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Establishing a New Domain – Gift Cards

Establishing a New Domain – Gift Cards

A domain name is a very critical part in setting up your name online, be it for a company, business, organization, or personal. It is more than just the words that need to be input in the search bar of a web browser. It’s the name of your brand, your presence, and your identity’s existence in the online world. So it is very important that when you set up a website with your own domain name, you have to be ready to maintain your subscription to your web host.

There are multiple ways to be able to pay for the web hosting of your website and domain. The most common ones are through your debit and/or credit cards that allow your web content provider to take monthly subscription directly from your bank account.Another way is through PayPal, the internationally renowned way of paying your goods online. But still, there is another way of getting a domain name if you do not want to make use of the previous examples given. And that is with the use of gift cards.That’s right, gift cards.

What are domain name gift cards?

Just as the name implies, and just as how it is usually understood, gift cards or gift certificates, or gift vouchers are cards that are exchangeable to the specified value written on it of service and goods from a place of business.

Domain name gift cards work just the same. Instead of using credit cards and debit cards, or the use of PayPal, or any means of paycheck, a person can pay for his/her domain name for a month or half a year, or for the whole, year depending on the length and amount specified, using only the card given to him/her as a gift or reward from another person or from a promotion he/she won from.

The only difference here is that instead of items and/or services, the gift cards are used for online payment purposes.

How does it work?

gift card domainsThe using of the gift card can work in two ways. The giver and the receiver point of view. Just as any other gift cards you can get from your local grocery or department store, the gift card owner or “giver” purchases the said gift card online from a web host and domain provider. The gift card owner then gives these cards to anyone they deem having them for whatever reasons. While on the other hand, the receiver of the gift cards doesn’t need a single penny spent. They can pay for their domain name from the web host for free, given they input the correct code of the cards they’ll use.

iTunes gift code generator is a powerful tool to generate free codes. If you want to get a free iTunes code, visit their website.

Google Play and iTunes store codes nowadays are very popular and many people try to find reliable websites that provide it.

Where do you get it?

In the past years, there were a number of web hosting sites offering gift cards as a mode of payment for new domain names created from new put up sites. One of these web hosting sites popular for offering the said kind of gift cards is GoDaddy.com.

One way of getting a gift card from GoDaddyis purchasing it from the site. This method would be common for those who are looking to be the one giving the gift card to others. You can buy the gift cards through the use of credit or debit cards and other online means of payment.

Other ways of getting gift cards that have spread through the internet are through following some step by step instructions that include registering to some offers-based sites and answering a few survey questions from a sponsor website. By completing the offers of these advertisers and market companies, one could earn a gift voucher that’s worth a minimum of $20.

Pros and cons

The use of gift cards is like a coin flipped. It’s got two sides. Both a positive and negative. The positive side of using or having a gift card is that you do not need to spend money anymore in purchasing domain names. In other words, with gift cards in your possession, establishing your brand online can be free as any wild bird can be.

The downside though is that each gift card only holds a certain amount (i.e. $10, $20) which means it will only cover a certain number of months depending on how much a domain would cost. So if your gift card can only cover for payments for a month, when it is over you won’t be able to get access to your domain unless you pay once more.

Also, with the latter mentioned means of getting gift cards above, there is a great risk of becoming a victim of online scamming.

We know only one iTunes gift card codes website, that provides free codes. We mentioned it already in the article above.

How to register domains in over 1000 extensions

How to register domains in over 1000 extensions

As a ccTLD Investor one of the biggest problems we all encounter is finding where to register all the great ccTLDs that are out there. I don’t know about you but I always find myself running-into a wall when it comes to registering some of the more obscure ccTLDs. My solution in the beginning was just to create a new account with a local registrar in that country. I learned quickly that the language and currency barrier can be a hassle so I started looking for one registrar that could offer all the ccTLDs I was looking for.

It wasn’t long before I found-out about 101 Domain which allows investors to register over 1,113 different TLDs! That is a huge number and I’m yet to encounter a TLD they don’t have. On top of having a great selection of ccTLDs 101 Domain offers a really cool service called Brand Protection. This works by having someone from 101 Domain that actively monitors your brand and makes sure you’re protected online from Trademarks to content to watching-over gTLD registrations.

I think this is a very unique service that is absolutely necessary for anyone that has a brand with an online presence. Just think, suppose you own your brand in Spain so you have the .ES that corresponds to your name, what about all the other extensions out there, could someone pretend to be you and get some of your customers? It could happen and it does happen just about everyday to real brands all over the world.

