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How to select a good website name?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 31, 2009

This is an important step for any website.

The site name will be the first introduction to my site. So it better be something that follows a few naming rules which should be logical.

1: Site name must reflect the content, in very wide angle.
Well, when I started blogging under my own name, which is the most common thing to do, I did not have any particular topic in my mine. I just started writing on things which mattered to me. Later when I looked back, I realized my passion was in my kids and in providing the best stuff in the world. For me, best meant well researched product that was worth every penny and provided what the claims were for the product. So unconsciously, I started comparing brands, reviewing schools and thought of sharing them with other parents. Now since I had not paid any attention to the name then, the search engines have today linked my name with schools in pune and with products for kids which have honest reviews. So it was ok for me to lend my name to my site.
But there is a limitation. I will have to continue making my name spread around so that the spiders that are crawling on the net keep noting it down. Now that’s an unnecessary headache, that I might have to deal with. So another way to handle this is to make my post headings very prominent and easily searchable.
Since, spiders now rely more on the content than the website name, I will keep the site name as my name.

2: Keep is short. It’s the guru mantra for all fundamentals. Easy to remember, easy to share, easy write…

3: Most commonly searched words combination. There are good sites which offer the service of providing the number of times a word has been searched in the recent past.
I never went for these fancy stuff. I did something out of commonsense. I gave google search for a the words I was interested in. Then I made a list of relevant words and the number of search results for each. I repeated this for 4 search engines. Google, Yahoo, Lycos, Ask. Then made a combination of such high paged words for my sub heading and posts titles.
Frankly, most of the time, I just wrote the titles, that I would search for in google.
Like for my type of content some of the high ranking words are Kids, Schools, Parenting, Indian, Reviews.
I am going make use of these words consciously in my content. Actually, even if I did not do this exercise, I would still be using these words in my posts. So the moral of the story is, write the content genuinely from the heart. The spiders will be forced to pick my posts whenever they see what is related to school, kids, products for kids and honest reviews. 🙂

4: I have kept a notepad file open, whenever a new name clicks in my mind, I jot it down. Then when I have a few handful, I open my Host site http://www.bluehost.com and start to find if these domain names are available or not. Then I keep only those which are not yet registered.
Important observation of mine: Never search for the site name in a search engine, too many times. Some smart guy will be keeping track of these searches and register them, even before I do. So use the hosting services only, as they want these names to be available to be registered and not blocked.

5: No more rules 🙂 use the logical mind and choose with the emotional mind.
6: My site name http://www.madhuriesingh.com

Had I not selected this, it would be probably Reviews4Kids or honestreviews. But both were already registered. So no worries, my name is well picked by all search engines 🙂

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Purchasing right website host!

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 28, 2009

I did a bit of reading about a few hosts available in the market based on the features, recommendations, fees/month and my gut feeling.

I value my gut feeling very deeply. I have always been better off by doing things that I feel is right. Infact, ALWAYS, I have had to face troubles, when I did something told by others, without researching or validating their claims!

My gut feeling says I go and buy a package from BLUEHOST.COM hosting.

Went to their site http://www.bluehost.com and payed $83.40 for a 12 months service to host my site with them.

Why did I boil down to BlueHost?

Reason 1: They were recommended by WordPress.Org themselves. Since I have been blogging with wordpress for a year now, I am very sure of one thing, that WordPress is 100% trustworthy. So if they think Bluehost is number one in their list, why should I bother and research on other hosts.

Reason 2: Even though Reason 1 was very convincing, I did a lot of research on other hosts. I found the second most tempting factor was their fee. It’s the one of the cheapest in the market and amongst those hosts recommended by WordPress. BlueHost fee is $6.96/ month. All others are way above. And those that charge $3-$4/month do not compare with the loads of features provided by BlueHost.

Reason 3: Bluehost has maximum number of WordPress blogs being hosted with them. That makes BlueHost most experienced in handling anything to do with WordPress.

Reason 4: Most people on the net are recommending BlueHost, especially those who are freshly building new websites.

Reason 5: Cpanel is the best control panel that is available in the market, to handle the domain and websites. And BlueHost has Cpanel.

Reason 6: I can host as many domains with BlueHost in that one single package, now that’s irresistable, isn’t it!

SO I registered my domain name MADHURIESINGH with BlueHost. By the way, it’s free for life with BlueHost. No need to pay annual fee to keep the domain name registered every year!

