Have you been
thinking about having your own personal website?
Maybe you've seen the personal web site of a
friend or family member and been really
impressed. Perhaps you're starting a business
and want a good personal site to go along with
your business site. Or maybe you're just dying
to tell the whole world about your personal
hobbies. In any case, starting a personal site
has never been easier or cheaper. In fact, you
can start up a free blog (web log - like a
journal on the Web) or website for free at many
destinations on the Web.
We've mentioned a
few of the reasons you might want to start a
personal site. There are many possible uses for
personal websites, including the following:
Making a little extra
money off of advertising. If all you do is put a
banner ad up on your site, you won't make any money
off of it. If, however, you have an affiliate ID and
work out a deal with another company to advertise
for them on your personal site (it's not that hard
to do), you can easily make back the money it may
cost to maintain your site. If you want to make a
lot more money, you need to study up on website
marketing, but that's not too complicated either.
Sharing a talent or
hobby with the world.
Making it easier for
old friends or contacts to get in touch with you.
Be careful when setting up
a personal site. Anything you put up on the web - name,
address, phone, email, pets' names, etc. - is no longer
private. Sooner or later a search engine is bound to
pick up your site, and then anyone on earth can easily
find it. Protect your privacy by restricting access to
your personal information.
Yahoo, Lycos and other web
hosting providers will let you set up a personal site
for free. You'll get a lot more space for pictures,
sounds and movies if you sign up for a fee-based plan,
but you can always start free and then start paying if
you need to.