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Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Creating a Website: Something from Nothing Part 2

By Natalie Hart
January 15th, 2010

Computer smoke image by chaini00 on Photobucket_1262725196800Last week, I posted the first three tips for savvy DIY-entrepreneurs wanting to start their own website (check out tips 1-3 in Part 1).  Now, without further delay, I’d like to get right back into providing you with the next 3 steps:

4. Buy a domain name. I suggest to do this even if you don’t want to start a website for a few years. I’d even suggest this if you don’t know what you want your website to be centered around. Buy a domain name that is related to your name, your family, your hobby, your dog, anything! Because once a domain name is off the market, it’s rare that it’ll become available again. Go to GoDaddy.com and buy a domain name NOW!  If you know the keywords used when people search for your target product or service, try to get a domain name containing target keywords (e.g. “MensUnderwearStore.com”).

5. Set up persuasive momentum before a line of code gets written. This tip came straight from Melissa Burdon herself!  And, she knows a thing or two about creating persuasive momentum.  I think of this step as outlining your ideas before writing a term paper. Planning the path your visitors are going to take on your site before building it a) makes your site is easier to navigate for visitors,  b) allows visitors to become customers more quickly and c) saves money over the long run because you’ll spend less money on optimization and marketing.

6. Micro-test before you invest. That catchy little phrase came courtesy of Brendan Regan.  Consider setting up an eBay or Yahoo! store to see what demand there is for your product and help you gauge interest. This will allow you to also realistically project how much money you can invest upfront and if it’s going to be a profitable venture for you.  There’s a chapter dedicated to this concept in Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-hour work Week.

After you’ve completed these first 6 steps, you’ll be ready to begin planning your site. You’ll be prepared for who else you’re up against in the industry, and maybe even have a little money to get you started.

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  1. Just to add to the resources you’ve already listed, I’ve found that the site bustaname.com helps you combine a variety of words into available URLs (since they can be difficult to come up with sometimes) and then purchase the one(s) you find appropriate. Additionally, if your budget allows, hiring a user experience expert can greatly help in your website planning to ensure the easiest navigation and the most logical path.

  2. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. I am definitely going to consider it next time.

  3. This is a great post for newbies like myself. Thanks for the great post.

  4. i agreed to buy domain name first and it must be picked based on keyword.

    normally. google or any search engines need time to index new website. It’s better to get domain name early..

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  5. well i liked the info shared her and i was looking for the same.
    webhosting

  6. Micro testing is where it’s at. I’m not saying that we have to test 10 different styles, but I think it makes absolute sense to test a few templates or styles and go with the one that has the highest conversion rate. Then leave it alone and work on getting traffic to the page.

  7. Planning the path your visitors are going to take on your site before building it a) makes your site is easier to navigate for visitors. VERY true. Pretend your visitor has a broken attention span and you have to help them!

  8. Thanks for sharing such a useful information!
    This is a great post

  9. hi nice advices, your tips can help anyone who wants to do well in internet marketing.

  10. You should buy a domain name that is generic. Domains that are generic have adavantages when it comes to successful search engine optimisation.

  11. Another reason to buy a domain few years earlier is that google likes older domains!

    This will help u with the ranking and in general

  12. What I personally do before starting to build the site is I DRAW the path my visitors will go through in a big white board. When I am sure my site is user friendly then I start writing the code. This has been very useful to me.

  13. well, there are some forums and website that sell old domain and not always they are expensive. A good SEO is always the key.

  14. its easy to actually create a site. its the users and the visitors thats hard to get and maintain.

  15. The 4-hour work Week is a good book. Thanks for your advice!

  16. a Website must include a domain and host

  17. At 4: its also important to make sure what your package is contains e.g. database like mysql, php or php4-5. Do you have subdomains, email etc.pp.

    and !!! donot pay for more transfer! :-)

  18. How long to make a serious website?

  19. Hi,
    I really admire the valuable information you offer in your post.I agree that a Website must include a domain and Micro-test is useful before invest.
    Thanks for providing such a wonderful post.This is really beneficial for my learning experiance.

