Do You Know What Is Your URL?
Lately I’ve been noticing some bloggers who still do not have their own domain names. Their sites still have www.abc.blogspot.com or http://abc.wordpress.com
Why is that?
My husband asked me yesterday – did you buy another domain name for your new blog? Yes, I answered. You have to have your own domain name if you are going to be serious about it. And I would recommend it to anyone that wants a professional website. I have to follow my own advice. Your URL is your most important name.
I do have a fun reunion website that I have not yet purchased the domain name for. It’s really one for a small audience so I did not see the need. Anyone disagree?
Have you registered your URL for your blog or WordPress/blogger website? It’s inexpensive – usually between $8.99-$12.99/yr. If you choose .info it’s as little as $1.99/yr. You have many more options than .com. We have another business blog I have not registered for that reason. I am exploring other extensions and was thinking of .co – Anyone using that domain yet?
One thing I have learned after starting our first website, Google prefers you register your URL for more than 1 year. It helps with the optimization of your website and the end result having more people find you. I would recommend you buy at least 2 years registration of your domain. I went with 3 years on our first site when it was time to renew. Not everyone seems to agree with this theory but for an additional few dollars why chance it? If you register with GoDaddy they will send you email reminders before your domain is about to expire. Nice feature!
Another theory I am researching is do you need more than 1 domain name for the same URL? We did it with one and did not notice any upticks,
I would love to hear from someone who has and the results.