Tuesday, 9 October 2007

What's in a Domain Address?

The web sites are limping along.

I've had problems, and now barely get a cent out of it.

I never put the content on a professional hosting, fearing that it would be a waste of money.

TimeshareUK.com was always hosted at freeserve, and when someone entered http://TimeshareUK.com , they were actually redirected via my domain server account to: http://timeshare.freeserve.co.uk

BUT, Freeserve handed over their control to Wannabee, a French run outfit, and last year Wannabee handed it all onto Orange, the mobile telephone company.

Meanwhile, my personal webspace was also the location for ResortSeller.com - http://homepage.NTLworld.com/junkmailbin/index.html so, last year I moved TimeshareUK.com to my personal webspace at http://homepage.NTLworld.com/junkmailbin/timeshareuk/

The next complication was the house move last December, and an additional complication of NTL taking over Virgin Media, and running their organisation as Virgin Media. Due to a monumental cock-up at "NTL" in the change-over they deleted all my webspace at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/junkmailbin and set me up with another web address as http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alanwinter !!! Grr !!!

When I found out I calmly went ballistic. I'd spent ages getting up the Google ratings with the previous domain address (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/junkmailbin), and now I was wiped off the face of the earth.

I spent 4 hours reloading all the information back to the new URL, and several days after that figuring out what was missing, and getting associated "client" and advertising agencies realigned to the new URL.

A link to ResortSeller.com was always somewhere in the top 3 in Google for "timeshare sales jobs" . Try any search you like now to do with timeshare, and you'd be hard pressed to find a URL including the stem of my webpages (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alanwinter/) . In fact "timeshare sales jobs" is currently giving the "defunct" URL http://timeshare.freeserve.co.uk stem my highest rating mid-way down page 6 (and who bothers delving that far down?).

And there's been other developments. Other competitive URLs on the scene.

The latest "TimeshareUK.com" is now hosted at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alanwinter/timeshareuk/
The latest "ResortSeller.com" is now hosted at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alanwinter/resortseller_com.html

So where do I go from here?

Beats me.