Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> __/ [John Bokma] on Sunday 20 November 2005 22:47 \__
>> "whitesmith" <apasserby@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I'm the psychologist who got some good directions here from a
>>> previous question, so I'm back with two others.
>>> I've noticed that some hosting services (prohosting.com is one)
>>> offer free webhosting and free domain names to webmasters who agree
>>> to accept banner advertising and also accept a name constructed
>>> along the lines of my_name.their_prefix.their_domain_name.com.
>>> My questions: First, does a banner ad hurt me in any way with
>>> Google? Second, since I only get a subdomain and not a real domain
>>> of my own, will it ever be possible to build up PR by getting
>>> backlinks from relevant sites?
>>> My suspicion is that free sitea are worth exactly what they cost,
>>> but perhaps I'm cynical.
>> For a commercial site? What do your visitors think of you?
> In the long run, you might wish to incorporate elements that require
> site ownership. You may start with a very rudimentary page, but things
> expand in due time.
Yup, and then we get the "how can I redirect bla bla" questions. One can
have his/her own website for 19.95 USD/year, including domain name
registration, maybe even cheaper. Why go through all the troubles? If you
want to start a shop do you start on the garbage dump in an old barrel?
> Many bloggers from Blogspot, Typepad, Blogger, LiveJournals and so
> forth have moved to their own domain with a Drupal, or WordPress, or
> TextPattern installation. When I started my site it was merely a small
> collection of pages and it was only last year that I move to my own
> domain. I wish I had done this in the very first place, but I never
> imagined it would become more than a 1-pager.
> Domain name and hosting are not quite so expensive nowadays. If you
> are a psychologist, I am sure you can afford it. A couple of clients
> will cover the costs already.
At 19.95 USD a year, I would say one session :-D.
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