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Domain Name Parking – What Is It

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What is domain name parking? Well, let’s say that you’ve got a great idea for a niche website but you’re in the middle of something else and just won’t be able to get to it for a while, in the meantime you don’t want anyone else to snap up that great domain name you’ve come up with, so you buy the domain name and park it until you can get to it.

When you buy a domain name you can then build a website with that name, and have a hosting company host it for you. Hosting simply means that you will have a small ‘space’ online where your website will appear when someone enters your domain name into their computer browser. Sometimes, though, someone will either buy a domain name that they simply can’t put up a website with right away or they will buy a domain name with the sole idea of parking it to generate some income.

While it’s true that in most cases you can just park your domain with your hosting account for free (you don’t even have to park it but any visitors that may come to your domain will receive an error message), you can also park it with a company that specializes in helping you monetize your parked domain.

They will place ads on your parked domain and whenever you get a visitor you will get paid if they click on one of the ads. This can either be a nice little extra income stream until you can build the website or it can become a full time income, though in order to make that much money you will need to have many parked domains and you will have to be very careful in choosing your domain names.

It’s up to you to decide which method makes sense for you and your financial goals, but one thing you do need to be careful of are all the scams that will promise to provide you with a system to make hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, by parking domains. I’m not saying that you can’t benefit from learning all the ins and outs of this process by getting a system, I’m just saying that you need to be careful that you don’t get taken in the process.

One of the best ways to get traffic to your parked domain for free is choosing wisely when it comes time to pick out your domain name. If you choose a term that has many monthly searches and you keep that term (keyword) intact and use it as your domain name, you will get a lot of ‘organic’ traffic. Organic traffic is any visitors that finds your site simply because they entered the keyword you were focusing on for your site. This is different from people who click on a link and are taken to your site.

Whether you use domain name parking temporarily until you can get to a certain website built or you use it as an income stream, just take a little time to find out the best way to go about this method for an online business.

Domain Name For Sale – Flipping A Website

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One of the easy, and potentially profitable, ways to make money online is by ‘flipping’ websites. This concept is the same as when an investor will buy a house, fix it up and turn around and sell it for a profit, the only difference is that you are doing it all in the virtual world, online. You will first find a domain name for sale, purchase it, put up a simple website and sit back and wait for a few weeks or months, then sell your website for a nice little profit.

While this is a fairly easy concept there is, of course, a little more to it. The first thing you want to do is purchase a desirable domain name. It’s unlikely that if you buy the domain name ‘Jim Smith’ you’re going to get many people who would want to pay for it later.

When deciding on the domain name you want to buy you should do some research to find a hot niche that has a lot of interest in it. It could be anything from cat toys to coffee makers. When you find a niche that not only has a lot of traffic but where people are actually making purchases then you need to do some keyword research to determine which specific words and phrases people are using when they search for products in that niche.

For example, if your niche is cat toys you will need a list of words and phrases that people are searching for… a lot. So after your keyword research you might find that one phrase that has a lot of searches is: catnip cat toys. The next thing you have to do is to go to one of the online domain name sellers such as GoDaddy.com or DomainCheapsters.com and see if you can get that exact phrase as a domain name. If you can get CatnipCatToys.com than you are well on your way, you know that your domain name will get a lot of free traffic because it is a popular keyword phrase that gets a lot of traffic.

Once you’ve got your domain name, you need to put up a website. This can be a simple blog style. Add some content and sit back and wait, or you can be a little more proactive and help your site grow more quickly by adding more content more frequently and also by doing some article marketing to get even more traffic. It’s up to you which way you choose to go, one will be easier but take longer and the other will be harder but get results more quickly.

Now that you’ve got a desirable domain name in a popular niche and your site is getting traffic, you can sell it and (hopefully) make a profit. There are several sites online that will walk you through the steps and list your site for sale, one of the best known is Flippa.com. It costs around $20 to list your site for sale, and of course, there is no guarantee that it will sell but if you’ve followed these steps you’ve got a good chance of selling your site and making several hundred dollars and it all starts with picking the right domain name for sale.

Domain For Sale – Tips For Domain Buying

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Want to buy a domain for sale? Not sure where to look? Well, I’ve got some answers for you. Having your own domain name is step one to having a successful internet business. Many people mistakenly think that it’s ok to go with the free services such as Yahoo, WordPress or Blogger. If you’re only building a blog so you can keep in touch with family or friends than that’s a good way to go about it, but if you’re trying to make money online there are several reasons why that isn’t the best course of action.

For one thing, when you use the free services you don’t own anything. You are completely at the mercy of the company, and their policies. If they decide they don’t like something in your blog they can pull the plug, and they don’t have to warn you or give you an explanation. You don’t want to spend weeks, months or years building up a successful business to just wake up one day and find that your website has been offline.

The second thing is that you want to brand yourself. As you build your business you want to gain name recognition. This is a very important element to any successful business and without your own domain name it’s virtually impossible. If you are using free services it just makes you look unprofessional, this is especially bad if you’re trying to build yourself up as a teacher in a certain field.

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need to invest in your own domain names, you need to know how to pick the best name and where to buy one. For most people the best way to pick out a good domain name is to start with keyword research. Pick a list of highly searched keywords in your niche market and then try to get those exact keywords as domain names.

