I can’t think of anything too interesting to start my blog today, so… be creative and insert your own witty line here _________________________.
La Soupe du Jour:
- Domains and SEO
- New Logos!
- The Nomad
- Hollywood Tyler
Domains and SEO
I know absolutely nothing about SEO, and I don’t claim to know anything about SEO. Let’s just get that out of the way first. However, my theory that domains are an extremely important factor may gain some ground in this post. Now, obviously I’m not the first person to say this – most people will agree that domains are important of course, but I believe that they are more important than many people may think.
Many people have the belief that if given the choice of choosing between domain A, for the purpose of example let’s use….. hmm…. SpaceRangers.com (Actually, a person, I forget who, messaged me and said they registered that after reading my post, lol) and domain B, SpaceRangerHaven.com. SpaceRangers.com would cost them $5,000, and SpaceRangerHaven.com would cost them $20. Now, I understand many of you would think about getting Domain A, but are you actually thinking about getting it, or are you just kind of drooling over it and wishing you had it? Anyhow, I’m focusing here on the people with the following mentality:
These people, who I have nothing against, believe that it is better to get Domain B, SpaceRangerHaven.com and save that $5000 which could then be put into marketing and advertising. This seems like a very logical and sound decision, and does make a lot of sense… however, I believe that the long term effects of having a good domain make that belief false.
A lot of this depends of course on the niche, topic, and market saturation of the domain, but generally I disagree with their logic. While it is of course feasible to brand a name on your own through marketing, a good domain markets and brands itself on it’s own. And now I’ll discuss the sheer SEO power of a good domain through personal example.
PokerForums.org is #1 on Google, Yahoo, and MSN for “Poker Forums” and ranks just as high for similar keywords. Let me repeat that just in case you didn’t hear it. PokerForums.org is #1 on Google, Yahoo, and MSN for “Poker Forums”. Not page 1, not #1 Dad, but #1 result. How can you beat that? Did I do any SEO on the site? Absolutely not. Did I launch an advertising or marketing campaign? No, sir.
For those that know me, they know that I do little-to-no advertising or marketing on any of my sites. This usually stems from the fact that I try to build quality sites and have them spread through word of mouth. Why not spend your time and money building a quality site and have others market it and link to it for you?
Anyhow, some of you may say “Oh, PokerForums is just high because it’s a popular site.. it’s not because of the domain”. Well, while that may be true to an extent, it only accounts for.. what.. 10% of it? Here are some more examples:
CookingForums.net – #1 on MSN and #9 on Google for “Cooking Forums”
MovieForums.org – #3 on MSN and #9 on Google for “Movie Forums”
GymnasticsForums.com – #1 on MSN and #4 on Google for “Gymnastics Forums”
BadmintonForums.com – #1 on MSN for “Badminton Forums”
MMAForums.net – #11 on Google for “MMA Forums”
What’s important to note is that on ALL of these sites, I haven’t even developed them really yet. They have a basic forum up on them and a skin, and minimal posts. I plan on giving them attention later, but right now I’m busy with other projects. However, even without doing any sort of marketing for them, they already have high SERP’s.
So, register BroccoliForums.com and in a couple weeks or so if not less, you should be #1 on the major SE’s for “Broccoli Forums”. Of course this is just an example, but it shows the power of domains.
Traffic on these sites range from 35-200 uniques per day. Sure, about 20% or so of these are from spiders and some are from curious people who found the link on TylerCruz.com and Merendi.com, but the majority of traffic right now comes from search engines.
And then people ask why I bought DomainForums.com for $xx,xxx….
Anyhow, that’s just a little bit of food for thought for you – never underestimate the power of a good domain.
I have the two logos for two of my new sites. It was extremely difficult to choose between the samples and revisions, but I’m happy with my final choices.
Rar.. Blogger is being a pain again and not letting me upload images, so I’ll link directly from my site:
How do you like the logos?
Yes, it’s time for another personal plug. But hey, it’s important 🙂
I’ll put it bluntly: Check out PublisherForums.com.
I understand that there are a lot of webmaster forums out there, with two new ones that just recently launched by Lee and Mook-Jon (aojon). I’m not offering you money or holding any contests. I’m not against that method, but I also believe that you have to be careful when holding such contests; quantity may quickly usurp quality.
That being said, the tagline for PublisherForums is “Intelligent Discussion for Web Publishers”. I’m trying to remain as true to that statement as possible. Again, I’m not going to lure people through monetary prizes and contests (not that I’m against that), but hope people will come on their own for the discussion itself, not the money.
I got my laptop a couple days ago. When setting up Windows, it asked me to name the computer. I have names for all my computers, and so I named this one “Nomad”. It wanted a description for it and so I gave it “The Wandering Labourer”.
I keep it in my bedroom where I have another mini office set up. I tend to use it late at night and try to do my forum posting there as I’m less distracted there. I also use to watch my MMA videos by lying on my bed and putting it on the ground. It’s an Acer 17-inch.
Here are some photos:
Again, I bought it so that I could go to the library and get work done that requires a lot of attention. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how my first ‘study period’ with it goes and how much work I get done.
I’m a web developer and entrepreneur, but that doesn’t mean I don’t contribute to any of my sites.
I’ve conducted a fair number of interviews in the past for my sites Movie-Vault.com and PokerForums.org with big names in the industry such as Lynn Guthrie (Movie Producer and Director), Gregory Jbara (Actor), Justin Zaharczuk (Art Director), Tony G (Professional Poker Player and Celebrity) and Lee Jones (Best-selling author and Professional Poker Player) to name a few. Last week I finished an interview with John Ottman.
With almost 40 film scores to his name since 1993, composer John Ottman’s adaptive creativity spans a variety of genres. From tense psychological crime dramas such as The Usual Suspects (1995), Apt Pupil (1998) and Cellular (2004) to intriguing and gentle comedies such as Bubble Boy (2001), black comedy/satire Pumpkin (2002), to comic/horror flicks such as Lake Placid (1999) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002), to epic superhero dramas such as X-Men 2 (2003), Fantastic Four (2005) and most recently Superman Returns (2006) it seems there is nothing to which this talented composer cannot lend the particular enhancement of tension and drama of a superb film score. Even more intriguing is his dual function as composer and film editor on the films of long-time friend and collaborator Bryan Singer, a function he compares to composing with its ebbs and flows. John Ottman has also directed twice and produced once.
You can read my interview with John Ottman here.
Now I need to get busy and get some movie news sites to link to my interview 🙂 Backlinks, baby, backlinks!
Okay, that’s it for now – my blog posts are so epic… hah.
Good luck, and good earnings!
**Note: I’m getting extremely frustrated with Blogger. I just spent 45 minute on fixing formatting problems that Blogger’s posting creates. What are my alternatives? In general, I like Blogger, and moving to something else such as WordPress would make all my archives disappear and such. Perhaps I should only write it in HTML in the future, and not use the Compose area? Because as it is, It’s extremely frustrating and takes way too much time trying to fix the formatting errors…