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Blogging is a time-consuming activity. Many bloggers fail to endure and abandon blogging because they do not see immediate results. However, if you continue, you will be richly rewarded once you have passed these first challenges. You should consider yourself a blogging success if you have few genuine followers who anxiously anticipate fresh posts on your site.
Your blogging career will be unstoppable once you reach that level. You’ll find yourself on an upward trajectory, and the value of your blog will skyrocket as the months and years pass. While on this blogging journey, you may change the look of your site, hire new authors, add paid plugins, and shift the focus of your blog. One thing, though, you will never be able to change: your domain name.
Should Your Domain Name Be Generic or Keyword Based?
You may pick between a brandable domain name and a keyword domain name when naming your blog. Assume you have a domain name such as MyblogIndia.com. This name will make it difficult for you to discuss blogging in India. A non-Indian reader will not subscribe to this site since they would realize it is only for Indian readers.
Focusing is essential, but if you want to expand your reach, the domain name should not be a hindrance. For example, if YouTube started with the name Videos.com, it would not be able to expand its brand beyond an internet search engine.
Brandable names are typically preferred over keyword-focused specific names when it comes to developing a valued brand. Keyword-based domain names, on the other hand, are okay if you’re just starting a small specialist blog as a side project.
Is it possible to modify your domain name once it has been registered? You may feel that you may begin with a generic name and then change the brand and domain name if your focus shifts. However, you will be unable to change your domain name after it has become your brand. Backlinks, popularity, and search traffic are all linked to your domain name.
So, Let’s See How to Choose a Domain Name in 5 Simple Steps:
Choosing the right domain name for a web project is a difficult task. Although domain names are typically affordable and straightforward to get, choosing the best one might be tough — especially because over 500 million of them have already been taken.
While finding the optimal personality blend is difficult, it is not impossible. In reality, there are a variety of tools and strategies accessible to help you. If you’re considering getting a new domain, take a few moments to go through these five simple steps. They should make it a lot easier for you to find what you’re looking for.
Step 1: Identify Relevant Keywords
One of the best indicators of a domain’s usefulness is if it gives you a signal about the sort of material you can expect to discover there. Keywords are your best friend in this regard. For example, if you worked in the book sector, a little research would show that there is a genuine need for children’s books. A prudent business owner would then look at obtaining a relevant domain name, such as booksforkids.com.
Regardless matter how useful this strategy is, there is no regulation requiring you to use relevant keywords in your domain. Despite their absurd titles, many large organizations, such as Google and Twitter, are capable of creating and building brands. This is entirely doable if you are committed to increasing your audience over time.
Finally, another alternative that we like a lot is to use your name as a domain. Because it allows you to “brand” yourself, this is a fantastic choice for personal portfolio web pages or About Me pages. The only negative is that your name will give no suggestions about the content of your site, but this can be a good compromise.
If you opt to pursue the keyword route, we recommend using Keyword Tools to research areas of interest for potential domain name ideas.
Step 2: Keep it Short and Sweet
Your domain name should preferably be short and straightforward. Short domains are easier to remember and type, so visitors are less likely to end up somewhere else by accident.
Fascinating research — which, to be honest, is a bit old — revealed that the most popular websites on the internet had domain names of up to six characters. Consider the following companies: Google, Amazon, Reddit, eBay, and so on. They are all easy to remember and tough to type properly.
Take your list of keywords and the various combinations you’ve made and remove those that are long and confusing, like we advised in step one.
Step 3: Investigate Other Top-Level Domains
By now, you should have a nice list of domain names. When it comes to suffixes, though, you’re probably thinking of.com. We don’t blame you; after all,.com names are quite lucrative, but they’re no longer the only game in town.
In fact, a number of suffixes, also known as top-level domains (TLDs), are widely used in a range of fields. Dot io has been a huge success in the IT and entrepreneurial spheres. Meanwhile, local businesses should choose regional TLDs such as.co.uk, which are more likely to be available than plain.com domains.
Some TLDs, on the other hand, have a bad reputation. Some systems, for example, are now flagging.xyz domains as spam automatically. If a TLD is accessible for free (as.xyz typically is), spammers will wreak havoc on it sooner or later.
The process of looking for additional TLDs is rather simple. When verifying the availability of your domain name options, most domain registrars will provide alternative TLDs in addition to standard suffixes, as well as the most updated price information.
Step 4: Think about not purchasing a domain right now.
This proposal may appear absurd at first, but stick with us. Even if you haven’t yet purchased a domain name, most web servers will let you set up and access your websites using a temporary subdomain.
Using a temporary URL given by the host is, of course, a terrible idea in the long run. They are typically intricate and difficult to remember. However, the option relieves some of the pressure to select a domain name as quickly as possible.
This allows you to begin working on your site’s design and content right away, which may occasionally result in a burst of naming inspiration that you would not have had otherwise.
So, if you’re still unsure after the first three steps, give it some thought. Find a reliable server that won’t force you to buy a name right immediately, and start working on your new project.
Step 5: Take into account the availability of social networks.
Nowadays, domain availability isn’t the only factor to consider; social media should also be considered. After all, you don’t want to spend hundreds of hours creating a website just to find out that its name has already been taken on social media.
Before you make your final decision on a domain name. You should consider which social media networks you will use alongside it. Then, for each network, check to see if the name you want to use is available and if so, secure it.
If the account name you wish to use is already in use, you may always change it somewhat until you find a suitable and accessible option. In our situation, the wigsforkids.com concept is doomed since the Twitter account is already in use by a large organization.
You should now have a few viable possibilities for locating your next domain name. We’ve already addressed all of the practical issues, so all that remains is for you to evaluate your own preferences. We’re certain you’ll make the perfect decision!
Where Can You Register and Keep Your Domain Names?
If you locate an available.com domain name, you may register it with any hosting provider. The charge for the first year of registration at these registrars is typically between $2 and $12.
You can transfer your domain names after two months of registration. When you transfer your domain names to a new registrar, they will present you with a free one-year renewal at a lower cost than their usual renewal fees.
Choosing the right domain name is one of the most difficult and important decisions you will face when launching your online enterprise. While getting a domain isn’t difficult in and of itself, being stuck with a terrible one might severely limit your project’s prospects.
But don’t be concerned. You’ll be OK as long as you think about it and follow the five fundamental steps we’ve listed. Here’s a brief refresher in case you missed it:
- Identify Relevant Keywords.
- Keep it Short and Sweet.
- Investigate Other Top-Level Domains.
- Think about not purchasing a domain right now.
- Take into account the availability of social networks.
So go ahead and pick the best domain name you can! Do you have any questions about choosing the ideal domain name? Please leave a remark below.