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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Where should you buy your domain name from?
« Last post by Tom Wood on April 22, 2019, 01:04:52 PM »
I use GoDaddy to buy the domain name, then host the site elsewhere. It's the conventional wisdom to keep those two functions at separate companies in case you get into a dispute with your hosting company. With wordpress dot com, an insolvable dispute is less likely but you may want to preserve the opportunity to quickly change hosts and re-direct the domain name.

Both GoDaddy and wordpress dot com make it very easy to re-direct with a simple change of the nameservers - usually two entries called NS1 and NS2. Both provide how-to instructions. It looks like the cheapest plan at wordpress dot com that offers domain mapping is the 'Personal' plan at $5 a month.

GoDaddy has a habit of offering fairly low annual domain registration for multiple years when you first register, but the annual renewals later are pricey. So if you're sure you want the name for a while, it may be worth paying for 5 years at once up front if they offer a multiple-year discount upon initial registration.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Where should you buy your domain name from?
« Last post by Chrissy on April 22, 2019, 11:52:47 AM »
If price and free privacy protection is important check out namesilo.com
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Where should you buy your domain name from?
« Last post by Electric Dan on April 22, 2019, 11:40:18 AM »
I have used (and still use) GoDaddy, Hover, NameCheap and Network Solutions.  All have been fine.  Network Solutions is the most expensive of them but also the oldest.

Also, as a matter of a disclaimer, I am also a reseller.
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It's eye-opening about how misdirecting one of my titles is, too. I do not write "domestic discipline spanking" books but clearly there is something about my book that is making the wrong people look at it. Got to change that. grint

New genre for you?

No, just a purple prose title that--after four years!--I now see is costing me money by attracting the wrong sort of potential audience. Those people click and then read my blurb copy and do not buy.

That's the other part of the data that is fascinating. I suppose the prior iteration of information on these ads had much the same detail, but seeing the actual words people are using to search for a book, who then buy mine or don't buy mine, makes it that much more real.

I've been thinking about changing that purple prose book title, anyway. I've also been thinking about unpublishing it and the whole series, rebranding them all with a new series title and a new cover design, using a new pen name, and doing some selective revising of some of the books, too. The only things stopping me are 1) Chris Fox's advice that some series aren't worth the effort, 2) no time, 3) no budget for a big overhaul, and 4) no idea which cover designer to use.

But I added a batch of negative keywords to my ad, each one copied from the search terms, and that should make my book invisible to the spanking fans.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Real ID
« Last post by Mammasan on April 22, 2019, 11:12:52 AM »


Unfortunately, I don't have a passport and can't find my birth certificate. I've ordered a replacement. As soon as I have it in hand, I'll make my appointment.

May the Force be with you.  grint
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Where should you buy your domain name from?
« Last post by notthatamanda on April 22, 2019, 11:05:36 AM »
It's on my list to create a website this year.   I know it can be set up as notthatamanda.com or notthatamanda.net and have it direct to my wordpress page.  Whether not I can actually accomplish that, 50/50 shot, but first things first.
Does anyone have a recommendation for how to get that domain.  I only know Godaddy, a lot of other ones pop up, but I have no idea who is reputable or not.
Thanks for the help.
Amanda
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It's eye-opening about how misdirecting one of my titles is, too. I do not write "domestic discipline spanking" books but clearly there is something about my book that is making the wrong people look at it. Got to change that. grint

New genre for you? 
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Wow this is great data.  Thank you so much for posting this.  Nothing weird on mine of the domestic spanking variety.   Maybe your title is the same as another book?
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Also boughts still missing from that book, but sales popped back up to double digits, except for today, but you know, Easter.   So I guess it was just a coincidence, conahura, knock wood.

I think the ads side of Amazon is driving trying to get rid of also-boughts, because without them, they think there will be more money spent on ads.

They could fix that dang lock up at page 61 and which would allow for more impressions and the opportunity for paying for clicks, but what do I know.
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Re: Developmental Editing / Beta Reading
« Last post by Dennis Chekalov on April 22, 2019, 06:39:21 AM »
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

     ― Terry Pratchett
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