So far on our journey to build the Niche Super-Site we have discussed:

Remember, our overall goal is to build a niche site that returns $2/day in residual income.

Today, we pick a domain name.

I think that domain names are of limited importance for SEO. Why do I feel that way? Search for “California Surfing” in Google. What do you see? You see none of the page 1 results contains both california and surfing in the domain name. Some have surf or surfing, though. So, while it can be helpful to get some keywords in the domain name, it does not seem to be critical to get them all.

I think that Dosh Dosh has this about right. To select a domain name, you need to:

  • Determine what kind of blog you will have (we did that)
  • Research keywords (we did that too)
  • Brainstorm for domain names
  • Check availability
  • Register an available name

You will recall that our keyword search showed that people want to know about history of Elvis — they are searching for elvis presley “history, born, death, funeral, etc.”. Some quick brainstorming get you stuff like historyofelvispresley.com. As expected, a quick domain name search reveals that “historyofelvispresley.com” is not available.   Like Dosh Dosh, I tend to use either AjaxWhois or DomainBot to check name availability.  I tend to buy my domains from ServInt (they host this blog), and you can also check domain name availability there.   More on hosting tomorrow.

For now, we need to check some other names.  And, as if by magic, historyofelvis.com is available. Or, it was available. I own it now.So, based on our results, we have spent about the right amount of time selecting a niche domain name: http://www.historyofelvis.com. It has two of our keywords (history and elvis). In a few days, that will be up and running with our new niche site.

See you tomorrow, when we can talk about registering our domain name and choosing a web host for our site.  For that, we're going to rely heavily on Caroline Middlebrook's excellent eBook on building niche sites.

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