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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Domain Name Generators

The process of registering a domain name can be quite annoying.  Why?  It's because many times the domain name a webmaster hopes to register has already been taken.  So, they have to ponder again what their domain name should be.  But what do they do if that domain name has been taken as well?  The best solution involves getting it right the first time with a domain name generator.  This is a program or service that suggests domain names that are not likely to have been used by other webmasters.  They can work in three ways including: giving random listings, giving listings based on input or using human suggestions. 

The first type of domain name generator gives random domain name suggestions.  Examples of sites that offer these types of domain name generators include Makewords.com and Domain-Generator.net.  The only thing a visitor has to do to see a suggested domain name is click a button or, (in the case of Makewords.com), just visit the site.  Depending on the complexity of the domain name generator, visitors will be able to see if the domain name has previously been registered and/or how valuable they would be if they decided to buy them. 

The second type of domain name generator offers suggestions based on user input.  123Finder.com is an example.  What happens is a user enters a keyword that describes the purpose of their website.  The domain name generator will then return domain names that contain this keyword.  A variant of this service could require a user to enter in more than one keyword.  From this input the domain name generator would return a domain name that contains a mixture of these keywords.

The final type of domain name generator offers suggestions from human creativity.  An example of such a service is Pickydomains.com.  With this service, (along with others like it), customers have to pay a fee.  Part of the fee goes to the person responsible for coming up with the domain name.  After the fee is sent, customers must provide information related to their website.

Employees will use this info to choose a domain name.  When the process is complete, the customer will receive a list of several domain names, each of which came from a human mind rather than a computer program, (which is used by the other types of domain name generators featured in this article). 

Are there any downsides to using a domain name generator?  Well, human-based domain name generators usually require a fee, while automated ones might not seem as creative.  Other than that domain name generators are an excellent way for webmasters to determine what their domain name should be.  Even if they don't use the suggested domain name in its entirety, they can still use these types of services to generate ideas.

From there they can use their own mind to come up with an appropriate domain name.  So, at the very least, domain name generators can serve as a tool for domain name brainstorming.  They definitely should not be overlooked by any webmaster.

Making Money Selling Domain Names

Selling domain names can be quite profitable for webmasters.  This is particularly the case if the webmaster sells a domain name that has an existing line of traffic.  In these situations domain names can generate thousands of dollars for their webmasters.  There have even been domain name names that allowed webmasters to collect millions in profit.  With a little bit of basic knowledge, you can emulate such success for yourself.  This article will provide that information through an easy to follow step-by-step guide.

First, you will need to find a search engine keyword that is highly searched yet not used much by other websites.  You can do this by using a keyword analyzer.  The best keyword analyzers are those that you pay for, such as Word Tracker or Keyword Analyzer.  The reason why these are preferable over free ones is because they let you know how much competition you are facing with a potential keyword.  Free ones only tell you how much the keyword has been searched.  If money is a problem, try to get a paid keyword analyzer that is offering a free sample, such as Word Tracker.  You can upgrade to the paid version once you return profit from the sale of your domain name.

With your keyword chosen, you will need to get a domain name and web hosting.  Why do you need web hosting if you're going to sell just the domain name?  It's because you're going to need a website to drive traffic to that domain name.  Without a website visitors won't want to return to whatever domain name you selected.  This lessens the main element that gives a domain name profitability: traffic.

Anyway, try to get a package that will include both web hosting and a domain name at the same time, since you won't have to worry about transferring anything later.  When you choose your domain name, make sure you include your selected keyword in its phrasing.  If you find that your selected keyword is taken as a domain name, try making alterations like saying "a1", "123" or "101."  For example, say the keyword "Careers" is taken as a domain name.  You could say "A1 Careers," "Careers 123" or "Careers 101."  Alternatively, you could try searching for a related keyword that isn't taken as a domain name.  Either way, keep trying until you get a memorable yet keyword-rich domain name that still has a .com extension.

