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December 13, 2010 - 11:00 pm
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First post on this board. Hello, everyone.

Yoga teachers, if you don't already have a personal yoga website, I encourage you to check out this free online resource I developed. It's called Build a Free Yoga Website (www.buildafreeyogawebsite.com). Its a free online video training teaching you exactly how to build a yoga website.

Before I became a yoga teacher, my background was in computers and electronics. I built websites for fun and for work. By using the internet's free resources and website templates, I knew I could teach anyone how to do it. So I decided to give back to the yoga community by enabling teachers to create their own websites.

The results have been amazing. Check it out. The training is easy-to-follow and absolutely free.

Jai Bhagwan,
Matt ELmore

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January 9, 2011 - 1:53 pm
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Again, I object on your tricky advertising strategy tactics. If I say free yoga classes then you expect to get them with no strings from me. If I say free yoga teacher training you say wow I save thousands. Websites cost thousands. You say free, but your site hides the bottom line of price. Your site is hiding information about how to do it free. You should be up front with your true billing methods. Why say free yoga if it's not free yoga?

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January 19, 2011 - 10:52 pm
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Hi Jatwilla,

Definitely some good questions. 🙂

One of my goals is to dispel the myth that "websites cost thousands." Using the FREE tools out there today, you can create your own website for FREE, no matter what your level of expertise is. Build a Free Yoga Website is a free training series on how to use these tools to create a website for the promotion of your yoga business.

Sure there are minimal hosting fees (less than $9 per month), but of this, I make no money. The training I provide is 100% free.

Love and light,

Matt Elmore

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January 22, 2011 - 10:25 pm
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Not Free site! Matt's an affiliate (making commissions on garbage sites). The coupon code is his affiliate code. No karma here! Show us a ghetto site Matt. I've been to his site. It's one long sales pitch.

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January 23, 2011 - 2:02 am
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Who cares! A guy's got to make a living. His commission can't be much. Your raising a fuss over nickels and dimes.

Let's get one thing straight. Anybody can tell when they're intelligence is being insulted. You can do it all yourself, but you'll struggle with getting found. SEO or SEM is not an easy game if you have competition. The SEO landscape is always changing.

There's a reason why Aura ranks high. Somehow, I don't think this encyclopedia of yogic knowledge runs for $10 a month. An SEO / SEM expert can't be found for $100 a month. Your just breaking into the good ones at $500 per month.

Big companies spend thousands on websites and that's a fact. To say websites don't cost thousands is also right, but nobody will ever find your cheap site if you're ranked on page 29 for the keywords you're targeting. SEO guys look at cheap sites you put your heart and soul into and want you to redesign it all over again to be search engine friendly.

If you just want a site, but don't care if you're found then make the plunge. At the least, you'll be learning.

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January 23, 2011 - 9:10 pm
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Jatwilla,

"Build a Free Yoga Website" means your labor is free. You pay a little and work a lot.

Please realize that the word free is bait. Nothing more! Did you get trained to become a yoga teacher for free? Yoga teacher certification is not free and if you want to pay huge bucks, there are yoga teacher courses for over $15,000.

You have to pay something for a yoga site, but even at $100 a month for maintenance, I doubt you will ever be ranked unless you hire a genuine web developer with up to date SEO knowledge. Matt wouldn't be leaving his back link everywhere he goes for nothing. He's manually leaving a trail back to his site. It takes a lot of the right kind of work to get your yoga website noticed. You can spin your wheels forever until you find and pay for a SEO expert or work 24/7 to get noticed.

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January 23, 2011 - 11:40 pm
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Reminds me of free yoga instructor training that was promised to me by an ashram in exchange for seva. In reality, I could attend lectures by yoga celebrities for free, but TTC was the same price for me as any stranger who walked in the door. I finished out my year of seva with no certification of any kind. Free sites - I'm not falling for the bait.

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January 24, 2011 - 6:27 pm
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Well, the video training seems to be free. For many yoga teachers we give free yoga classes to homeless shelters, so Matt's heart is in the right place even if he's an affiliate for this type of website. But when you say free, people expect it to be, even though we should know better

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January 27, 2011 - 12:20 am
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The bones are being picked clean here. If you really want free, get facebook, twitter, or a free blog. It won't cost you a dime and you'll learn how to get your name out.

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January 27, 2011 - 9:35 am
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Free information can't hurt. I also like the ideas that Laparadis proposes. The fact is, most yoga teachers give to everything and have little left for business development. For this reason, independent contractors and yoga studios don't often have the capital required for advertising. The web levels the playing field, but it's labor intensive to be found when you go the free route. It's actually a daily routine.

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January 27, 2011 - 10:22 pm
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Hello all,

Blessings to all of you that have taken the time to look into my offerings and especially those that have defended Build a Free Yoga Website. I know its very hard to believe that in this day and age, something is offered for free. But I assure everyone that the training offered in Build a Free Yoga Website is 100%, absolutely FREE. Sure, there are hosting fees that go to Hostgator or whomever you choose to use, there's no way around that. I make a peanut size commission if someone uses my recommended host service. And maybe after 100 years I'll make back the time and effort I put into creating the training. 🙂

To address the comment about producing cheap sites, here are some examples of some yoga teachers that have used the training to create their own sites. Some of them came up within 24 hours. The process isn't really labor-intensive. If you have computer experience... actually, if you're reading this post right now, you'd find it extremely easy. Anyhow, some examples...

o https://yuvanyoga.com/

o https://caitlinreidyoga.com

o https://emilypotteryoga.com/

o https://omgamyoga.com/

How much did they pay to have these sites created? Nothing.

