FUN AND USEFUL THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH DOMAIN NAMES
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series
In Part 1 of this series we discussed how to pick a great domain name, and
in Part 2 we reviewed where to register and how to manage them. In this the
final section, we're going to discuss some uses for multiple domains.
Before you become a "domain connoisseur," you need to understand the
advantages of owning more then one domain and what you can do with them:
1) Redirects: Maybe when you registered your site there were other
names you liked as well, or perhaps you registered the .net version of your
name. It's very easy to point these names to your existing site so when
someone types in one of these alternate domain names in their browser,
they'll still wind up at your site.
For example EzineAdAuction.com or EzineAdAuction.net
will both take you to the same place. Your web host can set this up for you.
Some charge a small monthly fee for this service. You can use these
alternate names in your advertising.
If your name can be easily misspelled, make sure to register any variations
and redirect them to your site. This will also keep your competitors from
registering them and infringing on your traffic, while sending all those who
can't spell to the right place.
Remember that other domain names don't have to point to your main page; they
can be forced to point to certain pages or sections of your site as you deem
2) Mini Sites: By monitoring hot trends online you can quickly
register a domain name and design a mini site around one product or service.
If promoted correctly, mini sites can be good residual money makers. These
are great for pushing and making affiliate sales.
3) Domains as Commodities: Some people buy domains simply to resell
them at a profit. If you purchase the right names, it is possible to sell
them to the highest bidder. Selling domains at auction sites has increased
in popularity and is a great way to move your domain inventory. Some of the
better known auction sites are:
One of the most popular places for buying and selling domains. You'll have
to upgrade to an Exchange Membership for $49.00
No membership fee to list your domains, but you'll pay a 15% commission fee
to them if you sell.
They actually have a section for selling your domain names. Upon entering
Ebay, do a search in the search box for "domains."
Before putting your domains up for sale, you may want to have them appraised
so you know what they're worth. You'll find many appraisal services online
to help you do just that.
Appraisals start at only 6.95 and go up to 14.95 for an analysis that
includes a hard copy.
Domain appraisals start out at only $20.00
4) Shrink Them: Despite your best efforts to come up with a name
that's short and concise, you may end up settling for something longer then
you'd like. There are free services you can use to shorten them into
something more manageable. When these new links are pasted into a browser
they go to your site. If you're promoting any kind of associate program,
these types of services come in extra handy for dealing with those extra
long domain names they give you. They also help to hide the fact that you're
using an affiliate link.
I love this service. Just paste your long domain into the window and it
spits out a version so short you won't believe it's possible. Great for
using in your ezine to break long domain links into shorter ones so they
don't break off in unexpected places.
Shorl offers not only url shortening but statistics as to how many people
click on your new short name.
Make shorter link is another free service where you just type in your long
url and click the "make shorter link" button and you're set.
As you can see, there's more to domains then meets the eye. As you find
yourself collecting more and more names you need to be aware of all of the
creative ways you can use them in your daily business. Sell them, shorten
them, redirect them; but above all, use them in your online ventures and
you'll generate more income.
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