13 Sep 10 11:41 am
There is no reason you can not get a free hosted site to rank with backlink building. As Gradyp has said there is risk attached as they can shut your account down at any time. If you do go down this route keep a backup of any work you do so you can use the content elsewhere if your account is shut down.
Have you considered providing some sort of service to people, setting up bookmark accounts, writing, backlinking, whatever. This could be a way for you to make the extra 10 dollars a month for hosting (just a thought).
Another option may be to post articles to article directories (some let you include your affiliate links like goarticles and articles base) and backlink these articles, you would want to select low competition keywords. This could be another way to start earning some money to help with hosting costs.
It is best as GradyP has said to aim to get your own hosting, as you then have full control.