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I'd like to hear from people that use 'free' website creators to build their author/creative platform.

Personally, I've tried to use them and ended up walking away as I have zero desire to promote their website all over my own (That's what free means; Your site, their ads) not to mention your hands are tied to limited designs and other bits of good stuff. You will not receive any form of support unless you fork out the money monthly to get to their next level upgrade.

So while free, yes, you have limited usage, they promote all over your site/page for their own services, and zero help when your site goes down or you encounter issues.

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Do you use a free website? If so, what do you see as the benefits?
If you don't use a free website service, or stopped using one, Why?
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When one has no money, one is forced to use "free" sites. But I agree it's lousy creating the content while someone else makes all the money. Especially if they're advertising things you do not endorse or approve of at all. I'm all for people keeping the lights on, as it were, but the content creators need to be able to do that, too.

But even worse is when they're not only making money off of other people's work, but then they forbid the person even to advertise/link to their own products being sold, even if the products are relevant (eg., an author trying to advertise their own writing on a site for writers, even if they are active on that site and not just signing up to spam it). So you can be a writer who is perhaps just starting out, but maybe published a novel in e-book format, or have an account somewhere where you sell your content some other way... but the site you are building a fan base on won't let you advertise your own book or works so people who have come to like the work you show them on that site, can support you. Because that would be "advertising," or "spam." So all you can do, ultimately, is give your work away for free, for the site owner's benefit.

How nice is that?

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It's not nice at all. That is why this site was created, and I was more than willing to jump on board and start testing it out when I was asked if I would be interested. The funny thing about the internet (to me at least) is that it seems to be coming full circle, and back to websites with forums like it first was back in 97. In my personal opinion Facebook, and all those that came running along right after it, ruined a lot of really awesome sites.

I watched as each one I was a member on vanished overnight, it was very disheartening. Searching through FB was pointless after awhile as the groups were usually not focused on the subject at hand, and became political/religious or just a sad fight of who is the better troll.
I wrote this post after seeing several friends use a "free" website creator, and decided to check it out for myself. Free... while yes free, was utter rubbish in my honest opinion, and if you wanted/needed help there was a fee/monthly charge.
Within 2 months they stopped promoting that site on FB, and then stopped using it all together opting instead to set up a proper site,,or veering over to Wordpress which is good yet still lacks a soul (again just my opinion)
I'm hoping this site will flourish and give creatives a soap box to stand on for the main reason that the owner/creator of it, isn't interested in making money off the members, she is interested in helping them make money or gather an audience, even both, off their work, and push all of us hopefuls off the edge and into the deep side of the pool.
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It's difficult on both sides of the fence.

Can't say I have much sympathy for the larger corporations earning $$$ off of others aspirations, and then limiting those same people to a mere pittance of trickling income. What angers me most is the false promises (marketing hyperbole) built to lure those with limited cash-flow to get their stuff out there with everyone else. Have a beautiful site! It's easy! But wait, you can't sell your stuff... you can't get rid of our stuff... etc. I know free is not free, but I'm am still not aware of how bad or good these services may be for authors.

But there is always a flip side. Not only does this hurt the author/professional just starting out, but it hurts designer/developers too. Questions are thrown out; Why would I pay you that much, when I can go get one for free? How hard can it possibly be? My cousin's, second wife's, nephew says he can do it in a weekend! The author doesn't get what he wanted or needed, simply what he paid for. The developer/designer then has to keep going after bigger fish in order to eat more than hot dogs and packaged noodles for the month.

So how do you balance it out? How does everyone make a living doing what they love? 

You let go of the bottom-line temporarily. You ask yourself, how can I help while struggling myself? We all want to earn a living doing what we love. So do what you love. Help others by doing what you love. The key here, for me, is not in selling promises and products full of hope, but by making everything accessible. As I grow, my clients grow. As I provide better products and services that help others, others in turn will help me. 

This may be by recommending my services to others who have a larger budget. Maybe after they are up and running they use my more advanced products to keep growing or maybe a friend of a friend buys my products for another starving artist and helps them get there stuff out there.

I help. I pay it forward. I participate and I listen.

What do you need?

It's that simple for me.

~MD

 

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