Friday, 28 December 2007

Choosing A Domain Name?

Choosing a domain name for a website that you need to set up as an affiliate website is quite easy and one that is fun to try and find the keyword combinations that are right for your intended affiliate site.

Ideally you want something relevant and one that explains the reason and purpose for your website to the casual but targeted internet searchers and surfers, often no more than three words that fit together to make a niche market phrase or something that is descriptive of your site.

Below is a link to which is one of the top domain name registrars on the face of the internet and it is very easy to locate a valid domain name. All you do is search for what domain name you want by typing in the search box and choosing what domain extension you want like .com or .net and the result will appear and tell you whether it is available or not.

You can buy domain names very cheap and I recommend you have them auto renew each year so that no one else can steal your great domain names.

Domain names are very important to show to others that your affiliate website is a professional one and that you are taking the business of affiliate marketing very seriously indeed.

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What is a domain name?
A domain name is a Web address, such as, that is linked to an IP address (which represents a physical point on the Internet). When someone types a domain name into a Web browser, the requested Web page displays.

A domain name consists of a top-level and a second-level domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name located to the right of the dot ( The most common top-level domains are .COM, .NET, and .ORG. Some other popular top-level domains are .BIZ, .INFO, .NAME and .WS. These TLDs have certain guidelines but are, for the most part, available to any registrant, anywhere in the world.

The part of the domain name located to the left of the dot — "godaddy," in this case — is called the second-level domain (SLD) name. The second-level domain name is the "readable" part of the address and refers to the organization or entity behind the Internet address. Second-level domain names must be registered with an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)-accredited registrar.
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Thursday, 13 December 2007

6 tips for a great business card online or offline

Business cards come in many formats, but they should all have the same important factors so that they get noticed by potential clients who see them.

1. First you need to provide simple information and references that are short so that your potential business associates or customers are clear on what it is that you are backing on behalf of your business goal, the main objective, the main product or service that you provide.

2. Displaying your photo on your card goes a long way in branding yourself to your business services and products, people will more than likely remember a face than just a wordy business card, and more importantly a name to go with the face.

3. Always stick to the standard credit card size business card as this is small and just enough for people to handle and not to be overwhelmed by, it also is useful to have something that fits into your pocket or wallet for easy reference later on.

4. Include a catchy slogan that engraves your business in time and places your business name up there with the best of your competition, and remember if you get your slogan out there, then there will be more of a chance that you will get people recognising it more often and once a brand is recognized, then there is no stopping it from nationwide if not global recognition.

It's best to trademark your slogan, so long as it is not too descriptive and does not tread on other companies toes, and of course online it is also best to add your main long tail keyword search terms into your slogan or brand catchphrase, five to six words are usually enough for the purposes of a business card.

Additionally a logo could just be your trademark image that you want people to recognize, so it's entirely up to you.

5. Always have extra cards printed out so that you have the opportunity to give them out to extra people you wouldn't ordinarily think of, such as friends of friends or friends of colleagues or business partners, this makes your business spread virally in the offline world, especially if you have an unbeatable service that is unmatched by anyone else in the industry.

6. Keeping your card updated with current contact information is vital to your business success and growth, so make use of both sides of the business card to include valid contact details such as a postal address, phone number, email and if applicable a fax number.

Bear in mind there are other points to note about a great business card but the ones to really think about are the ones above and making it as clear as possible and less wordy for the casual reader who may not have the time, it has to have that attention grabbing quality about it, plus there are some targeted aspects to your business aswell, but in all your business card should speak volumes in as little content as possible directing to your business web address.

You could however create an online ecard that is essentially a business card but sent through email, that is the power of online publishing today!


Saturday, 1 December 2007

Online Business Branding

Starting an online business is in many respects a full time job, one that should be taken seriously, if indeed you are serious about it, you need to think about positioning yourself at the top of your chosen niche market and the search engines to succeed at what you hope to achieve in the online business world.

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