Friday, July 3, 2009

Chanting a Blogging Mantra for Rockstar Domains

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I am once again trying to invoke the power of the whole cosmos by reciting a new mantra that hopefully could override the basic sad fact that I am a total idiot when it comes to technicalities on blogging.

“I know how to tweak my blog.” Hum…

You got it right. Jan’s latest post announced that I am moving this blog to its new home on a wordpress self-hosted blog courtesy of very generous blogging buddies. And though Big Bro already announced it to the whole universe via his superb post that the “house blessing” would be “very very soon”, it may once again take me another weekend to get all things fixed and before you could see the whole new look of Ani-Mo!. If only my parents endowed me with a Bill-Gates-patterned genes, the moving out could have been a breeze.

My Thoughts on How to Choose a Rockstar Domain Name

“I am a tech-savvy blogging geek.” Hum….

I got lots of great suggestions on my previous post of what domain name to take with topping the list and only a select but persevering blogging buddies pushing for me to sport and Now, I am wondering why no one ever affirmed my suggestion of taking Old Zen master whispered to me: “just believe in yourself.” Hum…

Few important points on choosing a domain name that I considered. Since I am not the tech-savvy guy, I forgo of sharing technical stuffs here and end up looking like a Jay Leno trying to be like Oprah:

1. Your domain name should also be your blog site.

This may be elementary to some but a few fundamental items on this one are worth remembering especially for all those who are also planning to take their blogging to the next level. It is much easier for readers and people to remember a blog’s name than its url because readers focus much of their attention on the content of one’s blog (or comment form, for rabid commenters, ehehe) and not much on its url. Hey, one cannot comment on the url!

More often than not, first time readers and visitors get the imprint of your blog or site through its big bold blog title on your header and browse through your blog posts. And with the ultra sensitive url form and address structure, a missing letter, misspelled domain name or wrong domain name extension could usher your visitors and returning readers to another blog; to its owner’s delight.

Here are some examples:

Blog Name/Title----Domain name plus their extension

Writing to
The Struggling

Therefore, putting synchrony with your blog’s name and domain name could give convenience to your readers and visitors rather than giving them a maze to test their patience. Imagine if your blog has this setting: your blog name is The Struggling Blogger and its domain name plus extension is Total blogging disaster!

2. A domain name describes your persona

One should never get a domain that he loathes, for blogging should bring us total control, confidence and harmony and not a conflict over what we do. It should be indicative of the personality of the blogger behind the blog. As uber blogger Jan told me on one of our many conversations on his long and vibrant comment forms: your blog is your resume. Our blogs tell us of who we are as the blog and the blogger is only one, unless of course you have a multiple blogging personality syndrome. Coherence between our blog's Yin and Yang gives and readers a sense of genuine identity and not some pretentious blogging expeditions and experiment on the blogosphere. It also unconsciously sends some personal trademark to all those who visits such a blog.

3. A domain name gives readers your sense of blogging style and branding

We may be blogging on different kinds of niche but in the end, the one who rises up is the one with great class and effective branding. And domain names work also to this effect. One great blog I could share here is that of the child protégé Dan Miranda who shares about self-improvement posts on his blog Command Your Time. His domain name which is basically is also his blog name automatically gives us the idea what this guy has to share and what kind of stuffs he is up to. Same with that of Jan’s Writing to Exhale and that of Problogger or Copyblogger and many more. That is why I think it is quite crucial for one who is going to start his blogging on a self-hosted blog to examine also what kind of blogging style and branding he/she wants to build over his/her blog before choosing a domain name.

Leaving Ani-mo! For Pinoysoundingboard

I may be reaping lots of traffic come the start of UAAP with the Ateneo clashing over arch-rival La Salle for having Ani-Mo! as my blog name. But after some brainstorming and focusing on those three stuffs to consider on choosing a domain name, I realized that my blog name (which is also the same in part on my present domain name on blogger) is not really that reflective of my take on things and my direction on blogging.

Though it could give maybe some setback on my ranking and present PR come my eventual evacuation, changing my blog name Ani-Mo! into Pinoysoundingboard has set clearer parameters for my blogging and has given me more focus on what direction to take. It also reflects my persona and the sense of brand I want to build over my blog. And more importantly, I have come to synchronize my blog name that of my domain name, which basically I failed to do in blogger. therefore will be my wordpress self-hosted blog about commentaries on current events and blogging with a magazine-type wordpress theme.

I just hope that when I move out of blogger to house my blog on a new and more spacious home, I would not find myself chanting my mantra all day long all by myself. But first thing is to tweak all the stuffs that need to be fixed. Just so thankful that there are so many generous people who are set to help me out.

