Posted by alan in Domains, Starting a Business on February 10, 2010
Should you pay a lot for a domain?
The need for a short, memorable domain was discussed in a previous post. Finding that perfect domain name for your company, however, can prove to be a challenge. Single-word .COMs have long been taken as well as many two-word combinations. Most good .NETs and .ORGs are also unavailable. Some of these names are in use but a good number are currently in the possession of domain speculators who are willing to sell it for a price as a “premium” domain. Should you pay to buy a good domain name or look to register an unused domain? What are some ways to get a good name?
Domain name prices are arbitrary
When looking to buy a “premium” domain from a seller, the first thing you should know is that the price set by the seller is almost entirely arbitrary. The seller determines the price, be it reasonable or outrageous. Do not think that a high-priced domain is worth the price it is listed. Some domain speculators buy what they think is a good domain and set an exorbitant price, hoping someone will pay, and a few actually do.
Is it worth paying a lot of money for one of these so-called “premium” domains? It depends on your needs, your budget, and the domain itself. A good number or domain names for sale are worth the price and some are being sold for less than they are worth. Again, the price is set only by the seller. If you determine the price is reasonable, it is within your budget, and fits the needs of your business, it may well be worth paying a premium price for a good domain.
Posted by alan in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010
Dream Web Designs is proud to release the first in a set of tools for website owners. This tool can be used to extract all keywords from your site and allows you to examine which words have higher significance, and therefore more prominence in search engine results pages. Words are valued according to their place in the website and displayed on the keywords results page. Single-word keywords on the page are ranked accordingly:
- Titles (also the title in search results) – Most important
- Description tag (under the title in search results) – Very important
- Headers – Mildly to very important, according to their header number 1-6
- List items, paragraphs – Least important but still affects search results
Business owners can use this simple tool to determine how search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Bing see their website. Webmasters can use this to refine the wording in their site to improve search engine optimization.
Keyword Extraction Tool
Posted by alan in Advertising, Review, Video on January 11, 2010
Jing Screencasting Software
Screencasting is an excellent way to communicate to clients, potential customers, or people in general. With many screencast software options available, it is not hard to find one that fits your specific needs. This article will examine various popular screencasting programs currently available for PCs and Macs, as well as their features. While many of the programs listed below have other features, such as the ability to take screenshots and record only audio, I will concentrate only on the screencasting abilities of each of these tools.
Posted by alan in Advertising, Domains on December 1, 2009
Did you get the website?
Now more than ever, every successful business that advertises needs an easy-to-read, memorable name. The reason is simple: People are bombarded by myriad ads from all sources and the only way to get customers is if your ad stands out, or is easily memorable. Something unique may make the potential customer notice your business, but if they forget the domain how will they find your website? Where does this apply? Everywhere. Your domain is displayed on billboards, television, car and truck graphics, newspaper and magazine ads, business cards, and anywhere else you write your contact information, as well as heard through various media. The last thing you want is for a potential client to forget your website and go to a competitor. What can help with this? Continue…
Posted by alan in Advertising, Domains on November 15, 2009
World Wide Web
Everyone who uses the Internet is familiar with the letters “www”, which prefix most websites. An increasing number of sites, however, have chosen to go without the prefix, along with the extra dot. Whether to use this or not is purely a matter of choice, although because of a longstanding tradition, many still include it in their domain. It comes from when the World Wide Web was just starting and the “www” prefix was used to differentiate it from other Internet protocols, like mail and file transfer protocol (ftp). As it turns out, the World Wide Web (www) and websites became the most popular use of the Internet, and the “www” stuck. But what are the pros and cons of using “www” before your domain?