Tips For Picking Out A Domain Name

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Selecting a Domain Name

You want a domain name ending in .com, that isn't trademarked, that you can get the social media and ebay accounts for. Simple, right?

What is a domain name? It's your Internet phone number. It's an easy shortcut for customers, friends, or anyone to get to your website, or blog, or social site.

When picking a domain name, unless it's meant for robots, you'll need to put just a little thought into it.

To find out if a domain name is even available, and don't get disappointed if it's not like John Malkovich, You'll need to do a "whois" search to see if your name is taken. Here's a link to Google's domain name registry you can begin with: https://domains.google.com/

 

You'll notice most sites have three parts: the hostname, the domain name, and the top level domain (TLD). The "domain" part is the 2nd word to the left of the TLD.

www.makethemonkeydance.com

If this example, "com" is the TLD, "makethemonkeydance" is the domain, and "www" is the host.  You'll be registering just the domain part.

Suggestion: While you can uses dashes, I would not recommend it. 

Why? It's to easy for people looking for "make-the-monkey-dance.com" to type "makethemonkeydance.com" and wind up at someone else's site.

Suggestion: Get a ".com" domain name, not a ".net",".org",".tv", or other top level domain.

Why? ".com" is the first and most common domain thought of. People are more likely to remember ".com" over any other TLD. ( Top Level Domains are the last part - the ".com" part... common TLDs are: com,net.org,tv,us plus many more.

Suggestion: Make Sure It's Not Trademarked. Get a ".com" domain name, not a ".net",".org",".tv", or other top level domain unless you have a specific reason to do so.

Why? It's the first and most common domain thought of. People are more likely to remember ".com" over any other TLD. ( Top Level Domains are the last part - the ".com" part... common TLDs are: com,net.org,tv,us plus many more.

Suggestion: Don't pay too much. When I wrote this Google charges $12 per year for a ".com" domain.

Why? Many domain registrars try to rip you off ( none will be mentioned ) but DO NOT let them upsell you. All you need is the domain. Often times, after the first year expires, they try to "autobill" you many times more than your original price. They'll also try to get you to buy other things like protection, hosting, ananymous listing... it's all BS. All you want is the domain, and it should be less than $20 a year PERIOD.

You think you've found a name you like. What's next?

Find out if your intended name is trademarked. This is a big can of worms, but you can start with a simple search using TESS, the Trademark Electronic Search System.

Great. It's not Trademarked. Next?

Check if you can get the social media accounts matching the domain BEFORE you buy the domain. Register it at Facebook, Instagram, eBay, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. The more the merrier. It'll help with marketing in the future.

Got a couple of social sites registered using that awesome domain name you picked? Great! Now register it.

Buy Your Domain at Google Domains.

I'm not recommending any other registrars as each has issues that annoy me in regards to upselling.

Now, I have my domain name - what the heck do I do with it? That'll be discussed in the next episode of "watching the paint dry" with your host, the monkey.



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