Tuesday, December 30, 2014

15 Best Online Domain Name Generator Tools

In this article we are going to list out some of the best web-tools out there that will help you generate or pick out quality domain names. A must read for all those who are looking to start a new blog or a website and are clueless about choosing a name for the same.

Domain name are integral part of a website, be it new or a established one. You got to be very wise while choosing the name for a website. And in case if you are a newbie and are not too familiar with the standard naming norms and other stuff, the domain name generators are something that can help you. There are plenty of them out there today, acting as very powerful web-tools that can help you generate tens and hundreds of quality names in a matter of few minutes. Here we are listing out the 15 best domain name generators that will be handy whenever you plan to start a blog or a website of your own. We have listed the tools according to their popularity in decreasing order that is the one that is most popular comes [Based on Alexa Ranking] first followed by the lesser popular ones:

Domainsbot

domainsbot logo
Domainsbot is a popular tool and known for it’s decent domain name generating ability. It also comes with the feature of Domain name lookup i.e. getting details and information about the domain such as the date the domain was booked, the owner details and other contact details.
It helps you find domain names according to the:
  • 11 top TLD Extensions
  • Use of Synonyms
  • Use of Keywords, Suffix and Prefix
  • Premium Names
It is a decent name generator but as far as the number of options and features are concerned, I wouldn’t rate it as the best.

Namestation

namestation logo
Namestation is quite new when seen in terms of it’s other competitors, but clearly this is the tool that every webmaster or a newbie should crave for when he/she is looking to find quality and branded domain names. A favourite of mine as well. It comes in 2 version – the free and the paid one.
Features:
  • Supports over 80 TLDs and has got over 20 various tools to extract names
  • Generate Short Web 2.0 domains and Multi-Language Support
  • Over 50000 hand-picked available domains.
  • A chance to win cash prize by winning competitions suggesting names to others
  • Brainstorming, Name Templates and Compounds
  • Word Lookup, Related Words and Alliterations
  • Combine, Blend and overlap
  • Random Names and Bulk Search

Bust-A-Name

bustaname logo
Bust a Name has been in business since the last six years helping people to generate domain names. Another fine tool. It also comes with the feature of Quick Domain Check. Let’s check out what it offers.
It helps finding domain names by:
  • Combining 2/3 Words
  • Suffix and prefix
  • Check with Hyphens
  • Pluralize Nouns
  • Drop Last Vowel
  • Domain Extensions
  • Brandable Name Generator

Nameboy

nameboy
Just another tool with not many features. Should be considered an ordinary one as compared to namestation and the others. But is trusted by many users worldwide.
Helps you find domain names according to:
  • Primary Word
  • Secondary Words
  • Rhyme

Panabee

panabee logo
Panabee is a domain name cum business name generator. Another very useful stuff that they have got it: “App Name Availability” that helps you find useful names for the apps that you build on the various smartphone platform including Android and Apple. I loved the way their website is designed consisting of many physics elements. It a decent tool as well which can be quite useful for naming needs. Even their features seem promising:
  • Suggestions, Related Terms
  • Nultiple alternatives
  • App Name Availability
  • International Domains
  • No Domain Theft
  • Social Media Word Association

Domize

domizeWithout wasting much time, let’s look at the tools that they offer:
  • Finding bulk names from a given webpage URL
  • Dictionary and Adjective
  • Rhyming and Regex Words
They have recently refurbished they website adding more powerful features.

Dotomator

Dot-o-mator logo
Like Nameboy, even Dot-o-mator is not the very best of the tools when it comes to generating domain names. What really caught my sight was the “Web 2.0 Name Generator” tab. When I opened it, the way the tool performed looked very kiddish. All that you need to do is to keep pressing the “Generate Name” button and it generates names out of which over 95% of them are either taken or the word makes no sense. Time to move onto the next one.
They have also released their app on the iPhone platform. All the interested iPhone users can check it out if interested.

