6 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing The Right Domain Name For Your Website


Settling on the right domain name can be difficult. Below you’ll find 6 things to keep in mind if you want to choose the perfect domain name for your website. Do you want a FREE website with your own domain name? Get started with SimpleSite now!


1. Keep it short

When choosing a domain name for your website, shorter domain names are better than long ones. A domain name that’s too long is hard to remember and difficult to type in for your visitors. Word of mouth about your website is more effective if you have a domain name that’s easy for people to remember and tell their friends about. Leave out difficult to type letters (such as x, y and z) unless they make sense for your website’s brand.

2. Make it unique but logical

Everyone wants their domain name to be unique but easy to remember as well (see point 1). Take a look at your website’s topic and identify what it’s about (is it an arts and crafts website, do you sell shoes, etc.). Then combine it with your own personal brand so people know what your website is about, but also connect it to you! For example: craftsbylilly.com or roadrunnershoes.com

3. Decide if it should be international or local

If you’re aiming to be international with your website, use a .com extension. However, if your business is run locally, a ccTLD (country code top level domain) that matches your country is fine. For example, if you’re running a small, local boutique in France having a domain that ends in .fr will make more sense for people searching for you online.

It will also help you out in the local search engine results! You can add a place name to your brand so people know even better what your website is about. Example: hotelmarseille.fr

4. Settle on an extension

If you do decide on aiming internationally with your website, the three most common extensions are .com, .net, and .org. If people do not know which extension your domain name has, chances are they will try typing in these three when searching for your website. All three are very similar: they can all be used for global appeal, they can be submitted to search engines, and can be bought by any person or company from any country.

.com is the most popular and used domain extension, whereas .org is often used for organizations (especially non-profit organizations) and .net is often used for websites that are about networking. All three can however be used, so make your decision based on what makes the most sense for your website!

5. Letters only (no numbers or hyphens)

Stick to letters only to avoid making your domain name hard to remember and type in. Don’t get tempted by fun domain trends that will no longer be trendy in a year from now. Adding hyphens to the domain name also makes it difficult to type in. Keep it short (point 1)!

If you’re running a professional website and represent a business, don’t buy a domain with <name>3.com or similar number that’s fixed in the domain name unless it’s actually part of your company’s name.

6. Check if it’s available

Once you’ve settled on a domain check if it’s available for registration. You can do so via WHOIS, a database of registered domain names. If your name is available, you can register your domain name for FREE with SimpleSite. If it’s not available, try mixing up the wording in the name (for example, marseillehotel.fr instead of hotelmarseille.fr, or vacationmarseille.fr, and so on).


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Author: Michelle de Marée

How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

Do you sit in front of your computer with a blank page while you struggle to figure out what to write your next post about? You may have promised your readers to post new informative articles at a certain rate – maybe once or twice a week, for example.

But it can take a lot of persistence to adhere to a schedule, no matter how realistic it seemed when you set it. Seems that there are always distractions or actual emergencies.

Below are some tips that work in any niche to get your brain cells developing helpful posts that will get your readers coming back for more.

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Tell Your Readers What Has Frustrated You Recently

Did you run into something difficult in your niche? Chances are that many of your readers have run into the same problem.
  • Did you find a solution? Share the solution with your readers and ask if anyone had a better solution.
  • Are you still looking for a solution? Describe the problem along with your attempts to solve the issue. Then ask your readers whether they’ve come up against the same problem and how they solved it.
Even if they did not have the same problem, readers will generally be interested in learning about it so that they’ll be prepared – just in case.

Share Information You Wish You Had Known When You Started in Your Niche

Think back over all you have learned about your niche during the time you’ve been involved in it. A lot of that knowledge came in a step by step fashion – things that you couldn’t have known before starting out.

But you’ll probably recognize some details that would have been good to know at the beginning.
  • How expensive is the niche?
  • How much time do these niche activities require?
  • Can I do this on my own or will I need a partner?
The answers to these questions may seem obvious to you at this point. But did you know these answers before you got started? What other information can you think of that beginners might not realize when starting? Share whatever you come up with and ask other readers to chime in.

