I love receiving email from pet sitters.
And I received a great question recently from pet sitter Laura Milholland who is just starting up her business.
She writes: Hello, I recently purchased your “Start a petsitting business in 45 days” program. I have had a really hard time finding a domain name that ends in .com. I currently own the domain “DoggonePurrfectPets.net“. Is that going to really hurt my SEO? Should I scrap that name and try to find something else? Any advice would be very much appreciated!
Great question. And plenty of info to discuss on this topic.
So, I fired up the ol’ Web cam and gave my thoughts on the matter.
Here are some tips directly from the video:
No domain name, in and of itself, will alone hurt your SEO. Any domain name for the most part will put you on a fine track to begin building your SEO. You do want to consider what web building tool you are using to create your website (WordPress is always a good option and my preferred choice) and you want to consider adding plenty of good, valuable, unique and original content.
When choosing a domain name to use, consider the following points. Google used to give more value to domain names that contained certain keywords. For example, if I wanted to rank for the keyword “dog walking new york” and bought the domain name dogwalkingnewyork.com, in the past, Google would have ‘counted’ that towards my SEO placement and ranking.
They have since come out and said “scratch that – we no longer give weight to keywords found in domain names.”
So, what do you want to consider when choosing a good domain name for you pet sitting business?
Well, in my case, and perhaps in your case, the vast majority of visitors are doing a Google search and clicking through from there. They are not typing in your web address.
However, if your goal is to give out plenty of business cards, do plenty of in-person events and networking, print up t-shirts, or create a car wrap with your web address, then at this point your literal domain name becomes that much more important – since people will be expected to see it and type it in to their web browser.
So what makes a good domain name?
A good domain name should be easy to say, easy to read, and easy to spell.
Want to see how to easily and quickly change your current pet sitting website domain name?
Watch this Youtube video on the topic (it’s just 5 minutes long) and consider subscribing to the Youtube Channel so you don’t miss a video.
Now It’s Your Turn
Tell us in the comments below how you feel about your current domain name? Do you use more than one domain name for your website? Do you own others that you are not using? Do you have any ideas on what you want to do with other names?