5 Reasons To Use Custom Domain For Your Blog

Custom DomainsYes, when you first get into Blogging, you should try Blogger or WordPress.They are easy blogging platforms and can be used by anyone with basic knowledge of Blogging and web design. But when you start to get serious about blogging, you need to invest some money and get a custom domain name, something that can take your blog forward and in the right direction.So why should you move your Blogger/WordPress Blog To a Custom Domain? I will give you 5 good reasons for it –

1. Top Level Domain Good For SEO

A top level domain has the potential to get a higher Search Engine Rankings than a Sub-Domain, this difference may not be too much but it is big enough to make a difference.Search Engines prefer Top Level domains to sub-domains, this is a common fact and a well documented one.This can be proved by taking the example of top ranking sites for any keyword, you will find more top level domains than sub-domains.

Some SEO services do not accept sub-domains as customers, this can hamper your SEO, if you do not know how to do it yourself properly.

2. Brand

No one will buy a product from you or hire you for the services you provide if you have  a .blogspot.com or a .wordpress.com sub-domain.If you wish to make sales, then having a custom domain is a must, no customer will trust a Brand online that does not even have a custom domain name.However good your services and products may be, you won’t makes sales unless you get the trust of customers.

I found out that my Tech Blog, which was hosted at a Blogspot Sub-Domain (Page Rank 4) did not earn great respect from visitors, hence I moved to a custom domain with a .org, Top level domain (TLD) name, after which my Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers and Subscribers has tripled.

3. Advertising Programs

Many top advertising-publishing programs (CPM Ad Networks) do not accept Sub-Domains into their program as they feel that including sub-domains will decrease their reputation as a top publishing program.

You can clearly see by this that there is more respect to be had if you own your own Domain Name.

Even with Ad Networks such as Blogads, advertisers are more willing to advertise on your site if it is a top level domain, I have had first hand experience with this.

4. Domain Remembrance

People are more likely to remember your website name and visit it again if you have a custom domain.I had a blog-spot domain that had more than 20 letters in it, hard to remember isn’t it? So I moved to a simple top level domain with only 7 characters in my Domain Name, much easier to remember.I have to say that my direct traffic has increased a lot in the week following the transition to a custom domain.

5. Problems with Blogger and WordPress

Blogger:

  • Limited Templates.
  • Lack of customization options.
  • Permalink Re-Structure not allowed.
  • Not Great for SEO.

Read in-depth about the problems with Blogger.

WordPress:

  • Cannot Place Google Adsense Ads.
  • Limited Plug-Ins.
  • Not Great For SEO.
  • No Great Improvements in the Free WordPress Blogging Platform over the years.

I hope these reasons are enough for you to consider moving to your own custom domain, I did it and I am happy with the results, I am sure you will be too.

So You Bought All Those Domains & Now They Are Expiring

Expiring Domain NamesIt is something that every webmaster goes through, the dreaded expiration notice for the domains they own. You originally had all these ideas when you first bought all of those domains. Now another year has gone by, and you have your domain registrar messaging that you have to spend $90 to renew all your domain names. You might be thinking whether it is worth it to renew your domains or not. What options are available?

1. Take no Action

Although it may be hard to believe, most people actually do this. Their theory is that they only have two choices: pay the fee to renew their domains or decline to do so. Although this is not the only choice available, people still choose to take no action.

2. Park it

Paying for your expiring domains is the only dilemma that exists when renewing them. So, if your domains wer e to pay for themselves – problem solved. The way to do this is to ‘park’ your domains, where the companies offering the service share the ad revenues produced by your domains with you. Sedo is arguably the biggest and most popular company offering this service, but Sedo and all other big players should be avoided. All they do is fill your page full of ads and results in stripping your domains of organic search engine traffic and pagerank with Google. The best option is to choose a smaller, niche player in this field (for example, Finnish startup BenePark.com) that will continue to add new links and original content to your sites. Doing this will not only give you the money to pay off your renewal fees (90% of domains accepted to BenePark’s system get $5-$30 per month), but it will also boost your organic traffic and pagerank for your domains over time.

3. Auction them Off

Auctioning off your domains is a viable option and there are plenty of companies that perform this role. The aforementioned Sedo is probably your best option, whilst BuyDomains.com is another good choice. The auctions these sites host attracts thousands of domainers, who aim to purchase domains for resale, development or parking. The biggest negative towards going down this route is that, in these ‘domain marketplaces’, the more premium domains receive the most attention. If your domains are long-winded, then they will be overlooked for the snappy, one-two word domains that are available.

4. Visit Domain Forums

Nearly every large domain forum (for example, DNForum.com) has a section that allows you to sell and/or appraise your domains. Although you will never get that much money from your domains on these forums, you might, however, be able to regain your costs. Plus, the appraisals on these forums are generally accurate. If your domains are seen as worthless, then you will be told that they are worthless. However, if the domains are worth something, then you will start to receive offers straight away.