Suggested Reading: Tips to Write Engaging Blog Posts

How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

Point Your Readers to Products that Make Participation in Your Niche Easier

Do you use some tools, apps, or software programs that have become indispensable to you? Share them with your readers. Give each one a full review so that your readers understand that you’ve really tested each one for its benefits.

Your readers may have found alternatives that they think work better. Ask them to share.

Share Some Articles About Your Niche That Would Benefit Your Readers

Some bloggers are afraid to share articles from another blog. They’re afraid that their readers will leave them in favor of the other blogger.

The opposite is actually true. Your readers will appreciate that you’re willing to share the spotlight with others who have good information. In fact, your readers will trust you more when they know that you’re willing to point them to information from ‘competitors’ when appropriate.

Just be sure that you give a very thorough review of the article that you’re directing them to. You can point out:
  • How it helped you
  • Which points you see as most important
  • Which parts of the article you might disagree with

Interaction Is Paramount

Getting your readers to interact with you by sharing information will make them a part of your online family. They’ll be loyal and keep returning to your site. And they’ll recommend your site to their friends. You can’t beat word-of-mouth recommendations.

You can be an influencer in your niche. Learn how in this article: How to Become a Successful Influencer.

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Author: Kate Benzin

How to Start Blogging About Your Hobby

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One of the most popular reasons to start blogging is to share information about a hobby that you love. You may have discovered an easier or faster way to do something, and you want to shout it to the world.

Unfortunately, none of your friends seem particularly interested in what an amazing shortcut you found, so you look around for aficionados who are interested in sharing techniques about your hobby. Blogging about it is the way to go.

Did you think about blogging, but think you're a bad writer? Don't worry. Blogging is not anything like writing a research paper for a class in university. It's much more informal than that. It's more like writing an informative letter or email to a friend about what you've been doing.

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When you're ready to start your blog, take a look online at other blogs about your hobby to see what they're posting. And while you're at those other blogs, be sure to leave some comments so that your name becomes familiar in the community.

An Attention-Grabbing Title for Each Post

Of course, the topic of your blog is your hobby, but other hobby enthusiasts won't read all your posts. Your titles should let readers know what the post is about in an intriguing way.

If they come to your site, they'll look at the titles and click on the ones that grab their attention. If they're looking in search results, a catchy title is even more important because the post needs to stand out from posts by other bloggers.

Suggested reading for tips about titles: How to Maximize Your Business Using a Blog

Posts that Tell Stories

One piece of content on your site, probably your first, should be a cornerstone. In other words, it should be a longer article that tells readers how you got started in your hobby and gives them tips on how they can get started. Or it could be a longer article that goes into detail about typical problems new hobby enthusiasts encounter. Subsequent posts should refer back to your cornerstone post whenever appropriate.

Write your posts in a friendly, conversational style and give your readers valuable information. Help them save time or money, or just give them tips to explore their own creativity.

The best posts are often in the form of a story. When explaining the solution to something, start by telling a story about how this particular problem was bothering you and how you ended up finding a solution. Continue your story by explaining how you proceeded once you had the solution. Tell them what kind of supplies you needed and how you used them.

Your readers will find your posts more interesting if they connect with you through your personal experience. And once they are interested, they're likely to return for more helpful information.

Don't assume that your reader knows anything about the hobby. List all tools and supplies. Don't use specialized jargon without explaining the meaning. If you give instructions about a project, be sure to include step-by-step directions to complete the project so that your readers can duplicate your great results. Once that happens, they will return for more instructions and they'll spread the word about your excellent blog.

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Make It Easy to Scan Your Posts

People who are looking for information online typically do not read posts completely. Instead they scan text to look for the information that will solve their problem. It's easy to make your posts easy to scan. Use -
  • subheadings
  • short paragraphs
  • bulleted lists
  • numbered lists
  • images to demonstrate something

Be Seasonal

If you want to give a tutorial about a holiday project, be sure to publish that post well in advance of the holiday so that readers have time to use your tips for their own holiday projects.

