needing suggestions for selecting a domain name for a generic website

Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

            I am interested in tips for selecting a domain name for a generic website which encompasses academic articles on a variety topics such as history, English literature, sociology, etc.  

            Thank you

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,

Well, my first thought was AcademicArticles. com, which, surprisingly, is available:

AcademicArticles domain
But I doubt that you want to pay $4 grand for it. :)  So my next idea was to steal Expert Exchange's idea of using a hyphen:

Academic-Articles domain
That's also available — and a much more reasonable 10 bucks! :)  Regards, Joe

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Joe the price difference is because someone already owns & is selling the one without the hyphen
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It seems is also available

And I was trying some ccTLD country extensions to mix it up a bit  but with the malasian registrar is already taken :)

Also unregistered today:

Because ".ac" is the academic domain:

& is taken but isn't :)
Is there still a problem with front-runners and domain-name "tasting" when figuring out if a domain name is available? If so, all of the ones mentioned here may have been snapped up already.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've never had a problem with searching for a domain name at GoDaddy and then getting it — sometimes at GoDaddy, sometimes elsewhere. I have done this several times in the past few years, including just a couple of months ago. Of course, there are folks known as domain squatters who buy many domains for a small cost each and then try to sell them later for a big profit. That's the case I showed above for, which someone likely purchased for $10/yr and is now trying to sell for $4K. But if GoDaddy says that is available for $9.99, I'm confident that it is — unless someone reading this thread has already grabbed it. :)
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone

              Thanks so much for the insightful feedback given here.  Once I choose a domain name for my academic site, I am wondering what I can do to encourage visitors to come to it.  Social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc are probably good avenues.  Also, picking out keywords for the title domain name which will be optimized for search engines such as Google, Yahoo, etc. should help as well.  However, I am unsure on the logistics for accomplishing that one.  

               Any input given to this followup question will be greatly appreciated.

               Thank you

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,

> I am wondering what I can do to encourage visitors to come to it.

This is a huge topic in its own right. It is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and if you Google "seo" you'll find volumes on it. There is no simple answer, and whatever answers there are, change over time, as Google modifies its ranking algorithms. For example, Google "google panda" and you'll learn a lot, including this article at Wikipedia:

The quick (and extremely simplified) summary to get traffic at your site is to create quality content, update it often (keep it "fresh"), and get backlinks to your site. Once again, "backlinks" is a big topic — Google it and you'll learn a lot, including this Wikipedia article:

One more topic — Google AdWords:

This is a pay-per-click approach to getting more traffic — and making Google richer. :)

Good luck with your new site! Regards, Joe
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone

          Thanks so much for the well-thought out feedback given in addition to the helpful links.  Using all of the tips and suggestions given, I am confident enough to say we are ready to get our academic site started.  Many thanks so much once again.  I certainly did learn a great deal from this post : - )

GMartinAuthor Commented:

             I just noticed the new addition of Good Answer.  How can I manipulate a star rating for each reply given?


Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,

You're very welcome — happy to help! I wish you the best of luck with your academic site.

Re manipulating the grading (A/B/C) for each reply, I don't know if you can do that now (I haven't submitted a question since the recent launch of the new site). I do know that you can click the new "Good Comment?" or "Good Solution?" button to upvote a post, but that's not the same as giving individual A/B/C grades to answers. To find that out, I recommend joining an EE Group called Site Support:

After you join by clicking the big blue "Join Group" button in the upper right, post your question there and I'm confident you'll get an answer. Regards, Joe
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello Joe

              Thank you very much.  I have and continue to find your feedback insightful and certainly helpful in resolving my concerns and goals.

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,
You're very welcome. And thanks to you for the kind words — extremely nice to hear! Regards, Joe
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