5. Sell Directly

You may have had big plans for your domains, but time and effort got in the way, and you abandoned the idea. So rather than keep them on the shelf, you could email eBay sellers or existing stores that are relevant to your domain names. Propose to them that you are willing to sell your domains for $50 each, or they can have them for exchange of links or products.

Picky About Domains? Turn Your Talents Into Cash

If you are creative and have some experience in domain names, then you are ready to convert your talents into some huge cash. If you have a knack for coming up with cool, unusual and memorable names, domains or slogans – here is the smartest way to benefit from. We are talking about a site called PickyDomains.

PickyDomains

Here is how the process works – register as a contributor (it’s free), select orders you want to work on and send your suggestions. If your name, domain or slogan is picked, you’ll get 40-60% of the order value (averages around 25-35 dollars depending on your rank and order type). The money will be sent to your PayPal account, so it’s important that you have one or can get one easily.

Earn Money By Suggesting Domain Names

The registration is instant and free, fortunately they always have a few dozen orders to work on and their ranking system is designed to encourage talented contributors – the more successful suggestions you make, the higher your commission.

After logging into your contributor account, you can check through the available orders. The deal is if you suggest a domain name that the client accepts, then you have the chance of getting a 50% revenue share. After making some successful suggestions, they enter into an approval queue that will be viewed by the client.

They right now have 45902 happy contributors and if you wish to become one like this, you can check PickyDomains.

Top 5 Questions About .XXX Domain Names

I guess you be might be aware about the .xxx domain names which are exclusively allocated for ‘Porn Industry’ and other Adult entertainment services. We also gave you a tutorial on how to reserve .xxx domain names. After that article, our readers asked various regarding this new domain via Social Networks & Contact Form. I thought of compiling these questions into an article. Here are the top 5 questions our readers asked us.

.XXX Domain Questions Answered

#1 – What is the cost of .XXX domain names?

The wholesale price will be around $60/Year per domain. Though Domain Registrars may set their own end user pricing.

#2 – Will there be any names not available for registration?

Registry operators are obligated to set aside a number of names designated by ICANN. In addition, we will set aside certain geographic, culturally significant and other names, as well as a number of names to be allocated by other means, for example, a request-for-proposals process.

#3 – Who can register a .XXX domain?

Individuals, business, entities, and organizations that; provide online, sexually-oriented adult entertainment (“Online Adult Entertainment”) intended for consenting adults or for other community members (“Providers”); 
Represent Providers (“Representatives”); or
Provide products or services to Providers and Representatives (“Service Providers”) are eligible to register .XXX domain names.

#4 – What Advantages .XXX domain names provide?

  • Consumer acceptance and confidence in .XXX domains.
  • A safe, secure and trusted environment.
  • Thousands of new domain names available to adult industry webmasters.
  • Increased traffic via registry portals, type-ins and directed search.
  • A safe, secure and anonymous way to make micropayments.
  • Opens new payment methods and markets globally. Access to untapped market.

#5 – When it will be available for registering?

The sales of .xxx domains should begin soon in Q2 2011.

Do share your opinion about .xxx domain names in the comments below.

Total Domain Name Registrations [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to a recent VeriSign report, the total number of domain names registered worldwide has recently crossed the 200 million mark. Also check Obsessed With Facebook Infographic.

Total Domain Names

This infographic just reveals the domain name registrations and the total number of websites on the Internet may be much higher than that.

Suppose 16 million blogs are currently hosted on WordPress.com, they are separate websites but since they are all part of one domain, they won’t have any effect on the overall VeriSign numbers.

The most popular Top Level Domains (TLDs), in terms of registrations, were .com, .de, .net, .uk, .org, .info, .cn, .nl, .eu and .ru in the same order.

[via Digital Inspiration and VeriSign]

If you wish to register a good domain name, you can always follow our guide – 20+ Tips For Registering Good Domain Name.

Logo.com Sold For $500,000 (via Sedo)

Logo.comLogo.com, LLC recently announced that they bought the domain name Logo.com for $500,000 through domain marketplace Sedo.

Logo.com will provide logo design as well as website design, business card and letterhead design and printing services. The company also plans to introduce other small business services, such as domain registration, Internet marketing consulting and accounting.

The price tag on the domain name puts the sale in the eleventh spot of top sales for 2010, tied with IPO.com but well behind number one, Slots.com ($5.5 million). Logo.com, LLC is a privately held Illinois corporation. It was founded in 2010 and headquartered in Chicago. Logo.com provides logo and graphic design services for small businesses worldwide. Logo.com’s website is scheduled to launch in Q1 2011.

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