Namechk

namechk logo
Before we get onto the features, let me make it clear that this tool mainly emphasis on finding out used/new usernames on the various social networking platforms. It also does helps create new domains, but feature is a secondary one. It is a simple tool. All that you got to do is to enter any name that you desire and hit the “chk” button. You will be presented with the page that shows the social platforms where the name is available and where it has already been taken. On the top, it also suggests the domain TLDs that are available for that particular name. Quite a different one as compared to the above ones, check it out if you are eager enough.

Leandomainsearch

leandomainsearch logo
Lean Domain Search is tool that helps you create names based on the word that you enter. It hasn’t got too many features. They also have the pricing system, i.e. you have to pay a certain fee to browse names after a certain number of searches. For the limited features that the website offers, paid system is not something that would be appreciated. Of late they have included a new section named “Brandable” where one new domain name is added to the list for every one hour.

Domainhole

domainhole logo
Domainhole is a tool that comes with the most number of features after Namestation that we wrote about previously. They have sticked to their tagline – “Find a great Domain”. Here are some of their features based on which domains can be produced:
  • Expired Names
  • Spinner
  • Instant check
  • Brainstormer
Another good feature that they offer is “Domain Alert”. They help you acquire a domain that you wish to own but is owned by else body. When a domain is dropped and becomes available, they will notify you.
They have also got their app for the iPhone and iPad. Ah, why doesn’t anybody bother  building such apps for the Android platform.

NameStall

namestall logo
Namestall is a fine domain suggestion tool that along with generating domain names also helps one find brand names for their businesses. An innovative tool which is a close competitor to namestation I must tell.  Comes packed with loads of tools and here they are:
  • Brand Name Generator
  • High Paying Keywords
  • Dictionary Domain Names and Bulk Name Search
  • Domain Hack and Rhyming names
  • Domain Name Brainstorm and WhoIs lookup

Wordoid

Wordoid Logo
A domain suggestion tool with a tiny robotic kind of a logo, Wordoid is a tool that helps one dig names in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. Other than the language part, the number of other feature are very limited and more or less the same that we saw in the above tools. Still, there are many takers for this tool hence it has been listed in a decent position.

DomainNameSoup

Domainnamesoup Logo
DomainNameSoup is a modest tool for digging out domain names. They have got some options using which searching domains can be searched. This is one tool that most people use for finding short names consisting of just the 3,4,5,6 letters in it. Let’s have a look at the features:
  • Premium Domain Name and Cool Domain Name
  • Business Domain Names and Domain Name Mangle
  • Multiple Choices for any word that make up a domain name
  • Thesaurus to find alternative words
But I wasn’t too satisfied with the way results were being displayed – most of the domains didn’t actually make sense. The domains were generated just for the sake of it.

Randomainer

randomainer logo
I believe Randomainer to be a associate with Namestation. But I wouldn’t zero in on that without much evidence. What made me think so was the linking to Namestation from the Randomainer homepage. A very simple and a clean website, the only feature that it boasts about is “I’m Feeling Lucky” that helps you find the closest available name to the one that you browse for. It also helps you pick out premium domains.

Impossibility

impossibility logo
The image for this website might look plain. Sorry about that, they have put up no logo. That shouldn’t really matter, should it? Impossibility doesn’t offer too many features as we have seen in the earlier tools. Here, you have to just enter the target name and set the way adjectives would be added to the name. Very much plain and unsophisticated. I have used it previously and found it somewhat cool.

