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20 Quick Tips for Deciding on a Domain Name

July 10, 2011

This is a guest post written by the author of the newly founded Blogging Boom. For more tips on blogging, check out their brand new blog!

Choosing a domain name can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if you know the right secrets. The first thing to realize before beginning your search for Mr. Right Domain Name, however, is the importance of this decision. Your domain name is like the address and name tag of your website all in one. It is how your visitors will locate you, get to know you, remember you, and tell others about you. Therefore, your domain name must be one that will allow all of those things to be done easily, so don’t rush into a decision. The choice for your domain name can easily make or break your potential success.

1. Register the “.com” extension.
2. Think up a list of vital keywords that describe your site.
3. Brainstorm, use trial and error, and mix and match these keywords.
4. Don’t use hyphens in your domain name.
5. Don’t use numbers either.
6. Make your business name and your domain name the same thing.
7. Keep the URL as short as possible.
8. Make sure that your domain name is easy to type and spell.
9. Consider if your keywords could have multiple or differing meanings.
10. Say your domain name aloud and see how it looks written down.
11. Use a thesaurus to come up with creative keywords.
12. Avoid overly-generic and too-complicated descriptive terms.
13. Make sure your future domain name stands apart from the crowd.
14. Come up with something memorable, catchy, and unique.
15. Tie your domain name choice into helping you build your brand.
16. Make sure there aren’t other businesses using the same/similar name.
17. Do plenty of research.
18. Choose a registrar that offers renewal warnings and protections.
19. Don’t be afraid to register other extensions and misspellings of your URL.
20. Play around with keywords until you have the perfect domain name, then snatch it!

Once you’ve selected that perfect domain name, you will be able to step into the online world with ease and poise. After you decide upon your domain name and register it, the next step will be building your brand and getting visitors to take notice. For more blogging tips, please keep tabs on BloggingBoom.com and the future guest posts that will be seen here at SuperBloggingTips.com. Good luck in your online ventures!

The Newbie’s Guide To Spectacular Post Titles

August 20, 2008

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This is a guest post by Jason – Jason Pereira blogs at The University Kidgrab the feed!

Good content is everything when running a blog. Well, that’s if you want real people to actually read it, of course.

The problem with most new bloggers is that they may start out with fascinating content, but no one reads it… why? Probably because their post titles aren’t up to scratch, and even though your post may be the greatest blog post of all time, if no one reads beyond the title it’s not worth much.

Here’s some tips to supercharge your post title and thus make sure that people scroll down to see the rest of the post.

Use List Titles

Titles that use list formats usually do well. For example ‘7 Hot Ways To Boost RSS Subscriber Count’ would do far better than just ‘Ways To Get More RSS Subscribers’ – even if the posts are the same!

Lists are not just far easier to read, but also have a better chance of being picked up by other blogs as people read it, debate it and add points of their own.

Over-exaggerate

Don’t do this all the time, as overdoing it will hurt your blog; however a good way to create posts that people read are by using powerful words.

Which title below would you be more apt to read?

DESTROY Your Competition – Read Below!

or

How You Can Better Your Competition

For me, it’s the former. Everyone loves superlatives, especially in the world of blogging – heck, I’d rather ‘destroy’ my competition than just ‘better’ it.

Exact Amounts

If you’re writing a post about increasing metrics, why not show how exactly your tips have benefited you? Here’s another example – which would you be more likely to read?

Learn How I Made $550.00 Yesterday With Craigslist Marketing

or

Make Money On Craigslist

Despite the former being longer, I’d probably opt for it – and this is whether you’re talking about any kind of metric, be it revenue, traffic, subscribers etc.

These are three simple, yet effective ways that I have personally used to make sure that people do click through and read my posts – and guess what, I tend to receive more comments than blogs of a similar level due to this.

Use post titles that appeal to your readers and evoke their emotions and you’ll get them reading, commenting and subscribing. Who said blogging was difficult?

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The All-Time Best Blogging Articles of June 2008

June 6, 2008

blogging tipsGreetings, and welcome to round three, the third edition, of Super Blogging’s The All-Time Best Blogging Articles. This is a group writing project that any blogger in this niche can join in on and have their article featured in the extensive collection you’re about to read. This has created an amazing resource for everyone out there, so thank you to all of those who sent in your submissions and posts to be shared! I hope you like June 2008’s The All-Time Best Blogging Articles. Enjoy!

