The Importance Of Being (Not) Nude
Neil Patel asked his readers what they thought of my blog and they resoundingly said my domain name is trouble. They said that it:
- Could be seen as offensive by some people
- Might make those on social networking sites, such as Digg, see the URL, assume it’s porn and mark it as spam without clicking through
- Trips up work filters
In these days of naked conversations and naked blogging, I wouldn’t expect people to find my domain any more offensive than any of that, although it’s not for me to say what someone is offended by. I haven’t actually had anyone tell me that I’ve offended them, just that it’s possible. Which is fair.
As for people making assumptions about porn, also possible. I see that yet another story of mine was just submitted to Digg and then buried before getting any diggs at all. Was it because of the URL? No idea. All I know is that every story that’s ever been submitted has been buried. Although I did set up that experiment with vanessafox.org and that story was buried too, so maybe something else is going on. (Perhaps it’s the “vanessa fox” part rather than the “nude” part that makes the URL look suspect.)
Tripping work filters? Having most recently worked at a company where I often had to look at porn sites in the course of a regular day (porn site owners ask for help just like anyone else, after all), I hadn’t thought about that. A few people have also said that while it doesn’t trip filters, they don’t load the site at work just in case someone looking at logs assumes its porn.
So, I ask you. Do you think my domain name is a problem? Is the world missing the crazy ramblings about Buffy and mobile phones wisdom of the ages because they’re worried about the potential porn factor?
In addition to missing out on readers, I’m also probably getting visitors who go away pretty dissatisfied. The top search query that brings people to this blog is “nude”. In fact, that’s where 43% of my search traffic came from. The lessons? That those searching for porn are willing to next through much more than just the first ten results. And that if you want to get into the porn business, just get a domain name with “nude” in it. Any domain will do. anywordsplusnude.com. allthegoodporndomainsaretakennude.com. davenaylornude.com. Or you know. Whatever.
So, what’s a girl to do?
I admit that I’m partial to my current domain name, but I have some options. I don’t want to just resolve another domain to these pages. There’s that pesky duplicate content problem with search engines, for one thing. And I wouldn’t want to just block the mirrored version with robots.txt because people would likely start linking to the other URL and I wouldn’t get any PageRank credit for those links.
I could redirect another domain name to this one, which might work OK, except the people who are avoiding the domain because they don’t want it showing up on work logs wouldn’t be too happy to end up here at the end of the 301 hop.
I could also get myself a spiffy new domain name and redirect this domain to that one. That would solve some things (although I have no idea if it would solve the problem with being buried since I don’t know if it’s the domain name that’s causing it). However, I’d be a little sad to no longer be vanessa fox nude.
What’s your vote? If you think a new domain name is the way to go, what do you think it should be?
Yes, davenaylornude.com is available, but sadly, it would have all the same problems.