Choosing your domain name and your domain registrar, are two steps that you cannot skip if you are going to create your own website. Your domain name is your website address which helps people find you online just like your home address helps people locate you offline. You website domain name would look something like createawebsitekit.com. That’s a domain name.
How to Choose a Domain Name?
When choosing a Domain name you have three choices – a branded domain name, a generic keyword rich domain name, or a personal domain name.
Branded Domain Name
A branded domain name is good if you are trying to build brand recognition. A branded domain name would be your company name. Whenever possible get your company name as your domain name.
Keyword Domain Name
A keyword rich domain name is great for if you are not able to get a variation of your company name or you are going to be doing affiliate marketing. A keyword rich domain name is great for search engine rankings. It also makes it easy for people to determine what your site is about and can make it easy to remember. Just don’t put a lot of key words together that don’t make since.
Personal Domain Name
A personal domain name is good for building your personal brand and showing your expertise. So I guess what I am saying is that a personal domain name should be used for a portfolio or blogging to build “BRAND YOU”.
What Suffix should you choose?
Try to get a .com domain name. Remember to have at least three possible domain name ranked from most first choice to third place. If your domain name is not available as a .com you may want to consider a different suffix such as, a .net, .co, or .biz.
I recommend that you obtain a domain name that closely resembles what you or your business is about because it will help to shape your identity and brand on the internet. A short domain name is easier to remember. Before you register your domain name write it down forwards and backwards to make sure it does not spell out anything that is negative or offensive.
How to Register a Domain Name?
There are a number of Domain Registrars to choose from. Some domain registrars only register domains while some also provide hosting. You should keep your hosting company and your domain registrar separate to give you a little freedom to move your site, without having to be concerned about losing your domain name. I recommend namecheap.com. I have about domain names registered with namecheap.com and have been completely happy with their prices and customer service.
- Develop a domain name that is Short & Memorable.
- Write a list of possible .com domain names. If you are having trouble Market Samurai can help you choose an available domain name.
- Remember to write each choice backwards, write it forwards, and dissect it to make sure it is not negative or offensive.
- Purchase your domain name from namecheap.com
- Remember, your domain name represents your business and your brand.