Well then, these were some of the best domain naming tools for you. Don’t be too confused about which one to go for, but trust me, the top 5 are truly the best ones and also the most reliable ones. Do try them out and let us know through the comments – Which tool helped you find a quality name and served you well?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Create Separate Contact Page in Blogger

Blogger launched it’s official version of the Contact Form Widget but, it works only on the Blogger Sidebar. If you don’t want to add the contact form to your Blog’s sidebar but want it to appear on a specific page, then this tutorial will help you out. I didn’t want the contact form to appear every where on my blog. So I have moved it to a separate Contact Me Page

How to move the Blogger Contact Form to a separate Page

Follow the below steps to move the Contact Form to a separate page. If you would like to see a demo, you can check out my Contact page.
  1. First, add the Blogger Contact Form Widget to your sidebar. (We will hide the contact form later in this tutorial, but you have to add it) . My previous tutorial on adding a blogger contact form widget will help you out.
  2. Now create a new page in your blog
  3. Copy the below contact form code block
    <form name='contact-form'>
    <div>Your Name : </div>
    <input class='contact-form-name' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-name' name='name' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
    <div>Your Email: <em>(required)</em></div>
    <input class='contact-form-email' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-email' name='email' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
    <div>Your Message: <em>(required)</em></div>
    <textarea class='contact-form-email-message' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-email-message' name='email-message' rows='5'></textarea>
    <p></p>
    <input class='contact-form-button contact-form-button-submit' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-submit' type='button' value='Send'/>
    <div style='text-align: center; max-width: 450px; width: 100%'>
    <p class='contact-form-error-message' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-error-message'></p>
    <p class='contact-form-success-message' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-success-message'></p>
    </div>
    </form>
    
    While creating the Page, you have to switch to the HTML mode as shown in the image below. Then paste the above code into the post editor, disable the comments and publish your page.
    blogger-comment-form-on-separate-page
  4. Now go to Template > Edit HTML
    and Jump to the ContactForm Code and expand with widget code
    and then expand the main b:includable
    Now delete the code highlighted below:
    so it should end up like this:
    Now we have prevented the Contact Form Widget from appearing anywhere on the sidebar but have kept the widget registered.Make sure that you don't remove the widget from the Layout Page.
  5. Save the Template and it’s done.You now have a separate contact page on your Blogger blog :-)

  6. Happy Blogging!

How to Hide/Show Widgets/Gadgets in Home/Posts/Static/Archive page in Blogger

As some of you may have noticed, all the widgets/gadgets you add to your blog, will be displayed on all the pages by default, including the homepage as well. And I'm sure very few know that AdSense could disable your account in case you've put ad units inside the content of your contact or privacy policy pages. Therefore, hiding certain elements inside your blog pages is not only a matter of design, but it is also a requirement.

To hide (or show) widgets in particular posts, static pages, homepage or archive pages, you can use conditional tags.

Step 1. Go to Blogger's Dashboard > Layout and name the HTML/Javascript gadgets that you have already added. Doing this, it will be easier for you to identify the widgets that you have in your Blogger's template. Give it a unique title so that it does not match with any of the titles of any other widgets already added.
Step 2. Next thing to do is to go to Template and click on Edit HTML



Step 3. Click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys to open the search box




Step 4. Find the HTML of your widget by typing the widget's name in the search box - hit Enter.

Let's say that the title for one of my widgets is "Recent Posts". After searching for the widget's name, I will find a similar code in my template:

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>  

This code represents the widget/gadget that I have added in the Page Elements location (Layout).

Step 5. After you've found your widget's code, add the following conditional tags marked with red just below and above to hide the widget from specific pages or posts in Blogger. For instance, in case you want:

To show the widget only in Homepage:

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.url == data:blog.homepageUrl'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

To show Blogger widget only in post pages 

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

To hide Blogger widget in post pages

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType!= "item"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

To show the widget in a specific page
  

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.url == "URL of the page"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

Note: Replace URL of the page with the address of the page in which you want the widget to appear

To hide a widget only in a particular page

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.url != "URL of the page"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget> 

To show widgets only in static pages

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "static_page"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget> 

To hide widgets in Static Pages

 <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "static_page"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget> 

To show widgets only in Archive Pages

  <b:widget id='HTML1' locked='false' title='Recent Posts' type='HTML'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "archive"'>
<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->
<b:if cond='data:title != ""'>
<h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
</b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<data:content/>
</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
</b:widget> 

Note:  Pay attention each time you're adding a new address which should end up with .com, otherwise it may not work.

