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Small Business Start-up Website Guidelines – Domain Name

Hi All,

I have just started writing Advice Articles on "Small Business Start-up Website Guidelines".

The idea is to help new businesses start-ups avoid some of the common pitfalls relating to websites when starting their new business.

So far I have written one: Small Business Start-up Website Guidelines – Domain Name

The next two being written are (posted soon):
Small Business Start-up Website Guidelines - Fonts, Colours and Logos
Small Business Start-up Website Guidelines - The Right Site for Me

There is nothing to sign-up for, no advertising banners, nothing like that, it is just free advice for new starts, relating to websites.

Suggestions for further topics/titles welcome (please be nice).

Feedback on the document appreciated, it is after all there to help (again please be nice).
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hi stephen, brilliant guide on websites. very easy to understand it will help me as a web designer and mentor over here in northern ireland. i look forward to the next guides. regards, robert campbell
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Hi Stephen.

I think the article should start from the top of the page for three reasons:
_ better positioning of Google for the keywords of the article
_ Google doesn't like repeated content so it is not ideal to use that blurb before each article
_ if the user lands in the page, they can't find the article straightaway, therefore they will think it is not available anymore.

That's just my opinion, hope somebody more expert in the matter can comment on what I have written.


I think fonts, colors and logo can be split into two: "fonts and colors" and "logo".

Another thing: there are already a lot of similar guides on the Internet - try and find a different angle, something that hasn't been already said - not easy!
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hi stephen, brilliant guide on websites. very easy to understand it will help me as a web designer and mentor over here in northern ireland. i look forward to the next guides. regards, robert campbell
Thanks Robert,

I hope you like the future articles as much.

I will post here, or you can follow on twitter: @titanwebsites
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Hi Stephen.

I think the article should start from the top of the page for three reasons:
_ better positioning of Google for the keywords of the article
_ Google doesn't like repeated content so it is not ideal to use that blurb before each article
_ if the user lands in the page, they can't find the article straightaway, therefore they will think it is not available anymore.

That's just my opinion, hope somebody more expert in the matter can comment on what I have written.


I think fonts, colors and logo can be split into two: "fonts and colors" and "logo".

Another thing: there are already a lot of similar guides on the Internet - try and find a different angle, something that hasn't been already said - not easy!
Hi Dan,

Thank you for your comments.

I wasn't really going for Google ranking on this, BUT I did break one of my own rules, the content was below the break (as per your third comment), in too much of a hurry to publish, fixed now.

The second article is relating specifically to the use in a website, and deliberately not too heavy, (and so far) fits quite nicely into a single article. I am not an expert on Logo design or Corporate ID, so I have avoided this aspect of the subject. But thanks for the comment, it may get broken into two yet!

Lastly I agree this subject type matter is probably written about quote a lot. But we as a web design company do quite a few new business websites, and it is sole destroying to tell people the have got bits of it wrong (from the start). I am hoping these articles will help a few avoid the these common pitfalls.

Unfortunately I think it is too late for many people once they start searching for start-up advice, as they have frequently already committed to a company name etc. Perhaps by posting in the forums it will reach a few in the early stages.

With any luck people will link to them, and they will be seen more over time, only time will tell.

I look forward to your comments on future articles.
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speaking as a guy who has a gay porno site on the .com version of his site. i would put checking who has all the other variants very high on the wish i had done that list.
Ps when i registered it was a lot of cash per year and it didnt seem worthwhile.
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speaking as a guy who has a gay porno site on the .com version of his site. i would put checking who has all the other variants very high on the wish i had done that list.
Ps when i registered it was a lot of cash per year and it didnt seem worthwhile.
After reading just the first sentence, I thought you set up the porno website :-))))
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speaking as a guy who has a gay porno site on the .com version of his site. i would put checking who has all the other variants very high on the wish i had done that list.
Ps when i registered it was a lot of cash per year and it didnt seem worthwhile.
I agree, and that was the point, research your domain name before commiting to your company name. I have added a little to the article to better cover this point.

Thank you for your comments.
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