Content & Writing

Four Surefire Ways to Write Magnetic Web Content at Search Engine Journal.

Take Your Starting Positions… at Punctuality Rules.

…And the Finish Line at Punctuality Rules.

Traffic Generation & Exposure

125+ Super Tips to Increasing Sticky Blog Traffic at JobMob.

10 Tips of Commenting in a Blog, a Good Style of Linkbait at Tech at Hand.

Site Development

Starting a New Blog? WAIT! at Legal Andrew.

22 Essential Habits Towards Blogging Success at Lost Art of Blogging.

Effective Linking With Your Old Post in 10 Steps at Tech at Hand.

The Comment Etiquette: The Guide to Proper Blog Commenting at Lost Art of Blogging.

3 Surefire Ways to Run a Totally Radical Blog Contest at Contest Blogger.

See How Easily You Can Beat the Daily Blogging Gremlins at Great Circle.

How to Get Back Into the Blogging Groove at On The Horizon.

Making Money Online

7 Ways to Profit from a Blog at Blogtrepreneur.

The Downside of Starting a Blog for Money at Blogtrepreneur.

20+ Tips to Earn More Revenue From Google Adsense at eTechBuzz.

Make Money Online With PepperJam at VHSG.

SEO

Top 10 Basic SEO Tips to Build a High Traffic Website at eTechBuzz.

The Art of Creating Titles at Learning SEO Basics.

Learn SEO Copywriting at Learning SEO Basics.

How Did I Get #1 from Google SERP in Manny VS Barrera Fight Result at Tech at Hand.

Social Media

Should You Ask for Social Media Votes? at Traffikd.

The Costs of Over Reliance on Social Media Traffic at Traffikd.

Marketers Guide to del.icio.us at Traffikd.

The Success Checklist I Used to Hit #1 on del.icio.us at GroupWritingProjects.

Twitter: Why It’s So Great And How To Effectively Use It at Lost Art of Blogging.

Blogging Platforms

Blogger Vs. WordPress: Who’s Got the Upper Hand? at BloggersGuide.

The Top 5 Reasons I Left WordPress For Blogger at Smithereens.

My Blog is Finally Talking to Me Again! at MeAndMyDrum.

Cool Tools & Sites

101 Essential Blogging Resources at Blogtrepreneur.

Join The iReply Movement at MeAndMyDrum.

Secrets Revealed: How I Pick Domain Names at MeAndMyDrum.

Google Analytics Step Two: Don’t Track Yourself! at Linden’s Pensieve.

Cool Technology: IWantSandy.Com at Linden’s Pensieve.

Diigo: Paper-and-pen Mark-up Meets Web 2.0 at Linden’s Pensieve.

Miscellaneous

Does Your Website Have Terms of Use? at Andrew Flusche.

Five Questions For Would-Be Bloggers at BloggersGuide.

10 Reasons Why Blogging is Like Dating t Romance Tracker.

Your Online Writing Life: Protect Your Reputation – And Future (Part One) at Colloquium.

Connected Lives (Part One) at Colloquium.

A Cautionary Tale: The First Amendment, Good Taste, and Writers’ Rights at Colloquium.

Why Do You Blog? at On The Horizon.

Thanks, I hope you enjoyed this amazing collection of articles written by some great bloggers. If you liked it, please consider stumbling this page or sharing it with your friends. If you missed out on entering this time, subscribe to Super Blogging so you’ll be in the loop and know when to enter or read for the next group writing project!

To browse the complete collection of resources of The All-Time Best Blogging Articles, see below:

PART ONE: November 2007
PART TWO: January 2008
PART THREE: June 2008

10 Reasons Why a Blog is Better Than a Website

February 25, 2008

blog vs website
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So many people wonder whether they should start their online hobby or business as a blog or a static website. The two have many differences, but I honestly believe that in most cases a person should start a blog instead of a website. Some still remain unconvinced, especially since blogs are newer on the scene. However, these are the reasons why I think a dynamic blog is better than a static website.


