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.
Choosing 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.
2) Use a .com domain
There 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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