Consistency Is Crucial

Let readers know how often you'll post and then stick to that schedule. Two posts a week is good. If readers come back to your site with the expectation of seeing a new post but you haven't put one up yet, they'll stop returning.

If your time is short and you cannot meet the schedule you promised, look for a friend, either online or flesh and blood, who can alternate writing posts with you.

Your About Page

Your readers will probably want to know more about the person who is supplying such great tips. Make an About Page to tell them about yourself and how you got interested in this hobby. Be sure that you also include a way for them to contact you. This could even be a good way to find guest bloggers to write some posts for you.

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End with a Question

Connect with your readers by ending your post with a question as a way to get them to comment. Don't say 'If you liked this post, please leave a comment.' Instead, ask your readers for tips about ways they've found to deal with the problem you discussed. Readers love to share their insights. Just be sure to reply to every comment. Interact with your readers – they'll love you for it.

Spread the Word

Tell everyone you know that you're blogging about your hobby. Give them the url, and mention it on all your social media accounts. Not just once. Mention it once a week, especially when you're just getting started.

Suggested reading: Get Tips for Your Site from the Pros

Don't be discouraged if you don't immediately have hundreds of readers. Be patient. If you're not already famous, it takes a long time to build up your readership.

If you're persistent, you will gain readers and make new friends who love your hobby as much as you do.

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Author: Kate Benzin

Why Should I Have A Personalized Domain Name?

Personalized domain

Buying your own domain name has never been easier, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a good quality website that doesn’t have a domain name.

Yet as obvious and logical as it seems, there are still many who question the importance of having a domain name attached to their website. So we’ve listed a few of the more important reasons and advantages of having a personalized domain below.

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1. A personalized domain gives your site a more serious and professional look

Think of any businesses, brands or services you trust, and whose websites you visit and/or buy from regularly. Likely most, if not all of them, have their own domain name.

In this day and age, a personalized domain produces a feeling of professionalism and credibility. It makes your website come across as more serious and trust-worthy than if it did not have a domain. Having a personalized domain also represents and upholds your online reputation.

2. Your visitors will have an easier time remembering and finding your website

There’s of course nothing wrong with having a web address (URL) that’s long. But having a short and easy to remember domain name will make it much less of a hassle to tell your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances about your site. A domain name that’s specific to the purpose of your site will also make it more memorable for your visitors, thereby making it easier for them to both find your website and return to it at a later date.

3. Search engines will find your website faster and place it higher in the search results

Search engines like Google and Bing look at a variety of things when they choose where to list a website in their search results. If someone types in ‘florist Wisconsin’, the search engines will for example look at content on websites that’s relevant to this search.

Another thing they look at and consider important is a domain name, as domain names represent the credibility of a site. This means that websites with domain names will always be placed higher than sites that do not have one. So having a domain name that’s clearly connected to the content and purpose of your website will definitely increase your visibility in search engine results.

4. You can create your own e-mail address with your domain name

With SimpleSite you can create up to 5 email addresses, using your domain name as extension. For example, if John Smith has the domain www.johnsmith.com with us, he can for example create the email address info@johnsmith.com, or contactus@johnsmith.com.

Having personalized email addresses doesn’t only come across as very professional to your visitors, it’s also a great way to keep any emails relating to your website separate from your personal email address.

5. You can protect your identity and ideas

Anyone can very easily register a domain name these days, so you probably want to make sure someone else doesn’t get the domain name you want. Perhaps you’re a consultant or an artist, and your brand is you, so the name of your domain name would in fact be your own name.

Even if you don’t have any plans of working on your website yet, it’s a good idea to register your domain name already now, before it gets snatched away by someone else. Having your own domain name is also ideal for your reputation and personal branding, because it works as your online identity and/or business card.

So there you have it: five advantages to attaching a personalized domain to your website. You can check if your domain name is still available right now!

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Author: Michelle de Marée

How to Set Up an Email Address with Your Own Domain


With SimpleSite’s creative email addresses you can create your own customized email address with your own domain name. This makes it easy for your friends and family to remember the email address, and your email will be both unique and more trustworthy in appearance. As an extra plus, an email address on your own domain, will also improve your website’s SEO and organic traffic.

