Picking a great domain for your web site or blogs is one of the most important decisions you will make for your site. Not only is it the ‘name’ of your site, but it’s also the location that people will type in to find your site as well. This means it will also be associated with the branding of your site and something you really shouldn’t change once your site goes live.
With all of these considerations in mind, buying your first (or next) domain name shouldn’t be something you simply do on the fly. With most ‘good’ and original domain names already taken, it’s going to take some creativity or extra money to secure a decent domain.
Something else to consider is buying multiple variations of your personal or brand name to keep yourself protected. This is something most professionals and bloggers can relate with, and discussed in detail in this “One Domain is Never Enough” article from Forbes.
How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Business
Through the use of the “How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Business” infographic below (from WhoIsHostingThis), we are going to take a look at some of the best ways to come up with a great domain name for your site. At the same time, we will also look at a few of the best resources online for buying a domain name, how to setup a domain name with your web hosting and a few other questions new site owners and bloggers might have the first time around.
- Use your domain name as a branding tool
- Be short, catchy and memorable
- Consider the extension (.com, .net, .org)
- Protecting your trademark
- Brand yourself professionally and personally
- Be creative with your name
- Stay away from hyphenated domain names
- Check your name availability across all social sites
- Be sure not to let your domain expire
A good rule of thumb is to always register your personal name as a .com domain if it’s available, as it’s likely someone else with that same name will register it sooner than later. Once a domain name is registered, it’s extremely hard (and sometimes expensive) to try and get it back. Also, be sure to stay away from any of the new domain extensions like .me, .tv or any others — while these might seem appealing, they just don’t tend to work as well as the normal .com, .net and .org domains do.
Where to Register a Domain Name
When it comes time to register your domain name, you have a lot of options. Some people like to buy their domain name at the same time they are setting up their web hosting, while other times people like to register their domain with a registrar and simply connect the two together later on. I personally like to register all of my domains in one location, so I always can keep an eye on them and make sure they are updated. Connecting a domain name (changing it’s DNS information) to a different web host is quite easy… and you can learn more about that here.
How Much Will a Domain Name Cost
Just like you can register a domain name from different locations, you can pay different prices for your domain names as well. On average, a new domain name will cost around $10-$20 per year. Some registrar companies can charge upwards of $35 per year, while some hosting provides will actually provide users with a domain as long as the customer continues to host through their service.
To learn more about domain registration and pricing, it’s always a good idea to look at the top registrars online. Providers like 1&1 give the chance to check if your desired name is available for your domain, then later register if the site is free.
No matter where you are registering your domain name, be sure to consider all of the fine points laid out above in the bullet points and through the domain name infographic below.
How to Push Throw Blogging Goals When You Feel Burned Out
Blogging is super exciting but there are moments we feel like it’s all crumbling and nothing is moving. Having blogged for over 7 years consistently, I have experienced moments of drought a couple of times. But I’m always still able to rebuild my excitement to move on.
Burnout happens to everyone in the industry. But how to refuel your energy and continue the journey is what makes the difference. We want to point out few tips to help us continue during such moments. So this is not about how to avoid blogger burnout but what to do when it happens.
Why Blogger burnout?
Before we talk about how to keep your blog thriving during burnout, let’s quickly discuss some reasons why it happens.
The reason you blog
People blog for various reasons. Some were told that blogging is a quick path to financial freedom which is not true. If this is the reason you started blogging, you may soon burn out. The reason is that it takes time and really hard work to start seeing money from blogging.
When folks don’t see results as early as they expected at the beginning, the result is a rush into wrong conclusions as the energy fades away.
I have seen people get completely blown out of the industry because of an unexpected event that ushered huge losses and disappointments. Sometimes a hack or server crash that leads to complete loss of content or major Google update or manual action bringing massive negative search impact could get your enthusiasm completely damaged.
Successes in other areas
A friend in Nigeria whose blog got over 5000 daily readers picked a highly lucrative job in the oil industry. The next thing I heard was that he was putting his blog on sale. His motivation fully got shifted to his new job.
These and many more reasons may diminish your excitement in blogging and cause burn out. But what are some of the ways to keep your blog going during burn out?
How to keep your blog active when you are burnt out
Now, you must not allow your blogging business to die out when you do not feel like clicking on it. Your fallen passion should not mean a falling blog because there are ways to keep it alive while rebuilding your motivation.
#1. Work on rebuilding your excitement
The best way to keep your blog active is to work on your diminishing excitement. Think about the fact that you can still make it. If others are succeeding despite the odds, you too can despite what has happened.
If you think you had the wrong motivating reasons at the beginning, just get to understand the truth and adapt to it. If you had a bad experience, do not let i t roll you out.
#2. Turn to friends and guest authors for content continuation
The worst thing that will happen to your blog during burnout is to cease publishing fresh content. Fresh content is your blog’s lifeline. Editing and re-posting old content works great but that depends on the evergreen nature of the existing content.
Guest blogging is an exercise where you open up your blog to your readers to submit relevant content. With qualified guest bloggers, you can always have steady flow of content on your blog, keeping it alive when you are trying to revive your interest.
#3. Outsource or buy content from an agency
If you are burnt out, keeping your blog active is essential. That’s why I suggest you go as far as spending on relevant content. There are several ways:
- Hire someone to post and promote a certain number of articles per week
- Outsource to content agency
- Buy spontaneously from different writers
Agencies may be a bit more pricey but that would be the best way to ensure that your blog keeps getting the best content while you are absent. Make sure any content that is submitted by from external sources is plagiarism free.
#4. Edit and re-post old content
I mentioned earlier that this method works but not as effective as posting new content. If your burnout is not as a result of an impact from Google, you may consider revamping your existing content to keep your blog going.
$5. Resolve the technical issue
Don’t just fall out and abandon your business because of a hack or broken server. I understand how devastating this could be. But making an attempt at resolving any issues related to your blog may begin producing some good results that may light up your excitement and pull you out of the depression.
Avoid the cheap offers in the industry. Turn to high performance hosting and invest in your business. Do not create an opening for any bad technical experience that me lead to failure.
If you’ve not experienced blogger burnout yet, it’s good it doesn’t happen. But if it does, it should not mark the end of your blog. Following these tips to keep it alive.
Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service
Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.
What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.
Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.
Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.
Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?
Ya know what?
I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.
Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.
I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.
I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.
No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.
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