Basic Online Domaining Skills

Domaining is one of the best things about the World Wide Web. Anyone can do it. There is no ethnic tabu or gender restriction, educational bias or language barrier. The web allows individual users their own path to domaining success. The domain name game is a custom career with no checklist or required curriculum to start or actively participate in online.

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And it is a myth that every domainer webmaster or site designer has to know all the code types and applications administration tasks in the beginning. the learning curve of a domainer is both a challenge and a reward. Domainers make excellent peer advisors. Learning to navigate the basic starting points of owning a domain and promoting it for resale can be the start of many lasting online relationships.

Online web travelers from all over the world use the internet every day to traffic in domain names and related products. Being able to make websites, engineer hosting account setups, and administrate open source applications are some of the skills needed for domain name careers. Hosting account ownership and registrar commerce is a must for domainers. Studying the interactions and execution of domain purchase, registration, transfer and hosting of names and websites are pivotal domaining skills.

A robust Internet connection with some tolerances for crisp security and ISP access is suggested. Facebook access and experience using Twitter is a bona fide asset to any domainer working online today. Niche skills like language or industry core competencies can lift a newby domainer into the advanced level of his group of interested name promoters and owners.

Domaining can be as multifaceted as the individual operator decides their business day online needs to be. Working offline editing HTML code or participation in domainer chat are equally valuable domain name development inputs. Photo editing, graphic design skills, and overall adherence to web standards is a valued set of skills that can become domaining sidelines for other domainer clients.

Basic computer skills and word processing facility is very much utilized in domaining and basically any online editing of text and material. Indexing a numbered list, or formatting a bullet point in the code might be needed one day and then never again. Some spreadsheet analysis may occur using traffic statistics but graphic representation of these reports is commonly available.

People generally want to know what to expect when they break into the domain name game and how the industry works. The individual domainer will produce his own agenda and set his own standards about how their day or   week or month will progress in terms of domain acquisition and resales. Redesigning or editing sites for user ease of use is a common task.

Domainers usually hire subcontractors to get little things like code editing or site patches done, as it is not a good use of their time to learn a skill from the ground up when it can be done by an online domainer professional. The skills domainers learn ramping up in the job make them feasibly able to perform these tasks for others as well. Search engine optimization and link building are almost domain industries of their own.

The schedule of a domainer can be arduous or part time. The domainer can spend all their time scanning drop list auctions, reading technology tutorials, or building social network relationships with other domainers. All can be equally valuable. The underlying trait of a successful domainer is the willingness to learn and the ability to actively participate online in business areas relating to domain name commerce.

Originally posted 2010-06-09 22:48:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Domain Opportunity Now

There is a unique opportunity taking place now, and savvy entrepreneurs can act to secure real profits and increase over value. The herd in the domain world can tend to run in the same direction, but some key value elements might make a big difference when scanning droplists or making offers on auctioned names. The actual name and keyword combination is still important, but attaining a key name in the “other” realm of TLD’s is obviously newly profitable.

If the auction sales from DomainFest show one thing, it’s that no assumption about a TLD being valueless in the future is accurate. Dot Me names (from the CCTLD for Montenegro) and the newly minted .CO landslide (from the CCTLD of Columbia) may be hidden investment gems. The UDRP landscape is filling up with trademarks, and the domain holder who brands their own CCTLD along with a possible primary dot com dot net or dot org, can win the domainers stakes.

The census years ago was that (whether domainers will admit it or not) .US was really just an also-ran in the domain space. Many domainers who had invested were tearing their hair out over so much “wasted” investment. They must have read the Domainfest report with sackcloth and ashes.
Here are some name sales. Trafficjam.com sold for $11,500. Kiss.me sold for $10,000. Love.me sold for $32,000. Won.com was the big winner with a $115,000 payday, a great sale for a three letter dot com. The very timely name BridgeLoan.com sold for $27,500. Damages.com went for $25,000. LoanQuotes.com sold for $75,000. Those are some healthy name sales.

Dot US names had a premier place in domainer’s hearts, simply because a huge tranche of domainers actually live and work in the United States, thus using the country code TLD in a manner according to the reasons it was formed. The CCTLD names in the past were bought in a flurry of gold rush activity. But if the five figure domain sales reported from last week tell domainers anything, it’s that this week’s unwanted TLD name is going to be valued much higher in few years, perhaps even months. Time to get cracking picking up those “dollar” domains.

Originally posted 2011-02-07 22:02:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Godaddy Special, Grab a 5 Buck Domain!

Hey domainers get out your small change. The $4.95 Godaddy special is up and working!

Originally posted 2012-01-10 16:40:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Domains in Repair

I was reading an article about a team of fix it men who post repair guides to their website. The article was about their reverse engineering efforts to discover how a mobile device worked. The online repair guides were developed from the tech team figuring out how the device worked and explaining it to the layman. The high SEO values for repair guides and fix-it searches per device make and model make for a sticky site.

