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 with us, he can for example create the email address, or

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 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

Tips to Write Engaging Blog Posts

How to write engaging blog posts

Have you hesitated starting a blog because you have doubts about your writing? Did you hate writing term papers when you were in school?

Well, here's the good news. Writing a blog post is nothing like writing an essay for a class in school. You may not consider yourself a writer, but if you can write an email to a friend, then you can write blog posts.

What to Blog About

The topic you choose for your blog depends on why you want to blog. Do you want to write about your daily activities or your move to a new city or country – kind of like a diary? Or do you want to share ideas with friends and/or strangers on a particular topic that you're passionate about?

Then you're in the right frame of mind for a blog.

If this is your intention, it doesn't really matter what the subject is – you will eventually find readers who want to read and share ideas on that topic as well. Just keep in mind that readers won't find your blog overnight, but persistence will pay off in the end.

Suggested reading: How to Start Blogging About Your Hobby

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How to Make Your Posts Interesting

  • Start your post with a question that leads into a story connected to the content. Lists and facts are useful to illustrate a point, but your reader is more likely to remember a story that demonstrates an emotion she's already experienced. That connection will bring her back to read more posts later.
  • Once you progress into the meat of the post, put the focus on the reader. She wants to know how the information affects her, whether it's about getting through a divorce or how to make the best quilt.
  • Use second person as much as possible in your writing. In other words, use 'you' as often as you can and 'I' as seldom as possible.
  • Even when you're describing an experience of your own, try to avoid using 'I' as often as possible. For example, instead of saying 'I realized my mistake once I saw all the pieces falling into place,' you can write 'The solution became obvious to me as soon as all the pieces began falling into place.'

Blogger's block

Avoiding Blogger's Block

You can probably think of many ways to re-boot your brain, but here are some of our favorites.
  • Get up and go for a walk. If it's raining out, at least change your environment for a half hour or more. Don't just work on something different at your computer.
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle or something else that requires concentration.
  • Call a friend and talk about absolutely anything.
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas without censoring yourself.
  • Read other blogs on your topic to get ideas.
  • Go on Facebook and ask people what they want to know about your subject.
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Conversational Writing Style

Remember, your blog should sound like you're writing or talking to a friend – not writing an essay for an English composition class. Online readers like to scan rather than read every word, and they don't want to feel like they're reading an academic treatise.
  • Use short sentences and short paragraphs.
  • Use sub-headings to let the reader know the topic of the section.
  • Use bullet points.
  • Use contractions like 'you're' and 'doesn't.'
  • Use simple words.

Don't Over-Analyze

Let your text rest for a day or two, and then read it again. You might be surprised at how well it flows. If not, you'll be likely to catch the spots where it doesn't flow well once you've been away from it for a while.

Make changes and then read it out loud.. When you read your text out loud, the places where a reader might stumble will become obvious.

Your blog post doesn't need to be a Pulitzer Prize winner. Don't go over it again and again and again. Make the needed changes and then hit 'publish,' and get started writing your next post.

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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 Use SimpleSite for Your Online Store

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Do you have a couple of products or services that you've thought about selling online? You've probably begun shopping online and seen how convenient it is for both the customer and the seller.

So maybe you've thought about getting into the game with an online store of your own. But perhaps you've hesitated because setting up an online store seemed like too daunting a task. You may not even have a clue how to get started.

Never fear. SimpleSite has taken that intimidating job, turned it into a simple process, and made ecommerce possible for you, whether you want a small or large store. It is so easy you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Being easy to build is not the only advantage you'll have with a SimpleSite online store. One of your main goals is probably to make money. Isn't that right?

If you want your online store to be profitable, you will probably attempt to keep expenditures to a minimum without sacrificing quality. Then SimpleSite is your best friend.

You don't have to come up with any financial investment to build your online shop. That's right. SimpleSite gives you a FREE way to build a stunning online store. Just click the green button to get started.

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Suggested reading: Use Your Smartphone to Take Amazing Product Photos for Your Online Store

Simple Website Design

Choose one of SimpleSite's stunning templates, and use the simple, click-to-edit tools to create a beautiful online store. Customize your store with your choice of colors, fonts, logo, photos, and more.

You can have your store's sales pages ready in 10 minutes without knowing any coding or website design. And shopping at your store will be a snap for your customers at whatever time they like to shop – 24 hours every day.

Create kids clothes online store Create antiques online store Create jewelry online store
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Customize with Your Own Personal Domain Name

Your SimpleSite online store is free for five items. You don't need to give your credit card details, and you can keep the free online store forever.

But if you find that your store is successful and you decide it's time to take your store to the next level, you can then upgrade to your own personal domain name – still via SimpleSite – and sell unlimited products. No need to re-build in a new location.

Your customers can pay with credit card in your online store

Easy eCommerce Setup

Create beautiful product pages and collect payment through PayPal, which supports all major credit cards. It couldn't be easier.

You'll have access to an overview of your orders so you can judge the success of your store at a glance. Your shopping cart is secure so you can assure customers that their personal information will never be used for anything other than the order.

SimpleSite makes the whole selling process easy for you. And you are the one in control of what your sales pages look like. If you want to test a new color to see if it attracts more customers, no problem. Edit at will. Add products. Change fonts and colors. Change products. It's all possible.

 Suggested reading: Why eCommerce Is Critical to Your Business

No More Waiting

SimpleSite is easy, secure, and FREE. What could be better? Just click the green button to get started.

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Author: Kate Benzin