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Dot io Domain Popularity.

The dot io domain extension has drown quite a lot in popularity over the years. Even though it has been around almost two decades, having come about in 1997, it is the fast few years that it has very much been on the rise. The letters io stand for Indian Ocean. That is why it seems so unusual that so many people from so many differing parts of the world would be interested in the domain extension. First of all, let’s point out that the extension has a cool look to it. Yes having dot io after the name of a business, well, dare i say it looks cute? Or another person would say it looks intelligent. Start ups have been buying dot io because of the terrible lack of availability when it comes to dot com. Dot io is an excellent alternative to creating a funky looking dot com simply because the dot com you wanted is not available.

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When using a dot io, you will discover that customers find it quite easy to remember. It can help a new company stand out better than another too level domain that is less visually attractive. In the world of software and technology, io means input and output. So it is not hard to believe that software geeks and techies would love this domain extension. Whats morevyou can use this extension to make cool domain names of words that already end in io. such as scenario for example.

The selling rights to dot io belong to Internet Computer Bureau. This is a British company, and the government of Great Britain gave these rights to sell during the 1990s. We have no idea how many of these domains are selling each year, nor do we know how much of the revenue is shared with the government, but it is said that a part of each sale is remitted to the Crown Bank. The officers of the company have said they are for profit, but also made it clear that much of that profit is invested back into the company for strength and future growth.

There are many domain investors and speculators that believe .io might possible be the new dot com. One thing is sure, all of the one, two, and three letter domain name possibilities seem to have been sold already. It is true that domain investors that view domain names like real estate, are buying up what is perceived to be the hottest name ideas.

Will dot io be the next dot com? Only time can tell.





Country Code Domains.

Top level domains, or to say it different, the domain name extension, is the part of the domain name that appears after the dot. For example i could say has a top level domain of dot com. The story regarding top level domains, is that choosing the best one possible, can have an enormous impact on how well your website does with search engine rankings. You must make your best decision at day one because once you buy a domain, you cannot make alterations to it. You are essentially stuck unless you purchase a new one all over again. Regarding country code top level domains, these are top domain names that are country specific by having the dot be the initials of a country. For example, any word .us , would be a country code top level domain for the United States. Mostly such a domain would be intended to drive local traffic to the owner of the domain name.

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When thinking of the advantages of a country code domain name, one would see it as an advantage if you were wanting to go after traffic from a specific part of the globe. The thing is. search engines around the world offer differing results which are determined by the IP address of the people that are utilizing the search engine. As the search engine delivers results, you can see that much of the results are of local entities, and they come up on page one. The exception to this rule is dot com. What i am trying to say is, when you do a search from a computer located at Chicago, dot us will com up before dot uk, however dot com dominates both, and that scenario is world wide.

Therefore if you own a local business at Chicago, having a dot us domain name will send traffic to Chicago residents before the search engine would send traffic to a dot uk. Then on top of using a country code to grab traffic, using local business directories would make sense as well. If you are asking yourself, why not just use a dot com? That is easier said than done when you consider how impossible it can be sometimes to buy the dot com you would love to own. Country code domains are purchased every day because dot coms are not available, or a person is really trying to drive home the point regarding local authority in the area of business they are in.

The truth be told, country code domain names offer a wider range of available name possibilities, because dot com, dot net, and dot org, are so heavily bought up already. It can really seem as though the situation is saturated, and the country code domain then becomes more of an attractive option.





Domain Name Forwarding.

Yes it is truly great to have a website with a hot domain name that brings traffic to you without much work. However many people have no idea that domain name forwarding can increase traffic to a site many times over, and is an excellent to for doing just that. It is a technique that is available to the masses, but usually is used only by webmasters. Maybe that is because too many people simply are not aware of it, and that makes for a good article with which to inform website owners. One thing good about domain name forwarding is that it helps people who have buyers remorse regarding their initial domain name choice. Once you buy a name, and build you website, you cannot just go an change your domain name. You would need to start from zero. Yet the way to deal with that is quite easy. Buy the second domain name that you wish you had bought, and direct it to your website.