Since the Internet is full of laymen (cough, cough) looking for a way to save expensive repair bills and do it themselves, this idea brings huge traffic. The search queries for how to fix home electronics or mobile devices have grown with the advent of portable technology. Nobody wants to pay a repairman!

Repairing this and repairing that can make for a slew of profitable sites. Just organizing the links to existing videos can make a great site. Keywords and introductions, even reviews of repair and fix-it videos make a successful site model. And the content won’t age. These names can make traffic stats that support a profitable auction resale of the name.

But the focus value should be on a template for development.  The rhythm of successive sites deployed is the goal. Too many  domainers acquire names up the ying-yang and develop none at all. They make the entire website launching process thousands of times more difficult than it has to be. It’s like watching someone starve next to a bunch of bananas, because they are too nervous they’ll peel it the wrong way to get anything to eat.

The marriage of a hot technology and purposeful document available at the site makes for eager visitors. New technology and the use of gadgets people don’t fully understand has become a normal part of everyday life. Also normal is the online access and search for device operation assistance. Those providing reviews, how-to advice, coaching and repair guidance can own a proprietary part of the web and build domain value as well.

But the winning domain development plan does not need to be an actual repair site, but it can be a website addressing any need the visiting site public may have. Figuring out what the public needs to know is the first step,  providing it is the second part, and  figuring how to let them know they need it is the third part. Fourth is massaging the public awareness of the availability.

The keywords to such a site garner various oenatomological approaches. How the domain name word sounds and if it sounds similar enough to what the site is about can matter. The word “repair” should obviously feature right behind the noun. Ideally this would be perfect except that domain speculators have likely taken all those names very early in the original domain real estate gold rush. Buying such a name would be in the five to six figures.

Domains that lead to content rich websites build traffic value that can be used to secure a bid for resale or bolster an auction listing. And the world of video and the inevitable YouTube should shoulder the burden of the hosting. YouTube will be granting $5 million in video blogger awards to its members, and that’s big money for those who have mastered the craft.

Many webmasters invest a fortune in video capable web hosting before realizing they can upload their videos onto YouTube and embed the frame in their lightweight blog. Nabbing a blog app these days is just a borrowed folder with a  redirect, until a better hosting solution comes along. The cementing of a blog’s identity with original content is always going to be the meat and potatoes of any blog.

So, get out those pencils and paper and start mapping a new site plan for your domain based repair site today. Try some morphologies of “fix + noun” or “noun + repair”. Check the registrars to see what’s already taken or what combinations of domain names are involved. Work the how-to video and YouTube coaching craze for all it’s worth. And have fun doing it.

Originally posted 2010-07-15 19:43:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Search Engine Marketing Process

There are several phases when it comes to the SEM process. A couple of the first steps that you will need to focus on are planning and research, content creation, and campaign creation.

Planning and Research

When you start the process of planning and research you want to learn as much as you can about the products and services that you are going to advertise.  This phase includes product and services information, figuring out your advertising budget and existing campaign information. The biggest part of this phase will be on keyword research and content creation. You should take your time and brainstorm your keywords and content ideas, as this will be the most important part of your research. Once you have completed this step you will be creating your landing page.

Content

Before you start your pay per click campaign you must have quality content on your site. More than likely your homepage will be too generic to use as the landing page. You will want to plan a landing page that is appropriate with content that will want to make your visitors take action.

Pay Per Click Campaign

The pay per click campaign creation phase includes two things. You will be monitoring your campaign and making any changes that need to be made in order to improve click through rate and conversion. You want to always be looking for ways to improve on your campaigns. When you see the need to make changes it could be something as simple as changing the title, or something as drastic as stopping the campaign and starting over again.

You should always be refining your campaign whether it be minor or major corrections. The people that are most successful with pay per click campaigns are those that are always testing and making changes to see which works best.

The only way to really learn the search engine marketing process is to jump in and start working. As time goes on and you tweak your campaign for success, you will begin to understand what works and what does not work.

Originally posted 2010-01-15 13:37:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Dictionary Domain Names: Can You Still Find And Register Them?

Submitted By: Selva

While doing research on the Internet for things that looked interesting and had some moneymaking potential I stumbled across a website dedicated to domain names. There are many, but that particular site had loads of articles and helpful hints. One of the articles caught my attention when it mentioned dictionary domain names.

I immediately started thinking …yes; maybe I could register some valuable dictionary domains and somehow make money from them. That potential bubble was quickly burst when virtually everything I could find about domain names indicated all the good names had been registered. It seemed to be true. I spent hours thinking up names, then checking, only to find they had already been registered.

