Registering a domain name is your first step to establishing an on-line presence. Authors benefit by giving their readers an easy to remember URL like www.authorsname.com. Many authors even register a domain that is the title of their book.
Today, domain name registration is easy and very inexpensive. You don't even need a web site to register a domain name. The hardest part is finding a domain name that is not already in use. Unfortunately, all English language words, common names are already taken. However, with a little creativity you can come up with a domain name that you like. So register your domain name today! We will even give you 10% off EVERY AALBC.com service!
If you already have another web presence, like a Blog, an AALBC.com Author Profile, or a somewhere else, you can simply forward your domain to the that web page. This can be done a couple of ways:
1 - Simple forwarding - Your domain name is forwarded to an existing web site (see the 3 examples below)
Example A - Assigning an Author's Domain to an AALBC.com Web Page
The web site of popular literary author Elizabeth Nunez http://www.elizabethnunez.com is forwarded to an AALBC.com Profile Page. Visit http://www.elizabethnunez.com and you will actually be sent to http://authors.aalbc.com/elizabet.htm. Of course anyone who searches for Elizabeth Nunez, via Google for example, will find her page. However it is much easier for people to remember her domain name elizabethnunez.com.
Example B - Assigning a Domain Name to a Blog
The domain http://troyjohnson.name (which is easy to remember) is forwarded to Troy's Blog on AALBC.com. The actual URL for Troy Johnson's blog (http://aalbc.com/blog) is less descriptive and more difficult to share verbally.
Example C - Forwarding several Top Level Domain (TLD) Names to a single TLD
http://aalbc.net All point to: http://aalbc.com. Type any of these address, the browser will display aalbc.com
A Related Story: AALBC.com recently registered the other popular TDLs (.biz, .info, .net, and .us) to protect it's brand. Before AALBC.com registered the other TLDs; another entity registered, to our astonishment, AALBC.org! We purchased a service called DomainAlert™ from domainsforauthors.com; this service allowed us to back order a domain that was previously registered by someone else. In the event the domain ever expired we would be automatically registered for it. The domain expired in December 2006 and we were able to automatic registered it - whew!.
2 - Forwarding with Masking - Your domain is forwarded to a another web site, but the domain name persists in the browser window.
For example, the URL http://purchaseaurl.com points to http://domainsforauthors.com Notice if you visit http://purchaseaurl.com the address in the browser's window continues to read http://purchaseaurl.com even through the actual web site is http://domainsforauthors.com There are several one would do this.
Consider an author who does not yet have their own web site. They can have an AALBC.com profile page set up very quickly and begin using their domain name by having it point to their AALBC.com page. When a visitor visits http://theauthorname.com the can be sent to the AALBC.com page, but the URL will set read http://theauthorname.com in the browser even though the actual web page is http://aalbc.com/authors/theauthorname.htm. The true URL is masked to the visitor.
No matter which alternative you chose having your own domain name gives you the opportunity to have an easy to remember web site address. If you have any question on how to redirect a domain, you've registered with us, to your AALBC.com page (or any other page) just call the 24 hour 7 day per week telephone support for assistance: (480) 624-2500.
Top Level Domain Names (TLD) - The TLD is the part of the domain name's URL to the right of the dot. (i.e. ".com" or ".org"). As of Jan 27 2007, there are 265 TLD's. Most top level domains refer to countries like ".us" for the United States. The most popular, ".com", refers to commercial entities. Visit http://www.icann.org/tlds/ for a complete list.