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GYBO.com - Get Your Business Online With Free Websites By Google
Google Brand now offering "free" website creation and hosting

 5:12 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google has now branched out into the website creation and hosting business by partnering with Intuit.

The deal is free for one year. To qualify you have to provide a credit card. Why? Because after one year you are going to start seeing a $4.99/month charge. Free only lasts for so long.

Also, you get one month free support during your first year. If you have issues after the first month you must pony up $7.99 for "business lite" support.

My guess is there are lots of ups and extras, for extra money.

[gybo.com ] How it works page, including a FAQ section as you scroll down explaining "how free works".

Intuit's terms of service [websites.intuit.com]. Worth a read. Lots of ups and extras and into your business in there.

So, if you're a hosting provider offering discount packages how do you feel about this? (It's being offered in all 50 U.S. States and Canada.)

Do you think the website packages are at all designed according to Intuit's partner - Google - input?

More data for Google? Instantly added to Google Places, etc?

Has anyone played with this offer?

Is this "deal" really about Google lending its brand to Intuit in order for Intuit to build a reliable rebillables business, with Google (likely) to profit by an "affiliate relationship". Something like Intuit keeps 70% and Google taking a 20-30% rake?

[edited by: Webwork at 5:20 pm (utc) on Apr 2, 2012]

[edited by: phranque at 9:35 pm (utc) on Apr 2, 2012]



 5:18 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

They were doing this very same deal last year in the USA ( maybe with different "partners" ) and France ( and maybe other countries )..we mentioned it here in WebmasterWorld at the time ..


 5:22 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Was it branded in 2011? How? Other than GYBO?

I'm not saying this is brand new (in 2012) but it may well be "newly branded" and pushed a bit more as we move into 2012.


 5:25 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

"branded" ? in what way ?

Google and "partners" to give "free websites and hosting for 1 year" mentioned last year in this thread


 6:01 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

1 and 1 hosting has a similar offer which they are advertising heavily on TV in the UK, prime time slots too

In fact, these packages have been around since my second foray into websites, oh, circa 2003, but they where really primitive , hard to configure, like everything else, and not really promoted


 6:06 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

1&1 have been doing the same thing here too ..for the last couple of months..

I'd rather be hosted in hell..


 6:09 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Opportunity knocks, think of all those eager businesses seeking that fabled elixer of frontpage Google ranking, naturally resulting in fame an fortune, ,,


 6:11 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

"Similar offer" and "doing the same thing"? I'm unclear. Are you saying they're offering a Google-branded webhosting service that it tied to GYBO.com?

If not then we're not really talking about the "same thing", for as best as I can tell GYBO.com is going to act at the "~brand fronting for the BRAND".

G, in GYBO, might as well stand for Google.


 6:23 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

In Texas, it used to be called "Texas get your Business Online", which now redirects to the GYBO domain. www.texasgetonline.com/

Same stuff... new name, just reaching to the masses with some new branding by the way it sounds.


 6:29 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Are you saying they're offering a Google-branded webhosting service that it tied to GYBO.com?

No..I was replying to scooterdude ..

1&1 here is not associating itself with google..But is offering freehosting for a limited time, with an online wysywyg with sitebuilder .."drag and drop"..

Last year Google was partnered with a French company to offer the same package as mentioned by mhansen..( free hosting , free site and phone support, adwords vouchers, etc etc ) as you posted about in your OP on this thread..I don't know if they are still running it or not ..nor what was the take up rate, nor the number of people who stayed in for the second "paid" year..Haven't researched it at all..


 6:33 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google has a cloud server offering, probably undersubscribed

Intuit: develops business applications including web enabled packages and has a very large user base world wide, intuit has probably developed a ready to go user interphase for this offering

So its appear clear what each gets,

Anyone wondering how this will end for Intuit ?


 6:48 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Anyone wondering how this will end for Intuit?

I predict as another tentacle of Google. G*.

What better way to learn about all avenues (and revenues) of small business, than to buy the most popular software as a service application they run, Quicken/Quickbooks.


[edit: spelling]

[edited by: mhansen at 6:49 pm (utc) on Apr 2, 2012]


 6:48 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Oxatis ( now trading as actinic ) were the people they, Google, were partnered with in France last year..


 7:55 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

G started a few years ago in the UK with [gbbo.co.uk...]

Seems like they changed associates since then since they refer to users signed up before 12 may 2011...

No idea if it took off or not.

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