Now, true to all I’d read, I was only attempting to come up with .com domain names since by now I too had come to believe the best chance of making money from domain names was to own names with the much more popular .com extension. There are, however, significant exceptions but that will not concern us here.

After my initial failure to find decent domain names… almost all the first two hundred names I thought were good were already taken, I decided maybe I should take a different approach. I had read several articles indicating dictionary domain names had intrinsic value compared to non-dictionary URL’s. I agree, however it still is not easy to sell a dictionary domain name, or any domain name for that matter, in my experience. Even more so, it seemed like all the single word dictionary names were already registered, adding to my dismay in trying to find good names to register.

It now became a challenge to find unregistered dictionary domain names, with the dot com extension. I vowed to find some, no matter what. Being a researcher at heart, but not totally sold on pure Internet research, I decided to straddle the fence. I would think up words and write them down on paper, then check them out on a popular Internet website for correct spelling, then check with a registrar to see if they were available to register. It was rare to find any single word domain name that was not already taken. Exceptions were very long undesirable words.

Ok I thought, back to my college days. I got one of my original college dictionaries, now some decades old, and started looking up words. I started with the letter Z since I figured there are fewer and less common words beginning with that letter. Knowing it would be unlikely to be able to register any word I already was familiar with I quickly scanned for unknown (words I did not know) words. Bingo! Almost immediately, when I entered the word zebeck.com to register it I was shocked to find it available to register. I double-checked the spelling and the definition. When I was sure there was no mistake I registered it.

After the initial shock of actually finding a dictionary word I could register I made it a goal to spend several nights a week for a month or more to try to find new words. I tried the F’s and almost immediately found floccule. Looked up T’s and found thulia. To make matters interesting I found javary, kamacite, togate and others in my dictionary, but they did not show up in the dictionary on the Internet. Double-checking for correctness, I verified they were indeed true dictionary words and proceeded to register the .com version of them.

In the process of using my old dictionary I noticed many alternate versions of common words. Some I registered, such as tythe (usual spelling is tithe), some I did not. You will also find words not in one well-known dictionary but in another popular dictionary. The word may or may not be in the Internet dictionary(s). I haven’t used the dictionary (a real printed dictionary) so frequently since I finished college. Because of it my vocabulary has just expanded by probably a thousand or more words.

As it turned out I was able to register many dictionary domains using this method. Almost every sitting I was able to find one or more words to register as a .com address. These were all single word dictionary words. I usually spent from one-half hour to once almost three hours at night, each time I checked my trusty old dictionary. My goal was to find at least one word to register. I think I only failed to do that once in many sittings (actually I laid in bed most of the time). Now, as you can imagine, each time I registered a name I felt good knowing I was the owner of a domain name that had a real meaning. It was a single word domain at that. Later I decided to find and register hyphened dictionary words such as scrub-up, jury-rig, two-cycle, puff-ball and others.

Lately I have been too busy to use this method. I have, however, developed an effective shortcut or two. Try these if you want dictionary words without spending too much time searching for them:

1) When reading books, magazines, web pages, watching television, etc. take note of any new or uncommon words. Check to see if any are available to register. I registered UIIR (urotensin II receptor), an acronym, and futzed using this method.

2) Subscribe to a domain name service (contact me for a recommendation) and look to see dictionary domains that have very recently expired or are expiring within the next few days. You can find names still available to register but you have to act fast because most decent names usually get snapped up quickly.

3) You can sign-up with many registrars to get expiring dictionary domains, for a price. However, now I believe there is an auction on them if more than one person applies for the same name. Using this method I was able to get yolky and waeg dot com names by paying less than $70 each.

Each of the above three methods have yielded good results for me whenever I used them; resulting in dictionary domain names I never would have thought were available. Words such as stellary, sexological, chinless, radishs, and shrilly, although not so common, were easily registered.

As to the value of over 75 dictionary names I have registered using the above three methods there is some uncertainty as to what they are worth. This is an unanswerable question until they are sold or otherwise used. A future article will detail some of my research to see what potential value lies in these dictionary domain names.

Originally posted 2009-11-01 09:39:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The goMobi advantage stems from being able to build a complete website specially designed for mobile devices of all kinds and display the information that people want to see. goMobi claims to be able to add maps, one touch dialing, and special promotions for visitors. And the service can automatically detect whether to display the full site or mobile site to visitors.

For those with domain names hosted at Enom, this could be a good way to see if the names might go somewhere. Name development is now more active and competitive than ever. With mobile Web users increasing by 148% in 2009 alone, having an easy to reach Internet site mobile presence is key to increasing  online exposure. Check out the free trial offer.

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Originally posted 2010-10-18 21:51:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Drilling for Mobile Clicks

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This is the age of the mobile domain name. Everyone has got not just a cellphone but a smartphone, an Internet portal users can hold in their hands in line at the fast food place, waiting for the movie to start in the theater, and waiting for the kids to come out of school. The mobile domain name website designer needs to feature an app for browsing site visitors to utilize. Just signalling one point on the landing page for mobile users is a start.

