Google to provide Australian businesses with free websites

Getting_Aussie_Business_Online_logoGoogle has announced a major initiative which will see it work with Australian business software company MYOB to provide small and medium sized companies with their own free websites.

The Getting Aussie Business Online project follows a similar initiative in the UK which launched a year ago.

The project – which raises a major challenge for existing domain providers such as Melbourne IT and Net Registry – will see businesses able to obtain a free site address and use MYOB tools to build their own basic website.

The move also creates a challenge for digital agencies in the business of building basic sites for small businesses.

Sites, and URLs, will be free to any business with an ABN number. The businesses will be able to create their site using MYOB’s tools. The sites will cover basics such as product information, locations maps and contact details.

The domain will be free for two years, and $30 for the next two years after that.

Google’s Head of local business Claire Hatton said: “Every day in Australia there are 12,000 Google searches for builders, but fewer than one in four businesses in the construction and trade industry has a website. We want to address this gap by removing common barriers like cost and time to set up a website. We also want to make it easier for Australians to find the information they’re looking for online.”

Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, said, “Our initial goal is to get at least 50,000 businesses set up with a free website this year. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Google on this initiative.”

After the first year, businesses can choose to pay $5 per month for their site to continue to be based on the MYOB platform.


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