So you’ve decided to go online, you’ve got your suppliers lined up and you’ve got your tech worked out. But you’re still confused about how to brand your site. You ask friends and family for suggestions only to find out the ones you love most aren’t available. Soon you realize that even your second preferences aren’t available. Then you see domain names for sale for Rs. 200,000.
Now you’re really confused.
So what should you do? How do you find the right domain name quickly and efficiently? This article will help you with some top notch tips and kick-ass resources to get your domain name finding expedition underway.
What? Yes. While you might think that bestonlineshoppingforindia.com is a good idea, it’s not. A domain name should be short and simple and easy to remember. Your customers will also be able to type them quickly and it’s more brandable for your business. Keeping it short and simple is probably a good thumb rule.
You should try and name your business and domain name consistently. People tend to think of the website by its name, not the domain. So if your website is called “Art India” and your domain name is called “indiaartisansunite.com”, its not going to fly with your customers. By naming your domain the same as your website name, you get an advantage and recognition. Stay away from generic domains because someone told you it helps in SEO. It doesn’t. you would much rather name it after your unique brand and also create remembrance in your customers’ minds.
Try to come up with a unique name. If there are a dozen karts in India (lenskart, flipkart, healthkart), you don’t necessarily have to be a “kart”. (Though KartRocket is suitable because we supply karts :)). A unique and rememberable domain name will help you in the long haul when people associate your name with something that personally appeals to them and it will create an instant and permanent connect. It is also important in helping you develop your unique character, brand and voice.
Think big and forward. Is your target audience going to change in 2 years from now? Maybe you will start targeting the US or Europe. Maybe you will expand your category niches. So think ahead. This will also help you decide whether you want a dot com or a dot co. Being too specific in your domain naming endeavors can leave you with that unsatisfactory feeling six months later when you decide to expand out. You may realize that you want to sell toys, kids clothes, diapers on a “TeddyKart.com”. This will also in the long run give your customers the wrong message – as they log on to your site expecting only teddies. . Think of possible growth, new niches and directions of development. The point is not to let your domain name limit your opportunities.
Apart from being unique and brandable, your domain should be easy to remember. So try not to take after the proverbial 5 letter, but unpronounceable randomization of letters that leaves your customers guessing! Those days are passe. Its better to stick to two english or hinglish words which have a meaning and relate directly to your website. That’s much more memorable. And yes, watch those spellings too. Too much of a twist, and your customers won’t remember you even when they want to.
One of my personal favorites! DomainTyper lets you instantly search for available domain names and also lets you use their domain name generator on the fly. My top choice for domain research.
Panabee is a great way to see related domains for a web app, mobile app or for a blog, etc. It helps you find several variations of a given domain name in order to narrow down your search and spark your creativity.
Moniker is an established decade old domain name registrar. Here you can look for domain names that may be for sale.
Domainr helps you find domains that are outside the notorious dot com,net and org range. It searches through all domain extensions available to give you a “domain hack”, so you can easily find a domain like my.sh.op.
Domize offers a quick way to search domains also – much like domain typer.
NameStation is a contest website where you can run a paid contest to get people to find domains for you. Pretty nifty concept. They also have several domain generator tools built in, but you have to pay for them beyond a certain number of searches. Worth a shot if you’re completely lost on finding a good name.
At Name Tumbler you can find domains for just about anything at the click of a button.
DomainIt helps you find domains that are available quickly by defining your own search & filter criterion.
One of the few tool that has an accurate domain name generator and availability checker all built into one. Most other generators don’t go a great job at checking availability.
Instantly check which domains are available for any extension you want.
Namebio is a searcheable database of domains for sale. You can specify your price range, domain length and look for domain names that suit your needs. You’ll be surprised at some gems you can find using this at throwaway prices too.
DomainTools serves as a complete domain research suite. It helps you find all information about the past, present and future of a domain name. Useful if you’re trying to get in touch with someone or if you’re doing competitive market intelligence gathering.
Old Domains helps you find expired and previously registered domains at a good price. Simply search through their database and come up with something you like.
Wordoid is a great web application that lets you generate random domain names in any language. You can obviously add a keyword that you want in the domain and it will automagically create english or other words around that keyword. Must try.
Rhyme Zone will let you find a word’s synonyms, meanings and rhyming words (obviously). Perfect if you want to create a name like “DateVine” (GrapeVine) for a dating site as an example.
If you’re looking to create a witty and meaningful domain, Word Mixer can help you break down words, mix and match them to create something new. The chances of being able to register such a domain are also high!
Word constructor can help you create a new name for a brand, for your company and ofcourse for your website.
Random word generator uses a database of letters, applies an algorithm to it to generate syntactically correct random words. Good to find easy to remember but absolutely unique domain names.
