Guides To Choose The Perfect Domain Name
When starting a blog or a business online, one of the most important features for getting the word out is your business’ domain name. Think of the domain name as the name by which your business will always be known online & offline. Example drinks.ng.
So, are you still struggling with settling for a domain name? I guess you don’t want to flop or regret so you found yourself here. Before choosing a domain name for your site, it is advised that you make all possible research to help you settle for the best.
In this article, I will share a few rules and tips to be considered before choosing a domain name. Before starting a website, the first important thing you probably think of is selecting and buying a domain name. A bad domain name can hurt your blog in the long run. It’s a common mistake for people to start any niche blog with their name, Gone are the days such were overlooked.
How to grab the best domain name
It’s definitely not strange to find out that most short and good domain names are taken, thus we are left with just a few options. .COM domain extension is the best and most popular name extension, as it is good for branding and SEO. Although you can use a country specific domain for sites targeting a particular country, for example, geek.ng domain, if your target audience is for virtually every internet user, go for .com, .net or .org domains as the case may be.
Branding is one of the greatest advantages of a good domain name. Choose a good domain name, which is easy to remember and spell. Before you begin your search you can choose at least 10 keywords related to your niche and 5 random popular words.
Most domain registrars have domain name generators that can help you to find considerable names related to your initial choice. You can also use popular tools like Namemesh or wordoid. These tools give you a list of available random domain names with the help of the keywords you give them.
What to Consider When Choosing A Domain Name
Avoid domain names already popular in your niche. Settle for a name related to your overall blog or business idea. For example, if you are planning to start a new tech blog, look for synonyms of tech since most of the tech related words have been taken. Example of such word is geek. Use domain check tools to make sure your new target domain name is available on all major social sites, if not, you can keep looking for other options.
Easy To Spell
Go for domain names that will not be too difficult to spell. It should not contain “strange characters”. Avoid words that can be misspelt easily example .blogie and blogy, kran and cran, etc.
Easy to Pronounce
You probably want a short name, if you do, you must be very creative. No matter how short, make sure that your domain name is easy to pronounce. If you choose an easy to pronounce domain, then it automatically becomes an easy to remember domain name.
Avoid Long Names
Sometimes I feel blogtrovert is too long! Never choose very long domain names like www.thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com which is one of the longest .com domain names in the world. You cannot make anyone remember this domain and it also does not contain meaningful keywords.
Stay away from hyphenated domain names. If you are creating a niche blog and wish to have a keyword rich domain, Stay away from domain names with hyphens in them. It is not easy to rank with a hyphenated domain name. It is a better idea to look for an alternative extension rather than using hyphens on your name.
Your domain name should reflect the market. If you sell products in a specific country. It is considered safe to register a website ending in that country’s TLD. Buy a .com If you sell products internationally. There are several other available extensions: .net, .biz, .info, .org , etc. but an average user mostly identifies the .com extension.
Before you choose a new domain, make sure you aren’t violating any existing brand copyright policies. For example, WordPress and Facebook will not take it lightly if you have a domain name with their names in it. If you do, get ready for some lawsuit.
Do you have any domain name in mind which unfortunately has already registered? Brace up, get a thesaurus dictionary and look for better cute names!
If you love your option so much, there are many options in terms of domain name extensions such as: .io, .net, .guru, .mobi,
.co, .photo, .buzz and so on.