Step 6. After you have added the conditional tags, Save Template and view your blog.



How To Build Blog Community To Get More Comments on Your Blog

Have you ever felt jealous of blogs that receive huge number of comments?
Did you ever wish to have more comments on your blog posts?
If yes, your wait is over.
Here is a post that will ensure you to get enough comments on your blog to satiate your hunger for comments. Follow these steps to get more comments on your blog and make a community of readers around your blog.
Blog comments are a form of token that certifies that readers have read your posts and the writing resonated with them to an extent that they thought to leave their feedback on the writing.
Blog comments are a way through which the readers can share their reaction of approval or denial in context of the post written. In the same way a writer can get genuine feedback, and can connect with the readers through the comments below his post.
When a new visitor comes to your blog, the first thing he notices is the number of comments received in the blog. If a visitor finds some 70-80 people’s comment on the blog then he surely will have a positive attitude towards the blog. This in itself is half battle won.
Blog comments also help in SEO of your blog. You can use this plugin to get search engine traffic a.k.a Organic traffic for the context of your blog comments. Yes the ones you have not written too. More on this later!

How to Increase Your Blog Comments?

1) Write an awesome piece of content

When you expect people to comment on your blog, you got to have content that catches their attention. Your content has to appeal to them, no matter if it does in a bad way. For every negative comment, you get a chance to let your reader know your point of view and at times you yourself learn to view things their way. This will only make your bond stronger and you will gain a loyal readership to your blog.

2) Ask a question at the end of the post

When you end the post with a question or an attempt for seeking reaction of the reader, you are sure to get their words. Most readers tend to share their point of view on a topic when specially asked for it. This will help you know their point of view on the topic.
Provoking the readers to share what they think of a post will surely make them stay a while more on your blog and comment on the topic.

3) Make a Top X list

List posts are always a favorite among readers. The reason probably is because that they give a sense of finite length. When you make a list of top X (replace X with your favorite number 5, 10, 15 so on) you try to pull the readers towards your post. But, this strategy can be used to gain good number of comments too.
Mostly when you make such a list post, you sometimes tend to exclude products that according to others deserve to be in the list. So when you conclude such a post, ask your readers if you missed a product they thought would make into it. You can also ask if their favorite product or item is included by you or not. Ask them reasons why the items suggested by them should be in the list. This way you get a lot of responses which can be from there on made a conversation.

4) Give them the privilege to share their tip

When you are writing a post, weave sections inside the post to let them know that you are waiting for their tip on the issue. In the conclusion section, you could also ask them to share their tip on the problem the post is related to. Most readers like to share their advice. They will get exposure through it and you will get comments.
5) Use strong CTA
Using CTA or Call to Action, at the end of the post tends to do well. You can ask the users to subscribe to your blog, share it or buy something. But in this case, we need comments so ask the readers to leave one.
6) Cook a controversy
Controversial episodes tend to sky rocket the TRP of the daily soaps. If that weren’t the case millions of people wouldn’t be glued to their TV sets to watch Big Boss or other realities shows.
Similarly controversies tend to do well in blogging too. You can quickly grab a few eyeballs by writing on a controversial topic or by negating a widely accepted theory. People will simply pour in your blog to get their voice placed. You will get handsome number of shares too.
But before taking such a step take care not to hurt someone and always say things that you can back with strong proofs in case you need to defend yourself. Just speaking randomly about a thing and then not having enough proofs to back you off is “suicide”.

7) Blog design

You should not clutter your website with too much ads and any such thing that will not leave your visitors with no room to breathe. This will cause them to flee halfway. Comments are a far thing they will cause you a bounce rate too.
Tips:
  1. Leave a lot of white space on your blog.
  2. Use a good font.
  3. Don’t use a sticky widget that crawls till your blog footer unless that’s the only option. This is because the readers will feel like a cage during the scrolling of blog. Moreover same unchanged sticky widget will make them bored.

