Google India to bring 500,000 Indian SMBs online for free

Google India announced the launch of its initiative to help small medium
businesses in India to get online with a free website, personalized domain and

Called -India Get Your Business Online,’ this initiative aims to break
down the barriers that stop small businesses from getting online — by offering
a and free tool to set up and host a website.

Google’s goal is to help 500,000 small medium businesses in India to get
online in next three years through this program, working with web hosting
provider HostGator.

Small business owners in India can logon to
and use the tool to get a get a free, easy-to-build
website and web hosting for one year powered by HostGator. Businesses also get
a customized domain .in name and free tools, training and resources to
succeed online.

“Google has always believed in the power of
the Internet to help small businesses thrive and to make people’s lives easier
by making information more accessible and useful. We recognize
India as
a high growth and high potential Internet market in the world and we’re
committed to play the role of a catalyst to bring the benefits of the internet
economy to small and medium businesses in
India,” said
Nikesh Arora, SVP and chief business officer of Google

While India is home to an estimated 8 million small and medium
businesses, only about 400,000 have a website. The initiative is designed to
bridge the information gap that exists online due to the lack of presence of
local Indian businesses on the Internet.

Businesses believe that getting online is too complex, costly and
time-consuming; this perception prevents many SMBs from taking the first step
towards building an online presence. Google India and HostGator plan to change
that through this initiative. 

In addition, HostGator will also offer free support in creating, hosting
and managing the website for a period of one year without any cost through its
toll free call centers           1800-266-3000     


“We’re investing major resources in this campaign to help as many
businesses as possible to get online. We aim to get at least 500,000 businesses
online in the next three years,” said Rajan Anandan, managing director and VP
Sales & Operations for Google India.

“SMBs form a very substantial part of our global
customer base and we are committed to offer world class service to Indian SMBs.
With Google, we have the perfect partner and we are very excited about the
opportunity this represents for small and medium businesses in India. We will
do our best to help out business in India build their online presence and also
offer 24/7 support through our call center,” said Taylor Hawes, marketing head

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