Free Canuck Website Program Update: at gybo.ca!
Well, after a heck of a week pounding away at keyword research, new site designs, web development proposals and yes, even some family time, I thought it was appropos that I look at and update the recently announced free websites for Canadian SMB program.
As you may remember, we reported on same right here back on April 1st - and no, it was not one of those dumb April Fools joke posts…but a real live launch for a new program sponsored by Google, Rogers, the Royal Bank and lots of other major firms here in Canada. And the idea, if you think about it was a great one.
You’d get to create a brand new, free website. You’d get to create a brand new domain name too and both would be yours for free and it’d be online for you to attract new website visitors for your own firm. Good idea, I wrote then and hence my update for today on how the program is doing so far…i.e. what kind of penetration has occurred here in the Canadian SEO SMB universe.
And answer is…well, here’s the latest numbers it seems, reported back to me by a google Communications Team member…
- Registered almost 5,300 free .ca domains…
- Created more than 4,000 free websites…
Not too bad a results, IMHO, for only being live for about 5 weeks or so, and the email back to me goes on to say this too –
“With more than 1 million small business in Canada without a website, there’s a long way to go, but Canadian small businesses and entrepreneurs that actively use the Internet report overall sales growth of up to 30% year over year. By removing the primary obstacles preventing small businesses from getting online – that it’s costly and hard to do – Canadian businesses are now able to take advantage of the incredible opportunities online to help them realize growth and reach new customers…”
As you can tell, they are doing what most SMB owners will appreciate, is the best type of program — a totally free one to create new online sites for SMBs that exist by either do not have the time or thought it cost too much money, to get online!
A great deal…and as I can see the results starting to happen, I just hope it snowballs and gains more and more momentum! Yes, we blogged about this and tried to get the news out on this program and by doing so, we were recognized for doing so and got a link here on their Supporters page </disclaimer off>….and I now see that there’s almost 50 of us too! Nice to see more Canucks getting into the program and offering to spead the word, eh!
So, kudos to Google et al on this one, eh!Google