There’s a saying in the Real Estate business – they say that the 3 most important things are location, location and location. Well, in regards to a new internet business, it’s domain name, domain name and domain name. Yes, a domain name is that important.
In the early days of the internet, domain names were fairly easy. There were so many good names still available, but as more and more businesses migrated to the internet, the best names were taken. As the time passed, finding a good domain name to register has become increasingly difficult.
Why is a domain name so important? For one thing, a domain name can help you get the traffic to your website. If you don’t get traffic, you might as well not even have a website. There’s no doubt about it, if you want to make money, you need traffic.
A domain name can help you to get traffic in a couple of ways. First of all, if your domain name is catchy and easy to remember, that will help people to find your website and to return for future visits. It’s also a good idea if your domain name gives some indication of the type of business you have. For example, if you want to have a website that helps people consolidate their student loans, it would be a good idea to have a domain name that contained some or all of those words. You might do good with “studentloans.com” or “studentloanconsolidation.com” or something similar. You can even use hyphens in the domain name, like “student-loan-consolidation.com”, etc.
The point here is that your domain name should be descriptive of your business. After all, if you were looking for a new dentist, would you be likely to visit “BigBubbaMotorcycles.com” or “GreatDentists.com”? If Big Bubba is a dentist, he’s probably not going to get many new dental patients thru his website.
Let’s talk about the domain names with hyphens before we move on. Contrary to what many people think, having hyphens in your domain name does not hurt your search engine listings. Most of the search engines treat the hyphens as a space, so the hyphens make it a little easier for them to separate out the individual words.
About the only downside of using hyphens is that when people type in your URL, they may forget to put in the hyphens and go to a competitors website instead. Personally, I don’t think this is too much of a problem, since most people find websites thru search engines, so they’ll be clicking directly on a link to your website instead of typing it in by hand.
Again, it’s really important to embed keywords about your business into your domain name for good search engine ranking. Although some domains, like ebay.com or google.com do get a lot of traffic, it’s not because of any keyword in the domain name. What is an ‘ebay’ anyhow?
You’ll find that most of the high traffic websites with short, unrelated domain names get their huge amount of traffic thru paid promotional campaigns. They use radio & TV ads, high volume email advertising and other such methods that might be too expensive for a small business just getting started.
A good way to find your domain name is to develop a list of keywords that are strongly associated with your business. Write down as many keywords as you can think of, as long as they’re on your subject. Once you have your list, you can use one of the several free online tools to help select just the right domain name for your new website.
The domain name registrar at www.godaddy.com has a search feature where you can check the availability of domain names and the results will even show you other closely related domain names that are available. Another handy suggestion tool is at www.domainfellow.com Either one of these online tools will help you to find a good domain name that’s still available to register.
Here’s a good tip for you when trying to find a domain name that has your keywords in it – If you can’t find a domain name that has your keyword and is still available, you should consider using sub-domain names instead.
What’s a sub-domain name? A sub-domain name is a prefix to a normal domain name. Let’s say that you’re in the retail computer business and you want to sell computers at your website. That’s a fairly competitive business, so you’ll probably have a hard time coming up with a good domain name that’s not already taken.
An alternative would be to choose some sort of generic term for a domain name and then use a sub-domain for your computer business. For example, let’s say that you register the domain name “lowestprice.com” That’s pretty generic, wouldn’t you agree? Now that you have that domain name registered, you can create all the sub-domains you want, limited only by your imagination and the size of your web hosting account.
Remembering that you’re in the computer business, you could now have your website at the sub-domain “computers.lowestprice.com” Using this same approach, you could go into just about any other business and have sub-domains like “insurance.lowestprice.com” and so on. See how it works?
Another good thing about sub-domains is that they don’t require registration. You only pay to register the main domain name. By using sub-domain names, you can easily embed your keywords and it won’t cost you any more money. And the search engines treat each sub-domain as a totally separate entity, so your search engine ranking for one sub-domain won’t be dependent upon you having a high ranking for your main domain name.
Once you find your new domain name, you’ll need to register it. I recommend godaddy.com for registering. Their prices are reasonable and their service is great. However, there are many, many companies that provide domain name registration services, so pick whichever one you like.