Now, you will need to create a website for your domain name.  It doesn't have to be big... even a one-pager could do the trick, if you don't mind a website so simple.  Write an article related to the keyword you chose and create a simple site using Microsoft Word, (make sure you save the document as an .HTML file).  Sign up for Adsense and/or an affiliate program, so you can offer additional resources for your visitors.  You will also earn a commission if a sale is made or a click through generated, (depending on the program you joined).

Once your website is uploaded, you need to focus on traffic-building.  You can get an initial boost by buying traffic, though make sure the company you buy your traffic from uses expired domain names rather than bots or even incentive traffic, (such as paid emails).  But even after this you will need to try to build up inbound links.  These are websites that link to you.  Post your site on any free site, such as directories, message boards or online classified ads.  Also, make sure you submit articles to free article directories.  Additionally, try to initiate link exchanges.  You can do this by emailing the webmaster or finding link exchange networks such as Link Market.

Keep building up your links until you get a steady stream of traffic.  If you get enough traffic, you will get an Alexa rating.  If the rating is pleasing, find a domain name appraiser and see how much your domain name can go for.  This will give you some idea of how much you can realistically get, but don't get discouraged if the number seems low.  Why?  It's because some people will care more about the traffic your domain name is receiving over the supposed SEO elements of it.

Either way, when you feel you are ready put your domain name up for auction.  You may even want to include your original website, though this is optional.  When the domain name sells, you will need to transfer it over to the new webmaster's account... your web hosting company can help you with this.

With your profit you may want to consider doing the venture again with an expired domain name.  This will get you a traffic boost without having to go through the actual process of traffic-building, (if you decide you don't want to do that).

All About Mobile Domain Names

When the Internet first came out it was restricted to a wired connection to a computer.  Eventually technology improved, creating wireless Internet.  At that point the Internet could be accessible through desktops, laptops and mobile devices without wiring.  This means that the Internet was now portable.  And as more mobile devices are getting created, consumers are exploring how to increase this portability.  In fact, wireless Internet has gotten so popular with mobile devices, domain name companies have created a new extension.  It's called .mobi. 

.Mobi is the extension of choice for websites that are being formatted for cell phones, pdas and other mobile devices.  It can be bought from most major domain name companies such as Godaddy or Network Solutions.  As far as registering a .mobi domain name, one would go through the same type of procedure that is associated with traditional domain names.  This involves first choosing a .mobi domain name and seeing if it is available.

If it is not available, the domain name company will offer suggestions on what a person can use.  Either way, the customer will be given another chance to select another .mobi domain name.  Once they get one that is not taken, they can proceed to purchase it.  The contract will last one to two years, depending on what they agreed upon with the domain name company.  When the contract is up, a person will have to renew their .mobi domain name if they want to continue to keep it.

So, why would a webmaster decide to invest in a domain name that is restricted to mobile devices?  Well, it's mainly because they get an opportunity to center in on a market that is relatively new.  Since most webmasters or companies are trying to take advantage of the .coms or the .nets, the .mobi has become somewhat forgotten.  This means that it is prime for search engine keywords that would normally not be available for traditional domain names.  It can also allow a webmaster a branding opportunity for their company. 

However, since a .mobi domain name means a webmaster is creating a website specially designed for a mobile phone, it cannot have the types of frills that it could have if it was being promoted on a computer.  Good mobile websites need to be mostly textual with very limited number of pictures, (if any).   Granted, plain text is not fancy, but it doesn't require much loading time.  Mobile phone sites should also not be very large nor should they be created with frames or other more complicated layouts.

A webmaster may also want to consider trying to divert the mobile website visitor to a regular website.  One way this can be done is by advertising the domain name that is associated with a traditional website.  But it must be made clear that the site will only display appropriately on regular computers.  Another option is trying to capture the person's email address by offering them something free, such as an e-book or low-cost merchandise.

When they sign up to the email subscription, their first newsletter could advertise the traditional website a webmaster wants promoted.  By doing either of these options, webmasters can still take advantage of pay-per-clicks or affiliate programs, revenue generators which may not be promoted on .mobi websites due to viewing limitations with banner or text ads.