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Everyone has got a cellphone. Infants and pets have cellphones. barbie has a cellphone and her doll has a cellphone. But not everyone likes the navigation or reduced footprint mobile access to Internet sites offer. My take on the mobile use of websites is that the visitation to any website can enjoy huge traffic bursts as long as there is a unique, standalone, easily navigable application (app). This can build in a number of directions.

I am confronted daily at my local bus stop by people who don’t know when the bus gets there. They are all holding cellphones. The reason they can’t access the local bus routes via internet is that the website for this service (mta.net) is the most bloated internet presence ever constructed. Getting schedule information is a tough dig.

Talk about a bloated online destination. Mta.net is the worst and most overpacked online enterprise I have ever seen, and its schedules are buried under a site map sinking under the weight of too much pablum. The overdesign of this site reaches critical traffic stalls regularly and the bus schedule I normally use has a permanent error built into its Adobe page split between the 5th and 6th age of my most used bus schedule.

What if I made a website that featured the bus arrival times and schedules for my local bus stops in an easily mobile-navigable format for simplistic mobile phone users to track and access? It sounds like re-inventing the wheel. But if the data owners don’t like their wheels to be accessible to riders, someone else can showcase the wheel and its dynamics.

Navigating an Adobe brochure on a cellphone with a screen size the size of a Lorna Doone cookie doesn’t work for me. But checking the schedule of the MTA bus route 183, MTA bus route 96, and MTA bus route 222 maps tos a series of clicks which culminate in (you guessed it) the entire multipage bus schedule download. This is awful to tab through on a numeric mobile phone keypad.

But what if a local website hosted these schedules in navigable form so that mobile users could grab their data while waiting curbside? Furthermore, a fun marketing idea might be to print stickers with this url and slap them on the bus stops so people would get the idea. Instead of worried faces and unnecessary delays, bus riders could access schedules “on the hoof”.

If a vendor or internet source online offers data in an unpalatable format, there is no law that says you can’t repackage that data on your own site and garner the clicks. By identifying bad websites and poorly accessible data, webmasters of would-be mobile features can target a repackaging strategy and spread the word. And domainers promoting these sites may see some tasty traffic.

Previously posted on 7/28/2010

Originally posted 2010-11-09 13:13:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Google Adsense – The Basics

We have talked in previous articles about using pay per click to increase revenue. Now I would like to touch on using the basics of Adsense to make money.

Choosing a Domain Name

The first thing you will need is a website. Choosing a name for your website is easier said than done. It seems that all the words in the dictionary are already taken. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a good domain name. You’ll just have to be more creative or search for a domain name is like that you can purchase that someone is willing to sell.

Hosting

You also need to choose a hosting service. If you are to choose a hosting service such as GoDaddy you can have your hosting done at a reasonable rate of around $10 a month.

Design The Site

Designing a site has become very easy these days. At one time you needed to learn HTML. Now you can easily put together a site using tools like Word press, or hiring a web site designer from places such as elance.com.

Content for Your Site

The ads that will be shown on your web pages will depend on the content that you have on each page. This works out well because as visitors land on your web pages, the ads being displayed on them will be relevant to what they are seeking.

Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization should be used to drive traffic to your site, just like with any other website. There are three different major search engines, Google, Yahoo, and MSN(Bing). These are the search engines that you should start with for optimizing your site.

If you are planning on using Google Adsense to make money, I would suggest that your website be on a topic that is of interest to you. You will want to deliver to your visitors quality content. If your website is on a topic that you are passionate about, you will find it much easier to blog or add content to it each day. If you are able to offer your visitors quality content then your visitors will keep returning, and Google will be happy with your site.

Originally posted 2010-01-24 09:15:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Are you confused by DNS?

To me the term “top level domain” seems confusing as the top level of the domain is actually the part after the dot. Most people are familiar with the top level domain of .com. But there are many others. For example, .com, .net, .gov, .edu, and so on.

The whole domain name system (DNS) can be confusing to many. It is a naming system for computers, or any nod connected to the internet, including such things as printers. If it where not for DNS, we would be typing in numbers for our domain names. Imagine trying to remember the numbers to all your favorite websites.

Top level domains are the responsibility of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They are responsible for assigning organizations to maintain the DNS top level domains. They are a non profit organization that was founded on September 18th of 1998. Not so old really.

They are also responsible for many other tasks. Before these duties fell on the shoulders of ICANN, the job belonged to the U.S. Government. The other tasks that are assigned to ICANN include such things as [internet protocol, country code, root server system management, address space allocation, and many other functions.

Basically ICANN preserves the continuing stability of the internet.

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Originally posted 2009-11-22 10:37:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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