How to Choose the Right Domain Name

One of the first steps to starting your own website, whether it be personal or corporate, blog or static, is choosing the right domain. Here are some things to take into consideration when choosing your domain name, and some tools to make sure you get just what you want.

Steps

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    Determine whether you want to have a brandable domain name (such as your own name, a company name, or a unique word) or if you want a keyword based domain name like webdesigner or seo consultant.
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    Make sure that your chosen domain name is available for branding. Google the domain name, and also check with KnowEm to see if the social profiles for your domain name are available.
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    If you want to go with a keyword based domain name, use tools like Google's Adwords Keyword Tool to find popular keyword phrases based on your main word because SEO.com and other main keywords are already taken.
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    Choose what type of domain you want - .COM, .NET, .ORG, etc. If you are a school, for example, you will want to try to get a .EDU site. If you are looking to gain a worldwide audience, .COM would be the most popular way to go (but also least likely available for common names or terms). If you're strictly targeting your own country, .UK, .AU, etc. sites are your best bet.
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    Find out if the domain you want is available. Sites such as DomainsBot will allow you to enter your desired domain name, let you know if it is available, and also give you alternative options that are similar.
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    Once you have found the available domain that fits your website's purpose, you simply have to register it with a registrar, and you will be ready to begin your website creation journey on your very own domain.

Tips

  • Have several domain names ready in case your first option is not available.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer
  • Internet Connection
  • Web hosting service

Article Info

Categories: Creating and Enhancing a Website