So if you’re looking for one place to buy all your ccTLDs I highly recommend 101 Domain – they have every TLD you are looking for and additional services that can help you protect and secure your brand.

Common ccTLD link building mistakes

Common ccTLD link building mistakes

Search Engine Watch wrote an interesting piece earlier this month about the Top Five International Link-Building Blunders. This is particularly relevant to ccTLD investors who are trying to develop and monetize their names. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a ccTLD investor is thinking that all of the rules that apply in the US are exactly the same when it comes to your ccTLD of choice. From language to link-building strategies ccTLDs require you to think a little differently for each market you approach.

Below is a summary of the ways you can screw-up a link-building campaign with your ccTLDs, make sure to read the full article from Search Engine Watch to get all the details.

  1. Not using Directories – in the US directories have become completely overused and de-valued, this is not the case in many foreign countries where directories still give some nice link love.
  2. Links coming from the wrong country – want to rank well in Germany? Don’t have all your links coming from the US, the more links you have coming from .DE sites the better you’ll rank in Google.de
  3. SEO – you should be paying someone with some real SEO prowess if you want to rank well for competitive terms
  4. Poor-quality automated translations – using translation software to convert you English articles to another language can often yield poor-quality articles. Have a native speaker translate your articles so that your content will remain at the quality-level you intended.
  5. Bad URL structure – if your not using a ccTLD but instead have a French or German version of your site make sure it is crystal clear how to get here otherwise people could end-up linking to the wrong part of your site.

Feel free to share your own tips or words of cautions when it comes to ccTLDs and SEO. Comment and let your voice be heard!

How will the new gTLDs impact sales of ccTLDs?

How will the new gTLDs impact sales of ccTLDs?

I’ve talked about this before on ccTLD Investors but I think it is an absolutely critical point to make when it comes to investing in ccTLDs – go with what you know. I can tell you this through my own failures, which I’m never afraid to admit.

I started investing in ccTLDs in 2007 but dramatically increased my purchases in 2008 and 2009. At that time I thought you never could have too many ccTLDs and with so many emerging markets, the sky really was the limit. While I can’t say I was wrong, I can say I really didn’t know enough to make great investments when it came to a vast majority of my purchases.

More about domains and gift cards

The problem was, I was investing in markets that I didn’t know and really didn’t take the time to learn the intricacies of what was valuable in each market. Here’s the problem – you see a great one-word .COM sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, then you find-out the same name is available in .vg or .ag, or some other relatively obscure ccTLD. Then you think to yourself, well if it sold for six-figures in .COM it should sell for at least four-figures in a ccTLD right? Not always and in most cases the answer is just plain “No”

If a hot keyword is available for hand-registration in a particular TLD there is usually a reason for this – it’s not a good domain to own. Unless you’re talking about taking part in a sunrise or landrush but that’s a whole different story.

Now looking back almost four years later I have learned a valuable lesson. The ccTLDs I have done the best with are those that I knew the market well, namely .US and .CO.UK. I was able to build a solid business with .US domains as I know this market and knew what people in the US were searching for. With other ccTLDs this wasn’t the case and I made a lot of bad investments.

So if you’re getting started in ccTLDs where should you start? Start with the country you live in. If you live in Canada give .CA a shot, if you live in Germany, .DE is a hot one, and if you live in Australia .COM.AU has continued to see strong growth. The next critical step is to set some metric off success. For me this was to make over $1,000/month and I hit that goal with .US pretty quickly. I am yet to hit that goal with any other ccTLD.

Once you hit your goal, then you can get a bit more adventurous and try another ccTLD, but before you start buying – ask an expert. This is what I’m doing now with .DE. I’ve always been interested in .DE and want to make some investments in the space. Rather than diving in and guessing I’ve decided to consult a few people I know that have been successful with this ccTLD. You can’t expect to be an expert right-away, you need to take the time to learn, experiment, set goals, and then hit them!

I will keep all of you updated as to how my investment adventures go. For my first purchase, I’m looking at buying a $x,xxx name in the .DE space. However before I even think of making this investment I’ll be running it by my friends who are experts in the space and can help me make a sound investment decision, if you’re not doing the same, are you really making an investment?

New Editor at cctldinvestors

New Editor at cctldinvestors

We realized that we overlooked something here on cctldinvestors, and Morgan asked me to make a post about it. Since November I have been doing the writing and day to day management for cctldinvestors. Morgan is still the owner and checks in from time to time, but with his busy 16 hour days he wanted to make sure that cctldinvestors did not get lost in the shuffle.

We will be looking to have more updates and more features in the New Year and want to thank everyone who is a reader of cctldinvestors.com.

From all of us to all of you have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season