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What about HomeSaleDiva.com
Fair points so how about any of the following:
RealEstateDiva.ca – .com is gone
PropertySaleDivas.com or PropertySaleDiva.com
Keeping in mind what you said above and trying to get a catchy phrase I thought of ThisGirlSells.com – thinking this could be a separate site from my branded site using my name. Another choice is ThisGirlSellsProperties.com
None of these are available
I can use the darlenedarragh.com as my branded site and then create a real estate site using one of the domains registered but I guess the question is really YourOakvilleRealtor.com does not have great Seo on it but may be a URL people remember vs some of the other domains that had higher hits based on the keywords as noes in previous replies in this forum.
I have a reseller account with Hostgator that I am currently using. I have registered some .ca but I think I will use the .com for now as our local agents seem to use the .com more.
I did find a domain I think I like for the general – LuxuryOakvilleProperties.com that I may use for the main site and for my branding site I am still a bit torn as any abbreviation to my name are gone so I may use YourOakvilleRealtor.com. I am not sure about pointing my DarleneDarragh.com domain to this – I know you suggested not pointing but Darragh is too hard a last name for many to remember and any domain with Darlene seems taken. What do you think? I don’t have an issue building more than one site and linking content back and forth to each site at least until I get known – which you mentioned could take awhile.
I think my server is U.S. based so would it help with the .ca and pointing a .com to the .ca
Thanks so much. Would you suggest then using the .ca and pointing the .com to the .ca – although I think my server is U.S. based so would the .ca still help then.
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All good points. The domains I noted (especially the 2) and their number of hits were exact hits numbers.
My name is Darlene Darragh and I registered that domain a long while back but abbreviations are gone Darlene.com, Dar.com, DarleneSells.com, DarSells.com. Since my last name is a bit hard to spell I was hoping to abbreviate but I am not sure that is going to work so for my branded site I may have to use my full name. I will develop it and put content on it and link it back to another site using a more search friendly URL. So many are gone already for real estate.
The ones I chose did seem to have according to the Google analytics have what appeared to be a good number of local hits but keeping in mind what you said re: ‘in’ being a stop word. Good point.
I was also thinking of BestOakvilleAgent.com – what do you think?
Within my posts I will use these keywords to hopefully also rank higher
Bill I have spent the last few hours doing what you suggested (checking keyword searches) and trying to register domains with many already taken but I did find a few interesting ones still available.
I just registered the following:
The search engine results were interesting. The MLSListingsinOakville keywords has a lot of competition but with 1,000 local hits. MLSOakvilleListings also has 1,000. RealEstateListingsOakville has 720 local hits.
Do you think any of these sound like good generic choices?
Thanks so much for the information Bill. Do you have a tool that you would suggest using to determine if a EMD is more effective than others?
So I just want to be clear what you may be recommending and yes I am new to real estate but not new to website design and I agree that when first out there most don’t know your name.
1. Should I setup a site with a name like realestateagentinoakville – or something like that first
2. Point the domain with my name to it for now or set up another complete site but adding somewhat different content – that latter would not be my preference.
3. I also saw a sign with an agent in our area with his first name only and the word sell which I thought was interesting – so maybe I should consider Darlenesell.com or Darsells.com for the domain with my name.
Many domains with Oakville first were already gone.
If I am not limited to being able to set up more than one site would it be a good idea to set up one with my name as the branding site and one with a real estate type name in it until my name (hopefully) catches on?
Thanks so much for all the comments. So I have a question if I develop a site using my full name using a .com and point a .ca to it (since I am Canadian) and based on what comments I have seen above, I develop a listing site and have registered some domains already for the area I am trying to specialize in (e.g. Oakville) would you consider these good and which is better than the others:
So for a real estate site what I think I understand is that it should be ok to build a .com and a .ca pointed site using my name and make that site the brand site but to build a new site with a good domain name relating to real estate for listings and linking on my name site via an icon or menu bar or something to this other listing site. The listing site could also link back to my name site. I assume if I wanted a blog I could thenmaybe make a sub domain if I wanted the layout again to bemore blog related look and link it on name site site. It is not a problem building the sites as I have used some of the studio press themes before I just want to have a good look but not being hurt re search engines.