I know I’ve made my share.
When Darren Rowse, author of Problogger and co-author of ProBlogger: Secrets Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income agreed to participate in my A.S.K. (Answers Sharing Knowledge) series, I wanted to know his answer.
As bloggers we often reflect back on the mistakes we’ve made along
the way. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your blogging career,
and what did it teach you?
Some of the more obvious ‘mistakes’ were around the domain names that I selected. My first blog was a .org.au domain which doesn’t lend itself to an international audience. My second was a .net instead of a .com (I ended up buying ProBlogger.com off someone for a lot of money later) and Digital-photography-school.com doesn’t have an easy to say ‘ring’ to it (too many hyphens).
What did it teach me? Firstly – think ahead – but secondly, you can still be successful even with less than perfect domains.
Reflecting On The Answer
Thank you Darren for sharing your answer with us. Although you see your domain names as a “mistake”, that certainly hasn’t deterred readers from finding you.
I must agree, when I picked the names for my blogs, I had no idea where my blogging would take me. Looking back, I know I could have done better, but that’s the past and like Darren, I’m not going to let poorly picked domain names stop me from succeeding.
Although the domain name for this blog may sound silly or often raise the “why is it named what it is” question, I did learn the name is keyword dense. For those who don’t understand what keyword dense means, I have the words blog and blogging in my domain name and for search engine purposes, the title of my blog matches the content. Some will say, “that’s a good thing”.
To answer the question, “why is it named what it is?”, when I was learning how to blog, I was documenting what I was learning. It was that process of note taking and/or journaling I realized we all “blog”. The only difference is with a blog, we’re publishing our words online.
In previous posts we’ve talked about other mistakes we’ve made in blogging, but today let’s concentrate on our domain names.
When you look at your domain name, are you happy with it or do you wish you had put more thought into it?
Has your domain name handicapped you in any way?
If you don’t have a blog yet, have you considered the implications of choosing an appropriate name?
Let’s discuss this topic further in the comment section and share our insights with others.
Read other answers in the A.S.K. (Answers Sharing Knowledge) series.
A.S.K. Darren Rowse – Problogger – How To Become A Six Figure Blogger
A.S.K. Darren Rowse of Problogger – When Do We Know Our Blog Is A “Winner”
A.S.K. Darren Rowse – How Does A Problogger Deal With Comments
A.S.K. Darren Rowse of Problogger – How Do We Increase Our Readership
A.S.K. Andy Bailey – What Was The Inspiration Behind The CommentLuv Plugin
A.S.K. Liz Strauss – How Do You Inspire Readers To Join Your Community
A.S.K. Liz Strauss – How To Format Blog Comments To Maximize Comments
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