  20. For
    Business Review,
    You have much, much more to do on the site if you want real results. You must post many links, articles …
    But it pays to
    Best Regards

  21. 2: business Review:
    It takes a lot of time, but actually it depends on how good you are in programming and how good are you skills.

    The best is, you create a plan. so it is easy.

  22. Definitely true. Particularly getting the domain name as early as possible. Also research, research, research.

  23. Great post! Im just starting create my ecommerce blog. Thanks for valued info.

  24. It is easy to create a site , you cand use a CMS and the site is live, the problem comes when you have to bring users and to make them to stay.

  25. If you are going to buy the domain name, then get a few inbound links ASAP to get it recognized by search engines.

  26. The old school way of developing web sites is to first consider what value that you are adding to each visitor. Internet web pioneers usually created webs sites on topics that they were interested in. If the site provided something useful, people found out about it and the income followed. I’m thinking that this model could still work…..

  27. to pariuri sportive, yes you’re right if you say that cms is easy to handle. But natalie was telling “how you creating a website” and if youre a beginner or a newbie, cms is just a lil bit too difficult. cms is a system like a board. If you cant creating a websit I also think that you can’t upload a cms =)

    And nevertheless I think that cms makes not a lot of fun as creating or programming a website by yourself =)

  28. yes I have to agree hens.
    Its really tough at the beginning to start with a cms-system if you dont have the full knowlegde.

    Better step by step, but dont plunged in a newbie at the deep end ;)

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  30. Thanks for sharing such a useful information!
    This is a great post, thnks

  31. Thanks for your post. The site structure planning in advance can be very important for later success of the website.

  32. this post give alot about Planning path of visitors, making site easier to navigate and to allows visitors to become customers more quickly. i love this post as it is useful.

  33. Thanks for the interesting information. Even though I started with my site a while back and didn’t do all of the steps you recommended at least I think I got some parts of it more or less right!

  34. Thanks for the article once again.I liked the ‘creating persuasive momentum’ before a line of code gets written concept.

  35. I suspect that most people actually do what you are suggesting. They decide to do a web site and begin by registering a domain. Many go no further and some ninety percent ++ of the rest create by one means or another a site that gets 3-4 visitors a week, month … and then eventually give up.

    The final thing I do when starting a new site is to register the domain. The urgency went many years ago. There are no unregistered one word generic domain names left anymore. Hence we have these funny made up domain names that have become so familiar: Google …

    Finally after I’ve identified the niche, analyzed the demand, competition and monetization potential it’s time to get a domain. My first port of call is to check out existing registered domains that that contain my site concepts’s keyword. Ideally they will be sitting on a shelf, have a few thousand back links and a PR4 or better. They can save me years of effort. Furthermore the prices are always negotiable.

  36. As far as platform goes i`d suggest WordPress. You can build a whole web page on that, plus it`s free, has HUGE load of plug-ins and it`s easy to handle.

  37. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. I am definitely going to consider it next time.

  38. thanks for sharing really vital stuff here and everyone can really learn something!

  39. I agree, WordPress is the only way to go.

  40. It’s lucky that your friend has a contact like you to advise them on what to do and where to go.

    I was reading about someone that was paying £500 per annum for a domain name that in reality could have been registered for the equivalent of £3 per annum.

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  42. There are many place where you can replicate a template and just fill out data and create your website. If you desire a custom and a more professional website, I would use Drupal.

  43. Well, thank you for the two articles, I think there wasn’t much new to get known but thanks anyway.

  44. thank You for these very interesting articles, I am considering making my own web page so these information will be useful to me

  45. Your tips are great first steps. As hard as it is to come up with the right product, the next steps are the most difficult. That is where most people get frustrated and give up. If you can buy a domain name with an existing page rank, you are already steps ahead of the rest of us.

  46. great tips, if only the online biz are as easy as we think

  47. @ Denver

    So true! Everybody makes it seem like the online overnight sensation is the rule, but it is the exception to the rule. Like anything else, it takes time and energy.