For example, if your niche is dog training and you find a great keyword: Quick and easy dog training. Than you would try to get QuickAndEasyDogTraining.com as your domain name. You do want to keep the domain name around 3 or 4 words max, but with a domain name like this you will get a ton of free traffic since your domain name is the exact search term people are looking for.

Now that you’ve decided on what your domain names should be you can go to places like GoDaddy.com or DomainCheapsters.com and do a search to see if the domain name you want is available. Many times it won’t be, that’s why it’s important to have quite a long list of possible names. I personally recommend using other extensions than just a .com. I’ve found that I have just as good luck with a .net or .org (it can also be easier to get one of these extensions). If you buy just one domain name at a time for a one year period it’s usually around $10 a year. You can get a discount if you buy more than one domain name at a time or if you buy it for several years in advance.

I personally don’t buy my domain names for more than a year at a time at first, true you’ll have to renew it in a year (the company you bought it from will let you know when it needs to be renewed) but why pay for several years for a domain name that might not be a moneymaker? I personally like to pay for one year until I know whether or not I’ve found a moneymaking niche, when I know I’ve got a profitable niche on my hands I’ll pay for several years in advance.

There you go, everything you need to know when it comes time to find a domain for sale. Having your own domain name is one of the most important steps in building a profitable online empire.

Do You Need A Link Popularity Tool

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Before discussing the link popularity tool, let’s discuss link popularity itself. What is it? Link popularity basically refers to the total number of web pages which link to your web site or any of its individual pages. The reason it is so important is because this is one of the main factors that search engines use to evaluate your website and where it will be ranked. If your website is ranked high with the search engines, you will come up in the first results when a potential customer goes online and searches for what your business offers. That’s why webmasters are concerned with their link popularity.

So what is a link popularity tool? It depends on the tool. There are many facets to link popularity and link building so there are tools that correspond to those aspects. Some tools will perform an analysis on the various search engines to show you how many pages are linking to your site. They can also tell you which pages are linking. Some will actually give you a score so you can judge how well you are doing. Some will give you the opportunity to compare your site to others. Most free tools will only give you the results from the biggest search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN.

You’ll probably notice that the amount of links varies significantly from search engine to search engine because the figures displayed represent the number of inbound-links that are known to each search engine in particular and will vary based on the size of its database. Search engines also figure out certain inbound-links (again, this varies according to the search engine) so certain backlinks may not figure into the total.

While you don’t want to become obsessed with using this tool or checking the data all the time, it is important to keep tabs on your links. You want to keep your links as high-quality and relevant as possible and knowing where they are coming from can help you manage that information.

After you analyze the information that you get from your tool, you can then continue on with your link building strategy. Many tools are also connected or related to other services that can help you with this realm of link-building as well. Just remember that the same rules apply if you should decide to go with a link building service to take care of that aspect of your business. You want to get a quality service so make sure you do your research in order to get the most bang for your buck. While many link-building tools are free, link building services are definitely not. However, what they save you in time and effort could very much be worth it in terms of cash.

By all means, take advantage of a link popularity tool and then decide if you plan to go as far as to hire someone else to handle your backlink strategy.

Design A Free Squeeze Page

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If you’re looking for a completely free squeeze page, then you have several options to choose from. If you do have some money to invest, it’s not a bad idea to do it in a squeeze page. These are the pages that you will use to generate leads, or business contacts, and eventually sales, so having a professional, converting page is something worth spending money on.

But if you are just starting out, you can do just fine with a free squeeze page. One site that offers this type of product is InstantSqueezePageGenerator.com. Sign up (for free, of course) and then create a basic squeeze page by following the directions. You will need to either purchase an auto-responder from this service or use the code from your existing auto-responder.

Blinkweb.com is another site that offers free service. This one actually gives you the choice of doing a website, blog or salespage and it comes with step-by-step tutorials to walk you through exactly what to do.

If you are just looking for squeeze page templates, then you also have quite a choice. You can really go into Google and just type in the term “free squeeze page templates” and you’ll get quite a list.

If you have decided to go your own route and design your own free pages, there are some tried and true guidelines that you want to meet. For example, you will want to use a brick red headline, in bold, and possibly followed by a black, bold sub-heading.

Your heading must be compelling – it must grab your visitor’s attention right away and make them want to read or, in the case of a video squeeze page, to listen further. And somewhere right in the beginning, not necessarily in the headline but just under it, you want to tell the visitors exactly what they are going to get. Don’t make them search for what you are offering.

Next, remember that you want the page to be as clear, uncluttered, and simple as possible. Make sure that your visitor knows exactly what you want him or her to do. If your goal is just to get his or her contact details, your opt-in form should be towards the top — don’t make your visitor scroll down because he or she may not get that far. And whatever it is that you are offering in exchange for their contact details has to be good– a free sample, free information, a free consultation. Make sure it is targeted specifically towards your target market.

Testimonials are another key to effective squeeze pages. People want social proof–in other words, the proof that what you are offering has benefited or is benefiting others. Even adding just one testimonial can make a world of difference from having nothing. As with anything else, you will need to test and track your free squeeze page to see what works and what doesn’t.

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