Hum… Hum....


What were your considerations in choosing your blog name and domain name? How do you find my new blog name and its domain?

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Pinoy Gossipboy said...

Oh, I think I need to learn a lot of things. I know nothing about this techie stuff. I'm such a techno-bobo.

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elmot said...

ahaha! it is just ok. everyone is techno-bobo one way or another. i guess, we can't have the monopoly of talents and skills, ehehe!

you can learn more of these kinds of stuffs from friends here like rocky of and ditesco of and they are a bunch of helpful bloggers bro. ehehe!

try to visit their blogs. i strongly recommend them.

yatot said...

hmmm... sounds cool! i've checked it and error pa ang lumalabas... cant wait for your grand opening salvo! =-X

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elmot said...

thanks bro! talagang piniga ko ang brain cells ko pra dyan. at sympre tinulungan din ni LJ...

wala nga lang pakain sa grand opening ha. "BYOB" na lang ang siste natin sa house blessing ko. ;)

Roy said...

So it is!

boy! I'm looking forward to a lot of noise - Elmot style!

Congratulations on your migration bro!

and good luck!

we're right behind you

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The Bad Blogger said...

This question is hard to answer, there are people who ask me how the hell I got "TheBadBlogger" as domain as the keyword for "Bad Blogger" in Google was such a large volume.

Seriously is luck, but my opinion is 3 words that's easy to pronounce and remember. More then 3 is a not good and it should also be words that your target audience can understand.

Recent blog:=- The Bad Blogger Got Extra Traffic By Using World Online Poll Created By A Hollywood Rich Donkey !

Badong said...

seryoso ako rin techno-bobo. pero kung magho-host ako ng sarili kong domain i'd stick to

good luck sa paglilipat bahay! sana makakita ka rin ng mga mababait na 'kapitbahay'!

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Guest said...

I didn't follow much of the techniness of this post, but I would be looking forward to the new home of elmot in a wordpress blog. Wow!

After mo tol, ako naman ha!


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Zorlone said...

Ako yung nasa itaas. LOL

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Lucrecio Emerito said...

Once you open your new house, the roof will be on fire. Let's party!

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Bingkee said...

As I told you before, and as you cited here, the blog name should be the domain name, I had suggest, ""--or something that refers to your name or your old name, "Elmotivation". But since you had decided ..I think that's fine. And of course, I am not an expert anyway, so I think my suggestion is really not that helpful.
So, we'll just be waiting for your new home. :)


ceblogger said...

hmmm... domain names. i got two unused domain names which I bought a year ago. some blogging plans just didn't materialize. hopefully this year.

that domain name of yours will become your brand now and in the future. i suggest you use your name.

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dFish said...

Very nice points on choosing domain names! At talagang nasampolan pa ang exhale at inhale hahaha. Pinoysoundingboard - cool kahit na medyo mahaba...But the way you incise social issues in this country - i agree it's very relevant. Go Elmot...Ani-Molistic din ako... :-D

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blinkky said...

Try to choose domain that has short url. It make people more remember about it =)

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jan said...

Ahahaha. Doc Z! May pa guest ka pang nalalaman. Para kang si Holly. :-P

Recent blog:=- Elmot’s Way of Harnessing the Power of the Cosmos

jan said...

Thank you for promoting my friends in China - si Rocky and my friend in Portugal - si Ditesco. Can't go wrong with any of these two cool and helpful friends. :)

Recent blog:=- Elmot’s Way of Harnessing the Power of the Cosmos

jan said...

Tama si Roy. The Jedi Bloggers are behind you on this one. Although Jedi poet master Doc Z has a little qualification: pag may feast sa opening day ng WP blog mo sa Pinoysoundingboard? Asahan mo nasa unahan mo kaming lahat.

Di ba Doc Z? :-P

Recent blog:=- Elmot’s Way of Harnessing the Power of the Cosmos

jan geronimo said...

Elms: About Approved without thinking!

As in pakikinggan mo ba naman ako kung magtatalak ako dito dahil hindi iyong superveryhandsomeblogger ang pinili mo? Bahala ka na noh. Malaki ka na. Go for it.

Sa akin nakatuka iyong paglilipat ng mga garapon sa kusina: garapon ng asukal, garapon ng kape, creamer. Sakupin ko na rin un thermos bottle.

jan said...

Badong: I like for you. It's unique and it's so you. At saka may following na yun - sayang naman. ",)

Recent blog:=- Elmot’s Way of Harnessing the Power of the Cosmos

Roy said...

hmmm... I would reserve that '' if I were you lil' bro, sounds nice to me

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DiTesco @Internet Business Entrepreneur said...

