Author Topic: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?  (Read 1347 times)

curbstone9

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Hi All,

In my "more newbie" days I bought a blog -- but I put it on a totally SEO "missable" domain (www.grandpabillrecommends.com). Who the hell types THAT into a search box!! LOL!!

Knowing a "little" bit more now, is it possible I can do a backup of this blog, update it a bit then put my blog in a "subdirectory" with a better keyword tag - such as www.grandpabillrecommends.com/weight-loss-tips-that-work/.

Also, as I'm learning (and seeing things more clearly now!) have I learned correctly that I can use any of my generic TLDs purchased in the past and by using subdirectories I can select niches/blogs and properly SEO them to success?? Example: www.grandpabillsrecommend.com/Digital-SLR-Camera-XXX/    OR www.grandpabillrecommends.com/make-money-through-blogging/

Probably simple solutions (I hope), but I am thick-headed and still learning (albeit slowly). This internet marketing thing can sure make my head buzz!! My horns are starting to dull after trying so hard to butt my head up against the walls of the money dam!!

ANY help is greatly appreciated. One of these days, when I make some bucks -- I'll outsource so I don't have to worry about this stuff. Too many great ideas, but not enough knowledge!!

Thanks very much,

Bill Landry
LCDR, USCG (Retired)






Offline mlane

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Re: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011, 01:53:04 AM »
How about copying it with WPTwin or Backup Buddy, and then using a redirect to the new site? That way the site would look the same, but it would go straight to the new and better named domain? You could just delete everything from the original site, and work on getting backlinks to the new one
Don't worry, you are not alone, I used a date...2010 :( so had to do the same thing

Offline Craig Brodie-Browne

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Re: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 07:42:09 AM »
Hi Bill

I'm sure I will be corrected if i'm wrong (but from what I have read) for seo purposes it is best to have your keyword in the TLD...keywords don't work in sub-domains...so the experts say...

If your keyword needing to be in the TLD is correct, then you will need to get a new domain and add it to your hosting account and then either redirect what you want to it or backup and move what you want to it

I hope this helps a little

Regards
Craig

Ed Guerena

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Re: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 12:07:00 PM »
Just a thought Bill,

I would start by registering the domain you now want.  Then point it to the "Grandpa" domain.  That way anyone typing in the highly optimized keywords of your new domain end up at the "Grandpa" website.  This might get you some traffic while you sort the rest out.

The visitor doesn't know they've been redirected.  I do this for my offline business.  I have several domains so that no one else can register them but I point them all to the domain that has my website on it.

BTW, 1and1.com has .com domains for .99 for the first year right now.  (Oct. 2011)

Ed Guerena
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curbstone9

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Re: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 03:18:48 AM »
Hi Guys,

Thanks very much for all of your suggestions. I'll give them a try. Good thoughts!

Ed, I like the idea of the Noble Brotherhood!! Nice!!

Thanks again

Oviedo

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Re: Newbie Error(s) -- Top Level Domain Choice is Terrible. Possible Change?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2011, 08:43:12 AM »
Hi -

Ed Guarena is right.  What you do is write a blog with a "searchable" domain name (URL) and in the blog sign it your name with the URL of the blog you want people to visit.

How do you find this searchable domain?  Use the Google Keyword Tool.  It's really a very painstaking process - I'll do it for you for free.

PM me so I can give you email address, then you can send me your requirements.

Oviedo