1. Blogs are easier to setup and manage.

A blog can be installed with WordPress, the best blogging platform and my choice, in five minutes. You don’t have to get up close and personal with coding it, all of the core files are already there for you and all you have to do is upload them and create a database (which takes two seconds). You can find an amazingly beautiful theme or design, upload it in one minute, and if you want you can easily tweak it. You can login to the user-friendly dashboard and write your content, manage your categories and comments, change your options or blogroll, and much more without dealing with anything over the top and complicated. The blog platform does all the work with the technical stuff while you get to enjoy writing for your site and running it however you like.

2. Blogs retain interest.

Because blogs are updated all the time and it’s easy to browse through them and all of their content, that makes them a favorite with online visitors and readers. A visitor is much more likely to return to a blog than a static website. Blogs catch and hold attention and it’s easier for the reader to get lost in one for hours since the content is navigated the way it is. That can happen with a website, but it’s a lot less likely. Blogs are at more of a personal level, and all of the posts are easily accessible and featured for the readers. Instead of a website where visitors have to crawl through page after boring page, consider a blog and keep your readers longer and have them coming back all the time for more.

3. Blogs are more search engine friendly.

Just like they’re reader friendly for being updated all the time and having a huge collection of interlinked content, they’re search engine friendly for those same reasons as well. It’s not always true, but more than likely that a blog will rank better in search engines than your average website. The more a site is updated, the more often a search engine bot will come back and crawl your site so they can quickly index the new things you have to offer. And when a bot is coming to crawl your site, it will have many more options with a blog since all of the content is linked to and featured everywhere. Besides those things, blogs are easy to optimize, especially with all the plugins available (see All In One SEO Pack). And blogs attract links more than static websites as well, which will help you out in the search engines too.

4. Blogs gain an audience more easily.

Just like how I mentioned that blogs retain interest, they also more easily gain an audience. With the abundance of content and such a navigable site, readers will like your blog. A blog will also be found for the first time by visitors because they are usually much more popular than a static website. If you write good content and provide things of interest, you’ll get noticed easily. And once you start building a readerbase, your readers will help promote your blog for you. People will talk about you, link to you, and grow your blog for you. Usually when I first learn about a blog I learn about it through someone else or another a blog I read. People like to stay on top of blogs about topics they’re interested in, and that’s easier to do with a blog. And for an audience, the easier it is the better.

5. Blogs help build author and visitor interaction.

When you have a static website your visitors aren’t going to be known to you like they would with a blog. With a blog, anyone who likes your page or post can comment on it. You’ll start to learn your readers’ names and their own blogs or sites. You’ll have conversations with them and discuss topics through the comments or email. And even if a reader doesn’t comment, you might see them voting for your content a lot via social media, their avatar might be popping up a lot on your MyBlogLog widget, or you might be getting linked to by them and see it via your trackbacks and incoming links. As your blog grows you’ll come to recognize hundreds to even thousands of your readers, with dozens becoming people you know much more closely.

6. Blogs can be made to look however you want.

Like I mentioned earlier, you can achieve any look you want with your blog, WITHOUT having to get up close and personal with the coding. There are so many free themes, plugins, and resources available that are already built and coded for you – all you usually have to do is upload them and click the ‘activate’ button. If you find a theme you like you can upload it, and if necessary, tweak it here and there to make it perfect for your blog. Plugins can manage and run things automatically without you having to lift a finger after you install one. There are plugins that work behind the scenes and block spam, create navigation systems, generate sitemaps, and enforces WWW or non-WWW for your blog. Then there are visual ones, like plugins that encourage visitors to subscribe, create contact forms, rotate advertisement banners, let you create polls for your blog, and thousands more. A blog can look however your heart desires – it can even look like a static website if that’s what you want, while still being managed much more easily.

7. Blogs allow readers to subscribe via RSS.

RSS readers are one of the most valuable things a blog can have. Subscribers are people who love your blog and what you write so much that they want it delivered to their feed aggregator or their email inbox each day. They are people who are targeted to your content and are probably your blog’s biggest fans. By allowing people to subscribe, developing regular readers is even easier than it was before. The amount of RSS subscribers a blog has is one of the ways to determine how popular and valuable it is. Besides providing value to you, it provides obvious value to your readers as well and makes things much easier for them to read everything you write.

