Leosghost - 5:00 pm on Jul 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
The "free website" with Google and chosen partners ( in this case a major telecom/ISP ) is also running in France..
Free for 1 year , includes free domain name ..plus ..€100.oo euro adwords voucher included ..and a toll free support number if called from a fixed line.
Second year is €5.oo plus VAT/TVA per month ..but there is no obligation to sign any contract ..so no obligation to continue into the second year ..or if you do ..you can run it month by month..
Been seeing these ads ( as adsense/DC ) sporadically for the last 3 or 4 weeks now..another just caught my eye ..they even have a video on youtube in French to walk prospects through how easy it is to set up ..
This is going to hurt the small webdesign shops here ..the ISP has farmed out the work to a template franchise company whose main business was in accounting software ..their websites ( I've seen a few over the last two years, that friends bought for their local businesses from the local franchisees* ) are a really awful mess of special markup and editable fields etc ..makes frontpages worst excesses before it was taken out back and shot, look limpidly clear by comparison ..
The interface is all PACWYSITVOACCS ( point and click what you see is the veneer on awful convoluted code soup ) ..sites made with it used to blink a lot and jigger about as they painted ..definitely were not cross browser..not even cross IE iterations..so heaven knows what sites made with it nowadays will do.
*Franchisees are going to be unhappy ..they used to sell sites that they made using this PACWYSITVOACCS for €600.oo for a 5 page site ..and €900.oo for 10 pages and so on ..they won't sell many now ..and just as they built up their business and started paying off their loans to buy into the franchise and buy the "software" and the POS merchandising ..
The software leaves ( or used to leave ) its name in the code ( I was surprised that they were not too ashamed to when I saw the code ;-)..that's how I know it is the same company that Google is tied up with in France for this.
I can't see any small webdesign company being able to compete with "free for 12 months with toll free support and domain name an then €5.oo per month with no obligation and €100.oo adwords thrown in"..
Free crack and crystal ..and discounted prices with no obligation to consume on your second years supply ..straight from the Googly chemical man ..
Now wonder they closed "labs" ..now they are driving down all the streets and setting up shop on every corner..
btw ..I don't beleive anyone could do any opage SEO for the sites that this stuff makes ..and mom and pop ( maman et papa en Français, pour toi ) French local businesses are not going to be able to do or afford SEO advice ..so it'll be adwords ..and when the first €100.oo is gone ..it'll just roll over ..and over ..and over ..
It is likely to boost the incomes of locally oriented sites that run adsense though, as "mom and pops" ..will let their ads run on the content network in fact , especially the locally targeted ( to them ) content network ..even if it is just so as to be able to say "seen our ad on Google?"..