In today’s blog post, I am going to discuss with you why you should purchase your own private domain.
Yes, I will get a commission from it, but that’s not the point of it.
I had a free domain for more than 4-5 months and I decided to upgrade to a private domain. It is true that in the beginning your domain isn’t that important and if you will check this post out you will see that you can get traffic with a free domain as well. However, here are some reasons why I believe that it would be better to start with a private domain:
Reason 1 – It builds trust
Your domain is the address of your business. If you want to create an online business on selling a product that you manufacture or you might want to teach people how to earn money or you might want to look professional, you will want a private domain.
Basically you can’t act as a successful person, if you show people that you don’t afford even a personalized domain. Imagine yourself searching for how to make money on the internet and you enter some guy’s website that tells you that he can teach you to earn more than $1000 a month, but he can’t afford even a personalized domain. Do you truly believe him? Won’t you have second thoughts?
How can you tell someone that you’re both a successful and a professional jewelry manufacturer(or wood or anything else), if you don’t have enough money to spend on a private domain for your business?
Having your own personalized domain builds trust and the trust is a very important aspect that you want for your business in order to achieve success.
Reason 2 – Your website will need to get re-indexed
I started with a free domain and nobody ever told me that once you purchase your own domain, your website will have to be re-indexed in Google and the other search engines once you transfer it. Therefore, I believe that it really is crucial for you to start with a private domain from the beginning.
As you might know, not being indexed it means that when someone will search on one of your keywords, your website won’t appear in the search list of those search engines(Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.). How could you make money if people won’t be able to reach your website?
Moreover, you will have to optimize once again your website, to delete once again all the affiliate links etc. (see more here). It doesn’t sound that hard right? That’s because you might have only 5-10 pages. Imagine if you have around 60 or 80 pages. It will take you a full day of work in order to delete them and another day to add them back once your website gets re-indexed.
Reason 3 – You will have to rewrite your inner links
If you have more than 10 pages, I am sure that you are familiar with inner links. They connect one page with another. Once you purchase a domain and you transfer your website, you will have to rewrite all those inner links.
You will have to change your domain from .siterubix.com (in case you host your website at Wealthy Affiliate) to your private domain. Sadly, this isn’t done automatically and trust me when I tell you that it will take an awful amount of time.
Inner links are not only the links that connect one page on your website to another one. Images and word files and any media that you upload to your website has its own inner link. You will have to change those too. For example, I have pages that have more than 10 images on each of them.
Indeed, this won’t be a big problem if you are at the beginning and you have only 10 pages. However, once you have more than 20 pages and have many images and inner links connecting your pages, it could easily become a nightmare for you.
Reason 4 – Private domains rank better
Well this is not that important. It is not like once you purchase your private domain, you will jump from page 20 to page 1 in the search engine list. It will help you rank better, but this is only a small factor that will improve your website’s rank. The search engines focus more on quality content.
As I said at the beginning of the post, you can get traffic to your website from a free domain and Dom proves this on his post here. He succeeded in having almost 400 visitors a day on a free domain website.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback, share them with me in the comments section below.