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Brilliant post. There's only one thing missing is how to get links to your site. But if you get social traffic then you should be alright.
 
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Thanks for this excellent thread, Roger.

I still have domains but can't afford to host. So I transferred two of my domains to InfinityFree. Can't get an SSL certificate because my nameservers are directed to InfinityFree, so I can't get a certificate from cloudflare. It also appears I can't get a certificate and put it in my files. Because InfinityFree has a different version of cPanel, which doesn't have public_html in its file directory. The InfinityFree cPanel also doesn't have letsencrypt.

At least it's hosted with no SSL than not hosted at all. Hopefully I can get the ball rolling with some cash.

Thanks again, Roger! At least I have a shot at scraping some cash together.

P.S. I'll definitely be visiting this thread again in the future. Maybe it will come in handy building Tier 1's (which I don't know much about).
 

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Waoo...It took you...what...2 mins?

I state on the post...

This is for people with very limited resources to have a chance to launch something worth their time. I found myself in that same spot coming from a country with all sort of economical, political and social issues as Venezuela, and I am sure there are others from other countries that are experiencing similar situations.


Thanks anyway
Thank you for this great guide companion and panita .. I will try it. By the way, your article will be ready soon :D
 

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Sweet thread dude, I've been pretty lazy recently but hopefully I can get off my ass and try something like this soon :)
 

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Great guide indeed, Im sure this will help alot people
congratz your 1k posts

Im using infinityfree for some time and their have very good host for free

thank you for the tips
 

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Wow! This is a mouth watering wonderful post. Thank you very much.
 

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This is my 1,000th post contribution to this incredible community!
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Disclaimer: TL, DR type of post (Over 3k words long + images)

I just couldn’t let this pass without contributing something to this amazing community that has taught me so much especially over the last year.

I wrote this guide keeping in mind a key and crucial variable I know many of you will relate to and that is zero to very little money to invest!

So, in this guide I will make my best to recommend services I have found over the past month or so that are FREE to use and are actually worth trying. Not always because something is FREE is worthless.

Remember, by no means, this should be the main core of your business. This is to get you started and start building something from scratch using free resources from the internet. I highly recommend upgrading to paid/premium services once your business starts growing.


WHAT WILL YOU GET?
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➡️DOMAIN
➡️HOSTING
➡️WEBSITE / LANDING PAGE
➡️AUTORESPONDER
➡️CONTENT
➡️MONETIZATION METHOD (AFFILIATE/CPA OFFERS)
➡️TRAFFIC GENERATION

Now, let´s dive into each of those…

DOMAIN

One of the best domain registrar from where you can get a domain totally for free is https://www.freenom.com/.

Here you can get a free domain with the extentions .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf and .gq.

We can all agree that getting a .com domain extension is best but since we´re looking for free stuff we will have to settle for one of these for now.


HOSTING

Despite what you may think there are actually plenty of pretty solid hosting options out there that also offer Cpanel access and Softaculous installer for you to build your website with WordPress and everything completely FREE!


My favorite choice is…


(DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK)
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https://infinityfree.net/

Why?

➡️Unlimited Disk Space
➡️Unlimited Bandwidth
➡️99.9% Uptime
➡️No Forced Ads
➡️Host Any Domain
➡️Softaculous script installer with over 400+ applications
➡️10 Email accounts
➡️400 MySQL Databases
➡️PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 7.3
➡️MySQL 5.6
➡️Apache 2.4 with .htaccess
➡️Linux 3.2
➡️Free Subdomain Name
➡️Free SSL on all Websites
➡️Free Cloudflare Service
➡️Free DNS Service

If you need a more visual help on how to set up your free freenom domain with infinityfree hosting takes a look at this 7-minute youtube video…



Other very FREE hosting honorable mentions are…

(AGAIN NONE OF THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS)

https://googiehost.com/freehosting.html (Another great choice)
https://x10hosting.com/
award space
https://profreehost.com/
https://www.2freehosting.com/
byet.host


WEBSITE

Once inside your WordPress website´s backend, you can pretty much build any website as you would with a paid or “premium” hosting.