Who.is is the gold standard when it comes to finding details of a pre-existing domain. You can get information about administrative and technical contacts, IP address hosting the domain, related domains and other premium (for sale) domains on who.is.
Flippa is the leading marketplace in the world to buy/sell domains and website ideas. You can easily find a domain name (or twenty) at Flippa by quickly browsing through their listings. Also, its a C2C auction format website, so you directly negotiate with the seller and can get a steal without those pesky domain bookers in between!
Did I miss anything? If you know of other domain research tools, please post them below! Thanks…
Its probably one of the most obvious things to say but sales is always about the second person. The buyer is always on the top and the seller always a step below just replying to the needs of the user. And yet somehow it’s the seller who has to do the more work and keep the consumer happy and satisfied. He has to understand what the user wants and cater to his every need in a jiffy.
Today lets discuss a few tips that take a sneak peak into the minds of our customers. Once we know what they are thinking, we know how and what they want.
Well we all know about analysis paralysis, where you can’t pick anything just because there is too much to choose from.
The person usually walks away from your site frustrated and confused because he came to buy five things but he is no longer sure whether he wants to buy five or twenty five now! He can’t choose one thing particularly and hence he just quits in anguish. That is “Analysis Paralysis.” Yes, they just have a term for everything now! Exasperating, isn’t it!
What does that mean exactly? No I am not suggesting that of the 50 products you are selling, you eliminate 45 of those and leave only 5 products to buy from on your page. That would be stupid and really weird for your site.
Here comes the method of the breadcrumb search. Here you pick one path and then move on to one path in that chosen path. Then choose another path in that chosen path and so on until you arrive at the product you wish to buy.
You categorize different brands under a limited number of choice umbrellas. Instead of telling people “here’s all of my stuff,” you say, “here are 5 categories of stuff.” Pick which category is right for you, then pick the item in that category that’s right for you.
Look at it like a Supermarket. When you walk into the store, you know there’s a fruit/vegetables area, a meat area, a dairy area, and so on. In each little section, there’s thousands of products to choose from. But they make the decision easy on you by tossing them into similar categories.
Online the same thing applies.
When you’re designing your site, don’t simply share 1 million different categories of what you want to sell. Instead, focus on the “main” areas of your items and let the users choose accordingly.
Did you know color can increase brand recognition by 80%? And brand recognition directly links to consumer confidence? Well it is rather silly if you ask me but it is also true!
Every user has a sort of visual frame of reference whilst assessing any website they visit. Some colors make them comfortable and sure about the site while some are just plain dry offs that users cannot relate to or more importantly trust very well. Not only colors but pictures and images that one can easily understand are definitely a very useful tool in grabbing the eyes of potential customers. They would rather go for something their eyes approve of than reading a description and taking it as per the word.
So appeal to this sense and sales will grow manifold without a doubt!
Sometimes when a company surfaces on the news or the internet regarding some really surprising piece of news which is completely out-of-the-blue, we usually ditch everything and just go check that site out. We really want to know something new all the time, you may call it hunger for gossip but frankly its just human curiosity.
Take for instance Apple, that is one of the most secretive companies ever.
Haven’t you seen loads of websites dedicated to speculating about Apple products, Apple features, and anything else that’s Apple?
Well their secrets create mystery… which in turn sparks speculation in the blogosphere… which leads to free publicity for Apple… and thus more sales.
So do you have a “secret formula” for your company or an exciting piece of news that might make people gasp in awe as “Whoa! That is really trendy. I guess I should give these new creative minds a chance to impress me!” You could also have a proprietary way of doing things. If so, instead of being forthcoming and revealing the entire magic, withhold some information and watch your fans speculate… thus sending you more sales.
When you’re using the web to generate leads and sales, you have one main goal… and that’s to make your customers absolutely love you.
But that love comes with a price. When there are people who love what you do, there will be people that hate what you do, too. I know this sounds dramatic, but it’s true.
I know changing people’s minds is damn near impossible, so instead of wasting time trying to “change” someone, I go after the people who already like me… and focus on making them happy.
But what does this have to do with getting more sales?
That part is easy.
If you nurture your best customers and readers, they’ll turn into evangelists. They’ll turn into your street team of people who tell everyone to read and buy your products.
But where does the enemy part fit in? That is actually the tricky part.
The thing is, you don’t need a physical enemy, you need to be against a belief or an idea.
Solidifying your unique selling proposition is as much about deciding who your ideal customer is not as much as it is about defining who they are.
You’ll never find your true voice without something to stand against. This doesn’t have to be another brand, but in order to divide your ideal customers into your “camp,” you need to be against some ideal, belief, or perception, the way Apple was against “boring” PC users in their ads.
We will use www.outlook.com’s free email ID service to offer upto 50 FREE email IDs!
