Kyle’s Cove Is No More…We Have Rebranded As Slick Affiliate!

A couple years ago when I started blogging, was a domain I settled for because the domains I wanted were all taken. At the time, I didn’t really understand the significance of a domain and the branding side of blogging. For the most part, every day since then, my domain name has really bugged me a great deal. This domain was not purchased with the intention of growing into a large blog and making money online, but instead it was purchased with the idea of having my own personal corner of the blogosphere.

It has now been well over a year now since the purchase of that domain and I’m very happy with this blogs growth, but I still have had an inner distaste for the domain name I was using. Almost as if it is hard to take someone seriously with that domain.

Anyway, last week I was able to acquire a domain that I REALLY liked. It is a domain that has everything I was looking for, including a personal reference to my last name, is short and very memorable, easy to spell, and is much much much more brandable. The new domain name is Slick Affiliate, and I feel it has everything I am looking for in a domain name. I also own all variations of it (or at least the ones that matter). Therefore, I decided that there probably wasn’t a better time to make the domain switch.

Why change now?

This is something that I’ve been planning to do eventually and after a lot of careful thought, I decided that it was finally time to make the move before I get any more invested in the old domain name. I also felt that the old domain had kind of plateaued and a change was needed to take that next step in this blog’s personal growth. I’ve got a lot of great posts scheduled to appear over the coming weeks that I really like and I’d like to use them to kick off this new domain name.

How will this affect this site?

That is something I tried to figure out before making the change. I checked out ahead of time what was involved in 301 redirects, database moves, how to change the Feedburner feed, etc. I talked with my web hosting company to see if they offered assistance in moves and such. I then gathered the information, weighed my options, and decided it was worth making the change… the long run. For the few months, things may take a little bit to work themselves out, but six months from now it will be well worth the change.

What can I do to help?

Although I could have used my old Feedburner feed, I decided that it was better to be consistent with the change, so all I ask is that you update your feed for this site. Here is the Slick Affiliate feed. For the next 15 days the old feed will still get posts from the new website. After that, the old feed will prompt you to subscribe to my new feed.

Everything else should be the exact same for you, the reader. The only other thing you could do to help is update your blogroll or any permanent link that was pointing towards Kyle’s Cove to the new URL. Don’t worry about post-level links, as those should redirect to the appropriate post on the new URL.

The logo and favicon are just temporary until I get my permanent logo and favicon created. Everything else should be good to go!

Any other questions or thoughts on the change and the new domain name? Think I need a straight jacket? Let me know in the comments below! Also let me know if you run across anything that needs updated/fixed.

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  • Congrats on the move Kyle! I am standing behind your decision to make the move and I think you have made a sound decision to do so. I covered a story for you on Garry Conn dot Com and asked all my readers to update their blogrolls, links, feed subscription, etc…

    I look forward to continuing to witness your success with blogging. Keep up the amazing work.

    Best Regards,
    Garry Conn

  • Slick move buddy haha. SlickMania has a nice ring .. I love it.

  • That’s interesting. Will continue to follow your articles.

  • Kyle, Garry Conn’s announcement that Kyle’s Cove would be no more was immediately saddening. I had only recently found Kyle’s Cove and was so impressed with your style and you present technology that is very easy to understand.

    But now color me HAPPY!

    Long Live slickmania!

    Thanks for everything.

  • Kyle Eslick

    @ Garry – Thanks for the support. It is appreciated!

    @ Brown – Glad you like it. I love it also, especially compared to the old name.

    @ Shankar – Thanks for the support and switching over to the new feed! I’ve been enjoying

    @ Dick – Thanks for the comment. Glad to see you’ve been enjoying the content Kyle’s Cove offered and hope you check back regularly!

  • Best of luck with the rebranding! I’m looking forward to see where you take SlickMania.

    I’ve given some thought to doing the same but have always had concerns over loss of traffic from redirects. I understand how the 301 works but have read of folks who have seen hiccups in traffic as a result.

    That said, it would certainly make for an interesting case study. Any plans to document how the move goes?

  • Keith Dsouza

    Well best of luck for your new domain and hope you get all the success in this new venture too.

  • Kyle Eslick

    @ Robert – SlickMania will be pretty much the same stuff you’ve gotten over the past two years, though I plan to focus on keeping more of my projects under this one umbrella (domain).

    I can’t really write a walkthrough because that would open up to many problems for people trying to do so and running into problems. I don’t want them mad at me! :mrgreen:

    I will instead, probably, write a post about what I did and maybe a detailed post about changing the feed over at Feedburner.

    I put a lot of thought and work into this before committing to the change and am very glad I did, but I’m not sure it is ideal for everyone. It really depends on the situation you are in with your existing blog and how good of a domain name you can get ahold of.

    @ Keith – Thanks Keith! I hope you’ve switched over and will continue to follow this site from the new domain.

  • Bert Hunnersen

    SlickMania is a brilliant attention getter, BUT

    I couldn’t resist mentioning that I think Garry Conn’s new nickname for Kyle Eslick is a work of art…….

    Slick Eslick….(Love it).

  • Kyle Eslick

    @ Bert – Thanks! Actually, due to my last name, it was my nickname throughout high school. That is a big reason why I chose it.

    Slick is a very high demand domain name and most of them have been gone since 1999, so I was thrilled that I was finally able to acquire this one that I had been wanting.

  • Great move buddy . I will update the links and the feed. All the best with this new venture .

  • Great move buddy! I just noticed the change when I dropped by following your comment. First I thought it was one of your new projects but then realized you have rebranded! I think its a great move in the long run and I am sure you had prepared meticulously for this move. Excellent job and look forward to seeing your post on how you did it!

    I will update my blogroll and feed reader tonight.

  • Josh Spaulding

    Congrats on the change Kyle. I think it was great for you to brand your name, but the new domain is great as well.

    Looking forward to your upcoming musings.

  • I’m a bit surprised by the move, especially when you have to leave out many important things. Anyways like the domain, congrats on the move.

  • Kyle Eslick

    @ Madhur, K, and Josh – Thanks!

    @ Nirmal – What important things did I have to leave out?

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  • This new domain wins hands down, it’s just far more professional and memorable. Great job on the design by the way, one of the nicest blog themes I’ve seen in a while 🙂

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