WP-Domainer is a free WordPress plugin I’ve developed that’s basically been a bag ‘o tricks for my various sites. With WP-Domainer you can insert a message at the top of every page, upload favicons for WordPress MU installs across multipe domains, and list domains in a post or page using a flexible WordPress shortcode.
Like I said, it’s absolutely FREE! Download WP-Domainer Today!
Not long ago, I helped Alltop.com acquire the domain name alltop.net. Soon after, we were sporting our new Alltop T-shirts all around southern California and, as the picture below clearly shows, off the beaten path as well. Thanks Alltop!
I’ve started scanning domains at Snapnames that are ending soon. I may go after a couple, but here’s my short list for today. I just applied to get a Snapnames affiliate ID, so in the meantime, I’m using DotWeekly‘s code =)
I’m also testing out my Domainer WordPress plugin that makes listing names in blog posts easy. Look for a release of that here soon…
Without further ado, here’s my short-list for today! Most of these are less than $50 and end today or in a couple days:
[domains newwindow="true" link="https://www.snapnames.com/?aff=4308&dom=%dn%"]
Hot on the trail for a WordPress theme for my Travel domains — thanks to Booking.com for getting me signed up and ready to go, by the way — I noticed many new themes both gratis and premium being released in the last few days. Here’s a run down… Continue reading
At the GeoDomain Expo a couple weeks ago, I found myself sitting down with a representative from Booking.com over lunch. They’re big in Europe covering all the large hotels and the smaller independent ones (i.e. the long-tail). I’ve got a solid collection of undeveloped travel names now and it’s time I rolled-up my sleeves and get them built. Yesterday, I applied to their affiliate program and hope to be in contact with them early next week.
I’m still looking for WordPress magazine and news themes for inspiration, but I’m closing in on a couple. One thing I look for in any travel affliate partner is the availablity of content and the ability to do deep linking in their booking engine. Not only do I want a booking widget to paste into my WordPress theme, but listings as well that appear under my own domain.
Having that content on your own domain, gets you a little further along than being just a thin affiliate and allows you to get traction with Google with a greater variety of keywords. Also, the deep linking into their site would give me the ability to send users to more targeted areas such as individual and geographically targeted hotel listings and that should increase conversions.
I’m off to watch the daily domain drop over on GoDrops.com… Stay tuned here for more development updates!
This is going to be the start of a series of posts describing how I go about developing my most expensive domain so far for 2009. The name is ExploreHungary.com and it set me back a cool $25.00 at Snapnames recently.
For me, this is as near premium for geo/travel without having the exact city or generic “travel” keyword domain. Early last year I purchased a related name for over $600, but I think this one is better, not because it cost 25x LESS, but because it’s more catchy and feels more active. The other name is HungaryGuide.com, by the way…
So, to get this site up and running, first you’ll need an HTML template or CMS theme. Since I do everything in WordPress, what follows is how I find suitable WordPress themes.
A couple days ago I grabbed HaircutReviews.com from the daily domain drop. The day before, by coincidence, my wife was complaining about how she couldn’t find the salon a friend had reccomended to her online. For the local places she could find, the reviews were either non-existent or not very helpful. The next day, I saw this name in the drop list and, well, I couldn’t resist pulling the trigger.
Google shows some decent searches for related keywords:
hair reviews 74000
hair review 49500
salon reviews 22200
salon review 12100
hair salon reviews 6600
hair color reviews 3600
hair care reviews 4400
beauty salon reviews 1000
beauty salon review 590
All these domain names are taken, of course (except for BeautySalonReview.com which I don’t consider in good form). Here are a few of the registrants of the popular variants:
hair.com, WebMagic Ventures, LLC
haircut.com, RoboCut, Inc.
salonreviews.com, at Markmonitor.com
Haircut.com goes back to 1995. Check out the Flowbee! Ah, that brings back As-Seen-On-TV memories…
Back to HaircutReviews.com… a great name, a service everyone needs, and in good form. I’ll be building a review site using WordPress, so stay tuned!
Today’s Catch of the Day from the daily domain drop was BocceWorld.com. I love playing bocce ball. We used to play on the small green outside the main Budapest metro station between teaching jobs. A friend of mine had a really nice box set he used to carry around in his pack.
“Bocce” gets 165,000 searches at Google and there’s no abiguity about what people are after. Bocce.com is owned by the United States Bocce Federation and the other Bocce generic and brandable domains are owned by NetShops.com and a few other independent merchants.
At BocceWorld.com you’ll find a quick-and-dirty eBay affiliate store I put up in about 5 minutes. I’m improving the template for these stores all the time and will be highlighting more as they go online.