The Internet is not what it used to be. In the year 2000, Google had only been around for two years, and was just beginning to ascend to its current position as the worlds most used search engine. There would not be a Facebook for another four years and it was five years before the world would be introduced to Youtube.
Back then the Internet had a lot of good stuff for free. There were free music sharing sites, free programs, free web hosting. A google search, at the time would give thousands of results, hundreds of which might lead you to free software, media or content. The thing is a lot of that information and those freebies are still on the Internet. However, with 90% of all web searches being performed on Google, and Google setting the rules and algorithms for search engine visibility, the freebies and good stuff are buried beneath paid advertisements and sites with advanced search engine optimization.
About five years ago, (2008) I was surfing online and came across a Google Money Making System. I’m sure at one time or another you may have seen ads like these before:
- I Make $8000 A Month Posting Links On Google!
- Make $250/hr Using Google!
- I Made $7000 Posting Links Using Google, THIS WORKS!
The system I came across intrigued me because it was only $1.99. When I received the disk in the mail I was skeptical. At this stage of the game I knew there was no easy way to become an overnight success, but excited at the prospect of possibly becoming rich.
The information on the CD was actually very good. There were instructions on how to do just about anything you can imagine pertaining to an online business. There were PDFs, hyperlinks to private online files and adobe creative suite files. The detail that the CD creators neglected to mention was that you needed the $2,500 Adobe Suite Master Collection to effectively use the system. Not to mention, a high power computer to run Adobe and hundreds of hours to learn how to effectively use the system.
Since then I have developed numerous work-arounds to paying for anything online. This is not to say that you will never purchase anything to enhance your business, but what if outside the investment of your time, and your Internet connection you could create a website. Not just any website, but an attractive high quality professional, website that will exist on one of the world’s most stable platforms, for free, forever.