Domain name

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by rgov, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. rgov

    rgov New Member

    If I'm starting with a free blog at Blogspot.com instead of a full webpage do I still need to acquire the domain name??

    Thanks
     
  2. BeInProfitMode

    BeInProfitMode New Member

    You don't "need" to acquire a domain name but if you are using your blogger page as your primary web space and not just a blog, it's a good idea to get one.

    Even though you can't do web page miracles with blogger, having a domain name and forwarding your blogspot address to it makes it more professional. Plus, it's only about $10 a year for the domain and you'll secure that domain and have it in case you want to upgrade to another interface in the future.

    Good luck.
     
  3. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    If you decide to get a domain, all you have to do is change the forwarding on your domain to your blog url - I think it looks a lot more professional when you use a domain compared to a generic blog url.
     
  4. cherie27

    cherie27 New Member

    It will make your blog more professional even if you are not hosting your blog. Before you buy the domain name, do some keyword research for your domain name. You can get good ranking if you have good domain name.
     
  5. johnjimat

    johnjimat New Member

    i agreed with cherie27.. try to search good keyword but low competition. and make sure u get .com for your domain.. its a good domain though
     
  6. garygoh

    garygoh New Member

    Having keyword in your domain name would help your SEO ranking but the more important thing is your on page and off page (i.e. back links) optimization.

    I don't have all the keywords in my domain name but I am still able to rank well for some of those keywords because of the back links that I have built.
     
  7. molinatore

    molinatore New Member

    Is there i limit of how many domain names you can own,..or was this a stupid question,lol!!..seriously folks,..just curious!!!
     
  8. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    No limit as far as I know! [​IMG]
     
  9. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

    No limit I am sure, my it guy owns hundreds. Here is what he does, he finds business that are not on line, does the keyword research, purchases the domain name relating to that business and then goes to the owner of the business and offers to set their business up on line. He just did a cigar store and I think he is making some really good money although he only gets about 10 cents a cigar sold over the web.
     
  10. tommykrank

    tommykrank New Member

    robinincarolina: No limit I am sure, my it guy owns hundreds. Here is what he does, he finds business that are not on line, does the keyword research, purchases the domain name relating to that business and then goes to the owner of the business and offers to set their business up on line. He just did a cigar store and I think he is making some really good money although he only gets about 10 cents a cigar sold over the web.
    Having your own domain name makes you look more credible as well. Having one for personal purposes on wordpress or blogger's alright but for business you'd want to have your own domain name.

    Be sure not to "miscombine" words. e.g. whoreadsblogs.com (whoReadsBlogs.com) mayb be mistaken for WhoreAdsBlogs.com.

    Choose a name that's relevant to the industry (or interest field) that your site would be catering toward as well.

    Hope this helps,
    Tommy
     
  11. realityshifter

    realityshifter New Member

    Regarding domain names, I have encountered the advice elsewhere (couldn't locate the thread) that it is better to have your domain bought and registered in one hosting company (like GoDaddy) but to actually host your website elsewhere (like Fat Cow).

    But as a I review different hosting plans, there are a lot of hosting companies offering as part of their hosting package plan, free domain names. Are we saying that for the sake of security, it is better to ignore this incentive and just buy the domain from another hosting company?

    Your opinion please. Thanks.

    realityshifter
     
  12. mirab

    mirab Member

    When a hosting company offers a free domain name you won't have to pay yearly for it but if you leave that host, you lose the name.

    It's better to get a domain name you will own at someplace like godaddy and host it there too or anywhere. And if you get a free domain name make it something you won't mind losing.
     
  13. Dgitalnomad

    Dgitalnomad New Member

    This is a great idea. You could easily build a nice online business around this concept.

    Kinda like what domainers are doing as a business. Still, you have to think about the cash investment upfront to tie up the names.

    You may also want to stay away from trademarked names. I think that could become a legal hassle with the wrong people involved.
     
  14. Dgitalnomad

    Dgitalnomad New Member

    I like the idea of having all my domains with one registrar.

    Hosting at several different companies is not that big a deal. It is just a matter a changing the name servers.
     
  15. Jean LA

    Jean LA New Member

    rgov: If I'm starting with a free blog at Blogspot.com instead of a full webpage do I still need to acquire the domain name??

    Thanks
    The url you entered on blogger.com (if it's available) is the url that you can get. No need to get domains anymore.
     
  16. hello28

    hello28 New Member

    It is much better have your own domain. Having said that normally want you want, normally somebody else already have it. So, you have to add a few word infront or back of the the domain name you want. Have it registered with .com or .net or .org is the best way. Find a good keyword that have low competition, high searches and have high value.
     
  17. SheilaOcean

    SheilaOcean New Member

    Not if you are using Blogger's platform...you would only need to "buy" your domain name if you hosted it yourself, which is really the best idea, since Blogger can remove/edit/shut down blogs they don't necessarily agree with too much...what I heard anyway.

    [​IMG]
    Sheila
     
  18. vinnymatrix

    vinnymatrix Guest

    I would recommend Wordpress. You are able to edit it alot more than blogger. Plus Wordpress does have alot of plugins to add to your wordpress blog.
     
  19. carterstory

    carterstory New Member

    To answer,
    Blogger gives you a sub-domain (username.blogger.com)
    If you want you can pick up a domain from any of the services (go-daddy, name cheap etc.) and then set up the forwarding service to forward to your blogger page..

    I'd recommend that you pick up a domain / hosting and install wordpress / joomla / another blog software suite, for that fully professional and customizable look. Spending $10+ $6 a month should be worth it for your business and personal development.

    as far as domain name limits, there really aren't any at all, guys own hundreds or thousands as "squatters" either capitalizing on mispellings (Gogle.com / googke.com) with tons of ads on the "parking page", or capitalizing on buisnesses that don't yet have domains and selling the domain to them.

    -Adam
     
  20. bosco

    bosco New Member

    Wow.

    I found this thread confusing because it either said different
    things or I interpreted it to said different things.

    But for the person who suggested getting backlinks to a domain you are forwarding, I read that backlinks don't help when you are forwarding. Does anyone know for sure?

    As far as the general advice of having a domain looking more professional, if you are going to forward your domain to a blogger blog, then you lose the credibility, ultimately. Don't you?

    I mean it looks better to give you own domain as a URL as opposed to the blogspot URL, but once the person arrives at the blogspot URL, then whatever you may have gained in credibility is lost.

    Here's where I"m confused. It seems like some responders were alluding to the possiblity of using the blogspot platform and your own domain, like you can do with wordpress?

    Is that possible? I've never heard of that. I've always heard that will Wordpress you can use their free platform, just like you can do with blogger / blogspot, but with wordpress, you can get your own domain and load the WordPress platform onto your domain, but I never heard you could do that with blogger.

    Am I correct? You can not use a blogspot platform on your domain? Right?

    The only way to combine blogpspot and your own domain is to forward your domain to a blogger URL, and then the blog is not under your control, ultimately.

    Someone please confirm me or correct me.

    Thanks so much!
     

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