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OK, made up my mind! I will go for a web host.

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 16, 2009

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/sitesellcom-c59380.html

helped me do so.

Now, I will give myself 10 days to learn all about starting a website using a good host, on my own.

Knowledge gathering has to be done before I buy a Hosting Plan.

Day 1 . Learn about Host for my site.

Day 2. Learn about Content and Content Management for my site.

Day 3. Learn about Site Map and web page design.

Day 4. Learn about Templates and schemes that are Adsense ready.

Day 5. Learn about Search Engines and optimization.

Day 6. Pre Launch strategies and methodologies.

Day 7. Learn about bugs, hacking and safety tool for my website.

Day 8.

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Still confused :( about should I go to Sitesell or a host?

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 16, 2009

I am still confused.

I don’t know if I should go for sitesell.com product SBI . They are excellent but expensive. They make life easy by doing all the technical work for the pre and post launch of the site. BUT they charge $299/ yr . That includes the domain name registration, designing using templates,tutoring the way to build the site content, hosting, SEO, Monetising !

The other option is I go to wordpress.org and download the software. Then pay for a hosting company to host my site. The advantage here is that I will still not have to do any HTML page writing as I can use templates from wordpress.org. The host will host my site and provide with good amount of space and e commerce. But will not do any SEO or anyother side work for my site, including helping in monetizing.  The good part is that I will learn the basics and can manage on my own. But will have to be involved in the technical part of the site building and managing the commercials with content building all by myself. I do not have that much time or focus. I am scared, that I may be distracted.

I talk to Sonu, my bro in US. He too suggested I go for SBI.

I wrote a mail to Amy Biddle of Sitesell. She obviously would want to sell SBI to me. But helped in answering my queries.

Ok so I think I have decided as I am writing this post.

I will go for SBI as they also give me one month monay back gaurantee.

I will try it out.  Then when my site does really well, I will not feel the pinch. Actually the monthly pinch would not have bothered me. Its the lumpsum that is painful 😦 .

SO let me spell out my plan here.

I will buy SBI. Within 5  days I will get going.

I will make use of all the features that they offer to get the hang of them.

If I see positive results in terms of traffic to my site going from current to a minimum of 1000 within a month, I will continue with the SBI. I will take all monetising plans from day one.

My aim will be to slowly build traffic, build genuine members through various means on the net and converting them to paid clicks.

helpkidsmoms.com
helpmomshelpkids.com
4kidsmoms.com
forkidsmoms.com
kidsproductreview.com
indiakidsparenting.com

https://secure.netfirms.com/signup/netfirms.com/options.php

I came across these interesting sites.

http://www.tubetorial.com/how-to-use-readysite-to-monetize-your-website-or-blog/

http://www.survivorsguideindia.com/date/2008/11/

http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/being-a-website-mogul

http://howtosim.com/

http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/niche-sites-wp/

http://www.2earn-online.com/How_to_make_my_website_for_free

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Putting down my thoughts on paper!

Posted by Madhurie Singh on August 14, 2009

Its 10:30 pm and I am seriously putting down my thoughts on paper about the blog http://www.madhuriesingh.wordpress.com  as my own site.

I did a reading on sitesell.com which offers to set up my site @$299/- annum.

They promised a lot of features.

I want to know the market and compare their features and cost.

Tonight I will write down my target audience for my site . I am thinking of the following names for my

site. 1)mykidsandschool  2)indiakidsparenting #) mykidsmylife 5) helpmomsindiakids

I used free use of keywordcountry.com/ and found kis, moms, india, parenting , school , play games, college admission, work home, kids shoes, online school, pune, india travel as some keywords that google adsense was paying.

I am reading and taking guidance from http://www.iegmarketing.net/iegblog/40-website-tips/67-get-the-first-100-paying-members-for-your-membership-website

Before the site is designed and up.

1. Tomorrow I will finalize on my target audience

and

Their Needs – what do they need ?

Their Problems – what problems do they face?

How can I solve that problem?

How do I reach my audience?

2. Know My Competition?

Who are they?

What do they offer?

How much do they charge?

How will I compete ?

3.What is my USP?

What will my audience get from my site that no one else is offering?

My website

1.How to make my site look professional?

2. Make the audience know within 2 sec what my site offers?

3. Every page should be a good landing page?

Content

1. Freemium content of value to the client.

2. There should be enough content to launch.

3. Make 90 days content ready before launching the site.


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