8) Use different comments system

Sometimes, your audience might be active on a different medium than the one you might be waiting for them on. So try to evaluate the platform that enjoys your readers’ maximum attention and use it as your commenting system.
For example, if your site is related viral stories, humor or fun stories or pictures of the same genre, chances are your readers are active on Facebook than any other social platform. So use Facebook as the comment system. Still, you can have the standard blog comment facility for users who have a website or prefer not to share their Facebook ID with you. This will work in both ways.
Similarly you can use disqus comment system that has an assimilation of almost of the three popular social networks plus the standard commenting system too.

CERTAIN TIPS TO GET MORE COMMENTS

  1. Be polite in your tone – Being polite eases the visitor to settle down for some more time on your blog.
  2. Interact with the replies – When a visitor comments he expects you to share your reaction or reply too. So firstly thank him for his comment. Politely state if you agreed to what he said or not. If you have a different point of view, explain it to him calmly without getting arrogant.
  3. Don’t fall to your audience’s wish – yes; you should not succumb to your audience’s arrogance. After all, it’s your blog and you have an upper hand. Moreover nobody will eventually love to read to a blog that does not have its own voice or stand. So if someone is bullying you or strongly going against the rules of your blog, moderate that comment to trash.
  4. Modify your “number of comments section” – Most blogs have the number of comments displayed near the title of the post and at the end of it. Imagine what could be a bigger turn off when your reader comes to see your post was published a week ago and the text near the title displays a blunt “No comments so far”.
    So it would be wise of you to change the text displayed there to something more inviting like “Leave your comment”, or “click here to comment”.
  5. Be giving – Nobody likes to visit your house if you don’t reciprocate their visit. Same is with blogging too. In order to get bloggers comment on yours you have to also visit their blogs and comment there. Read this post to become a commenting superstar. Commenting reliable and relevant opinion will not only strengthen your bond but also will make a community of you fellow bloggers [More on community building later!].

USE OF PLUGINS:

If you are a WordPress user, there are plenty of plugins that will help you get a handful of comments.
  1. Reply Me- Nobody visits a page for the second time to just see if you have replied to their comment unless it is that important to them. So use reply me plugin that enables the commenter to choose to get notified by email, when the blogger replies to them. This will help you get him/her back to commenting to them by sending them an email after you have responded them.
  2. SEO super comments – While this plugin in itself will not do anything to increase your traffic this will help you to get the maximum out of your hard earned comments. This plugin will create a dynamic page on your blog for every comment that is published. This means Google and other search engines will think that your blog is updated (which actually is the comment), and will index your website faster for the text that the comment has. This is because your comments are index-able, crawl-able and can also rank for the data in them. Yummy! Isn’t it?
  3. CommentLuv- Commentluv plugin is by far the best way to get more comment on your blog. What Commentluv does is that it gives a link back to the commenter’s site after the comment. This link can be from the most recent 10 posts of him.
    This will make your blog a hot cake because everyone would like to get more exposure from leaving links to recent articles of them. You got comments and they get exposure and link back.
    You can also choose to make the links dofollow or nofollow as you wish. I would say make them nofollow.
  4. GASP + Akismet = No SPAM. The combination of these two guardians will save the blog of yours from spam comments.

Building a community around your blog

If you wanted to build a community around your blog which is always fruitful, read on.
Adrienne Smith, the engagement superstar of blogosphere gets an average of 200 comments per blog post on her blog. Yes you heard that right. If this was not enough let me tell you her most popular posts have over 550 comments. How did she achieve this feat and how you can get it?
She has spent years in building relationship with bloggers beyond blogging. She has reached up to them on social sites and also takes the comment moderation seriously. These are just a few that appear obvious from the outside. However she was kind enough to release a product of hers to let everyone know the secrets that led to her success.

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