So, let your imagination go free on this.

You can build a blog and fill it with affiliate links from either amazon, ClickBank, CPA offers or any of the dozens of amazing affiliate networks in the world.

There´s a great list in the download section with amazing affiliate programs you can join and monetize your site.

Feel free to download the list from here instead…
Download Link

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For premium themes and plugins you can go to the members´ download section and get pretty much anything you need in order to build an amazingly looking website without having to pay a penny.

My top recommendations for free themes are…

OceanWP
Astra
GeneratePress

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These themes are by far the best FREE themes you can possibly find in the market today. They´re the lightest and fastest loading FREE themes…PERIOD!

You can´t go wrong picking any of them. Personally, I would go with OceanWP or Astra. But GeneratePress it´s also a very good choice.

To build your website I would go with Elementor Pro. You can find the 2.6.2 version available to download for FREE on the members download area or just get it from https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-elementor-pro-wordpress-plugin-latest-version-regularly-updated.1047798/page-8#post-12330460.

Once installed, building a professional-looking website won´t take you more than just a few minutes.

There are literally hundreds of premade website´s template you can get and just upload it and just tweak colors and designs a bit and you can have a fully functional site in a matter of minutes using Elementor Pro.

Personally, I highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cbvZf1jIJM tutorial from Tyler Moore. It´s almost an hour and a half long but I promise you it will be the only tutorial you´ll ever watch in terms of learning how to build a website from scratch in your life.

LANDING PAGE

In regards to this. There are also platforms where you can build landing pages completely for free but the one I highly recommend is https://www.ucraft.com/pricing.

Why?

➡️Lets you connect your own custom domain!
➡️SSL Certificate
➡️Google Analytics integration

But since not everything is positive there is a downside to their FREE plan their customization options are very limited so if you´re thinking of building a professional-looking landing page this might not be the best choice for you.

But don´t get mad!

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I have another option for you which is fully customizable and also FREE…WORDPRESS!

Yes, you can also build your very own landing page inside WordPress.

You can either create a subdomain for this or just add a separate page for it. If you don’t have experience with this don´t panic, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDsqVHje9MHs2sE2wPKn1GKtOYlzgRY9c on YouTube about this. There are buddy Dave, will guide you step by step how to build a professional-looking and fully optimize lead capturing landing page on WordPress using Elementor. He will also guide you how you can be integrated with any email provider through Elementor.

AUTORESPONDER

For this, there are several options you can try out. They all basically do the same only differences is the number of subscribers they allow with their free plan and/or how many emails a day/month you can send.

Personally, I would go with sendinblue.

Why?

Their free plan offers up to 300 daily emails and no subscriber’s limitations. Also, with that same FREE plan, you will have access to…

➡️️Email template library
➡️Email & SMS personalization
➡️SMS marketing features
➡️A/B testing
➡️Unlimited contacts (advanced segmentation feature available as well)
➡️Customizable signup forms
➡️Sales CRM
➡️Core API features
➡️Workflow editor
➡️Page tracking
➡️Real-Time Reporting

Way more than enough to be able to market your products and services in an efficient and effective matter.


CONTENT

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If you still would like to go on the FREE path then you can always write the content yourself.

If you’re NOT a writer then you have a couple of free choices but you will still need to do some rewrite, proofread grammar and plagiarism check.

The first choice I would recommend will be to go into Google and search for FREE PLR articles related to your niche. These will be old articles you can download and the author/owner of that content will transfer the rights to use them to you (or anyone who download them as well) even commercial purposes.

There are dozens of amazing PLR resources where you can download hundreds and; sometimes, even thousands of articles completely for FREE!

Even here on BHW forum, you can find them on the Members Download section.

