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The Power of a Domain Name

August 18th, 2010

Domain names are literally the real estate of the online world. An exact keyword phrase domain name can be worth a lot of money and a lot of traffic.

Most people who do well in Internet marketing understand that it’s not only high levels of traffic that will help you succeed, but more importantly, it’s high levels or even just decent levels of very targeted traffic.

The right domain name will help you get targeted traffic. So if you can purchase a domain that has the keywords you are targeting, you will most likely be able to rank higher in the search engines than you would otherwise. Obviously, there are a lot of other things that come into play in search engine rankings (authority, back links, etc), but it is clear that strong domain names play an important part.

Another interesting thing about having a keyword rich domain name is that it encourages people to use your targeted keywords in anchor text that they point back to your site. This is an added benefit.

I have recently seen the power of domain names and how they can be utilized to further your online marketing goals and to position your sales pages or informational blog to the right audience.

Another tack to take is a brandable domain name. A brandable domain name typically won’t have keywords in it, but will be something memorable, interesting, and easy to say that you can build a business around.

The truth is that you can do well with either kind of domain name–keyword rich or brandable–it just depends on how hard you are willing to work to create excellent content and to build links and drive traffic.

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I used to buy all of my domain names from Netfirms, because they have some really good coupons that will save you a few dollars off the initial price of the domain name–and this was when Netfirms charged $7.99 for domain names.  Now, in addition the Netfirms, I’ve bought a couple of domains from GoDaddy.  I recently wrote a post about GoDaddy’s current deals.

Want to Learn about Domaining? Two Amazing Resources

May 31st, 2010

If you’re looking for information about how to get started with Domains or Domaining (don’t know why I capitalized both of those words, but it just feels right somehow), then there are two places you should definitely check out.

The reason I recommend these two sites is because they provide down-to-earth, real, useful information based on the real life experiences of the writers.

One is ElliotsBlog.com and the other is SullysBlog.com.  Both are great resources for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about the online real estate game.

How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog – Some Domain Search Tips and Tools to Help You

September 14th, 2009

Website Domains – What’s in a Name?

Finding a good domain for your site is probably the most important step in creating a new website.  You need a strong name.  Here are some tips and tools to help you out.

If you are starting a blog, perhaps the best domain name for it is your name, first and last, followed by a dot com. It really depends on what you want to do with your site. Are you promoting yourself, your work, your service or your portfolio? In any of these cases, it makes sense to use your name in your domain.

You may run into a problem, however. It is very possible that your name will not be available for purchase because someone else got to it first and now owns it. What do you do in this case? You can search for different combinations of your name and last name. If your name is Steve Andrew Smith but SteveSmith.com is taken, consider SteveASmith.com or SteveAndrewSmith.com. If all of these are taken, the next step is to see if you can get any of these addresses as a .net domain.

Having a domain name that ends in dot com (.com) is the most popular and well-known option for people who own websites, but there really is nothing wrong with a dot net (.net) name. People won’t really notice the difference and it doesn’t matter in terms of having search engine traffic sent to your blog or anything like that.

In other words, a domain name that isn’t a dot com won’t hurt you. But, that being said, get one if you can.

There are quite a few free tools you can use online to help you find a great domain. The following are a couple that should help you find the right domain name (or URL) for your site. You may be wondering why these tools are free to use. They’re free because if you decide to purchase domains through the owners’ affiliate links, they earn a few dollars. Like many things on the Internet, these sites are often monetized with affiliate links.

Here are three domain tools you can use to help find your diamond in the rough.

Another quick tip about domain names: it can be very useful to use keywords associated with your niche in the name of your site. This is good for a few reasons: it lets people know what your site is about, gains you interested readers, and may help with your search engine rankings. Another added benefit is that people will link to you using your chosen keywords, which will help you climb up the search engine rankings and attract more website traffic.

In the middle of creating a list of domain tools, I found a very comparable (or probably better list) at Six Revisions blog.  Check out some of the tools available.  I have found that people find one or two tools and stick with them.  Just like any other applications, websites, or programs on the internet, you can confuse the heck out of yourself by over-searching and inundating yourself with tools.  Good luck.

If you have any questions about choosing a good domain, please leave a comment and I will let you know my thoughts.  Anyone else can chime in with ideas as well.  This is an open forum, so if you are looking for a new domain name, leave your 2 cents.