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Challenges of Starting a new website Part 2 (solution)

In my previous Post Challenges of Starting a new website Part 1.  I talked about my new website My Weekend Trip Planner and how difficult it is to get your website discovered.  It is very difficult to get that initial traffic to the sight especially because SEO is really hurt by the fact that the site is so new. It is important to build the traffic to your site at least initially through other sources then just search engine.  These ways can be things like word or mouth or paid advertisements.  One of the ways I have found that works the best is social media.  Social media is extremely important especially for discovering a website.  You need to use social media to create a buzz for example on My Weekend Trip Planner when I launched the site I changed my status on Facebook to announce the launch of my new site.  I also tweeted it.  I received 30 visits from that in 4 hours.  This is perfect example of you can use social media to tell people about your site hopefully they will then tell their friends and the result can be viral.  This will then increase the likely hood people liking to you and before you know have a powerful website.

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What does .co mean? .com vs .co: by Ford Jordan

.co has just recently been released as a new website ending, as if there weren’t enough already out there.  The question is what is this new domain and how is it different from .com.  Due to the rising traffic online a lot of .com names have been taken so people are constantly looking for new endings so that SEO rich phrases can be used for their website.  Different endings have also been used make dictions as to what type of site the user would be entering.  For example, .gov websites are only aloud to be federal government agencies, and .orgs are supposed to be for non-profits companies.  .net was created to be for technology and network companies, but as become a viable substation for a website when .com is taken.  So the question is what is .co? and what does that mean for it’s future and place in the market?

.co used to be the international ending for Columbia but the Columbian government in a effort make money decided that it would allow non-Columbia companies to register for .co and it moved all of its national websites to .com.co.  These meant that domains like ford.co, e.co, and apple.co were up for grabs.  E.co was reportedly sold for 81,000 dollars.  It is still uncertain if .co will become popular or how Google will treat .co websites verses .com for SEO purposes, but it is sure causing a lot of noise in the website community.  Domain distributers are really advertising about how successful these new .co are going to be.  Research firms have also surveyed consumers about .co and found that they mostly associate .co with either a corporation or a company.  .co could be a huge success or a big flop.  There have already been over 600,000 .co domains bought and there millions of great domains left. This could be a great opportunity for entrepreneurs.  Time will tell how successful .co will be.

For other Blogs written by Ford Jordan check out www.fordjordan.com

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