How cool is that? If you search for my first name, Tynan, this blog comes up fifth on google! I check where I rank on a bunch of keywords every once in a while, and this is the first time I've been on the first page. Hopefully soon I will be the first search result.
What's strange is that MSN usually gives me really good rankings, but I'm on the second page for my name there.
Magnus - You should try and get bristol lair to be the top result for "Bristol" that would be wicked.
No fair, I didn't get a cool name! Hmmm, let's see... Paul... 913,000,000 results. Ya, I don't think I'm going to make the front page, ever.
But actually, that doesn't really count because Paul is my middle name. ;)
Yeah. But can you really hang with the big dogs?
Only time will tell.
See you at the finish line.
Now that I'm #1 on Google for my name, I've been getting more people to the site searching for that. Many of them share my name, which is awesome.
My parents chose the name out of a name book randomly. They wanted me to have a name that had no previous associations with anyone else. It's Irish, although I'm not Irish at all.
The dark side of having a unique name is that I missed out on a whole side of consumerism. I never had a little license plate or keychain with my name on it. Those were reserved for people with more common names.
One-, two-, and three-word domain names are at a premium. But with a little imagination, you can find short domain names that are easy for users to remember. You might consider adding "The" or "My" to a short domain name just might be available (thevideoplace.com or myvideoplace.com, for example). Adding a number at the end can also help you find short domain names that are available (rosegardening101 or photography101 for example).
If you have to take a longer domain name in order to include your keyword, take the longer domain name. This makes it easy for your customers, and the search engines, to find you.
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When you're choosing a domain name, be sure to print it out exactly like it will be used in the address bar and see whether any double meaning can be attached to it. For example, "therapist.com" can be interpreted as "The Rapist.com." Write "Speed of Art" all as one word and see what you get.
Here are a few resources to use when looking for a name.