I took the liberty to run a search for you. https://www.blackhatworld.com/search/75734606/?q=PLR&t=post&o=date&g=1&c%5btitle_only%5d=1&c%5bnode%5d=29+115+39+111

I also went to Google and https://www.google.co.ve/search?newwindow=1&safe=active&authuser=2&sxsrf=ACYBGNSRn8rAz0AsC28a5s0pVl-Pnv93cw%3A1568996580270&source=hp&ei=5PyEXbyrDoyx5wLS7amICw&q=free+plr+downloads&oq=free+plr&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0l10.3672.4978..6714...0.0..0.734.2164.0j5j1j1j6-1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i10.v2RfG0WNPVo

Now, after you download the articles related to your niche all you have to do is rewrite them. I know this might sound like an overwhelming task for many without some writing experience behind them but there´s just no way around this.

You will need content upload it into your website. And, if you can’t afford to hire a writer for this, you have to do it yourself. Trust me, is not as difficult as it sounds.

The second option, which I found to be a bit easier than the first one, it´s running the PLR article through a free article spinner and then cleaning it up.

There are a lot of free article spinners out there that will do the required job for you but you will still need to do some rewrite to proofread and clean the article to make sure it´s readable.

Among some of the best FREE article spinner I can recommend…

https://www.rewritertools.com/
https://quillbot.com/ (400 words limit)
https://www.prepostseo.com/free-online-article-rewriter
https://smallseotools.com/article-rewriter/

These tutorials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLC_YaPi50c & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUlnikU3Tj0) will help you tremendously, make sure to check both of them out. has some interesting pointers if you have no experience at all rewriting articles and all completely using https://www.rewritertools.com/!

I know there might be some cracked version of a premium/paid article spinner out there but I can´t help you there. Perhaps, other BHW member can point you in the right direction.

The last method I will share with you in order to help you with your content creation process has to do with searching for your topic on youtube, find relevant videos that talk about your particular topic that use subtitles and just download them!

You will obviously have to rewrite and clean it up afterward but this is a great way to build up-to-date and high-quality content pretty damn fast!

To download the subtitles you can use a tool shared by a https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/free-free-unlimited-unique-content-contentbear-co.1143808/ called https://contentbear.co/.


MONETIZATION METHOD (AFFILIATE/CPA OFFERS)

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I know you will expect me to say you need to monetize your website with AdSense, Amazon, Clickbank or any of the many of the “traditional“ CPA networks. But there is so much value out there on other amazing networks with higher payments and commissions.

Don´t get me wrong, AdSense, Amazon, and Clickbank are a great way to monetize any website. I am just saying don´t close yourself to other options that might be the best choice for your business.

Thanks to @BBuldog, we have access to https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-sleeper-money.1155381/ of affiliate networks with incredible products and payouts for us to promote.

Just Click on the second link with the PDF link and scroll down and click on “https://drive.google.com/file/d/13_8-GcwqC5B8T72WiucEXns3kUmrl3x4/view?usp=sharing”. This will open a Google Drive window. You can download all the resources there but the one that I care about is the excel a spreadsheet that contains the list I am talking about.

TRAFFIC GENERATION

Now, I will assume you have everything set up properly and have a beautiful and fully an optimized website with solid and appealing articles monetized with amazing offers.

If this is the case then it´s time to start driving traffic to your website. Since we´re focusing on FREE stuff then all our traffic generation efforts will be focused on SOCIAL MEDIA!

The best social media platform suited for your business will depend on the type of product and/or service you want to promote. But in general, we will be focusing on driving traffic from Facebook, Pinterest, and Quora!

I am not taking away anything from platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit. I know there are people making a good amount of money generating traffic from them but I am more familiar with these so I will focus this guide on the platforms I just mentioned above.

FACEBOOK

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The best way to drive traffic from facebook is through something I call “fake engagement method”. I know it sounds more appealing and complex than what already is because it´s nothing more to create anywhere between 3 and 5 fake profiles leaving 1 account to be the “MAIN” one.

You can create 5 FB profiles with the same IP, just make sure you don’t overdo this and start posting to closely together.

To keep track of this, I highly recommend to open a spreadsheet to keep a tight control of this and reduce the chances of getting caught.

Once you have your 5 accounts created. It´s time to optimize them. Add profile pictures from https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/.

Here, you will be able to download great looking profile pictures from people that don´t exist and, best of all, can´t be tracked running a reverse lookup using Google Images.