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Beware of a mistake many people make when they wish to change a domain name on a website. They just buy the new domain, make a new website, and transfer all the content to the new site. This is a problem because search engines may recognize that as content theft because they have already indexed the content for your original website. Be careful. Just buy the new domain name, go to your control panel on your hosting account, and forward that domain name to your existing website. Both your original domain name and the new one will send traffic to your site. Some people use the technique of buying multiple domain names for a niche, and then holding them for awhile. When ready they forward those domains to the site, and then advertise all the domains online.

Here is an idea of how domain name forwarding is done. The procedure at one hosting company is this: Log in to your account manager, then next to domains click on manage, then select which domain names you want to have forwarded, then you click forward, and select the forwarding domains, then click add forwarding, and then select the redirect type.

It would be great if all hosts had the exact same instructions, but it may differ from one host to the next. It is always fine to get yourself some customer service, even if it is just that you email customer service, and they email you back step by step instructions.

Another thing that you must pick up on is URL Redirection. This is not exactly the same as domain name forwarding, but the concept is similar in that you are forwarding a page from a domain name to a different page associated with the same domain. Read up on this, because whenever you transfer content, or decide to re distribute content on a website internally, being well versed in URL redirection, will help you immensely.

Good luck with forwarding, and redirecting, and as always, practice will make you perfect with these concepts.







Domain Name Transfers.

Have you ever needed to transfer a domain name from one registrar to another, but had no idea how to get it done? Maybe you want a better service at a new registrar, or you need to service that your current registrar does not offer. Maybe you had an idea about selling a domain, and needed to transfer registrars to make such a deal happen. No matter what your reasons might be, this post will assist you in knowing how to start the process, and how to follow through with it to a conclusion. It really is not so hard or complicated. It is a straight line process, but does need to be understood, and usually takes a few days to accomplish due to lag time from the registrars them selves.

At the start of the process, you will need to log into your account with the current registrar, and make sure to properly unlock your domain. Domain names that our locked can not be transferred. It is common for domains to be locked because it is an excellent anti theft security measure that helps you avoid having your domains transferred away from you with out your consent. It is not a problem to unlock your domain. This option exists for you when you are in the menu for managing your domain. If you have any problems, customer service will assist you.

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Then you will go to the site of your new registrar and arrange a purchase of the transfer of your domain to the new location. You should receive your authorization codes via email from the new registrar, along with instructions you must follow regarding confirmation of domain name transfer. Then the new registrar is to properly inform the old registrar of the pending transfer of domain name. This is where some time gets eaten up because there is up to five days permitted to conclude the needed back and forth between registrars. Sometimes it takes a few days less, but sometimes all five days are chewed up on the process. The new registrar you have chosen will email you a confirmation of transfer once the process has been completed.

Of there is a website involved, make sure you do all needed back ups just in case something unusual were to happen to the website during the transfer process. It is also possible that your website may be down for a bit during the process, but many times there is no issue whatsoever. Get some sound advice from a webmaster that you work with before hand, or speak to your IT person before you proceed to be certain your website is protected.



Domain Name Hunting.

An original method of hunting down domain names, was basically to do constant look ups of name concepts, and see if such names has ever been purchased by anyone. Then the technique was, that is the name you hoped to buy was already taken, you would intentionally misspell those names. In other words, create typo driven domain names. If such names were relevant to companies that had a trademarked product that your domain name would help to sell, often those companies would pay a small fortune for the domain name. That ship has sailed away however because these days, patent and trademark laws treat domain names properly, and it is now best to make sure that domain names you create do not step on a trademark that is out there.

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Even though such trademark literal domaining is not longer viable, the most honest and morally correct way to create domains is by using keyword searches. Keyword driven domains bring in a heavy amount of engine search traffic, and webmasters are always on the hunt for such high target type in traffic generating domain names. These are not big wallet spenders, but they do plenty of buy and sell and trade of domain names, and it really is an industry in and of itself.

If you are of the mind set that you want a long term, profit driven domain name buy and sell business, you will need to give some serious thought to watching trends. Trend watching really is a kind of art. The watchers are paying attention to what is going on in society, and developing domain names that will be popular in the future. It is important to not be so thinned out. There are only so many niches you can afford to trend watch with, so pick two or three that you would normally have interest in, and create domain names as you see that change in trend that you have been waiting for. Maybe it’s urban lingo. Maybe it’s a change in makeup, or fashion. Choose some thing you enjoy, and create domains as you anticipate change.

