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Guide for New Domain Owners

If you are new to owning a domain I have some advice that even I didn’t know when I got my domain. This is written under the assumption that the person that bought a domain already knows how to create a basic web page through html.

Being clear in your mind is extremely important before trying out for your own domain website which is was not in the initial stages and therefore was not successful as it resembled more like a preventivo sito web roma where lovers swear to be together in all their lives.

When you register your domain, that information you enter is what is called “Whois.” When someone looks up your domain, they see all of that information. If you don’t want it to be public, you must pay a place like domainsbyproxy.com for example. Whois is public information for all, which can be seen at Geek Tools.

When you create new folders on your domain to store files, either pages, audio files, or images, you should always create a blank webpage titled ‘index.html’ or ‘index.htm’ The reason for this is, when a person is going through your web files, lets say they come to a folder where you stored your images, and you named it /images. Without an index.html file in that directory a person can see all your files in that directory. They can also download all the files stored there. It’s not safe, nor wise to do this. People can steal your files, and hard work and you won’t ever know, not to mention they can steal your bandwidth.

Keywords are vital to search engines. If you created a webpage and didn’t place keywords in your meta tags you may not reach the audience you intend to. Keywords are to be located between your tags. Keywords are common words repeated through out the page that rank high on search engines. This takes trial an error.

Once you have uploaded your files to your domain, and created all your folders, you need to create a robots.txt file. A robots.txt file tells ‘bots’ also known as ‘spiders’ what pages or files you want or don’t want indexed for search engines. A friend of mine forgot to create a robots.txt file and all his copyrighted images appeared in Google images search. Users were free to take his hard work and claim it as their own.

Search engine submission is important. This is a good site for that, as it’s free and easy to use. Not all the engines work but its enough to get started. It will take a while for the pages to get indexed.

Any type of site needs some sort of contact link, that way if anyone has a question they can get a hold of you. Even if you aren’t selling anything it’s still a good idea to have a contact page or post your contact information somewhere on the site.

After you have set up the following, the next step is link exchanges. The more link exchanges you have the better, as your connections just like in real life, will get you known. You can do banner exchanges or just text exchanges. The more exchanges the better, as the sites you may have set up link exchanges with may have a higher ranking as well as update often. If that’s the case, it helps your search ranking as well.

If you are going to make your email address public, it’s a good idea to leave it in the following form so spiders, spam harvesters, and spam bots don’t index your email address. Name (@) domain.com or better yet, just create an image of your email address, but don’t name it email, nor name it email in the ‘ATL’.

So let’s recap, image for email address, contact page, whois information, link exchanges, robots.txt, index.html, keywords, and search engine submission. With these covered you are on your way to prospering. So my friend, thank you for reading and live long and prosper.

Jaime
Jaime London is a writer, contributor, editor and a photographer. He started his career as an editorial assistant in a publishing company in Chicago in 2009.