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Postby JimD » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:33 pm

Lynn,

Thanks for taking the time to check. Much appreciated.
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Postby daniellechonody » Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:02 am

Lynn,

I am trying to brainstorm some domain names for an affiliate marketing guide aimed at pet business owners and professionals.

The key words I want to include are:

pet business opportunities
affiliate marketing

if I put these all together into affiliatemarketingpetbusinessopportunities.com this seems too much

I also considering www.easypetbusiness.com or www.easyaffiliatepetbusiness.com or www.easypetbusinessprofits.com

Any suggestions?

Thanks
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Postby DougYITBOS » Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:17 am

Hey folks...
I posted this else were too - but I feel like I need to post it here as well...

A quick note from a paranoid web geek.

I Don't EVER search for a domain name at the domain registrar sites until...

1) I'm already pretty sure it's available.
2) I'm ready to buy it if I'm right.

Why?
Because there are people out there that "scan" for what is being searched for and then snap them up. They know someone is interested and hope to buy it first and then charge you more for it than you would have had to pay previously.

So here's what I do when I am researching a domain name.

step one... type it into a browser.
If nothing comes up put in my "possible list" - if something DOES come up move one to the next idea,

step two... do an NSLOOKUP on the domain
This easy don't worry. Here's how you do it.
(in windows...)

click your start button
click run
type cmd and hit enter
in the window that comes up type "nslookup" and hit enter

Now you can enter in your domain idea(s) that passed step one.
(one at a time then hit enter)

What you want to see are words to the effect "sever can not find" or "domain non existent"

That PROBABLY means it's available.

If you get something like :

Non-authoritative answer:
www.domain2check.com canonical name = domain2check.com.
Name: domain2check.com
Address: 72.3.240.23


That means it's probably taken.


Then I take my short list... the list of domain ideas that passed both tests... and head off to the registrar site (like GoDaddy.com)

I try my favorite first and buy it if it's available.
If it's not I try my second favorite and buy it.
I don't give those domain scanners a chance to grab it.


Again... I may be paranoid... but I've lost some cool domains before and that really sucks :)
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Postby Lynn Terry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:37 pm

That's really interesting Doug - I didnt realize they were able to do that. I've never lost a domain name I wanted... if I found it and ordered it at the same time. Sitting on the idea is not recommended of course, because someone might think up the same name and grab it - but I had no idea "they" were spying on our searches?
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Postby Lynn Terry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:39 pm

daniellechonody wrote:I am trying to brainstorm some domain names for an affiliate marketing guide aimed at pet business owners and professionals.


Hi Danielle,

How about VirtualPetBusiness.com ? - its available :)

EasyPetBusiness.com is available also - great domain too!
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Postby daniellechonody » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:51 am

Thanks Lynn - I wouldn't have thought of Virtual Pet Business but I like it!

This is for my 20/20 challenge - thanks for helping me out! Hope you are going well

Danielle
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Postby Lynn Terry » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:57 am

Great! Glad that worked for you ;)
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Postby TorontoCarol » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:12 pm

I've had the same experience as Doug, more than once and came to the same conclusion. In fact, once I did the check first and no one had the domain, but I didn't buy right then and when I went to purchase the domain a few hours later, it had been sold. And amazingly enough, it was available to purchase from the new domain holder, at a much higher price.

Sometimes paranoia is a good thing :wink:
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Postby scoretenz » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:28 pm

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Postby Lynn Terry » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:13 pm

scoretenz wrote:Hi Lynn,
I must say thanks for your willingness to help others.Now I am a newbie,slow but want to move on. I have a website with no returns. My son keep telling me that I can do it,but all my life give information and help for free. I really need help to turn this site into cash. It is Wonderful_Living.com. any suggestions?


scoretenz wrote:it is http://wonderful-living.com


You have a great start here. I have to say that the white headlines on bright yellow background make it a little hard to look at - but I have a screaming migraine tonight, so I'd like to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes tomorrow. How about if you start a new thread for this and we'll work on it. I'd love to brainstorm ways for you to turn this great blog into a big hit!
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:36 pm

Hi Lynn - I'm wanting to turn my attention back to my personalized letter business, somewhat, as the paid blogging is totally flopping out.

I rank well for 'personalized letters to children' and 'letters to children' and a few other variations of that, but, those are not highly searched keywords.

Looking at my site - http://www.myveryownmail.com - what do you think are good keywords to target? I'm thinking, maybe - kids' crafts - but, I'm not sure.

Thanks :D
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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:39 pm

I know what you mean about paid blogging... though dont give up on blogging, as there is still a lot of potential for making money with your blog ;)

As for the keywords on your site - that's a tough one. There arent very many searches for the related keywords. I do noticed that "personalized letter(s)" are often used with each season - such as "from santa" or "birthday" etc. So I would continue to use something like "Personalized Letters for Children" since that is exactly what you offer.

Then I would optimize internal web pages on your site for other phrases/topics that would attract your target market. For example "christmas crafts for children" - a great content page that would attract the parents you are targeting. Or "crafts for young children", and "importance of a reading club" and other Long Tail Keyword Phrases like those.
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Postby lisamariemary » Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:07 pm

Hi Lynn - gah, I'm so paranoid, I was afraid to sent this to you via the forum! LOL! Maybe that's going overboard on those domain-jumpin' fools - who knows...

Anyhoo - you just ROCK at this stuff, and I'm in need of help again. I'm starting a site for my brother, who is an emergency veterinarian in Colorado, who is wanting a more professional image online than he's used in the past.

All decent versions of his name are taken. but his name alone would not convey that he is a vet, anyway.

The one name we keep coming back to is doggydoc.com - but, he's not entirely happy with it, because of its 'cutesy' flavor. it sure does let you know right off that he's a vet, though!

He did at one point have ervet, on blogspot, but, that could be seen as rhyming with 'her bet' and not properly understood.

So he's an emergency vet (he much prefers emergency to day to day animal visits - he rocks at emergency!) - his name is David Burnett

DavidBurnettDVM.com is available - but, is that too long? and a mouthful?

Ok, so those are my facts - I hope your new (totally awesome and adorable) house lets you visit the forum soon... :fingers crossed:

Thank you, Lynn!!!
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Postby deannatroupe » Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:14 pm

I think using his name as his domain name is a good idea.
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