Thank you both for the mention, really appreciate it. Domain Names as you point out should reflect the blogger and preferably include keywords that are related to the topic of your blog. If you are not into Domaining or planning to be a Domainer, then any name (as long as it is not complicated and pretty much universal), should do the trick. Binkee's suggestion "" is very interesting and you should secure this for the future. after that, just redirect it to your new site and voilá, two names:) Anyway, I wish you all the best on your new home and as I said, if I can be of any help , let me know.

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jan said...

Ditesco is such an uber blogger. Alam agad pag topic siya ng conversation.
Ang bilis! ",)

DiTesco @Internet Business Entrepreneur said...

Haha, Thanks Jan. BTW, "Ang Bilis" is Very Fast, right?

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Zorlone said...

Ahehehe... di bale, sa bagong bahay ni lil bro e maayos na akong magleleave ng mga comments ko para naman mabilang ng wasto ang aking mga kumento. Teka, bakit puro tagalog na ang salita ko. Nakakahiya sa ibang mga panauhin.


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elmot said...

of course Jan, these people are blogging rockstars..and hey, they are my friends too now, coz you bridged me to these uber bloggers. ehehehhe! and i just said the right thing: there is no other way to learn about those stuffs than to visit their sites :D

jan said...

Oh, your Filipino is rusty now? Ahehehe. Yeah, ang bilis means very fast.
Or as @ryjr describes it - zoom, zoom! lols

elmot said...

@diTesco: thanks bro! i am actually planning to get those domains, the one you mentioned and the other suggestion domains...but i don't know how to do the "redirecting" thing. if i got those domains already, ill email you about it ehehe!

@jan: oo nga, bilis nya noh? malakas ng radar ni diTesco.

elmot said...

@roy: thanks bro! i guess ill take the services of jan and doc z for the PR thing? they are almost everywhere in the blogosphere.

@jan: ahahha! sympre, i know the jedi bloggers are always there for each other. hey, si doc z yata ang magdadala ng alak eh, ehehe! ako sa tahong chips ehehe!

elmot said...

a domain name that is not that long and a three word name is ok.

but the bad blogger is i guess one more of a branding as i can see on the way you write your posts and how you approach topics on your blog.

elmot said...

@badong: ahaha! marami naman for sure na mga mababait na mga kapitbahay. kaya nga ako rin eh talagang gustong maglipat-bahay na. ehehe!

elmot said...

tama! is very very marami na ngang fans yun. any plans badong to actually buy na the domain name?

elmot said...

ahaha! gulat ako kung sinong guest eh, mag-ooffer pa sana ako ng ice tea at sandwich, si doc z pala! whahaha! oks rin naman doc z na magtagalog ka, ehehe!

si holly ba nagcomment rin ba as guest? wahahah!

elmot said...

party there is. and doc z is there to bring in the booze and jan for the band...ehehehe! ikaw luke, ano raw dalhin mo sa house blessing? ehehhe ;)

elmot said...

@bingskee: thanks for the suggestion. i am actually planning of getting that domain and just redirect it for now to my PSB blog. and when time comes that i can support for its hosting, ill make it as a more personal/humor blog.

@roy: thanks bro! ill be getting that domain. sounds nice too, ehehehe!

elmot said...

so what are those two domains doing, did you used them to "redirect" visitors to your other blogs? yun kasi ang suggestion nila sakin eh.

thanks, and it will be quite a chore to build a good brand in my new domain name and new home.

jan said...

That's a great suggestion, Elmot. Do you know that there's another Jan
Geronimo in Twitter? Kaya lang I beat him to registering it in Twitter.
And I beat him in registering Jan Geronimo as a domain name. Mahirap
maunahan. May mga name squatters dyan baka maunahan ka e mahirap na.

elmot said...

oo nga eh, inhale exhale! ahahha! si jan kasi eh, talagang ata na atat na maging magkapitbahay kami sa wordpress ehehe!

yup, medyo mahaba pero hindi naman gaano i think. i was just after maybe for a clearer description of the blog and its content.

ani-molistic? hmmmm...parang di ko nagets yun ah? medyo slow eh, ehehe

elmot said...

thanks for the visit blinkky! ill surely take not of that :D

elmot said...

haven't met your twin brother bro on twitter yet, ehehe! so may domain name kang jan geronimo? di ko alam un ah. sige, ill do that, ill request jhay to purchase those domain names for bago magsulputan ang mga squatters eheheh!

jan said...