  48. as my experience, buying domain at the first time is good starting step before develope website to be monitezed

  49. I agree.

  50. If you search net you can find thousands of articles in this topic.But this post is different.It simply tell you what you need to do.Very helpful for nebies

  51. Really amazing how there are millions of sites already out there, yet millions of niches waiting to be filled still, and more being created each day. Encouraging for me at least :)

  52. Keyword rich domains are golddust, if you can find one in your field you MUST snap it up immediately, or pay the price later on.

  53. Now that we are geared up with these 6 tips and the determination to succeed, we can now plunge into the highly competitive business world. Who’s going first? : )

  54. I followed to study with your details, that is very interesting.

  55. I’ve spent the last 2 months slowly working our website. Articles like this have made it a lot easier.
    I’d also like to register another vote for WordPress.

  56. For people with no technical knowledge who want to create a website it is easy to use a CMS (Content Management System). The site is easy to use and manage.

  57. This sure was an informative post. I missed something here though, and that was traffic volumen when it comes to micro-testing. Off course it`s possible to build a website that have a lot of traffic and no conversions, but I wouldn`t use too much time on this kind of testing: if you have traffic in a particular niche, you can ALWAYS find a way to make money.

  58. nice tips thanks for sharing.. keep write.

  59. Good post and your suggestions are useful, but what I have always found is that irrespective of the any amount of planning and research you do on your online venture, as you learn and indeed the net itself constantly changes, so too does your site’s revenue model. SO be prepared to be flexible also.
    Kind of like a continual Micro-test!

  60. I do have to agree. Buying domain name now even if your planning to use it yet is a must. The older the domain name the more the search engines will trust that domain name.

    Even if you are planning 2 or 3 different websites for the future buy the domain name now.

  61. if your budget allows, hiring a user experience expert can greatly help in your website planning to ensure the easiest navigation and the most logical path.

  62. This is a great post, I always buy come up with my initial idea and see if I can find a great domain name and then go from there.

  63. I have no any doubt about it that this is a good post.I think some, who failed for website building basically for SEO (search ingine optimization). So, we have to concentrate not only building good looking website but also seo optimized website. By the way, I want to sell some websites. Anybody can tell me how can I sell my websites rapidly?

  64. dontforget the steadily updates. and its nice if you have some trends on your page, e.g. twitter or facebook.
    So readers shall attentive on your page. and dont forget the advert =)

  65. So how long to make a serious website?

  66. Hi,
    I appreciate the useful information that you discussed here. Actually we have an site Blitzpenny – The next generation of online auctions, is one of the world’s most innovative auction sites. Based on a unique software solution and business model. so your provided information will be useful for me.

    Thanks for sharing information

  67. I have spent the last 5 months slowly working our website. Articles like this have made it a lot easier. I would also like to register another vote for wp.

  68. Well this guideline is indeed very interesting. Since i am owning some websites on my own i really know how hard it is to find a proper domain name. Thank you for the advice.

  69. I liked the 6th point (Micro-test before you invest), it emphasize on identifying risk even well before you invest into acquiring website.

  70. this post give alot about Planning path of visitors, making site easier to navigate and to allows visitors to become customers more quickly. i love this post as it is useful.

  71. I own a website currently still in its first year. Ive tried many recomendations to try and increase traffic and make improvements. Some work and some dont. Best advive i can give is keep to your ideas and plans and above all keep going it will start to work eventually,

  72. Thanks for sharing all the great info. BTW, I love the catchy phrase “Micro-test before you invest.” Nice :)

  73. Yeah, make a website not easy. Your steps above look so easy, but not easy to do by a newbie like me. But I think the sixth step is the main point. I never do that before. Love to read your article natalie :)

  74. I appreciate the wonderful information that you shared here.your provided information is useful for me.

    Thanks for great information

  75. Can you buy an older site and 301 redirect to your site? I worry if I 301 my current site, I will lose my rankings. Any suggestions?

  76. One more thing. Is it a waste of time and money to backorder a godaddy website? Just wondering.

  77. Thanks for a good guide!

    Having the keyword in the domain is in my opinion one of the most important point in SEO.

