I always try to steer my clients away from the free websites. I hear people say, “Well, what if that’s all they can afford?” And to that I say, I’m going to show you how to put an even better foot forward, even if you’re using a freebie website. Because you do realize that with business it is all about first impressions, right?
So, by now you’ve grabbed your new domain for $1.99 right here.
Say you have a Facebook fan page or freebie website and don’t really want to go through the trouble of building a website for your movement or business right now. Maybe you have a boutique or you sell cookies or make hair bows and you’re thinking, “I just want to make some money first.” Or maybe you have one of those FREEBIE website that I warn you against using. My suggestion is that you still want to appear professional. Once you snag your domain name via the link above, just log in to your domain account and forward your domain to your Facebook fan page or your to your FREEBIE website; that way when people type in your domain it will take them right where you want them to go and give the “appearance” of professionalism.
Here are the next steps to put your domain to use:
1. Log in to your GoDaddy.com Account Manager.
2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
3. Select the domain names you want to forward. NOTE: You cannot forward or mask .tk domain names.
4. Click Forward, and then select Forwarding Domains.
5. Click Add Forwarding.
6. Select http:// or https:// as your Forward to option.
7. Enter the URL you want to forward your domain name to i.e. your Facebook fan page or your freebie website.
8. Select your Redirect type:
301 (Permanent) — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a “301 Moved Permanently” HTTP response. The HTTP 301 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has permanently moved.
302 (Temporary) — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a “302 Found” HTTP response. The HTTP 302 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has temporarily moved.
Note: You can always come back and “unforward” it later, in the case when you decide to build a website from scratch.
9. Select your Forward settings:
Forward only — Forwards the domain without masking.
Forward with Masking — Prevents the domain name URL you’re landing on i.e. the Facebook fan page or the freebie website from displaying in the browser’s address bar, and lets you enter the site as normal.
10. Click Add, and then click Save.