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How important is a Domain Name?

I was just wondering what was the first step in setting up a real estate web site. Should I establish a domain name first and then the web site? or visa versa?

And how important is a domain name? Should it include my name or a catch phrase that I like. And is the domain name the name of my web site or just included in the web site somewhere?

I just read Charity Lanes blog on where to go to get a domain name, and she received a lot of responses. Most recommended going to godaddy.com to register so I am going to start there. Thanks so Charity for her post and all those who responded. Great info.

Thanks everyone! It is a little embarrassing always asking for help in my blogs and never offering any great advice or great tips I might have but I figure you have to start somewhere, and where better then here, at AR!!!

Terrie

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsTerrie Leighton • April 24 2008 01:39PM

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very important
Posted by S J over 10 years ago

If I most I assume your goal is to get business.  If yes you need to get your google ratings high. This is why the name is very important

Tony

Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) over 10 years ago

Terrie, I wrote a nice blog on this subject. check it out: http://activerain.com/blogsview/473248/What-s-in-a

it is very important, so read about it, feel free to ask me any questions, but do it fast.

Posted by Peter Nikic (Broad & Bailey Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Terrie,

I recommend you to get a templated website from homes.com or one of the others. They will allow you to use your own domain name. I recommend that you check on godaddy to see if Sparks,Nevada real estate domain name is available!

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 10 years ago

Chadd and Tony - Thank you!

Peter -  I just read your What's-in-a-name blog that your referred me to. Thank you so much. I got all the info I need and now I know exactly what to do. If I had read your post first, I would not have had to write mine. Anyway, cannot tell how much I appreciate your comments. Thank you.

Mike - Thanks and I will check out homes.com and see have. Totally appreciate it.

Terrie

 

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Teri, glad it worked for you. I've learned things I didn't know from others here at AR, I am happy to share things that I do know.

good luck, if you ever have a question, don't hesitate to ask.

Posted by Peter Nikic (Broad & Bailey Realty LLC) over 10 years ago
There is always so much to learn and so many people have different opinions on the subject.
Posted by Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads (Resh Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Your domain strategy should certainly come first.  I just posted 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Domain tonight on my AR blog.  Be sure to check it out before you buy a domain.  Most agents make at least one of those mistakes.  

Buy your domain independent of any real estate template company to retain your independence (and often save $).  Godaddy.com is a good place to buy it.

Posted by Real Estate Web Critic (The Real Estate Web Critic) over 10 years ago
Get a domain name or 2 or 3, then work on your website.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Teri, I just noticed I had another (older blog) that also talks about domain names. you should definitely read this one: http://activerain.com/blogsview/470103/Domain-names-are-becoming

domain names are the real estate of the 21st century.

 

Posted by Peter Nikic (Broad & Bailey Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Peter - Thanks again.

Georgina - Great advice. Thanks

Real Estate Web Critic -  Your blog "10 Mistakes to Avoid when buying a Domain" was great. I just wish I had read it before buying my domain name! But it all worked out, I was able to fix my name thru godaddy.com at no extra cost. Thank you so much.  Terrie

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Teri,

I have just finished getting a couple of new websites up and running.  After having 2 sites in the past that I didn't put much thought into, my approach this time was to make sure I had a plan.  I did a lot of research right here on AR, and found a TON of good info.  Some good advice I recieved on domain names is to try and incorporate keywords that you'd like to place high on in the search engines.  I chose www.BoiseIdahoRealEstatePro.com because the keywords "Boise Idaho real estate" get searched over 5 million times a month.  Go to Google Suggest, and they can help you get a feel for which keywords are being searched for your market.  Good Luck!

Posted by Ben Myers, CEO/Designated Broker (The Broker Ben Group at Realty Idaho) over 10 years ago
Ben  -  Thank you so much for the advice. I like the name you chose and all of the other info and advice I have received is pretty much similar to yours, try to incorporate keywords in the name. And  you are right, AR provides so much info and great advice. So thank you for yours!! Terrie
Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

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