So is it possible that websites are actually free for Canadian businesses and not our amigos south of the border?   Well according to http://www.gybo.ca/ this information is accurate.  With their intro paragraph stating “If you’re a business owner without a website, you probably have a good reason for it. Maybe you thought it was too expensive or took too much time?  Maybe you were overwhelmed by the technology and didn’t know where to start?”

What comes included you ask?  Well the answer is:

  • Free, easy to build website using Yola
  • Free .ca web address for 12 months
  • Free advice and resources

Intrigued as usual, I decided I would start my own website and really find out how this really works.

Step 1: Hit the button that states create your free website :)

Get Your Business Online Canada

Step 2: Enter your email address and select a password

Step 3: Select your domain name which in my case will be simply my first and last name.  (which was available as shown below)

Step 4: Enter your credit card number!?!?!? (Confused look) I thought this was free?

So as it turns out this is not as free as we thought.  In reality the 1st year is free and then Yola charges a 25% reduced rate of $29.21 CDN but they request a credit number in order to process your order.  In seeing this situation, I did not enter my credit card number and the dream of creating my first ever fabulous website is on hold for now :( .

So SEOers remember this is still a business providing a service, which means someone has to pay the bills.

Until next time folks :)