", and copy and paste that script into the box. Click save and then drag your new widget and dump it into the bottom of your post box. Click save again, and done! It's easy!

If you don't want to go through all the copy/pasting, you can also add the widget directly to your Blogger Blog with their widget installer tool at SocioFluid Blogger Widget Tool

When you get done, you will have a brand new social networking widget in the bottom of all your blog posts that will look just like the one below.

And yours will be cooler than everyone else's! ;P Enjoy!

Keep coming back! I've got lots more! :)

In the meantime, start asking yourself why you are paying out all that money for hosting and promotion, when you could be doing your web sites free ?

Here's to a long and prosperous future of building free web sites and making money for free!

Your friend,
Free Website Builder Extraordinaire!