    I have heard about Godaddy discount codes, it’s that anything you got?

    Thanks!

  78. thanks for contributing this seo guide i i usually get domains from godaddy but gandi has a promo going on and is offering 1 year domain free so if its still on someone can catch that.
    and is there a particular host you would recommend other than godaddy

  79. dontforget the steadily updates. and its nice if you have some trends on your page, e.g. twitter or facebook.

  80. Can you buy an older site and 301 redirect to your site? I worry if I 301 my current site, I will lose my rankings. Any suggestions?

  81. If you are going to buy the domain name, then get a few inbound links ASAP to get it recognized by search engines.

  82. well i liked the info shared her and i was looking for the same.

  83. #

    inbound links ASAP to get it recognized by search engines.

  84. have heard about Godaddy discount codes, it’s that anything you got?

  85. Great information, now once one has created their web site they have to do some SEO on it so it to get the traffic needed to generate leads. This is also for the search engines to recognize the site.

  86. I certainly think an extremely important number 7 should be added to this list. Find a good web development company to produce your site.

  87. Great post and series. I have a website already but am thinking about selling items through it and will use the yahoo store idea. Cheers

  88. Great information, now once one has created their web site they have to do some SEO on it so it to get the traffic needed to generate leads. This is also for the search engines to recognize the site.

  89. With regards buying the domain name, does anyone have any thoughts on how value it is to have a keyword rich domain name vs the potential of it looking ‘spammy’?

  90. There’s certainly some weight in a keyword rich domain but if it’s too spam sounding it’s unlikely to develop into a brand name. There’s usually some half way point to include one of your keywords but then also make it a unique domain name.

  91. You should buy a domain name that is generic. Domains that are generic have adavantages when it comes to successful search engine optimisation.

  92. Yaah Bill this post is very useful for us for being optimistic.

  93. try to make money by selling a website. no luck yet.

  94. thanks for sharing really vital stuff here and everyone can really learn something!

  95. I am considering making my own web page so these information will be useful to me. Thanks for sharing

  96. Domains that are generic have adavantages when it comes to successful search engine optimisation.

  97. domain become rare and rare right now. I can’t find 3 or 4 words for domain. even its kja, asd, ics, all have been purchased..

    buy your desired domain right now, or you will be cry.. :)

  98. If they open up the .com .net .org to a lot more options – they will need to be adopted by consumers…. or offline promotion by a newbie will simply benefit the .com of the existing name. Saturation is a point that will occur.

  99. Wow your site really does have alot of information. Im gonna bookmark for future reading. great tips and I agree about buying domain names with your keywords in it, it really helps your rankings for that keyword.

  100. I am of the opinion that generic domains do provide great advantages when it comes to selling them. Furthermore a generic domain is easy to remember.

  101. Great tips, i try buy domain that containing with keyword

  102. Getting a domain name with your target keywords is so important, even if you have to inject dashes or use an obscure TLD.

  103. Thanks for sharing such a useful information!
    best regards

  104. actually make a web is more than that, make a web is to me get an idea and power it.

  105. Oh yes, I strongly buying a domain first and getting keywords that you think people would search for your product and services. I am using hostgator services and finding it affordable and great.

  106. The most important process in the begining is the keyword analysis and then everything else. WordPress is great, but there are also a lot of other excellent systems out there!

  107. I’d like to give thanks for writing about building websites, In this part Two (2); I have learned more about buying domain name and hosting. But I have an objection about Godaddy, although they are big platform in hosting business. I knew that they can easily omit your account without any information. So, this is worried subject for blogger who want to buy hosting and domain from Godaddy.

  108. I’d like to add another part is here that before running your website in server you should test your site by installing XAMPP, which helps you to create a server in computer with WordPress. By this you can make sure about your websites, basically outlook of site.

  109. Your effort is really too good for writing this Post.

  110. Yaah i am agree with Laser that Xampp help alot to create local server either in WordPress or Jommla

  111. Same opinion with MotorcycleSchool. It’s very important for WordPress.

  112. nice post..thanks for the great sharing.

