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There are a number of problems with free web hosting:
- often slow and/or unreliable
- your users will have to put-up with ads that you have no control over
- often limited size
- often limited bandwidth or monthly quota (i.e. users will get a nasty message instead of your website once you go over the monthly quota)
- you are usually not allowed to sell anything on the site
- you are usually not allowed to display ads on the site
If you can't sell anything or display ads, how will you make money? But I don't know how you define "success". Even if it's a hobby site, I'd still pay for hosting.
Paid advertising - particularly search-engine advertising need not be permanent. It can be a good way to "jump-start" a site.
Other than that, you will need the technical knowledge needed to develop the site, or be willing to learn it, since you won't be able to hire somebody else. The knowledge you acquire may be the most valuable thing you acquire form this exercise. :)
It's easier to have your own domain. Most affiliate or ad programs won't let you sign up without your own domain but some are okay with free hosting places. So making a web income without any investment at all is not the easiest way to go about things but I think it is entirely possible.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 5:36 pm (utc) on Aug. 16, 2006]
Even take your favorite hobby, you can't participate in anything unless you spend money on travel and equipment and hire etc ...
If you are just learning to build websites, then fine use any free facilities out there, ( as much of a hassle as they are ) but it is a way to learn..
If you want to create a site that is going to show some return then you are going to have to spend something...
The copying of files is what is considered "banwith". Its the transfer of information to another computer and therefore makes the computer do more work. The worse the computer, the slower its going to load. But an old computer will still work. A basic website usually consists of text documents(containing HTML) and images. Both are relatively small files, so it should go fairly quik. The bigger the files, the more bandwith.
Then you will need a server program(e.g. apache). The files go onto the server program and the program transfers the files to another computer.
I hoped I helped.
A proper domain name is almost essential to make your website seam credible and trustworthy. As for free hosting, you get what you pay for. I suggest even using a low cost web host.
Once you have a domain name and web hosting the rest can technically be done without spending a bean. It is not easy but it can be done. Web design and seo are the key areas you need to be prepared to work on.
Every situation is different, but the most likely scenario is that a $0 investment may bring in a few hundred $ over a few months, with growth very slow. Investing a few hundred dollars can bring in a few thousand dollars over the same period, with much stronger growth.
If you're happy with just a few hundred dollars profit for your time, then go for it. If you're like most people, you're more likely interested in getting more value for your time.
Start with $0 investment if you must, but you should definitely plan on plowing all the profit back into your project if you ever want it to grow.
Hi Newbie, actually affiliate payments are minimal part of my income. I figured it out in the late 90's that unless you have substantial traffic banners and such don't even really pay the rent for the space they use, compared to a product you sell on your own in the same space.
Nearly everything I sell is in the form of very detailed informational products ( Not get rich quick ebooks)that I've written myself and sell for a fee for access. I do have my own affiliate program for my products, but I don't use CJ or any of the other big names to do it.
I suggest you go and spend a few hours in a very large bookshop an check out all the "for dummies" web books,
If you didn't understand what FTP mean't then, you've got a lotta reading to do,
There are no simple step by step instructions,
You need to absorb the culture an the language an some off the tech, at your own pace
P.S. Ask your hosting company to recommend an FTP package that works properly with their setup