Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to make your own flash game portal: Part 1 - Domain Name


The first thing I do is come up with a name. This is the fun part and maybe the hardest part. For years I wanted to make a site of some sort and always believed OO was key to the web (i.e. yahOO, and gOOgle). Do you think this is a coincidence? Most people do, but recently I was reading a book on American Breweries and it talked about beer names during prohibition. All of the near beers ended with an -O, so maybe there is some kind of marketing behind.

Well back to my point. My first game portal was <a href="http://hoodamath.com" target="_blank">HoodaMath.com</a>. I basically searched baby names for OO, and came across hooda. The math part was easy b/c I'm a math teacher and my site hosts math games, math movies, and math tutorials.

Now, it is easy to get addicted to buying domain names, and you only need one. To me part of the creative process is having "light bulbs" and buying a domain, only to change my mind and buy another one later, but atleast I own the domain for a year. Like <a href="http://topfivegames.com" target="_blank">TopFiveGames.com</a>, I bought that in February, and am now just starting to work on it.

Lets see this summer, I bought this blog topfiveblog.com to be a sister site to topfivegames.com, we'll get into why you might want to have a sister site for SEO in a future post. I also bought <a href="http://swaggames.com" target="_blank">SwagGames.com</a>.<!--more-->

So where do you buy domains? Lots of places, just google search for it. Where do I buy domains? GoDaddy.com STOP!!! Don't type that in. Search for it on google, and then click on the GoDaddy ad that says $6 or $7. Everytime I buy a new domain, I do that first, and GoDaddy lets you do this each time. If you go directly to the site you end up paying $10, and for an DBA (Domain Buying Addict) like me, every dollar counts.

<a href="http://topfivegames.com" target="_blank">TopFiveGames.com</a> is this blogs sister site, and a place for you to upload your top five games, once you get your site going, and hopefully can afford to sponsor or make your own games.

This blog will follow the progress of <a href="http://swaggames.com" target="_blank">SwagGames.com</a>, because I just started it yesterday, and already I'm behind in keeping up with these tutorial posts.

In keeping with the theme of this post, how did I come up with the name SwagGames.com. Hmmm, did I use google trends? which can give you some ideas. Did I browse other blogs for keywords? Did I use a thesaurus to look up alternatives for keywords? Did I go back to google trends to check the value of the keywords? Did I google search for the name Swag Games? [yes, but I should have chosen a different name, since now I have to compete with addictinggames for the top placement of google search: Swag Games] Did I use urban dictionary? Did I randomly browse?

<strong>Answer</strong>: All of the above, plus more.

Actually, I some how came across a new site PencilKids.com and it reminded me of my Junior Highers and there club called Swaga Kids, and then I used Urban Dictionary, decided on Swag rather than Swaga, and then chose games rather than kids, again for SEO purposes.

Conclusion, I hope you understand there is a lot of factors in buying a domain name, but the most important one is don't hesitate, it is only $7, and you can always buy another one. (learn from me I hesitated and lost HoodaGames.com, whoops)

See you on the next post, Hosting!!! (sneak peak: if you buy your domain at GoDaddy, you can host for free, though I'm sure a lot of the dealers offer that)

<a href="http://topfiveblog.com/how-to-make-your-own-flash-game-portal-part2/" target="_self">How to make your own flash game portal: Part 2</a>