GYBO: Canuck Program Successful but Gone?
About 20 months ago or so, I received launch notices about a great new program sponsored by Google, the Royal Bank, Yola and our own CIRA that would enable SMB owners to get a brand new free website for their online businesses. This I thought would be a good thing as I know that simply put you need an online website to allow you to both brand and manage your business in this millenium.
So I wrote about it a few times back in early 2011 with the launch blog post here and followups here and here with stats too…I was proud to have helped get this Program up and running and even got a mention about it too here (but that is a dead link now eh!)
And today I thought I’d check on same to see if there were any updates on the Program….and while it claims to be successful here, it’s gone!
Oh, I understand about how such Programs are planned in that for many of the partners of this kind of a promotion, you provide up front services for free on the note that when the Program is cancelled, you can continue to provide the same services but you can charge for them after that launch period. That’s often how marketing works….but it’s the thought that this is the biz model that was used in this case IN CANADA ONLY is what’s so bothersome for me.
Huh? Well the GYBO site in the US is yes of course still up and running fine and as you can see here below, their numbers after less than 2 years in biz are pretty impressive….still free and capable of getting any SMB site up and online and ranked!
But up here in Canuck land? Nope. Program closed. Had fun. See ya….sigh…what they do say though is this –
As you can see, the Yola firm as the original partner in the Canadian GYBO Program has maintained the ability to still signup new SMBs to host their sites with them…and from what I see on their Pricing page, you can still get very limited free hosting – but note that you can NOT get a domain name like say our own for example over at www.kkti.com….instead they only give you a sub-domain so if we needed a free site it’d be www.kkti.yolasite.com
SEO-able? Nope….not what one would hope for, eh!
Am I being a bit picky? I certainly am as I know – as does any other SMB website owner out there – that if you can NOT get your site up on page 1 in the search engines – you’ll never be found for web searches. Never being found means that you’ll not be successful. It’s that plain and simple to see, then…that the sub-domain approach by the dregs of this once successful Program is a non-starter for any SMB owner looking for a site that will succeed.
Sad, really….as the GYBO Program looked so much like a potential winner 20 months ago….now….not so much, eh!Google