You Should Have Your Own Domain Name
Good Reasons Why You Should Have Your Own Domain Name
I see a lot of newbies ask should they get their own Domain Name soon after joining WA.
I usually answer them by saying its best if they continue with the initial training with a free SiteRubix so that they can practice.
Why? Simply because being new members without any or not a lot of experience and/or knowledge about websites or working online its best they make the mistakes they surely will with a free site. This way they will learn what to do, how to do it, and be able to correct their mistakes.
For those who have already finished the Getting Started lessons and have moved on to the Bootcamp, have created a website and want to apply to become affiliates, this is the time to buy your own Domain. Why?
Because even if you're promoting just an affiliate link you should get your own domain name. Here are a few reasons why.
1. People Are More Likely To Click On Your Link if It Is Your Own Domain Name Rather Than a Long Cumbersome Affiliate Link with an extension.
Here is a typical example of a Clickbank Link -
When you look at the example above it almost looks like a virus of some kind. Many people will not click on the link just because it looks long complicated and a little scary.
What link are you most likely to click on?
This one www.robertallansfriendlywebsite.com or the Clickbank one?
No contest really!
I would go with robertallansfriendlywebsite big time. It just looks better. You might not even consciously decide to click on it, but you will, if only out of curiosity. You want people to feel good about clicking on your link and going to your website. At the end of the day you only get one chance to make a first impression.
2. If You Decide To Change Direction You Can Re-Direct Your Domain Name To Another Program.
When you promote a direct affiliate link you are building somebody else’s business. All that hard work and money that you spent on promotion will benefit the website owner not you if you're no longer affiliated with that program.
However, if you promote your own domain name and change your mind and want to promote something else you can just change a few settings in your control panel and Hey Presto! you're promoting a new program.
3. When You Have Your Own Domain Name You Can Build Your Own Brand
Back to the theme of promoting your business rather than the owner of the affiliate website. A domain name just looks more professional and tells people you are invested in your image and business. You can then create your own YouTube and social media pages around your brand so you can build your own audience.
4. With Your Own Domain Name You Can Have Your Own Blog and Start Building Your Own Mailing List
Rather than promoting an affiliate URL have you considered starting a blog around your topic and starting to build your own mailing list? This is a longer term approach but a smarter one. If you start building your own community and list you can promote multiple affiliate programs not just one. Try thinking more long term and start promoting your own brand, blog and list.
5. Your Link is More Likely to Get Accepted By Social Media Sites With Your Own Domain Name
Sites like Twitter and Facebook often block popular short links like tinyurl.com or affiliate links from major affiliate networks like Clickbank. If you have your own domain name you can often bypass these blocks. You will find that your Ads will get accepted in many more places if you actually have your own domain name.
You can usually get your own domain name for peanuts per year so really it's a no brainer. It's well worth it to invest in your own domain name if you're doing affiliate marketing.
Remember your Domain Name will be your brand so think carefully about what you want to call it. Just as a matter of interest take a look at the graphic below and see some of the biggest names on the internet, and what they used to be known as.
Ok folks there you have it on Domain Names. Anyone with any other thoughts on this subject can leave them below via a comment.
Have a great day and be successful.