incrediBILL - 2:52 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
No legitimate company ever uses free hosting.
That's such a wide generalization it's nearly offensive ;)
There are lots of small businesses or part time businesses that are operating on such thin margins that paying for a monthly hosting account isn't viable in their current financial situation.
For instance I know a small daycare biz, she's licensed, it doesn't make a lot but it pays the bills. She won't pay for a hosting account because that's food on the table.
Likewise, lots of artists and photographers on the fringe, barely making a living, often use the free hosting route.
Lack of success or deep pockets doesn't make them any less legitimate.
blogger, blogspot, wordpress blogs etc all do very well in search results.
Been using some blogspot blogs for years and they rank like crazy.
It's not what you use, it's what you do with it, as the flip side is people using their own domains or paid hosting that couldn't rank to save their lives.