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Old 21 January 2012, 16:33   #11
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I only own around 120 domains lol...I have up a bunch a few years back...

Lateral thinking needs to be done sometimes...think giving it out over the phone....

I have a nice 3 letter domain I bought in 1996/7 - SPR.co.uk surprising enough !



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Your are correct in that the web is the first port of call nowadays. Long gone are the yellow pages and ads in the trade press

Decade what you want.

Building a simple site is straightforward. Maintaining and updating it is what is needed here and is more time consuming. Many places will give you a good price to build a site but I image that your site will need updating daily/weekly and that is where the costs rack up unless you are doing it yourself.

Its easier to have a static information website and sell via ebay/apollo etc to start with. Running an online shop is easy if you are selling multiples of the same unit but I guess that you sales are constantly changing.
20ph sounds expensive for a webmaster. I run a couple of websites and charge a lot less than that. If I could get 20ph all day everyday and work from home I'd stop the day job!

I went to night college 5 years ago and did a 6 month course in website design so if you want the DIY route thats what I would suggest.
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I built mine with a free online builder weebly.com
It talks you through everything and you can build the website get it working on there host site before connecting to a domain.

I built www.castlecharter.co.uk
At the bottom it says built with weebly, to get that removed you pay $48

Alot of my friends have built small online shops with it, and remember its free.

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Old 21 January 2012, 17:12   #15
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20 per hour, is very cheap most designers I used in past for different projects could cost up 65 per hour or more.

You get what you pay for, you may be tempted to use a student to do the website but at the end of day you find they lose interest.

Your best way is to get a CMS system , either free or pay for design
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Thanks guys.

I've bought some domains which will do the job. Not sure which I'm going to use right now.

Here are my initial thoughts.

www.boatsandoutboards4sale.net

www.boatandoutboard4sale.co.uk - without the 's but may get confusing ?

www.bao4s.co.uk - Kind of catchy and SHORT which may be easier to advise and or print than full name anyway

www.bo4s.co.uk - seems a better fit than "bao4s" both of which as I'm sure you can work out are "Boatsandoutboards4sale" initials, kind of

Be honest. Lame ? It's not like they are going to be driven by search engines anyway, mainly placed at the bottom of individual adverts so joe blogs searching google for boat for sale won't make much difference to any site name I choose

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What about outboards&boats.co.uk my only though is you will be fighting google ranking against boats&outboards?
You might get lost?

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Taken. I also have www.outboardsandboats4sale.co.uk but again could get confusing

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You'll find that if you have an address that contains words about what you do, people searching will find you more easily, and also, search engines will reference you better, which in turn advances my first point.

some are still available such as

boatsandoutboards.uk.net
boats-and-outboards.org

Even though you use hyphens, the search engines will still find you, but its as much to do with the content of your site, in that, if its properly tagged and referenced , you will show up when people enter key words into their browsers ,..and in any event, once a search engine finds your site for a person searching, they just click on a link, and typing in the site name is not relative therefor, so neither is the spelling.
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You'll find that if you have an address that contains words about what you do, people searching will find you more easily, and also, search engines will reference you better, which in turn advances my first point.

some are still available such as

boatsandoutboards.uk.net
boats-and-outboards.org

Even though you use hyphens, the search engines will still find you, but its as much to do with the content of your site, in that, if its properly tagged and referenced , you will show up when people enter key words into their browsers ,..and in any event, once a search engine finds your site for a person searching, they just click on a link, and typing in the site name is not relative therefor, so neither is the spelling.
I get those points, my concern would be if the website took off the owners of the domains I'd prefer could use them either to take business or to damage my name with people thinking its me.

To be honest I fancy my chances of getting the domains back with what I've found out about who actually owns them at the moment. I'm going to contact them shortly and see what they say. If not I'll proceed with what I have.

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