Thursday, July 9, 2009

How Do I Get a Domain Indexed?

I have some unused domains that I added to Google Adsense for Domains for parking, but I’m wondering how one gets indexed when all you have is a park page like that. For small sites is it better to put a custom park page with some content to get indexed?

First of all making sure that your unused domains get indexed by Google is a good idea indeed. Why? Because indexed domains are like wine, they get better as they get older. Basically the longer your domain has been included in Google’s index (without getting penalized obviously), the higher the trust that Google will have on it.

Should you decide to create a website on that domain in the future, it will be easier to get good search rankings. Similarly, if you decide to sell the domain in the future, you will probably be able to charge a bonus for the age of the domain.

Now back to the central question: how do I get a domain indexed?

It is very simple: you just need to
1) put some content there, and
2) let Google know about it.
You don’t need any special type of content to get your domain indexed. Even a simple message stating that your domain is for sale would be enough.

The second part is about letting Google know about your domain (which is now practically a website). How does Google discovers websites?
By crawling the links on the web. If you want to get your site discovered and subsequently indexed, therefore, all you need is a backlink from a site that is routinely crawled by Google.

Here are some ideas to get that backlink:
link to it from your established website
post a comment on a do-follow blog
use forum signatures
submit an article to a directory
get the domain listed on a marketplace

That is it. Once you are done, wait a couple of days and search in Google for your domain name with its extension (e.g., You should be able to find it in the first page of results.

Most Expensive Domain Name Ever:

You probably know that top domain names sell for big bucks, right? But exactly how much money are we talking about, and what are those top domains? Well, I just came across a list that has over 50 of the most expensive domains ever sold.
Here are the top 10: - $9,999,950 - Sold in 2008 - Sold for $7,500,000 in 1999 (Remember: This was pretty much a “business” sale with a developed name) - Sold for $7,500,000 - Sold for $5,100,000 in January of 2000 - $5,000,000 - Sold in January of 2000 - $5,500,000 - Sold to a private company in 2003 - $3,850,000 - Sold to - Sold for $3,500,000 in 2001

12 Rules For Choosing Domains Name:

1. Brainstorm 5 Top Keywords
2. Make the Domain Unique
3. Only Choose Dot-Com Available Domains
4. Make it Easy to Type
5. Make it Easy to Remember
6. Keep the Name as Short as Possible
7. Create and Fulfill Expectations
8. Avoid Copyright Infringement
9. Set Yourself Apart with a Brand
10. Reject Hyphens and Numbers
11. Don’t Follow the Latest Trends
12. Use an Ajax Domain Selection Tool

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