Posts Tagged ‘domains’
Let’s start the week with some good news, shall we?
We have partnered up with the guys at Namecheap to bring you a great little giveaway. The popular domain name registrar and web hosting provider are giving away 5 domain names to BloggingPro readers.
The first prize is to win 3 domain names (.com/.net/.org), and 2 runners-up will also receive a domain each. Read More
When it comes to setting up your own blog, it’s pretty well understood that you need to have your own domain and that it needs to be under your control.
However, people view the process of setting up a domain as being completely different from that of setting up hosting. Where most people are meticulous in their search for a host, comparing prices, reading reviews and trying to find a solid, reliable company that has a great reputation, most bloggers just choose the cheapest domain registrar and go.
Unfortunately, this can be a terrible mistake and it can cost you and your sites dearly. Worst of all, it can even cost you more money in the long run, putting you in a position where you spend more money to keep using a service that is actually bad for your sites.
It’s time to understand that not all registrars are the same and that some definitely can harm your site. However, learning how to avoid the bad registrars is no simple task but one that every blogger and webmaster needs to learn. Read More
If there is one thing that the recent outages at Amazon Cloud and even the PlayStation Network can show us, it’s that even the best, most reliable companies can have serious problems with their hosting infrstructure and can go down.
Unfortunately, as a blogger, you’re just a passenger on someone else’s ship on the Web. Whether it’s a free hosting service like Blogger or WordPress.com, or you have your own server, most likely, some other company is providing the hosting and the access to you. But as reliable as they might have been in the past or as great as they are now, there’s always a possibility that things could change.
Simply put, hardware breaks, companies get sold and people change jobs. What was great service and support one day could be catastrophic downtime tomorrow and it’s important to be prepared for that possibility at all times. Sadly, this has nothing to do with avoiding unlimited hosting or using a bad host as even the best, most honest hosts can have a problem.
Instead, this is an issue about being prepared for the inevitable, that something will go wrong eventually, and that you don’t want to be the one who goes down with the ship. It’s a grim situation to prepare for, but one that every blogger has to.
After all, just a few moments of preparation can, literally, save you many hours or even days of headache down the road.
Many bloggers, when they first start out, are unsure if they are going to continue blogging over the long term and either don’t want to spend the time or invest the money into securing a domain name of their own.
It’s an understandable decision considering that WordPress.com and Blog*Spot, along with a slew of other services, make it trivial to set up an account at their sites and get blogging within just a few minutes.
But while getting started on one of these sites might be a great way to get up and going, there is a hidden danger in it. Relying on someone else’s URL carries with it not only a lot of baggage, but a lot of risk.
If you’re serious about your blog and it is something that you want to take beyond a short term whim, even if it is just a “slightly more serious” hobby, securing a domain of your own is a rite of passage you need to undertake. Failure to do so will not only hold your site back, but may cause your site, along with all of your work, to simply disappear.
Previously we discussed the 3 blog laws of hosting, rules that should be followed by all bloggers (regardless of size, financial strength, etc.).
What was not addressed however were the general rules one should follow when blogging upon your own domain (regardless of whether you choose to self host or blog upon service hosted platforms like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr or Posterous).
Although there are general rules you should follow when selecting a domain, after you’ve secured your online presence you should heed these 3 laws below or face the consequences.
Ironically the first law is one many bloggers are guilty of breaking (this author included), and while costly, one should resolve the problem as soon as possible. Read More
When it comes to the art of problogging, many bloggers focus most of their energy on their building up their main blog (or blogs) and forgo ever establishing a personal site of their own.
While there is nothing wrong with NOT creating a personal blog, blogging pros would be foolish to avoid securing specific domain names lest their complacency hurt them later on (both reputation wise as well as financiallyÂ via lawyers).
Securing these 3 domain names could spell the difference between future job openings (online and off), as well as the extra bonus of “free” traffic from search engines which you can use to shape your online image. Read More
With this edition of Blogging Pitfalls, I have to eat a bit of humble pie as I talk about a pitfall I didn’t just fall into, but have had to stick with for five years for various reasons: Picking a bad domain name.
How bad did I fall into this one? Though there are many things I would do differently if I could start blogging over again, I would put this at the very top of my list of things I would change and often times ponder making the change regardless, just sucking it up and moving it.
The reason is simple, my main domain is plagiarismtoday.com. While it seemed like a fine domain when I bought it, it has two inherent problems. First, the site is not just about plagiarism anymore and, second, only a fraction of people, in my experience, are able to spell plagiarism correctly on the first try. This has led to a series of awkward and difficult conversations as I try to pass along my domain or email address to others and has greatly limited my marketing.
It is a pitfall I don’t wish to see anyone else fall in and, unfortunately, it is one that can be fairly tricky to dodge considering how unpredictable domain buying is. However, if you’re willing to take some time when selecting the name for your new site, you can easily minimize the risks.
Performancing has recently announced the reopening of the Performancing Marketplace.
Prior to its brief hiatus (due to software migration) the Perf Marketplace had been an active portal for buying and selling of blogs, software, and related services. The new Marketplace aims to bring this back. With a free-flowing format (forum-based), Performancing hopes that users can have meaningful exchanges of information and fruitful trades of products and services.
Along with the recent free signup promo for the Hive and the reopening of the Jobs board, the Marketplace relaunch is just one of the efforts the Performancing team is doing to ensure a vibrant community of new media professionals. Sign up now for free, or browse the current listings.