The possibility exists that your niche will be competitive. If that is the case, timing will be most important. Check you info daily as to new technology relative to the niche, or hot, exploding products. You will then need to attack and become the owner of the domains that will be relevant to that change in trend. The idea is to somehow create a real winner with a domain name, because the other names that do not win, will cause you a small loss.

Stay as current as you can, and do not hesitate when the feeling is right. Read for 30 minutes a day, and keep up on your topics.




Flipping Domain Names.

Business is business, and start ups are start ups. Certain simple rules apply to all of us when we do our start ups, and one of the rules is to know our budget. If we ever hope to turn a profit, ww must do our due diligence in the area of calculating the financials. When it comes to buying and selling domain names, it really is best to start out slow. Small purchases,and frugal investing at first should be the strategy, while also understanding that when income begins to flow, one must press the accelerator. Selecting a profitable market is important. Choosing a niche in an area where domain names sell, as well as choosing a niche you have knowledge in, it the way to go. It is quite important that your domains have keywords relevant to your future customers. And so locating such hot keywords is very much part of the business.
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It really is a sound idea to choose niche topics that have at least 10,000 searches a month online. To pick such a keyword it is best to go to the google keyword planner, or to use software designed to find hot niches for you. When hot keyword hunting, it’s a great idea to use generic names. A word such as Chicago, or Chiropractic, would be great because domains connected to such generic words have the ability to really describe a new place or a new service being offered, and these types of domain names usually sell easily. Business names that are melded with corresponding geographic names, are always a hot item. A new salon, a new pizza joint, a new dental clinic. Domains relevant to such new places, have a chance to sell.
Do not shy away from buying domain names that already exist. Good, solid, current domain names always have a chance of selling well, especially if you have verified traffic numbers to quote for potential buyers. You may want to stay away from domain names that have numbers in them or goofy typing characters because the potential group of buyers would be too small for you to tie up your money with them. That type of buy and sell is for the big wigs in the business who can hold a domain six years with no sweat. The whole idea is to buy, and then sell for a better price, and enjoy a profit. That is what flipping is all about.
Lastly check out Sedo. Sedo seems to be number one world wide for buy and sell of domain names. Also, read all you can on this subject. Yes website articles and posts are very helpful, but they mostly help to direct people, not to completely educate people. Read up, before you dive in.




Focused Domain Buying.

If one was to look, one would find literally millions of domain names currently registered. There also seems to be endless possibilities for registering combinations of domain names. New extensions come on to the scene, slowly, but quite surely. Dot io, for example, appears to be exploding in a way that has speculators wondering if it may be the new dot com. If you are intent on buying and selling domain names for profit, you would do well to find what interests you, and narrow your focus. It always makes sense to take advantage of your prior knowledge. Putting to good use, that which you are already familiar with, will do you well. Are you a pet expert? Have you sold homes before? Maybe you are a nurse or a teacher by trade. When choosing niches to create domains in, and to invest in with domain names, it’s a good idea to attack niches that you have practical life experience with.
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You must try to think of how your future buyers may feel about what you intend to sell. You have to create or purchase existing domains that will be an obvious asset to your future buyers. For example, if you know of a good landlord related domain that you can buy for $99 online, you must be honest with yourself about whether it would be an item that can sell. This is why it really works to know your niche. If you have real estate experience, you may just have that eye for landlord worthy domain names, and be able to easily double or triple your money.
If you have domain name ideas that you know are hot, but the names you want are taken already, go ahead and check out the aftermarket. Check out go daddy auctions. Use their keyword tools to see if the name you want is available for sale. If you are sure of what you may be able to re sell the name for, it is entirely possible that the name is for sale to you at a price that makes financial sense to you.
The thing to keep in mind regarding this post, is that staying focused on niche criteria that you already have knowledge of, is the correct way to start your hunting for domain names. Niches that you are familiar with will hell you to already know if a possible domain namehas a change of being valued by potential buyers. Take time to read all you can about choosing a niche before creating or buying domain names. Such reading will serve you well.

Buying, Selling Domains.

