How to Purchase a Domain Name?

The first thing that you will need to do before building your website is to choose a domain name. This is the case if you have your own hosting with a company like Bluehost. Now on the upside Bluehost offers you a free domain name when you purchase their hosting package.

mind going in different directionsChoosing a domain name can be a daunting task. I actually spent hours trying to come up with one. I’ve included some helpful tips and tools in this blog post to help you to make your choosing and purchasing your next domain name a little easier.

There are sub-domain names out there that you might be able to get for free such as through Blogger.com. A sub-domain name looks like this if you don’t know what one is: www.yourwebsitename.blogger.com. It includes the website builder/host in the name for advertising purposes.

Also, I’m not sure of how their terms and conditions work, and there may be issues arise when it comes time for you to move your website. Anyone who is taking their internet business online to higher heights will need to consider this. Plus it is just a much more professional look for your business. Unless you are a non-profit organization or something like that.

How to pick a domain name in 3 Simple Steps

1) Keep it short and easy to remember

You want to pick a domain that is memorable. You don’t want people fiddling around trying to remember your website name.

Here are  a couple of domain name search generators for the best help in finding a domain name that is available and works for you. I’ve tried many others, but these two have been the most helpful.

www.shopify.com

www.leandomainsearch.com

2) Use a .com domain

domain name extensionsThere is nothing worse than losing your visitors because they got the .com, .net, .org, etc. mixed up. Make sure you get ALL of your visitors.

In addition, try not to use numbers or dashes either. This may also make it difficult for your visitors to remember.

*In the event that the .com is taken, I would consider taking either the .org or the .net. None other though. Also, check out the web page your desired domain name currently sits on. Is it being used? Does the website look competitive? If so, I would steer away from using the other extensions.

If you are interested in getting organic traffic (i.e. from Google or other search engines), definitely stay away from the odd extensions such as .co, .new, .store, or .online. The others I mentioned in the above paragraph are much more highly favored for the search engines.

3) Another smart option can be to use keywords.

It can be very difficult to start out with a name like monster, or facebook, or even google. The easiest way is for you to write down a list of 5 keywords affiliated with your business. Then simplify it into one or two words. When people look at your domain name they should be able to have a good idea of what your site is going to be about.

This is all you need to know about selecting a domain name. Good luck in all of your business endeavors!


Fun Fact: How long has it taken you to come up with your domain name? Would you believe it took me about 3 weeks (before I knew all of these important steps)! Tell us your experience in the comment section below. We appreciate any feedback.

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14 thoughts on “How to Purchase a Domain Name?

  1. Hi, I am trying to find a place that offers a free domain service, but I am trying to find one that doesn’t contain a sub domain. Is there a place online that offers free websites that are not sub-domains? I find those aren’t ranked as well on Google, so I am tying to get the best option without having to pay too much if I can help it. Thank you

    1. Hi Will! Thanks for stopping in. I don’t know of any at the moment. However, a sub domain is not so bad. For example, wordpress or siterubix, you can still get them ranked in the search engines and get some traffic to your site. If you visit my post on wordpress, or my page on building a website for free you can find more information. Just use the search tool at the top right corner of the page to find them. If there’s anything else I can help you with please let me know.

  2. Hi Jonathan. I’ve been with WA for a bit under a year now, and have two domains that I bought through Namecheep. Both are hosted at WA. But what happens at renewal time? Can I get these great savings on domains that I bought elsewhere? Great page. Keep up the good work.
    Mike.

    1. Hi Mike. I’m almost certain the you can get your current domain as soon as it expires at namecheap. I’ll have to double check on it. I gotta say, you know value when you see it. I would go with namecheap too if Wealthy Affiliate didn’t exist. I’m glad that it does now. They launched WA Domains in January 2016. However, they’ve been established since 2005; the company as a whole.

      It’s unbelievable how they offer so much for a very competitive price right?! I can certainly understand why you want to renew with WA. The question I have about your renewal is that once it expires I know you can just come to WA Domains and purchase it, but what about the lapse in time it takes for your one domain to expire and to once again become available. That’s the only question I have. I know that once you come with WA Domains though that you will qualify for the lifetime renewal rate. I’ll get back to you.

