Registering a Domain Name and Setting Up Hosting
Now that you know exactly what niche you want to get started in, it's
time to register a domain and set up some hosting. This may sound a little
daunting if you've never done it before, but it's actually quite simple.
Let's start with the domain name. I like to come up with a keyword
rich domain name that's pretty easy to spell and remember. This gives you
two advantages. You're more likely to rank well for your main term in the
search engines if you have it in your domain name. It'll also be easier
for people to help spread the word about your site if it's easy to
remember and easy to spell.
Let me give you some examples of good
and bad domain names (some of these are made up).
- B4birth.com (stay away from using numbers and such)
- Hillbillyhousewife.com (that's actually one of my bigger niche
- Cappuccino-n-espresso-maker.com (hard to spell, n instead
of "and", lots of hyphons)
- Problogger.net (would be much better
to use the .com extension)
Good domain names:
Now it's your turn.
Start with your main keyword and brainstorm domain names. I recommend you
use Godaddy to register your domain at
Stick to .com
domains unless you are outside the United States.
Once you have
your domain registered, the only other thing left to do today is to get
some hosting. One of my favorite hosts is Hostgator.
plan has everything you need to get started and will run you less than $4
Go ahead and get your domain and hosting. Be sure to
follow the direction your hosting company gives you for setting the name
servers on your domain. It'll take a few hours for your domain to point
to your hosting (after you change the name servers). We'll pick back up in
the next lesson and work on installing a wordpress blog on your site.
Susanne Myers -
Affiliate Fast Track