  113. Getting a good domain name, especially with dot-com has become such a big challenge. thanks for providing such a wonder information in summary.

  114. Fantastic article thanks for sharing!

  115. Omg that is soo true. I hate to start from nothing but sometimes the results are amazing!

  116. Nice share especially for newbie like me :)

  117. I recently paid for a back link building service. Although the SERPS ranking increased I didn’t get the 2 PR boost I was promised. Not sure I’d do it again
    Tony

  118. installing XAMPP,computer with saying that we have to test 10 different styles,site by WordPress. By this you can make sure but I think it makes absolute sense to test a few objection which helps you to create a server in about Godaddy, although they are big platform in hosting templates or styles and go with

  119. I think it is very important by getting targeted visitors which are actually interested in buying your specific products as this will ultimately determine your profits outcome. Quality traffic is key.

  120. This is a great post. there are so many individuals that simply don’t know where to start. And this is where this article comes in handy.

  121. There is nothing worse than having a brilliant domain name idea… and checking to see that ‘it’ and every related derivative has been already snapped up too. Original thoughts are hard to find! :)

  122. Its great to see great comments. Our site are new although the domains are a couple of years old. It hard work keeping everything fresh

  123. We can find loads of high ranking blogs we could just drop a comment on. We really struggle to find them in our industry.

  124. Really useful post. Domains with keyword is extremely useful, We have a lot of examples successful sites with this tactic.

  125. Aw, it was a top quality content. Actually I would like to write like this as well – taking time and real energy to bring about an excellent post… however what can I say… I procrastinate an awful lot and by no means appear to get things completed…

  126. What about setting a website that don’t really allow of purchase, instead of giving the hot updates on stuff being purchased all over so that everyone can figure out stuff :) ?

  127. Nice article….But choosing a preferred language is also an important factor among these….

  128. Thanks. Great post.
    But I dont think godaddy is not good for register domain. They have many negative reviews.

  129. First Step – buy your own domain.
    it’s important if you want to make a serious site

  130. My favorite part about this article is the picture. I totally identify with that image. As I built a site I’m always worried it’s going to “break”. It’s like I’m afraid of my computer. Terrible.

  131. Micro testing is where it’s at. I’m not saying that we have to test 10 different styles, but I think it makes absolute sense to test a few templates or styles and go with the one that has the highest conversion rate. Then leave it alone and work on getting traffic to the page.

  132. I agree with what Goichi Moto said about purchasing your domain. You want to make sure that it’s something relevant to what you’re going to be representing.

  133. Thank you so much for the both parts of this post!
    It’s a real challenge to turn a good idea into a successful business. Your posts are really helpful!

  134. I would always encourage clients take time to think about chosing the right domain name. As you say, even if that’s something to be used in the future. If you have the lightbulb moment – buy the domain.

    Navigation and usability are key to reducing bounce rate and build rapport with visitors. A easy site to navigate will see revisits increase.

  135. There also should be a clear idea on what kind of site you will be making.

    Could be a blog, could be a site, could be a promotion page.

    The thing is they all need backlinks and popularization or it’s worthless.

  136. I really happy to see this post suggesting buying a domain before anything.As i have seen many people still using free domains, does that means anythig?
    I you cant invest 10 bucks,what costumer will expect from you !!

  137. I always try and advise my clients to pick a domain name that contains at least the major keyword ie if its a childcare company it is vital to have childcare in the url.

  138. 4th and the 6th point”Micro-test before you invest”are really important. You have to be very realistic before starting project and making investment.

  139. Awesome post! However, I do have one question about it and it has to do with selecting GoDaddy as your domain name provider. I would like to learn more why you chose this instead of another site. Otherwise, these are pretty spiffy advices that would get the aspiring website owner going.

  140. I would always encourage clients take time to think about chosing the right domain name. As you say, even if that’s something to be used in the future. If you have the lightbulb moment – buy the domain.

    Navigation and usability are key to reducing bounce rate and build rapport with visitors. A easy site to navigate will see revisits increase.