      1. Yes that part frightens me too. If I understand this correctly, my domain would be up for grabs until I renew with WA. Might be safer to stick with Namecheap.

        1. Hi Mike, I completely understand your dilemma here. For now, I would do the same thing. WA is currently developing the tools to do this within SiteDomains. You want to make sure it is done the “right way”. It is expected to be developed within the early part of 2016. I’ll keep you posted. By the way, when does your domain name expire? Thanks for coming back and following up on this.

  3. Sounds interesting. I have a hosting that offers first domain for free and the privacy is free too. From what I’m reading, WA is more than just a hosting service? Is that right? How is it working for you? The monthly price is quite high – comparing to what I pay for my hosting. What happens to your website if you choose to stop using WA? How difficult is it to transfer it somewhere else?

    1. Hi Magda, thanks for writing. Well the $13.99 is not monthly, it is yearly. As far as I know there is no one cheaper than that when it comes to having a domain, hosting, privacy, and email for that one low annual price. The best part is that the price will never go up on you. You will be grandfathered in! 🙂

      It works fantastic for me. It is convenient to have it all in one place. To have my own personal email is the icing on the cake. I haven’t had any problems with my hosting either.

      If for any reason you need to stop your services and move your website. They are really supportive. They will give you 30 days to move your website.

      About their other services, they offer internet marketing training. I have never seen a better platform. I wouldn’t use them if I thought otherwise. The way they have set up their training and tutorials are like that of a university.

      The social platform is also like no other. I think you will really enjoy it! I have never been apart of a social network that is so helpful, friendly, and alike in interests. It’s like we’re one big family. Well I wish you the best online.

      – Jonathan

  4. I already have a free wordpress website on a sub-domain, but I have been struggling to purchase my own domain name and get it set up properly.

    Wealthy Affiliate sure does offer competitive pricing, and the SiteDomains option looks awesome!

    Thanks for all the help here with picking and purchasing a domain name. I will be sure to follow yours steps.

    Neil

    1. Neil, I’m so glad to help out! Purchasing a domain name from Wealthy Affiliate has been the most pleasant experience I’ve ever had online before. It was so easy to buy, and I love that I have a free email account that comes with it! It looks so much more professional when you can have your own email with your website. For example, you can reach me at jonathan@workonlinausa.com. I love that!

      Please feel free to use any resources available on my website, and if you need any additional help feel free to ask.

      -Jonathan

  5. I was looking to move to a full domain from a free Weebly domain and this has really pushed me in the right direction now! I can’t beleive the savings when compared to Godaddy and the other providers. Could you maybe tell me more about the email service that is provided in the price?

    1. Hi Chris, I’m happy to hear you’re thinking of taking my recommendation. It truly is a breath of fresh air. I love it! I’ve been a member at Wealthy Affiliate for a long time now and I don’t think I’ll ever end my membership there.

      Yes the email account is just like any other email account. You have full access to it from the platform. What’s great about it is that it looks more professional when you can ask people to email you to your business name. For example, mine is jonathan@howtoworkonline.org. I think it looks so unprofessional when folks are advertising their business and then ask people to email them at the yahoo or gmail. There’s nothing wrong with those email accounts, I just think it’s more professional with the business name.

      Hope this helps,

      Jonathan

  6. Hi Jonathan really appreciate your Web site costs analysis. Really believe most don’t recognize that there’s more to simply the cost of the domain name. You’ve laid out the additional features – especially email which are critical to the overall package. It might be helpful to discuss some of the features in more detail – just a suggestions. Well done!

    1. Hi Soloing,

      Thanks for commenting. You hit the nail on the head when it comes to an email account. This adds so much value to the package. There are some companies like namecheap.com out there that offer cheaper domain names, but like you said there is just more value in WA’s domain name package. You will need hosting for your website, and when you can have unlimited hosting for unlimited websites, it is a peace of mind.

      There are a couple more features like security of your domain name which is for instance that no one will be able to steal your name or use it without your consent. This is a valuable feature because you want to make sure to get all of your visitors and are not losing any due to the lack of security, or not having WHOIS. Thanks for the suggestion as well. I will do my best to add some more information.

      -Jonathan

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