8. Blogs are popular with social media sites.

Since blogs have a bigger sense of community and the blog owner and readers interact, (as well as bloggers interacting with other bloggers), you’d know blogs are popular with social media sites, like Super Blogging’s readers’ favorite StumbleUpon. Since you’re already building relationships with the readers who come to your blog, it’s easy to encourage social media votes and promote your blog this way. Loyal visitors and blogging friends will often vote for your best content, and using a blog over a website content is easier to promote.

9. Blogs build links much more easily.

And again, since blogs have such a huge community and personal aspect to them, they gather much more links. Bloggers try to link to other blogs as much as possible, not only because this helps build exposure and traffic (since a blogger is alerted whenever they receive a link), but also because blogs are huge sources of easily browsed information to direct their readers to. At Super Blogging you might notice I do weekly roundups called “The Best of the Blogosphere”. I do this to point my readers to fantastic content from other bloggers, and also to get those other bloggers’ attention. And since blogs collect many links each day or week, they often develop better rankings in search engines as well.

10. Blogs are better for a million more reasons.

What other reasons do you need? They’re easier to setup, easier to manage, have thousands of free themes and plugins to install, build a loyal readerbase quicker, are promoted by others, retain interest, are more popular with search engines AND social media, are easily customized, promote interaction, offer RSS subscriptions, and much more. Websites used to be the only choice, but blogs are quickly gaining popularity to overrank them. It always depends on the goal you want to achieve, but 95% of the time I’d tell you to start a blog.

Did I leave any out? Please let me know if forgot any reasons stating why a blog is better than a website, or if you think differently, please tell me why in the comments as well. What do you think? Is a blog better than a static website, or is it the other way around?

The All-Time Best Blogging Articles of January 2008

January 27, 2008

all-time best blogging articles

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of Super Blogging’s group writing project, The All-Time Best Blogging Articles. I recently asked my readers to submit their articles about blogging, and now I’m sharing these articles with you. This has created an amazing resource for all bloggers out there, so thank you for your submissions. I hope you enjoy January 2008’s edition of The All-Time Best Blogging Articles!

CONTENT & WRITING

How to Be a Focused & Productive Blogger: Have a Weekly Theme by Ruchir at TechnoMoney.net.

See How Easily You Can Beat the Daily Blogging Gremlins by Jacob at GreatCircle.com.au.

What Do You Think of Weekly/Monthly Roundups, Themes, and Link Love Posts? by Lillie at LillieAmmann.com.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Preventing Interruptions and Avoiding Distractions by Jacob at JobMob.co.il.

TRAFFIC GENERATION & EXPOSURE

Top 10 Basic SEO Tips to Build a High Traffic Website by Vijay at eTechBuzz.com.

125+ Super Tips to Increasing Sticky Blog Traffic by Jacob at JobMob.co.il.

SITE DEVELOPMENT

A Link is a Link… Right? by Chris at ChrisBloczynski.com.

Maximizing Your Website’s Income by Monetizing RSS Feeds by Steven at VandelayDesign.com.

Blog Design: What Should Be Above the Fold by Steven at VandelayDesign.com.

Testing Elements to Increase Your RSS Subscribers by Chris at ChrisBloczynski.com.

Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins: Making WP a More Valuable CMS by Steven at VandelayDesign.com.

20+ Practical and Ethical Tips to Earn More Revenue From Google Adsense by Vijay at eTechBuzz.com.

10 Tips to Use Sitemap Files for Faster Crawling and Indexing of Your Site Pages by Vijay at eTechBuzz.com.

MISCELLANEOUS BLOGGING

Social Media Mega Project by Janie at JHSiess.com.

Blogging Metaphor: Blogging is a Large City with Hundreds of Small Neighborhoods by Lillie at LillieAmmann.com.

Five Rockstar Ways to Use Text Replacement Software by Chris at ChrisBloczynski.com.

Google Tricks by Moin at ANewMorning.com.

8 Ways to be a Blogger Without a Blog at Techne-Eikon.com.

The amount I promoted this group writing project was minimal, so hopefully we’ll see more submissions next time around – I intend to have a new The All-Time Best Blogging Articles carnival held at least every two months or so, so please stick around for the next one and subscribe to Super Blogging so you won’t miss anything!

 Others in this series:

PART ONE: November 2007
PART TWO: January 2008
PART THREE: June 2008

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