Here Come the Caveats
My father was fond of saying “Nothing in life is free" and while these Google / Intuit websites may be sort of free, after 30 days if you need help, you have to pay for help; so instead of saying it’s free for a year, they should say it’s free, but we need to tell you about this and that first.
Like many offers of any kind -- and I want to make it clear I’m not just picking on Intuit and Google -- there’s fine print, FAQs and rule web pages you need to read before you jump on board. The FAQ page also states, “Once the 365 limit is over, you will be automatically billed" for the $4.99 web hosting and $2.00 domain charges; to me that means you probably have to enter a company credit card or offer up e-check options. It also says you can cancel at any time, however.
I won’t rant long here, but if you are a business owner and have ever taken a free offer from another business where you could cancel at any time and did, isn’t it harder than it seems? The customer service person (they are just doing their job) pushes you on why are you canceling and what can they do to keep you and wait—did you know you can also get this for just $1 buck more a month? They are urged to be proactive when it comes to keeping customers, but unless you are blunt and say, “Nope, don’t want it, don’t need it, just give me my cancellation number/ confirmation secret code" you do have to listen to their spiel. Okay, I rambled longer than I wanted.
According to one post I read on Sitebuilder Reviews, Google states “51 percent" of businesses in America do not have a website. That’s probably why Google is partnering with Intuit here—Google is already ruling the Internet world and why not add to their kingdom by enticing more subjects?
By subjects, I mean those with the new websites will be more inclined to use Google Adwords and pay-per-click campaigns offered by Google; like all businesses, Google needs to make money too. I do believe every business that participates in the free website does get $75 in Google Adwords credits, but that $75 goes quickly and once you are “enchanted" by the “kingdom" you will eventually become a “subject." On the other hand, if you have always been fond of primary colors (think Google logo here), that alone may make you stand up and bow down to the Internet King we call Google.
Of course you will also be inundated with emails and special offers from Intuit on why you need Quickbooks or Turbo Tax ASAP! If you have ever used Quickbooks you already know one small fee does not make for an entire program—if you want payroll, that’s extra and if you absolutely need support, that’s another fee!