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Dedicated Server = Dedicated IP Address
Web servers, like every other electronic device that connects with the Internet, are identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address. So each fax, computer, router, printer, and switch has a distinct IP address. The IP address is made up of four 1–3 digit numbers, that are in the range of 0–255 and separated by dots. The IP address of a web server is “dedicated,” and that means that the server always has the same IP address. This differs from the situation with shared hosting in which websites that use the same server share the IP address.
Managed hosting service provides you with a dedicated server and a dedicated manager to administer your system. This is a more expensive service than dedicated hosting, in which you are leasing the server while providing your own server manager who will need to solve any problems that arise. Here’s an example of the difference in cost. Dedicated hosting with up to 500 GB of space and around 2000 GB of bandwidth runs from $55 to $215 per month at selected web hosts if the account is paid by the year. Managed hosting with those parameters for capacity and bandwidth runs $99 to $260 per month if the account is paid by the year.
There are several reasons why a dedicated server is the ideal situation. First is capacity. If you need the entire server space for your business or businesses, a dedicated server is an obvious choice. Second is bandwidth. On a dedicated server, you don’t have to be concerned with how much bandwidth anyone else is using: it’s all yours. Third is extensibility. Even if you’re not using the whole server now, but you have plans to expand, it may be preferable for you to have all your holdings on one server (with redundant reliable backup) rather than split over several servers.
Another reason that might push you towards a dedicated server is the behavior of neighbors on a shared server. It has been known to happen that spam blockers respond to the misbehavior of some users by blocking not just those users but an entire IP address. If your online activities require free and unlimited access to other web addresses, then freeing yourself from the repercussions of your server-neighbors’ poor choices might be enough to move you to a dedicated server.
Beyond the value of handing the dedicated server itself, there’s also the value of the dedicated IP address to consider. For one thing, those who seek a Private Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate must have a dedicated IP address. And that comes with having a dedicated server. SSL certificates have an encryption system used for the security of message transmission and are a crucial element of electronic commerce, such as accepting credit cards, as well as other sensitive information.
If you are looking for cheaper dedicated servers, you should be careful while choosing the right specification and package. Things to consider are operating system, data backup and monitoring service, hardware options, space, bandwidth and technical support. Ask the hosting providers to give you a few websites for references, read hosting reviews before you sign up and be sure that the price is affordable. We know that the dedicated servers on this site are the one that will give you the most reliability and flexibility for your money.
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I just became a reseller with makemoneysellingdomainnames to resell web hosting and domain names. I joined because I build a decent amount of websites for my own use. I was wondering why a lot of webmasters and IT people aren’t in the reseller business. I drive a taxi and talk with a lot of IT people and almost none of them take advantage of controlling the cost for web hosting. Isn’t this strange? Any comments welcome.
I think you’re wrong when you write, "I was wondering why a lot of webmasters and IT people aren’t in the reseller business."
In fact, an awful lot of people, including webmasters, IT professionals, and others, are in the hosting and domain reselling business. There are certainly at least "tens of thousands," and possibly many hundreds of thousands of "web-hosting" businesses out there, most run by people who also do web development work.
Some professionals do this "surreptitiously," creating an apparently-separate company which they use to register and host client sites. Many do it openly, telling their clients that they own the hosting or registration company.
Those professionals who do NOT resell web-hosting or domain-registration services frequently believe that their sole charge should be based on their time, not on reselling services at potentially inflated prices.
In addition, some professionals choose not to resell anything other than their own services, because they recognize that over time, the level of service at most hosting and registration companies can change.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve hosted my own and clients’ web sites on several dozen different servers (including dedicated servers, colocated servers, and many shared servers), and registered domains with many different registrars. Recently, I consolidated all my registrations to a single registrar, and I also consolidated all hosting to a single provider, but it’s likely that I’ll move some or all of this within 12 months.
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Many companies offers web hosting services. How do you know they can be trusted of protecting your data? What if something happen like losing, corrupted, or stolen of your data stored on their servers?
One way to check the reliability of a web hosting provider is to review the statements from other customers. Find out if they have experienced problems in the past. Also, see what steps the web hosting provider has taken to ensure that they are reliable and that if they have a problem it will be corrected quickly.
This means that you should look for things such as redundancy in their equipment. Find out what their percentage of down time is by reviewing their website. Most web hosting companies provide service that is quite reliable; however you’ll want to steer away from those with poor track records.
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