Domain Name Articles & Tutorials

Changing Domain Names and Not Losing Your Page Rank in Google's Search Results

There are 11 important SEO steps to consider when redesigning your website and more importantly switching domain names. Because the concept of time is awesome, we’ll jump right into them.

1). Export URL’s using Google Webmaster tools

If you’re taking your internet marketing & SEO seriously then you have Google Webmaster tools installed to monitor your site’s performance. If not, no worries. Simply install Google webmaster tools onto your old site before you design your new site. Export Google’s list of indexed URL’s on your old site into an excel document. Now you know which blog posts & interior pages have the most authority on your old site. These are the url’s that you should be sure to redirect to a subsequent matching new url on the new site.

2). Beware of Content Duplication During Beta of New Site

Ensure that your development environment or beta sections of the new site are excluded from search engine’s view until the new site is officially live and until all redirects from the old ... read more

What Are The Best Sites for Buying Premium Domains?

There are plenty of domain selling marketplaces out there. The biggest difference is the fee you’ll need to pay for registering and the commission for each transaction.

Here are five, in my opinion best domain marketplaces:

1. NameCheap Marketplace

– Fee: $0 Commission: 0%

2. Sedo


– Fee: $0 Commission: 10-20% (from seller)

3. Flippa

– Fee: $15/month Commission: 5-15% (from seller)

4. GoDaddy Auctions

– Fee: $4.99/y Commission 10-20% ($15 minimum) (from seller)

5. NamePros

– Fee: 5-10/month Commission: 0% (from seller)

Now, before you go to any of these to buy/sell domains, I’d recommend doing a couple of things first:

1. Research the seller

For instance, do they have a social media presence or a blog?

2. Research the domain

Has the domain been penalized by Google before (check Open Site Explorer)? Is the domain using a trademarked name? Has it been sold before (http://www.domaintools.com/buy/sales-history/)?

3. Social media profile availability

Depending on your business, you’ll probably want a Facebook... read more

What is an Online Market Place?

A B2B eCommerce marketplace is exactly what it sounds like: brands sell their products wholesale in an online marketplace right alongside their competitors.

The Marketplace Model: Increased Visibility, Fierce Competition

Discoverability & Competition


There’s often a belief amongst smaller wholesalers that leveraging the Marketplace model will lead to increased visibility for their brand. In many scenarios, this is true. However, competition in a marketplace tends to favor larger, more well-known brands.

In a marketplace, all brands, regardless of their size, are stacked up against each other and the ability to stand out in a sea of competitors is limited. In a scenario where retailers are browsing a marketplace looking to buy, big brands have a major competitive advantage against their smaller competitors simply because of brand recognition.

What, then, can a small brand do to compete in a marketplace and stand out from other brands? One strategy small brands try to use is to leverage uniqu... read more

What is the Best Way to Do Marketing Online?

Some tactics could be used to do marketing online, and you may find more after you adopt the related marketing strategy, which will require a reliable web hosting service provider.

1. Content Marketing

Content marketing is the process of producing blog articles, videos, photos, infographics, or any other form of ‘content’ that appeals to your target audience, with the aim of attracting visitors to your website.

How it works

Imagine you sell handbags. It’s coming up to the holiday season, so you write a blog post titled ‘The perfect outfit for the office Christmas party’.

In the article you list a dress, jacket, shoes and, crucially, one of your own handbags. You include good photos of all the products you mention and ensure you link to the product page where readers can buy your handbag.

So how does this attract traffic? This is your ideal scenario: a fashion-conscious woman is looking for inspiration on what to wear to her office party. She turns to Google and searches for ‘christmas party ... read more

Key Things to Consider When Building a Mobile Version of a Website

1. Define Your Need for a Mobile Site

Usually a mobile website design project comes about through one of the following circumstances:

  • It’s a brand new website in need of both a desktop and mobile strategy.
  • It’s a redesign of an existing website, which will include a new mobile site.
  • It’s an addition of a mobile site to an existing desktop site, which won’t be changing.

Each of these circumstances brings a different set of requirements, which will help you determine the best way forward as you consider the items discussed below.