Basically its a three step process:
1. Step 1, create a regular email@example.com email ID. This will be the administrator email account
2. Step 2, setup custom email addresses feature on outlook.com
3. Step 3, link your domain name with the new outlook feature
Go to www.outlook.com. Click on “Sign Up Now”
Fill out the form from Microsoft to complete your email account setup.
Note: this is NOT the final email ID you will use. This is just an “administrator” account setup.
a. Go to http://domains.live.com
b. Click on Sign In (unless you are already logged in)
c. Click on “Get Started”
(Or you can directly visit: https://domains.live.com/Signup/SignupDomain.aspx )
d. Fill out your required domain name and select “Setup Outlook.com” feature
e. Review Settings and Accept Agreement
f. Next, you will get a bunch of settings to configure as follows:
Step 3: Linking Outlook and Your Domain
***Assumption: you have registered your domain at www.godaddy.com***
You will now be required to login to your domain registrar, and setup MX Records & TXT Records. It’s simpler than it sounds. I’ll try my best to guide you through.
a. Login to your Godaddy (or other registrar account):
b. Go to your domain page:
c. Under the DNS manager, click on “Launch”
d. Delete any MX records that exist:
e. Enter the MX record from Outlook.com by clicking “Quick Add” :
f. Next add the next MX Record (the one with “invalid” text in it) – but ensure a lower priority – e.g., 20 for this record
g. Then add the TWO txt records:
That’s it! You domain name and account are now connected. You will see a success message on the Windows Live Admin center (where you saw the settings).
Steps for Creating New Email IDs on Your Custom Domain:
a. Go to http://domains.live.com
b. You will see your domain listed:
c. Click on your domain (that you previously added):
d. Click on member accounts:
e. Now you can add as many email IDs as you want and set their password by clicking on the “Add” button:
f. For every new email account you add, you will need to fill out the following:
To access any email address,
a. Goto www.outlook.com
b. Enter username as firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Enter the password
Important Note: until you actually log on ONCE after creating a new email ID, it will not be activated. So e.g., you create an email id email@example.com, any emails sent to this email ID will bounce unless and until you have logged on ONCE with that particular email ID.
Steps for Setting Up Your Email IDs with your favorite mail client:
username: emailaddress @ yourdomain . com
password: your password
pop3 server: pop3.live.com
security type: SSL/TLS
Delete email from server: never
SMTP Server: smtp.live.com
Security Type: STARTTLS
Require Sign-in: YES
Username: same as username above
Password: same as above
Before jumping into the online business world there are a few things to consider. Anyone can build a website but getting a website in a profitable position requires a great deal of market research and strategy. Just because it is a business that can be operated virtually does not mean that traditional business techniques do not apply. It takes a good idea, hard work, a positive attitude, the right tools, and in most cases some professional assistance. So what are the best products to sell online? Electronics? Books? Apparel? Software? This may be the most important thing to consider when opening an online store. How do you create a business that is profitable? What kind of products do you sell to set yourself apart from the competition? Once upon a time, you could sell just about any commodity and you would actually be able to make a good profit doing so. But not now. There are millions of e-commerce stores out there so yours needs to stand out in order to make sales.
Think of a particular category of products you want to sell. Take time to do some significant research to learn about how much competition there is in the category of products you have selected. Also research the demand for your products. Choosing a market with relatively low competition and high demand has the potential to grow your business.
The biggest problem is that even if you manage to choose a product or a set of products you want to sell, where the heck are you going to source your products from? How and where do you contact the manufacturer so you can get wholesale pricing? So find manufacturing units, big or small, who are close to you and can give you desired products at feasible prices.
Choose a product that can help you to make money. That’s why you probably decided to begin a new business venture in the first place, right? Why sell a product that only allows you to make a few bucks? This will take millions of visitors and thousands of sales in order to make a significant profit. Offering a product with a decent price tag allows you to make good money with a few months’ sales. Research the market to see how the competition is pricing their products and make sure you can compete.
The product should not be fragile and easy to ship. Fragile products can be an invitation for trouble.The product should reach the customer in fantastic condition. Also, the product should not take up much physical space. Product size and weight can have a big impact on your sales. These factors also determine the shipping costs. More and more customers expect free shipping these days. If your product is oversized or heavy, ultimately you will have to bear the shipping costs which will bring down your profits. Asking the customers to pay for shipping should be your last choice. (It has been observed that shipping costs are the number one reason for shopping cart abandonment.) Always keep in mind that even if it’s the shippers’ fault, it is the customer’s experience which becomes bad with your store. You are ultimately responsible for that entire experience.
Having a good product is one of the most crucial pieces to an e-commerce business, if not the most critical. Preferably, the product’s inherent value should be ambiguous. For example, I would never sell electronics because there is a set value for your goods that everyone is aware of. Also, the product should be timeless. Once again, I would never sell electronics because they lose value the longer they stay on the shelves.
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