Is your Domain Name in Trouble?

Written by Alyice Edrich

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Jeanne of Devine-Designs has experienced her fair share of what I like to call scrupulous behavior. When she started Expat-Moms, she began it on a free web host server (like geocities, tripod, andrepparttar like). Her reasoning was simple... testrepparttar 108300 waters and see how successfulrepparttar 108301 business was before going all out, financially.

Once her cold feet turned warm, she went to purchaserepparttar 108302 domain name, but to her surprise, someone had bought it out from under her! Now,repparttar 108303 site sits unused, while her new domain with repparttar 108304 hyphen is doing extremely well.

Jeanne isn'trepparttar 108305 only one this has happened to. "Harvesters" often snatch up domain names in hopes of re-selling them at a higher, if not outrageous price!

How do they know which domain names are going to be viable? Simple. They go to free web host servers, findrepparttar 108306 business name chosen, then purchaserepparttar 108307 domain name in hopes thatrepparttar 108308 owner will one day get so big that he or she goes looking for that domain name. Others simply go to a keyword program, like Overture and purchase domain names usingrepparttar 108309 top keywords.


Pick your company wisely. Try to find a company that sends out reminder notices. Ifrepparttar 108310 company you use doesn't and you are happy with where you are at, please mark your calendars every year! I have a monthly bills to be paid sheet, and I list my domain names, web host, and other business related expenses as a monthly expense. That way, I know every month what is due outrepparttar 108311 door, when.

If you must insist on using a free web host server, takerepparttar 108312 precaution of ordering your domain name and have it redirected to your free web host server, for under $30 per year!

Be safe, and checkrepparttar 108313 expiration date of your domain name today. If it is up in six months time or less, order an extension or renewal of that domain name today... and try to order at least two years or more.

Alyice Edrich is a freelance writer specializing in helping busy parents balance life. Visit her online for free information on how she can help you succeed, today.

What's Good For A Domain Name?

Written by Richard Lowe

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What kind of domain name should a business acquire?

The business name (of course) - The simplest thing to do is to simply getrepparttar name of your business as a domain name. If you cannot getrepparttar 108299 .COM version, check forrepparttar 108300 .NET, .ORG, .BIZ or .INFO versions. This isrepparttar 108301 domain name that would typically be used for marketing and branding purposes.

Hyphenated business name - You can also getrepparttar 108302 hyphenated business name, ifrepparttar 108303 name is two or more words long. You should only get this if (a)repparttar 108304 name is not available in it's unhyphenated version or (b) you boughtrepparttar 108305 non-hyphenated version as well. It's not a good idea to get onlyrepparttar 108306 hyphenated version, as this is not something customers normally type in URLs. It is, however, a good idea to purchase repparttar 108307 hyphenated version in addition torepparttar 108308 non-hyphenated version as sometimes people do type inrepparttar 108309 hyphens.

Keyword domain names - Another option is to purchase domain names which are keywords which match search engine keywords. For example, if your site sells candy, you could getrepparttar 108310 domain name, or something like that. Some search engines do use keywords within domain names to boostrepparttar 108311 ratings of a site. Some companies like these types of domain names - personally, I feel they are a little tacky and unprofessional.

Product Names - One possible strategy is to purchase domain names for each different product or product classification that you want. You could then set up separate, distinct sites for each of these.

Product Lines - If you company sells distinctly difference product lines, you might want to create different sites for each of them. In this case, you will want different domain names for each one.

Business Units - I've seen some companies which purchase a domain name for each of their different business units.

Other Reasons

There are other reasons to purchase a domain name.

Keeping others from gettingrepparttar 108312 name - Sometimes it's important to purchase a domain name just so someone else will not get it. In this case you might want to purchase "" and variations ofrepparttar 108313 same (AOL found outrepparttar 108314 hard way about repparttar 108315 importance of this some years ago).

Search Engine Optimization - I've heard that some people purchase a lot of different keyword-style domain names with repparttar 108316 objective of linking them all together. This serves to convince search engines link Google thatrepparttar 108317 keywords inrepparttar 108318 domain names should appear higher inrepparttar 108319 listings. This is a gray area, as it may be considered search engine spamming.

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