In March this year I started with HowtoWatch. As a means to gather as much info on vintage watches in one place. Also to be able to share my passion of watches and movements with other enthusiasts.
For a while, we were publishing and enjoying it. The website actually had decent traffic for a 3-month-old blog with 200 visitors a day. After a while, I discovered that Google ranks with a couple “rules” and one of them is geography. A .nl extension is the extension for local Dutch websites and they are simply not relevant for Google abroad. Since the website is only a couple months old, now was the time to get it right.
A .com is still the king of extensions so that’s what it was looking for. If you guys have ever searched for a name for a project and/or domain you know how tough this is. Every brilliant name you come up with is taken. Of course, you can buy it from someone else for an insane amount of money (for a starter) or you could bid in an auction.
Another suggestion is to invent your own words or mash existing words. That’s how I came up with WahaWatches. Waha means “to talk” in Hawaiian and what better name for a watch blog? It’s also short, easy to remember and spell and it has alliteration. When we were moving to a new domain anyway, I decided to immediately add an SSL certificate as well to protect privacy and personal info.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Big shout-out to Maikel Koevermans for patiently helping me with the technical stuff and fixing things after I broke it.