Meron, bro. Di ko lang malagyan ng posts. Ang hirap mag adjust. If I do, I
might post less frequently sa main blog ko. Otherwise, magsa suffer lang
ang quality ng posts. Dyahe naman.

elmot said...

oo nga. knowing you. you are not posting ng mga topics na half-baked. sigurado ako na it will eat also a lot of your blogging time, hindi lang sa posting kundi sa PR at pag advertise. kaya nga bilib ako kay roy e, 13 blogs!!! shit!

dencios said...

alam mo sa totoo lang mr.elmot ay wala akong alam sa domain na yan. pinagaaralan ko pa lang e. kaya kung tatanungin mo ang suggestion ko (sakali man) ay basta ang name natin dapat agad makita sa domain name. haha parang di ko alam sinasabi ko basta yun na yun para kilala agad tayo ng reader :)

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Kelvin Servigon said...

wee, congrats sa'yo.. welcome sa wordpress world! BTW, gusto ko din ung!!! LOL

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xprosaic said...

Hmmm.. ganun bah?! jijiji buti na lang xprosaic is also my domain dinagdagan ko lang ng "world"... wahahahhaha... saka xprosaic is my pseudonym and made a word out of definitions... jijijijiji... well who cares anyway... jijijiji... well funny just recently I encountered a blogger who's domain is atenean 101... ala lang very opposing sa ani-mo mo but I don't mind anyway, both schools have strings in my uuhmm... blood... wahahhahahhaha... basta ganun... pero I wish you best of luck in your "soon to be" new "site"! :-D

DiTesco @Internet Business Entrepreneur said...

Don't worry, just get those domains and I "teach" you exactly how to redirect all of them ;)

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DiTesco @Internet Business Entrepreneur said...

Sorry to jump in the conversation but if you have two unused domains, did you know that while you are deciding what to do with them, you can actually monetize them. Find more on my recent post:)

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Mahalia said...

thanks to Bluepanjeet, he walked me through the technicalities of blogging. Kung wala sya, baka yung pinaka-basic lang talaga ang alam ko.

One regret though is that I used my name instead of chocolateword penname. Ngayon, kahit ako nalilito kung associated ba si mahalia sa chocolateword or what.

Pero tweaking your own blog can be deliciosyong challenging. I was up early and slept as late as 3 in the morning trying to figure out what widgets or what have you's meant.

Good luck in your new journey. It's a 8-) thing when one discovers the joy of blogging.

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Nhoel said...

think you really should move to a slef hosted wordpress blog, this blog seems so active..
good luck

elmot said...

got it bro! ill just email you when i got hold already of those two domains.

elmot said...

thanks bro for the infos. all i know on unused domains is that one could monetize from them through adsense for domains and others through domain parking.

elmot said...

ahahha! parang seryosong seryoso eh, ehehe!

yun na yun, ehehe! ang importante gaya ng sabi mo eh, yung makilala tayo ng readers natin at maging at home sila sa ating mga blogs.

elmot said...

thanks kelvs! buti na lang andyan ka para suportahan ako sa ko, ehehe! halos lahat sila eh nilaglag na ko, wahaha!

elmot said...

i think i encountered that blogger too, atenean 101, ehhe! wala namang nangyaring masama. ehehe!

exprosiac is a very nice domain name plus its added word world, makes it more homey...

wow, dual blood ka pala ah ehehe!

punta ka sa houseblessing ha? ehehe!

elmot said...

wow, si bluep ang nagturo sayo? ayos ah! eheheh! iba talaga kapag may mga blogging buddies ka na tuturuan ka, maski papano ay naaayos ang blogging mo at natututo ka rin.

i guess, i would also need to burn midnight candles for my new blog tweaking it here and there ehehe! :'(

elmot said...

thanks for the visit here nhoel. that is what i thought of too...having a very active blog and so many friends interacting and camping here, i think they deserve a more cozy place to stay, one that has overflowing supply of coffee while they are commenting, ehehe!

Roy said...

do you have post about monetizing parked domain names DiTesco?

I have unused domain names.

Heard about monetizing, but I got lost in the woods... I mean words hehe..

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DiTesco @Internet Business Entrepreneur said...

Hi Roy. I have some posts on Domains here:

Or Visit:

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Jena Isle said...

Hi Elmot,

Congrats sa WP mo, all the best, :)


elmot said...

thanks mam jena! pero dami pang dapat trabahuhin bago totally makalipat, ehehe! buti nlg andyan si big bro jan, si jhay at jaypee to help me out.

Mars said...

this is a good point

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elmot said...

thanks for the visit here mars.

hope you could interact more with all the guys down here :D hoping for your next visit with more things to share :D

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