Picking the Best Domain for Your New Business

We posted another free SEO tip to our Search Engine Resources section. This latest post covers the keys to picking the best domain name for a startup.

A lot of startups spin their wheels trying to think of the most creative or cool Web 2.0 name possible. The truth is that names like Google and Twitter are one-in-a-million. The safe play is to follow some basic SEO practices (discussed in the article) to help you pick the best (i.e. most valuable) domain for your business. This can mean the difference between starting from scratch or hitting the SEO ground running.

Be sure to check it out and be sure to read some of our other free tips about search engine optimization.

Submit Your Business to Bing Local Search

Have all of you business owners out there noticed the buzz about Bing Local? Have you even tried it? If so, did your business appear in the search results?

The SEO experts want to debate whether Bing Local will ever surpass Google’s local search. Probably not. It would take an astronomical shift in search behavior. But that’s not to say that Bing Local doesn’t have some cool features that your customers might find appealing.

Regardless of whether or not you think it will ever become #1, there’s a quick SEO task that all business owners should be doing – submitting their sites to Bing Local.

It’s easy to do (takes less than 15 minutes) and it’s FREE. Basically, there’s no reason not to do it.

Here are the steps you’ll need to go through to get listed:

  1. Go to Bing Local’s Listing Center.
  2. Make sure you don’t already have a listing.
  3. Setup a Windows ID (If you don’t already have one)
  4. Enter your business info (description, tagline, specialties) as wells as contact info.
  5. Select as many as 6 categories in which you want your website listed (this is great for being associated with your top keywords). [SEE SCREENSHOT BELOW]
  6. Provide details about specific features of your business.
  7. Verify your location on a map.
  8. Submit

bingcategoriesWhether you know a lot about search engine optimization or not, this is a very simple process. When you weigh the potential of Bing Local, you can’t afford to ignore the possibility to gain additional qualified traffic.

Be sure to set a side a little time and get your business listed in Bing Local right away.