To address the comment about my landing page sounding like a sales pitch? Sure, perhaps it does. I actually want yoga teachers to create webpages and market themselves. I actually want people to make a living from teaching yoga. If it takes some convincing to tell people that this is possible, then so be it.

Being in marketing as well as being a yoga teacher, normally I'd resist the temptation to defend myself on the internet. And maybe I should have. But in actuality, it really hurts to have your hard work attacked by skepticism. Yet, I'd be a skeptic too considering all the craziness that goes on these days. But I'll say, Build a Free Yoga Website started as a promise to my co-students at yoga teacher training to help them build their businesses through creating websites... and the training is 100% FREE.

Thank you for your time.

Jai Bhagwan,

Matt Elmore

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January 28, 2011 - 8:16 pm
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Thank you for this Matt. Skeptical thought is just that. I'd be a liar if I said "free" made me feel warm and firry inside. You're always waiting for the bottom line. Free anything makes me think "sheilds up." I agree with Sangeetha when she said "Matt's heart is in the right place." If anyone said anything to offend, I apologize.

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January 30, 2011 - 9:54 am
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Matt, I don't apologize. This is my first visit to this thread. This isn't entirely a flock of passive yogis. Expect to see counter points here because you have been and will continue to be exposed. You tried to play up your good karma yoga and you've been caught red handed.

Now your feelings got hurt. You use the word free for a reason. To catch trusting yogis who don't know anything about SEO, SEM, or building a website. You played on their trust as a fellow yoga teacher and supposed karma yogi, but you're exposed as a small time affiliate.

You said, "I make no money." Then you said, "Normally I'd resist the temptation to defend myself on the internet. And maybe I should have." Please defend yourself as to how "I make no money" means: I make a small affiliate commission.

You said, "it really hurts to have your hard work attacked by skepticism." You haven't been attacked - YET! So, we're supposed to have blind faith for your $5 per head affiliate scheme? Was it hard to make your site, the quick sites, run your camera, and upload a You Tube video?

Really! I suppose you can sell that to somebody who doesn't know. That's 6 hours work for a lifetime pay off that sells yogis down the river for around $5 a head. "Et tu, Brute?"

You say websites don't cost thousands. It's a myth! What a crock! Tell that to a legitimate web developer and the satisfied clients who rank high and make good sales daily. Your line is for those who don't know the truth. You're not a legitimate web developer. You're an affiliate selling cyber snake oil.

You probably haven't got your first affiliate check and you're roping people into believing prospects will see these yoga sites. You're right about how anybody can create them. Yes, you give classic examples of Yahoo Business type sites that were slapped up quickly and won't rank.

Thousands of these unranked sites are floating out in cyber space and nobody will ever find them. They might as well get a free blog, Twitter, and Facebook than waste their money with junk sites they have to pay for. If they buy in, then at least they'll have the experience of paying for a site no prospect will ever see.

Search engine marketing is my business and your junk sites have multiple SEO flaws on every page. My services aren't free or cheap, and I don't pretend they are. Free means it's really free and anybody can find free training on You Tube for anything.

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Mila, Really! You apologize for doing nothing wrong. Save your apologies for something you did. I'm sure you're a nice person. Aum Shanti

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January 31, 2011 - 4:49 pm
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Lina,

I know that SEO is your job, but that was a little over the edge for a Yoga teacher forum. You did bring up some points though. In this case free didn't mean free. Also I don't get paid meant: I get a small commission. In retrospect, I'm sure that one of these sites could be cut and pasted from Word in less than an hour. The rest of us who aren't web developers need guidance from a trustworthy and reliable source and I don't think Matt's "innocent" deception was the right way to go about getting trust.

Hari Aum

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January 31, 2011 - 5:58 pm
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Free is blogger, facebook, and twitter. This Matt is a yoga teacher. His actions should be held to a higher level of accountability. Yoga teachers relationship to sales ethics is the matter in question.

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January 31, 2011 - 6:11 pm
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Matt, you opened this thread as "build a free yoga website." Then said you make nothing. Then got found out. The sites aren't free at all and you're an affiliate. This thread serves as a warning to those who think they can get something for nothing. Thank you for exposing yourself.

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February 1, 2011 - 1:40 pm
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Karma has come full circle on this thread. Try to resist piling on and let this go as an example of a deception that revealed itself.

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February 1, 2011 - 7:19 pm
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Fellow yoga teachers, Thanks for the warning. Best of luck to all of you.

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February 1, 2011 - 8:27 pm
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LOL I can't resist. This is pure entertainment. Thank you Rose for uncovering this one. Yoga teachers are so trusting because they give so much. Con-artists are always looking for a "mark." This was a great wolf in sheep's clothing plot, but once revealed this thread is a warning buoy.

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February 1, 2011 - 9:59 pm
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He's from Kripalu right? They lie like there is no tomorrow. I clicked on a link for them for Yoga teacher training a few months ago the link said "Yoga Online Certification" on the right side of Google. I click on it.....Can't find any Online Yoga Teacher Training!?!?! I call..."We don't have any online Yoga Teacher Training". SERIOUSLY!?!? then why did you post it like that? ::Silence::

He just happens to fall from the same tree. You click through for one thing, and then.....AMBUSH!!

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