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September 11th, 2007, 10:18 PM #1
Choosing a Domain Name
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I'm new to the site and affiliate marketing in general. I know this will be a long learning process, but there's one issue I want to get squared away right off the bat.
It's probably been asked before (do post links), but how do you go about choosing your domain name? How do you choose the name of each web page link?
I don't want to create and market a site and then realize I have to redirect all the traffic to a new web page because I made a poor initial choice.
Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Be gentle. It's my first time.
September 12th, 2007, 07:18 AM #2
if your site is about a particular subject (niche), try to get a domain name that matches closely. same for individual page links, page names, etc.
give search engines something to chew on.
and, welcome to ABW!
September 12th, 2007, 08:19 AM #3
Although the database is out of date, go to http://inventory.overture.com , and search on the specific niche you have in mind. This will show the general popularity of search phrases for the topic. I use those phrases to come up with domain names and page names. Wordtracker is a relevant tool, as well.
If your niche is media related, the .TV extension is gaining a lot of favor, though you will lose out on type ins that a .com might get.
If you have some bucks, check out sedo.com and afternic.com , you might find a domain name there that fits your needs, and a one time cost might pay off, if you can get the right domain for your niche.Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.
September 12th, 2007, 08:30 AM #4
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If you are creative enough, you can come up with domains of your own without purchasing them at sedo.com etc, but I definitely like elbowcreek's advice.
September 12th, 2007, 08:31 AM #5
This is all good advice.
Here is an article that covers the topic in detail: Selecting a Domain NameThere's good, fast and cheap. Pick any two.
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September 12th, 2007, 08:42 AM #6
I guess there were a couple of things I left off that I meant to say, as well.
First, how you want to be found is not nearly as important as how customers want to find you. It is important to understand the searches they are going to use to find the products.
Second, professionalism adds legitimacy. Your domain name must at least look like there could be a professional organization behind it. Cheap-Auto-Insurance-Quotes.bz does not inspire confidence, while AutoInsurance.net might get you a once-over. A domain hosting company recently changed their name to answerable dot com . It has nothing to do with their business, and I think it was a poor choice to move to that domain. Just because you can acquire a dictionary word dot com, it doesn't mean you should build your hopes around it, unless you can make a market connection.Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.
September 12th, 2007, 10:22 AM #7
Once you have chosen a topic or product line for your site it is ESSENTIAL that you locate a domain name that is relevant to that choice. Godaddy offers suggested site names. You can start with the most basic name which probably is taken and see what suggestions pop up. That gets you thinking.
Good luck.I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die
to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there
isn't and die to find out there is.
September 14th, 2007, 06:30 PM #8
I was playing around with the overture tool and found no results for any of my searches. There are a few other keyword research tools out there that work well (do a google to find them). I havent used the overture stuff since Yahoo decided to change their ad program.
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