I was pleasantly surprised to see the results of launching my new venture. That is this website in case you didn’t get the memo. Yes, the one you’re reading this on now.
Real Free Website was born out of the desire and need to help other people be found online. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I actually started setting up free websites for people from my Notagrouch.com blog.
Many people read my personal blog and I often get questions on how to setup a blog or website. Most people don’t need anything fancy. But they need to be online. Whether you are a business owner, a musician, a hobbyist, an athlete or even a student, you need to have a presence online.
I was spending a lot of time answering questions. Educating people about how the internet works, how websites work, what they should do next, where they should go for help. All in the hopes of getting new business to design another custom built website. But there was a disconnect. Most people that are looking for free advice, direction and easy do-it-yourself solutions, can’t afford a professional web designer yet. Or they think they can’t afford a professional web designer, but that’s fodder for another blogpost.
Normally I build custom designed websites starting at about $3000.00 USD. That’s a lot for most people. And so their next option is to hire someone cheap from Craigslist for like $450 or have a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone else “do their site.” This option generally ends up badly for them.
Their other option is to roll up their sleeves and do it themselves.
Really, the best option is to pay a professional to fully take care of your website. From discovery, to strategy to design, to implementation, to support and maintenance but this comes out to a pretty penny. But believe me, even at $3000 or $5000, I’m very inexpensive compared to other “design agencies” out there. Many design agencies outsource their work to me. So I know what it costs to build a site and I know how to do it right.
I still wanted to help people so I decided to streamline my process and give them a new option. Get a free quality website setup as I would set it up for my clients. The same security settings, same best-practices, same plugins, and same quality. Then give them the tools to design something great upon that foundation.
It needed to be a service which gives website owners the tools and know-how needed to make their website stand out and be findable online.
So I did this. Over time, I got really good at setting up sites quickly and with minimal expense for me. Then I found a hosting company that took pride in their support and provided very reasonable prices. I moved a few of my sites over to them to test them out, they passed all my tests.
A match made in heaven. Combine my expertise at setting up websites with the web hosting services by Inmotion Hosting and Real Free Website was born. I took the same offering I had on my personal blog but I made it available to the public by branding it on its own.
So I decided to launch the service recently and I had a special offer at launch. Sign up to get a free website setup and you’d get three amazing bonus items. Free coaching or training from me, Free Email autoresponder setup and Free SEO evaluation and setup. Over 15 people took advantage of this offer in just a few days and I’m now catching up with blogging and making this site looking better.
Most of these websites will be featured under the Featured Customer Websites section over the next few weeks, so you can check them out.
I have also extended two special offers to be more or less permanent so check out the specials for more info.
What I really wanted to say is Thank you! Thank you for making this a worthwhile effort for me and thank you for sharing this new project with your friends, family and colleagues. I can only hope that things continue to grow from here on now.