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If you’re running your own small business, there are even more reasons to set up an email address on your own domain. Your email address is your most important “business card” – it tells potential clients that you are well-established and professional. It will reflect your identity, just like your own brand does.

An email address on your own domain gives you optimal exposure on the internet, so people everywhere easily can reach you. In effect, you get a lasting email address that is very suitable to make your name or company name stand out online.

There are two configurations you have to set up in order to get your email to work on your own domain:
  1. Receiving emails on your domain
  2. Sending emails on your domain

1. How to receive emails sent to your own domain email address

First you have to create what we call a creative email address (an email address on your own domain) with forwarding to your own email address:
  • Log in to your SimpleSite Account.
  • Go to ‘Account’ in the right-hand menu.
  • Select ‘Email service’ in the right-hand menu.
  • Click on the ‘Create forwarders’ button.
  • Type in your desired personalized creative email address and choose the email address you want your mail to be forwarded to (e.g. your regular email address).
  • We recommend using Microsoft (Outlook/Live/Hotmail/MSN) or Gmail for forwarding emails.
  • After submitting we will send an email with the confirmation to your regular email address containing a confirmation link. Click on the link and your email address on your own domain should be active and ready to go within 15 minutes.
You are now able to receive mails sent to your creative email address on your own domain! However, when you respond to these mails your regular email address will still appear. Read on, to learn how to change the sending address.

2. How to send emails from your email address on your own domain

You can enable your regular email account to send emails under an alias email address (your creative email address). Below there is guides on how to do this for the most popular email providers on the market:

Gmail


  1. Two-step verification. You can add a non-Gmail domain to your Gmail account, but you must have the 2-step verification turned on. Click here to activate your 2-step verification with Google.
  2. Generate app password. You will need to generate an app password to use later in step 3.
    • Log into Google. Click on your avatar icon in the top right corner and select ‘My Account’.
    • Click on ‘Sign-in & security’. Look under the headline ‘Signing in to Google’. Find ‘App passwords’ and click on it.
    • Click on the drop-down menu ‘Select app’ and choose ‘Mail’. Click on the drop-down menu ‘Select device’ and choose ‘Other (Customized name)’. Type in ‘Creative Email’ and click on ‘Generate’.
    • You have now generated the app password, which will be shown on your screen. The password should look something like this:
    • vwxo vmya cbys ceus (NB: The spaces are not part of the password).
It is very important that you write down the password because you will not be able to find it again later.
  1. Set up with Gmail. Now we are ready to set up your creative email with your Gmail account.
    • Open your Gmail and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
    • Select ‘Settings’.
    • Click the ‘Accounts and Importtab’.
    • In the ‘Send mail as’ field, click on ‘Add another email address that you own’.
    • Enter your name and the new creative email address you have just created and check the ‘Treat as an alias’ box. Click next step.
    • For SMTP Server, put: smtp.gmail.com
    • For Username, your full Gmail address including @gmail.com (eg. your-name@gmail.com)
    • For password, enter the app password generated from step 2. (NB: Type in the add password WITHOUT spaces, e.g. vwxovmyacbysceus)
    • Leave the rest as default (TLS, port 587).
    • Click ‘Add Account’. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a verification code. Copy the code and paste it in, or click the email link to confirm. Remember to click on the ‘Confirm’ bottom after opening the link.
Setting your creative email address as your primary email in Gmail:
If you want to use your creative email address as your standard Gmail, please follow the steps below.
  • Open your Gmail and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Settings’.
  • Click the ‘Accounts and Importtab’.
  • In the ‘Send mail as’ field you will find your creative email address. Click on ‘make default’
You’re done! Now your Gmail will automatically send all emails from your creative email address.
Sending an email from your creative email address if it is NOT your primary Gmail address:
If you choose not to set your creative email address on your own domain as your default Gmail account, please read the instructions below on how to send a single email from your creative email address.
  • Create a new email by clicking on ‘Compose’.
  • In the field ‘From’ you can see that your standard email is selected (this is probably your Gmail address). Click on it and select your creative email address.
  • When you send your email it will now appear as being sent from your creative email address.