  141. I prefer buying domains from 1and1 and Namecheap, far better in services and also offer private reg.

  142. 4th and the 6th point”Micro-test before you invest”are really important. You have to be very realistic before starting project and making investment.

  143. I love the tip about persuasive momentum. It is a great idea to plan what you want ot do with your website and where the visitors should go. It’s kind of like laying the foundations to your website. If you skip this step you will be traveling on shaky ground.

  144. Thanks for your wonderful thoughts. Godaddy is Good for booking domains but I am looking for a good web hosting. Will you recommend any one?

  145. Godaddy is pretty good but I prefer to get my domains from Namecheap or Resellerclub. But that’s just me.

  146. Lots of people jump into websites, and business, without a concept of how things “will” work. They know how they “want” things to work but don’t know how to connect the dots between the two. Can spend some time doing research and looking at other sites or risk having to do a lot of things over!

  147. It’s good to see an article extolling the virtues of doing some groundwork before creating a website.

    So often we are asked to help businesses who have run headlong into a web development project without any market research, keyword research etc.

    It’s a drum we’ve been banging for long enough! Good stuff.

  148. Here is a nice tool to see the position of your site in the google searche after a certain keyword. Maybe most of you knew about this but it’s a very usefull tool. http://sebzlog.nl/google

  149. You are right, but i love blogger very much. and it’s free

  150. i plan to use http://www.webs.com as my hosting. because it’s free. I konw i am just beginner. I am still learning about web now.

  151. For those in the UK there is a new initiate to Get British Business Online (www.gbbo.co.uk). The site is run by BT and Google and although it damages my business it is very useful for start up companies.

  152. Congratulations to this detailed report. Helps especially a lot people who are thinking to do a webpage, but presently don`t have any idea how to begin and about what you have to think before starting.

  153. Great tutorial -useful information, you can´t get enought domain names. Would like to have more tips of free webhosting.

  154. Tip number four is a great one. Go ahead and buy your domain as soon as you can. Two reasons. First, you don’t want it to get snapped up by someone else. Second, Google places a little emphasis on domain age, so when you finally take the website live, the domain will have aged, thereby bringing a little extra value to your website in the eyes of Google.

  155. still, why does it all end here? why there is no part 3? because planing and building a website isn’t all about this 6 steps. or you just wanted to lay out the foundation?

  156. which are better domain name : net or com?

  157. your domain name will be your brand in long run. We know business organisation spend on building their brand. If we dont chose a right and relevent domain name than it may create some negative impact in the view of reader. So whenever find a domain name relevent to your subject just grab it. no matter when you will use this just protect it as a asset

  158. Step 5 may be the most critical element of both articles. It reminds me of the well known acronym WIIFM (what’s in it for me) where one should be thinking first about potential customers over all other considerations when building a website. Putting yourself in the customer’s shoes is critical to good design more so than graphics or other considerations.

  159. There also should be a clear idea on what kind of site you will be making.

  160. I aggree with Mike 100%. Lot of people make websites for search engines which is wrong by my opinion, Google and other search engines are nowdays smart enough to see that. Also, domain name with keywords in it is great to have.

  161. RE: #4 Buy A Domain Name: it’s becoming more common now for sites to use hyphens in between the words in their domain. This opens up options for domain name availability and also makes it easier to see & understand the words in the url. ie: trying-to-decide-on-a-domain-name-can-be-tricky.com etc. (I made that up but you can see how easy it is to read)

  162. buying a domain is not simple.
    We need to search some keywords and make it simple but easy to remember.

    thank you

  163. Web sites are the best way to advertise your business and also to earn money.The first step towards creating a web site is to Choose a topic and a good name for your website. The second one is to Provide good content for your visitors.

  164. I havent thought about microtesting like this before… but thanks for a great tip – I`ll try that!

  165. i agreed to buy domain name first and it must be picked based on keyword… :)

  166. I do agree with tip #4. Through personal experience I have noticed that keyword-based domains tend to rank better in SERPS. As for the TLD, I believe .com still has an edge over the others.

