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Choose Your Domain Name

Sunday, May 16, 2010

When you decide to host your own website, you will need to register for a domain name first. It is worth the time and trouble to research what domain name you should get. There are actually a couple things you should do first before you register a domain name.

1.) Check for blacklisted domain name
If you are using a generic domain name, it is a good idea to check if it is blacklisted.
You can use this service: http://lookup.uribl.com/ to check if you domain name has been blacklisted.

2.) Research your keyword
It makes sense that your domain name should contain your keyword. It makes it easier for people to find you, and with some basic SEO optimization it will help you rank on search engines, such as Google.

3.) Look at how the domain name reads
Is it easy to read, or remember? How difficult is it to type? The domain name should be short and easy to remember. You will be surprised how some businesses get this wrong, with hilarious results.

Here are some fine examples of funny domain name:
  1. Who Represents is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity. Their Web site is www.whorepresents.com/
  2. Experts Exchange is a knowledge base where programmers can exchange Advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com/
  3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at www.penisland.net/
  4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at www.therapistfinder.com/
  5. There's the Italian Power Generator company, www.powergenitalia.com/
  6. And don't forget the Mole Station Native Nursery in New South Wales, www.molestationnursery.com/
  7. If you're looking for IP computer software, there?s always www.ipanywhere.com/
  8. The First Cumming Methodist Church Web site is www.cummingfirst.com/
  9. And the designers at Speed of Art await you at their wacky Web site, www.speedofart.com/


Magazines From Amazon For May

Saturday, May 1, 2010



Has anybody seen the offers from Amazon.com for magazine subscriptions this month? This is an amazing value for money subscription whichever way you look at it. Magazines are a fast way to get the latest news and happenings for your favorite topic, compared to books. Personally, I read a lot of magazines, and most of the magazines I read are published in the US. If you were to buy them where I live, the price in USD might be the same, the exchange rate will make a dent in your wallet.

What I normally do is to get magazines from local distributors, who I happen to know a few. But what I like to do most is to get back-copies from them. I flip through magazines, reading only topics that interest me, and I study their layout, writing styles, advertisements, etc. So getting back-copies work for me, and it costs a lot less.

For the month of May, if you order from Amazon.com, you will only be paying USD1.00 (depending on the magazine) per issue. The downside is these subscriptions on apply to the US. The good news for those in the US is the free shipping that is part of the subscription. The categories for magazines are on the left sidebar.

Why the drastic price cut?
Firstly, I do not know the subscription rate for the second year, you might end up paying the full price. The subscription rate for the first year might just be their cost of acquisition per customer. It is not unheard off to operate at a loss in order to get a subscriber. You could make it back over the course of customers lifetime purchases.

Secondly, with the explosion of on-line magazines and the incredible growth of the internet, the publishing industry is probably getting a lot tougher. The printing cost per issue of magazine is off-set by advertisement income,and if you can print the magazine outside the US, that reduces the printing costs even more. Again, over a customers lifetime, the initial loss can be covered by future business.

Thirdly, US magazines are exported world-wide, and Asia is the growth is right now. It could be that the exports can be sold at full price, even counting the additional cost of shipping and distributors margins.

Buying Smart
While brick and mortar stores are essential to the sustainability of any country's economy, there is really no excuses for not buying smart. If you find a better deal on the internet, that's where you should be buying.