Microsoft (Outlook/Live/MSN/Hotmail)


  • Open your Microsoft web email in your browser and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Options’ and go to ‘Aliases: manage or choose a primary’.
  • You may be asked to confirm your identify through a verification code sent to your alternative email address or your phone number.
  • On the page ‘Manage your account aliases’, look below the header ‘Account aliases’ and click on ‘Add email’.
  • Check the box ‘Add an existing email address as a Microsoft account alias’, enter your creative email address (e.g. your-name@your-site.com) and click ‘Add alias’.
  • An email will be sent to your normal email address with a confirmation link. Click on the link and your email alias is created.
  • If you want to use your creative email address as your primary email (the one you by default send your emails from), click on ‘Make primary’ (this is also done from the page ‘Manage your account aliases’).
  • Confirm your choice by clicking ‘Yes’.
You’re done! You can now use your creative email address to send emails through Microsoft’s email service!

Yandex


  • Open your Yandex web email in your browser and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Personal data, signature, picture’. Click on ‘Edit’ below the header ‘Select default email address’.
  • Enter your creative email in the field (e.g. your-name@your-website.com) and click ‘Add’.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your email.Please follow the link in the email message to confirm your email address.
  • Enter your Yandex password and click ‘Confirm’.
Setting your creative email address as your primary email in Yandex:
If you want to use your creative email address as your standard Yandex mail, please follow the steps below.
  • Open your Yandex mail and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Personal data, signature, picture’.
  • Check the box in front of your creative email address (below the header ‘Select default email address’).
  • Go to the bottom of the page and click on the button ‘Save changes’.
You’re done! Now your Yandex mail will automatically send all emails from your creative email address.
Sending an email from your creative email address if it is NOT your primary Yandex address:
If you choose not to set your creative email address on your own domain as your default Yandex email address, please read the instructions below on how to send a single email from your creative email address.
  • Create a new email by clicking ‘Compose’.
  • In the field ‘Send message from’ you can see that your standard email is selected (most likely your Yandex address). Click on it and select your creative email address.
  • When you send your email it will now appear as being sent from your creative email address.

Yahoo


  • Open your Yahoo web email in your browser and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Account Info’.
  • At the bottom of the page click on ‘Manage aliases’ (you might be asked to sign in again).
  • Click on ‘Add an email address’ below the header ‘Identities’.
  • Enter your creative email address in the field (e.g. your-name@your-website.com) and click ‘Save’.
  • A confirmation email is send to your email. Click on the link in the email to verify.
  • Check the box if you want to use your creative email with your Yahoo Account and click ‘Continue’.
  • Go to your Yahoo web email again and click on the cogwheel  in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Settings’ and go to ‘Writing email’.
  • Type in your creative email address in the field ‘Add send-only address and click ‘Verify’.
  • A confirmation email is sent to your email. Click on the link to confirm.
  • Go back to Settings > Writing email. Select your creative email from the drop down list ‘Default sending account’ and save. (Alternatively, follow this link and check the box in front of your creative email address at the bottom of the page and save).
You are done! You can now use your creative email address to send emails through Yahoo Mail!

iCloud, GMX and AOL

Unfortunately AOL. iCloud and GMX do not offer to sync with creative email address at the moment. Consider setting up your creative email with one of the other email providers listed above.

Other email providers

If you use another email provider than the ones listed above, please contact them and ask how to set up an email alias. Please note that it is required that the email provider uses its own SMTP server.
You can refer to this page when explaining the kind of set-up you need for your email.

Having trouble setting up your creative email with your email provider?

Ask your email provider for advice on how to set up your creative email address or consider trying one of the other email providers listed above. They might be a better fit for you.

Want an email address with your own domain?

Sign up with SimpleSite and get your own domain that you can use to send professional emails. You will also get your own “easy-to-edit” website.


Happy emailing!

Disclaimer: Please notice that SimpleSite doesn’t offer any support for the above mentioned email providers. If you need assistance, we advise you contact the support center of the email provider in question.

Author: Camilla Groen