  167. I have to agree with platinumprotection. What surfers always look for is content content content. If you offer content, they will click the other stuff you have to show them. This process also makes the internet a much better, more informative, place.

  168. Actually now i’m using Joomla to create websites and godaddy use to buy domains.before launch a site testing is main thing to do.

  169. Good steps. Prior planning is in fact critical, and the more planning the better the rate of success for the final product. Excellent post!

  170. Micro-test before you invest! – I love it! I am a big Tim Ferriss fan – his new book just came out if you havent already heard – does anyone on here know what to expect next from Ebay?

  171. The domain is one of the most important factors to get your site to success. Short and easy to remember, but also packed with important keywords, that can be tricky to balance.

  172. Micro testing is a great idea. I have done this a few times with ideas I have had and use ebay.

  173. brand triumphs keywords, I believe you have to forget your keywords and use well crafted brand in your domain name

    we are moving away from SEO and social media which works more with ideas rather than numbers, seems to be the wave of the future

  174. starting a blog is different than starting a website..
    especially when we want to consider the domain name..
    i am a blogger. I think, if someone wants to start a blog, the best domain name for that new blog is name of something or slogan. But, if websites, the domain name should contain keywords.

  175. Blogs for Blogger Is it better to buy a domain name or let the free domain

  176. Well, it`s possible to build a website that have a lot of traffic and no conversions, but I wouldn`t use too much time on this kind of testing: if you have traffic in a particular niche, you can ALWAYS find a way to make money..

  177. @Letterpress Wedding Invitations – of course! And if you focus on improving your conversion rate, you will make even more money with the same or even less investment. That is the beauty of CRO.

  178. Nice article. Domain name is very important if you want to compete for your product in todays ever growing online marketing. So picking domain name before you know what u will sell or advertise is a bit rush action (I know that someone can take it before you), but better to wait a little then be sory like i was with my first home page.(could have ranked for my product way higher if would pick right domain name later)

  179. Good article. We are just working on a new project and we had the chance to buy a strong .com domain name with a couple of 100 links for under 100 USD. Keep your eyes open and good luck! ;)

  180. It is easy to create a site, but it’s difficult to rise

  181. What I want to advice to everyone is just to use wordpress. A lot of hostingcompanies offer an automatic wordpress install and it’s really the easiest platform to launch your sites on nowadays.

  182. Hey thank you for your useful tips!

    There’s recently a lot of buzz that getting a exact domain name related a product name will do very well for search engines optimization. Like what you said, getting MensUnderwearStore dot com is a great advantage.

    However, I found that top level domain names for many markets are already taken up and what I mean is those with .com, .net and .org. In fact, even those with dashes in their domain name are all taken up. So I think it’s kind of difficult to find exact domain names nowadays.

    One more thing, if you are marketing a physical product, it’s good that you go over to Amazon and see if the niche that you are doing has good product reviews. It’s a great advantage if the reviews are good, so that you have better conversion. Just my 2 cents.

  183. SEO and social media works more with fresh content than with numbers, that will be the next generation in website and blogging development.

  184. However, I found that top level domain names for many markets are already taken up and what I mean is those with .com, .net and .org. In fact, even those with dashes in their domain name are all taken up. So I think it’s kind of difficult to find exact domain names nowadays.

  185. I think while it’s quite easy to build a website or blog, much efforts are needed to develop a good product.

    In addition, in order to create buzz and branding for your website, a lot of marketing efforts need to be out in and that’s where many people find it tough.

  186. Of course it is possible to create and develop a website which provides traffic and no conversions. I personally would not spend too much time in this kind of project or testing. Fact is that if you have an interesting niche, you can find more efficient ways in order to make money!

  187. paid domain name makes your website look more professional

  188. Good advice here for beginners. It’s really not that intimidating of a process once you dive into it.

  189. This is a great article on building a website. I stumbled upon the IM world after getting out of the military and am glad I did. It is nice to have it all laid out in simple, doable steps. Thanks…

  190. A lot of hostingcompanies offer an automatic wordpress install and it’s really the easiest platform to launch your sites on nowadays.

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