Hello, everyone! C.L. Cannon here of Fiction-Atlas Author Services. It’s #WebsiteWednesday again! Every Wednesday I will be giving you tips on how to improve your author web presence
This Wednesday I am going to briefly talk about website domains.
It’s a no-brainer, if you’re going to put yourself out there, you definitely need a website without another company’s name tagged at the end. Nothing screams amateur quite like a .xyz.com tacked onto the end of your site address.
You can register for a personal domain name for a fairly cheap fee which is billed yearly in most cases. I usually go with GoDaddy, but I have used 1&1 and Register[dot]com before. There are all kinds of domain hosts out there, just type ‘register a domain’ into Google and see what you like best. Most website hosts offer a free domain with your first year of hosting, so take advantage of that if you can!
So what domain should you get? Should you get the name of your book or series? Well, the chances are that if you are serious about writing, you’re gonna eventually move on past this book or series. Making a website for each one is a little tedious and unnecessary. Instead, try using your author name.
If you’d still like to own the domain name for your series (which is a good idea) you can purchase those and then redirect them to your main author domain.
What if your name isn’t available? Try using your name with author, books, writer, or something similar either before or after your name. Now that doesn’t mean write just any old thing. YourNameBunnies.com or YOLOYourName.net are not really plausible addresses for someone looking for your books. Unless your books are about bunnies or slang that should have never been.
Remember that the whole reason for the domain and the website is to sell your books. Try to make it easy to remember and relevant.
Well, that’s all for this Wednesday!
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