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Once I decide upon a domain name;
1. how expensive and difficult is it to place my domain in the major search engines
2. the domain I desire is no longer used but I am unable to locate the owner and apache server want allow me access the website to gather information (kycowtown.com) so I must use another .??? or .co. Is the .co that recognizeable?
3. What are some of the more favorable benefits above the free website?
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John Savage

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Hi John,

Listing your site on search engines doesn't require any payment.

The process is well documented in a Tutorial by Yola for example, specifically for Yola built sites. In outline it requires verification that the site belongs to you. Then presenting the sitemap to the search engine(s) and waiting for them to list your site in the index. This can take a bit of time but really has nothing to do with payment.

You can try a "whois" search to glean some details regarding the domain. If the domain is protected by privacy you won't get very much information but it's worth a try. i think http://www.internic.net/whois.html is probably the best whois lookup facility. The process is fairly clear on their page.

You asked about .co domains. I think that these are OK. The internet users are seeing more and more diversified Top level Domains so the established .com, .org, .net are no longer the only TLD's with credibility.

  • Custom domains tend to have a higher credibility than sub-domains. Possibly because ownership is traceable or is believed to be traceable.

  • Some watchdogs will dismiss sub-domains and wont allow them registered for various aspects.

  • Sub-domains seem to have a lower trustworthiness by security validators.

  • Spam seems to be more prolific from sub-domains than from custom domains.
  • There is a slightly less flexibility with sub-domains than custom domains.

  • Affiliation opportunities are markedly reduced with sub-domains.

  • You can't associate domain linked emails with sub-domains which is seen as important for professionals and businesses.

  • The list does go on.

  • Life is easier with a custom domain.