Then take at least to age those account. Start posting regularly. Send up to 20 or 30 friends request every single day from people that share the passion and interest about the niche you´re looking to promote.

After a week, you will start searching for niche related groups on Facebook and start joining them with all 5 accounts. This is where the spreadsheet will become useful.

Once you have joined a few groups with at least 3 of the accounts and; most importantly, the MAIN account.

You will start posting regularly into the group as you normally would. Genuine caring about other people´s problems and issues. Hopefully, you will have an article written about those problems/issues you can share on the group or perhaps build one from scratch.

This is where aging the accounts becomes important as well. Building a reputation and a healthy track record inside these groups is crucial to the success of this. This will make you look less of a spammer and the chances your posts will get deleted or your account banned from the group are reduced a lot.

What to do with the other fake accounts?

Remember how i labeled this method? Well, this is why. You will start regularly posting with each of these fake accounts that also got accepted into the group a couple of hours after the original post from the MAIN account.

Why?

First, this will help “bumping” your post to the top of the group´s feed increasing it outreach and exposure and, secondly, it will give your post a lot more credibility. Once other see someone engaging with you and commenting they will feel much more enticed to do the same.

By now, you realized what the other accounts are for. Just, don´t overdo it with many groups because several groups inside the same niche will have the same active members and they will pick on this and report you.

Just try to switch “MAIN” accounts on different groups and don´t use more than 3 fake accounts in total. This will allow you to repeat the same process on other groups from the same niche!


PINTEREST


I won´t go into detail about how to generate a decent amount of traffic leveraging Pinterest because there is a good deal of YouTube Channel that already has sick valuable info on this topic and I am sure they will explain it much better than I. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLswvOxoUiKeZ6fDDATkOTAoj4sSAM_-Ag on this topic.


QUORA

The way to drive a pretty decent amount of traffic from Quora is pretty straight forward. First, you need to create a brand new account and build a killer profile that is appealing to the audience and is design to generate trust.

Our long-term goal with Quora is to build an authority figure within our niche. And for this, the first thing we need to do is to build a professional-looking profile/bio there.

Unfortunately, there isn´t any hard rule how an authority profile on Quora should look like so I have taken the liberty to https://imgur.com/a/qYUpfSi from authority members.

Once you have your public profile ready it´s time to add your credentials, knows about and topics you want to follow. It might seem obvious but I encourage you to only follow topics highly related to the niche you’re targeting.

Once you have everything set up it´s time to get to work.

First, we need to find and target questions related to your niche. There are a few ways you can do this. One of my favorites is using a Google advanced search operator.

Let´s say for the sake of this example we´re promoting a keto diet offer. If this is the case we head over Google and write down the following search query..

Site:quora.com “keto diet”

Then we hit search. This will bring all the questions posted on Quora that has the keyword keto diet on them. Even though this is a great start we want to filter this a bit further. So we head over “Tools” (Right under Google´s search box and select any time > Past Hour, this will filter out all the questions posted within the last hour or so.

There´s no guarantee we will get any results as there might be no questions posted on Quora within the last hour. Don´t worry, we head over once again to Tools > Any and now select “Last 24 hours” and we continue to expand the time frame until we have a decent amount of results we can further browse over to target the best possible question for us.

I recommend only targeting questions that either…

Has less than 5 answers (easiest way to build authority and traffic)
That have between 1,000 and 3,000 weekly views
That isn´t “saturated”. How can we tell? If it has more answers than followers.

I would stay away from these. In fact, check for a ratio between followers and the numbers of answers (just divide these two numbers) are this number is above 5 then it´s a good question to target because it has low saturation levels.

Anything above 7 it´s amazing. And anything below 5 you will need to work even harder on your answers in order to beat others and it´s just not worth it in my opinion.

Now, hopefully we have a handful of questions that need to be answered. Personally, I have found that the best way to do this is to dive into google translate and just run into a different language on Google.

My answers get thousands of views and upvotes all done organically by searching the answers in a different language.

Let´s take dutch for an example.

Let´s continue using the “keto diet” example from above and assume we found a question with great metrics according to our guidelines called “How to lose weight with keto diet”.

