Free Business Websites: Yahoo Dropped, Google Still Offering

Doing a search of some of the older content on Search Engine Watch, I came across an article about Yahoo's once free business websites. That offer has long been dropped and replaced with a paid offering, while Google has had free Google Page Creator which has since been moved to Google Sites.

It is interesting to watch how Google and Yahoo explore similar products and then how one company drops one while the other keeps them. For example, Google Answers dropped but Yahoo has kept their version.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.