When we consider population growth, we must consider teens, and twenty somethings. Each year millions of kids become eighteen, and millions of twenty year old, become twenty one. The world of domain names is just as affected by kids becoming young adults, as any other industry is. The domain name industry is vibrant, very competitive, and always experiencing growth. It should come as no shock to any one that so many new people get in to the buying and selling of such domain names every day. However we must keep in mind that there is a learning curve to this industry just as with any other. There is so much speculation needed when entering this arena, and one must contemplate buying domains just to sell, or buying domains, creating a website, and then flipping the site altogether.
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Even though both techniques are money makers for many, this post will be about buying and selling domain names without websites. Learn this,and the other gets learned easy. The truth is buying a domain name is easy as pie. The challenge is in finding a domain name with value, and managing to flip that name for a sweet profit. The important thing about domain names is that they be instantly remembered, and then they have to be able to be proven to be keyword valuable. An easy way to put your hands on a valuable domain name, is to go to an auction site, and buy a domain name that has already been search engine optimized for traffic, and buy that name at a good price. Recently expired domains have backlinks. This is quite important to the person you will sell it to, because those backlinks offer instant SEO strengths and possible instant traffic to the new website that gets built.
Webmasters use keyword research tools when wanting to determine potential value of a domain name, and so should you. Having a good domain name with a proven to be popular keyword, that is when selling the domain becomes more promising. You need to think in terms of website names. You should always ask yourself, is the domain name i want to buy and flip worthy of being a cool name for a website? Once that hurdle is cleared, it becomes a challenge, because now you must connect your domain name to an actual buyer. You need to aggressively make use of auction site, and forums, as well as social media, to make the sale happen. Using a forum devoted to the niche that your domain name represents, is a great way to create a sale.

Advertising on webmaster forums is also a great idea because those are the people that make websites for their customers. Many of their customers are not domain name savy, and need their webmaster to obtain a suitable domain name for the website creation project. Regarding auction site, they are quite dense with competitors. I suggest Sedo. or another domain name specific auction site to list with instead of a site dense with domains that have websites on them already.

Last but not least, always read what you can on the subject. Website like mine are great for guidance and direction, but you must get educated further, to make the cash.




Appraising Domain Names.

The almighty URL. The domain names that make the internet tick. A website is not quite a website without its domain name. If there were no domain names, people would be required to type in the IP address in to a browser in an effort to communicate. That would be a modern day nightmare. Domain names were developed to prevent such nightmares from occurring, and are now a seriously integral aspect of the function of the internet. Good domain names are easy to recall from our mind’s memory. The same cannot be said for trying to recall IP addresses. So, gaining an understanding of the basic premise regarding domain names is quite easy, however the difficulty in the buying and selling of domain names is party caused by how hard it can be to define the value of a domain name. This post will touch on that dilemma, and hopefully assist the reader in taking the first steps towards being proficient at domain appraisal.
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One normally sees three factors relative to the appraised value of a domain name. Keyword and SEO marketability of the domain is one. How easy can the domain name be recalled is two. Then what is the value of the corresponding website if the domain has a website attached to it. It is known that the shorter the length of the domain name, the higher the value. The logic behind this is that the less characters to a domain name, the easier it is to remember. Having memorable domain names makes a website automatically easy to recall, and type into a search engine. Also it is understood that shorter named domains are easier to type from a keypad. Domain names less than six letters in length are hard to buy these days from a registrar. They seem to have been all bought up already. When you find one, it’s usually too expensive to buy.
One word domains are also very hard to create. Seems like most of the dictionary is gone already. Shorter, two word domains seem to be the way to go now, and have risen in popularity basically out of need.
So when trying to value a domain name, one word is best, two words then. Make sure of the keyword value, and easy to remember quality of it. Then here are two online appraisal services that may help you valuate a name. Estibot is quite popular, but seems to low ball the value. Domain Index is popular, but seems to over value a lot. Check them out. Look into both, and read more on the topic, and you will be own your way to being good at pricing what you want. Spend some time looking at info and stats of what sold when and for how much. Estibot, at the bottom of the screen of each appraisal you do, gives you a list of similar names and when and for how much they sold for. Also do not be shy to google recent domain name sales stats.