Translating this into dutch we have “hoe om gewicht te verliezen met Keto dieet” then we head over Google and we type that same question but adding +artikel to the end (yeah you guessed it – It´s article in dutch :D ).

Now all you have to do is translate all of this into English (or any language you´re working with), clean it up a bit and make it more readable to the end user.

Also, make sure to add custom images and other graphic elements. Quora just love this. There are many awesome stock images sites from where you can download images, illustrations and vectors, for example, pixabay, pixels and unsplash are great resources.

For customization just use Canva, it´s 100% free, very easy to use and filled with many templates for you to build eye-catching custom images.

In order to make this process easier, I usually have a Word doc open and just start pasting subheadings. This was it helps me structure my article/answer a lot faster.

And that´s pretty much it.

The key to Quora, as it is for Facebook as well, is to stay consistent. Post every single day, never limit yourself to adding value to those communities, build authority and traffic will come.

Hope someone finds value from this I apologize for the length. I also expect to be clear for most of you guys.

Anyway, Cheers!

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Thank you very much for this great post.
Pls, can one be able to export website built on a free hosting platforms like those recommended
 

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Just a couple of more tips for WordPress noobs - make sure you keep your plug-ins updated and follow security best practices.

Malware runs rampent on WP sites and they can infect your site where it is very difficult to detect. They will randomly redirect 1% of your visitors to Malware or embed thousands of backlinks all over your site.
 

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Thank you very much for this great post.
Pls, can one be able to export website built on a free hosting platforms like those recommended
Of course, you can! Whenever you have access to Cpanel you can export your website with no problem or you can also do it by installing a plugin such as Updraft Plus and schedule this to be a recurrent task.
Just a couple of more tips for WordPress noobs - make sure you keep your plug-ins updated and follow security best practices.

Malware runs rampent on WP sites and they can infect your site where it is very difficult to detect. They will randomly redirect 1% of your visitors to Malware or embed thousands of backlinks all over your site.
Great advice bro!
 
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Thank you very much for this great post.
Pls, can one be able to export website built on a free hosting platforms like those recommended
You might want to try Google Cloud hosting. I set up my InfinityFree hosting about 3/4 days ago. There are only 4-5 posts on there, a few pages, and only about six plugins. When I hopped onto WordPress last night, InfinityFree let me know that my site was temporarily suspended for 24 hours for exceeding CPU usage.

Google Cloud will give you a 365-day trial and a $300 credit. You just need a working credit card (I'm not sure if there are any regional restrictions). Through their engine, you can setup WordPress by Bitnami. I'm not sure if you'll be able to use cracked plugins/themes or not by also getting cPanel through Google Cloud (something I'm going to try/research). With the $300 credit, running a website only comes out to a few cents a year (dependent on size/usage/needs, of course).

I don't know all the ins and outs. So you might want to do your own research and decide the advantages and disadvantages of using the G.
 
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Just a couple of more tips for WordPress noobs - make sure you keep your plug-ins updated and follow security best practices.

Malware runs rampent on WP sites and they can infect your site where it is very difficult to detect. They will randomly redirect 1% of your visitors to Malware or embed thousands of backlinks all over your site.
That was a thought that crossed my mind when my above hosting got suspended. Since I was using a cracked version of Elementor Pro and Really Simple SSL Pro.
 
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Of course, you can! Whenever you have access to Cpanel you can export your website with no problem or you can also do it by installing a plugin such as Updraft Plus and schedule this to be a recurrent task.

Great advice bro!
BTW I tried responding to you yesterday about the latest version of Elementor Pro. I went to the [GET] thread and saw you were asking for the latest version. I was looking for the [GET] you were talking about in the original post. I tried replying to you the link I had found. But I had a link posting restriction (which was just removed lol).
 

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@ComebackCheetah Don´t worry about it bro. Feel free to send me the link through PM unless that´s also forbidden. In that case, feel free to add me over skype (check my profile) or PM with yours.

BTW, I can´t use Google Cloud Hosting because my country is not on their list, but thanks to a BHW fella i was able to solve my hosting needs.

Cheers!
 
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