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Domain Registration Questions

  1. sid_candid profile image60
    sid_candidposted 5 years ago

    I want to register a domain but the .com is not available neither are ,info or .org available. So can I register with my name +the keyword for example if creditcards.com is not available can I register for sidcreditcards.com. Would this affect my search engine rankings.

    1. Bill Manning profile image71
      Bill Manningposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ouch! No no no,,, don't do that! Never use your name or anyone's name. What you need to do is find out the best looking combination of words to get that domain.

      For instance in your example you want:
      creditcards.com

      It's taken right, so now use different combination's of the best looking words until you get the right one. Like:
      bestcreditcards.com
      topcreditcards.com
      creditcardsforyou.com
      popularcreditcards.com
      comparecreditcards.com

      and so on,,,,,

      What your trying to do is find the best looking name you can find. aaacreditcards.com sounds cheesy,,,, so does 123creditcards.com

      Just fish around and try until you get the best looking name,,, but don't use a persons name.

      BTW, I'd stay well away from credit card sites. smile

      1. sid_candid profile image60
        sid_candidposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        It was just an example I am not building a website on a niche too hard to crack.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You will find most of the obvious names are gone.  I wouldn't use your name, though.  Try something which tells the visitor more about your site.

      For instance, I wanted to make a site about pointe shoes.  Of course, pointeshoes.com, info, org etc were all gone.

      But imagine my surprise when I found that pointeshoesonline.com was available!   I also bought thetribaldance.com for a few dollars, even though tribaldance.com is on sale for about $2,000. 

      Edit: Bill beat me to it!

      1. Bill Manning profile image71
        Bill Manningposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        HA! But yeah those are great examples Marisa. smile

        I'm buying a lot of niche domains shortly and I know all the best names are gone. So I'll just tack a "the" or "best" or whatever to the front or back of the name. smile

      2. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That is a great tip indeed Marisa, I am following this thread and a few others like this one:)

    3. profile image60
      nprkshnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      hey.....i face same problem when i try to get lumbini.com i look for lumbini.info but i couldn't


      then i finally took  visitlumbini.com     now i am quite happy smile

  2. Rosie2010 profile image84
    Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

    Wow! this thread is very helpful for me too.

    @sid-candid - thanks for posting the thread.

    @Bill Manning and Marisa Wright - thanks for the very useful tips.

    I don't have a website yet, but I've been thinking of getting one in the very near future.  Thanks y'all! smile

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hurray up then... before all the names are gone big_smile

      I nail 50 - 100 each month.

      You can have bellydancer dot com if you like big_smile

      Unless Bill wants it? hmm

      1. Bill Manning profile image71
        Bill Manningposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Nope, I know nothing about belly dancing, except that I like to watch it! big_smile

        1. Pearldiver profile image88
          Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We should talk about some of those names... Are you interested?
          I like that Theme of yours, but I haven't put that one together..

          1. Bill Manning profile image71
            Bill Manningposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Oh feel free to shoot me an email anytime about anything you think I might be interested in. smile

            1. Pearldiver profile image88
              Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Cheers though I am mindful that I had promised to get back to you once before and got lost in the crowd on an assignment, missing the time I'd promised.. yikes

              Well I've got some really really great TLD names in certain niches and in general... like 'Unfuzzylogic' 'smarterarse' 'greenenergy' etc.
              So cheers expect a wee note soon Bill. Thanks for that. smile

      2. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        bellydancer dot com - I am salivating, but not sure what I'd do with it.  I already have four bellydance websites!  How much - PM me?

  3. greencap profile image61
    greencapposted 5 years ago

    About search engine rankings, let me tell you that domain name doesn't matter. If you have done some SEO on your .blogspot.com site, then a brand new .com site with the same keyword will always be listed below your blogspot site

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      True, I've heard many people say you can rank with any old domain name.  However there are several advantages to getting one.

      Firstly, if you settle for the blogspot name and later decide to move your site to another style of hosting, you can't take the blogspot URL with you.

      Whereas if you get a domain name right at the start, you can move your domain anywhere and its URL can stay the same.

      Secondly, as Eric Graudins says, you need a name that fits the "radio rule" - i.e., you could tell someone the name and they'll remember it.  It depends on your audience, but most people will find a blog name easier to remember without the blogspot.

      Thirdly, so long as you're on blogspot there's always the risk of Google shutting you down. 

      Why quibble over less than $10 a year anyway?,

      1. greencap profile image61
        greencapposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Quite right about the stupidity of blogger, they can remove your pages and even ban you altogether.

        I was just trying to emphasize that having a good domain name without some SEO done will not ensure a higher ranking for you.

        @Bill
        If you write an article on hubpages, and similar article on a newly registered domain with same keyword strategy, which one is more likely to rank higher in search engines???

  4. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 5 years ago

    Have to strongly disagree about the domain thing. What your domain name is, is not SUPPOSE to matter.

    However in real life, or at least for Google, it does matter, a LOT. You can get a domain name that is a keyword match for a narrow niche and with hardly any content in it rank #1 for it.

    I know because I've done so. A two month old WP site with only 3 post and 2 pages is number one for all it's keywords, and it's all because of the domain name.

    In fact going out and getting keyword matched domain names in narrow niches, throwing them together and letting them rank high is a good way to make tons of cash.

    I will never get another site unless I can get the domain name to have all the keywords I'm shooting for. smile

 
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