2. Consider the Business Objectives

In most cases, you, as the designer/developer are being hired by a client to design a mobile site for their business. What are the business objectives as they relate to the website, specifically the mobile site? As with any design, you’ll need to prioritize these objectives, then communicate that hierarchy in your design. When translating your design to mobile, you’ll need to take this a step further and focus on just a c... read more

What is SEO Marketing?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation is an integral part of digital marketing. In today's time after getting social media and Google AdWords, it may have lost its place but still, SEO is important in digital marketing.

Earlier in the mid-90s corporates and big firms have just got introduced to the concept of SEO. They started hiring SEO experts as it was all about keyword stuffing and manual submissions. In 2004 startups started taking interest in SEO as they want to build their online presence. Hence SEO in digital marketing changed over the years. In today's time, SEO is very different from earlier SEO practice. Nowadays organic searches and website traffic are given priority in SERP(search engine ranking page).

Whether it's a local business, mid business or big business all are changing their marketing approach and changing to digital marketing. Therefore there is a radical increase in the importance of SEO in digital marketing. Nowadays people are always searching on a search en... read more

Can Web Hosting Change Your Business?

It depends on what you mean by "change your business." A web host can affect your business and how you do business in several ways. In some cases, they may actually require you to operate your business in a certain way.

Affecting How You Do Business

A web host may affect how you do business due to the technology they have available for you. So you may have to tailor your internal company practices to conform with the technology your web host has.

For example, if your web host only supports PHP and you want to bring in an ASP .NET programmer, you are either going to have to give up on the idea of ASP .NET or you will need to change web hosts.

Requiring that You Do Business a Certain Way

All reputable web hosts have a Terms of Service (TOS) or its equivalent. These are basically the rules you have to abide by to use their web hosting service.

If your business is doing something or plans on doing something that violates or will violate the TOS, they can and will demand that you change your busi... read more

How to buy a new domain name from registrar?

Getting your own domain boils down to two ways:

  •     Buying and registering an entirely new domain, or
  •     Purchasing one that's currently owned by someone else.

There are pros and cons to both ways but ultimately, it's up to you whether you prefer to pay for expensive but well-known addresses (domains that are active) or cheaper but lesser-known ones (brand new domains).

One thing you need to consider is how to name your domain.

As mentioned earlier – A really good domain name can be the deciding factor that makes or break your brand, so choose one wisely.

1. Check for domain availability

Now that you’ve decided on a really awesome domain name, it’s time to check whether the domain name you want is available or not.

Checking on whether a domain name’s availability is easy enough. You can do a simple search with one of the domain registrars; or, use a Whois search engines such to verify whether your domain name is available or has been taken.

If the domain name you want is not availabl... read more

7. FAQs about Website Hosting

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7. FAQs about Website Hosting

Having helped thousands of beginners start their own websites, we have heard every possible question. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions from people who want to host a website.

- Why do I need a hosting provider to host a website?

Hosting service providers specialize in maintaining a platform to serve websites. They have engineers and system administrators in their staff that monitor their servers 24/7.

This allows you to focus on building your website and growing your business instead of managing server software.

- Can I buy a domain name and hosting from two companies?

Yes, you can. However, buying them from the same company allows you to manage both of them under the same dashboard. Also some providers like Bluehost even offer a free domain as an incentive to use their service.

- Can I buy a domain name and host my website later?

Yes, you can buy a domain name alone. However, it will... read more

6. Putting Your Local Host Server Online

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6. Putting Your Local Host Server Online

Once you host a website on your local server, it will only be available to you. You’ll need to change its settings to put your website on the internet.

First, locate your web server software’s configuration file called httpd.conf.

If you are using WAMP on Windows, then you’ll find it under C:wampinpachepache[version#]conf] folder.

MAMP users on Mac will find it inside /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/ folder.

You can open this file using a plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit. After that, you need to find the line that begins with

Listen 80

You need to replace it with your IP address and port number. You can find your IP address by simply Googling ‘what is my ip address’ it will show you a numeric string separated by dots. Here’s an example of what that code should look like with your IP:

Listen 64.233.160.1:80

Next, you need to find the following line:

ServerName localhost:80

Go ahead and cha... read more