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Do you want to learn how to choose a domain name but aren’t sure where to start? The choice of a domain name is not to be taken carelessly. A domain name is now just as important as a business name, and it should ideally be the same.
This guide will show you how to choose a domain name that you will not be sorry for. There are a few pointers to follow to ensure you end up with a domain name you like: one that’s catchy, memorable, and relevant to your business.
Let’s get going!
Firstly, Let’s Understand What Exactly Is A Domain Name?
A Domain Name is the address of your website that visitors type into their browser’s URL bar to get access to it. In our situation, totalpassiveincome.net. People would not be able to find you if you didn’t have a domain name.
Take notice of how the domain name is broken up into two parts. As you read from right to left, you will notice:
- The extension is the Top-Level Domain (TLD), such as.NET.
- The Second-Level Domain (SLD) represents your website’s identification — for example, totalpassiveincome.
A domain must have a TLD in order to function, and there are hundreds of different extensions to choose from. Some of the original top-level domains (TLDs) are: .com .net .org .int .gov .edu .mil, and so on.
Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) include .au (Australia), .de (Germany), .fr (France), .in (India), .jp (Japan), .ph (Philippines), .uk (United Kingdom), and others.
Since 2016, there has been a flood of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including .tech .shop .biz .club .live .photography .music .cards .agency .city .digital, and so on.
However, as seen in the table, the most common TLD is .COM.
In the SLD, you may add almost any name you want in front of the domain extension, as long as it hasn’t already been registered by someone else.
So, let’s look at how to select and register a domain name.
So, How Do We Choose Our Domain Name?
In the next section, we’ll lead you through the process of selecting a domain name. Using this method, you may produce a list of domain name recommendations.
We’ve broken down the technique into four steps:
- Considerations to ponder before settling on a domain name.
- How to Create an Eye-Catching Domain Name?
- What to look for when purchasing a domain name?
- How to Choose the Correct Domain Extension?
Step 1: Considerations To Ponder Before Settling On A Domain Name.
# Is it advisable to use my Own Name for my Domain?
If your website is all about you, whether it’s a personal blog or a business website, you should consider utilizing your own name.
Consider the case of certain online marketers. Digital Deepak and Siddharth Rajsekar
- Deepak chose the domain name digitaldeepak.com for his website.
- Sid decided on the domain name internetlifestylehub.com.
Both choices are viable. However, one significant benefit of using a brand name is that it is more customizable. For example, if Deepak wishes to expand his company and launch a marketing agency, he may continue to use Sid’s approach.
# Should I go with a keyword or a branded domain?
A keyword domain, such as BuyBooks.com, is a domain name that contains keywords. A branded domain is one that does not contain any keywords, such as Samsung.com.
A few years ago, it was assumed that choosing a keyword domain would help your website rank faster and higher in search engines. That is no longer the case, as Google’s John Mueller pointed out, and the consensus is that a branded domain works best. However, it does not have to be as enigmatic as Samsung.com.
# Should I go with a general or a specialized domain name?
It is a conditional statement. This is a difficult issue to answer because no one knows what the future will bring. On the one hand, selecting a domain name that describes your brand is a wise decision. However, you don’t want to go into too much information in case you want to supply other services or commodities in the future.
For example, if you provide marketing services and choose bestmarketingservices.com, what happens if you later decide to extend your digital marketing services? So, if at all possible, allow yourself some “wiggle room” in case you change your mind. Always consider the long term.
Step 2. How to Create an Eye-Catching Domain Name?
# Select a short, easy but attractive name
Short names are favored for a variety of reasons.
To begin, they are easy to remember, spell, and type.
Consider the most popular websites, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple, to see whether there is a logical reason for selecting a short domain name. However, unless you invent a new concept, coming up with a one-word name may be challenging. (We’ll get to that eventually.)
Two-word combinations are very powerful. Here are a handful of instances of hosting websites that chose this formula:
This is related, I suppose, to the rhythm with which you pronounce the name. Try saying a few aloud and you’ll see what I mean. And it sticks because it’s a great sound. It’s catchy and unforgettable.
# Spy Your Competitions and/or Discuss with your closed ones
It’s usually a good idea to look into what kind of name your rivals are choosing. When you investigate a specialty or sector, you’ll see that they frequently follow trends.
In the digital marketing field, for example, there are digitaldeepak and shoutmeloud.
If you are still not getting any valid ideas, there is no shame in taking someone’s help. It may be your friends or family members or even your colleagues.
Now that you’re in the zone, take out a pen and paper and begin scribbling down some ideas. Don’t think too hard or for too long; just write whatever comes to mind. Choose terms that are related to your area of expertise, goods, or services. Or simply invent a phrase.
Try writing 10 words on a piece of paper. And, if you like, encourage your friends and family to provide ideas as well.
# Create your own new name or Merge Words
It might appear like all of the great names have already been taken. But don’t give up hope. You may create new phrases by using your creativity. Why can’t you emulate well-known brands like Google, Bing, and Yahoo?
Try Wordoid if you’re having trouble coming up with words.
On the left side of the application, there are input options where you may pick your Language, Quality, Pattern, Length, and Domain, and it generates ideas.
Here are some instances of high-quality English wordoids that are less than 10 letters long.
Panabee is a Wordoid alternative. Enter a few words, such as “blogging world” and Panabee will generate a flurry of suggestions based on phonemes, syllables, acronyms, suffixes, prefixes, and popular domain trends.
Panabee also proposes comparable terms for each issue, which may generate fresh ideas, and it checks the availability of domain names, app names, and social media accounts.
Combining two words to create a new word is another approach for creating a unique phrase. The technique is called a portmanteau, and the purpose is to blend the sounds and meanings of two words.
# Take the help of domain name generator services
If you’re still at a loss on what to call your website, why not use a domain name generator? All of these programs work in the same way: you enter a topic and get a list of domain name choices.
If you want to check if your domain name is available, you may use Bluehost’s domain suggestion page. Your blog’s title may be any term you choose, and the tool will also offer you a list of possible alternatives.
A blog name generator might help if you keep coming across domain names that are no longer accessible. In essence, a blog name generator generates a list of suitable domain names that are assumed to be accessible for purchase.
Using these tools is as simple as typing in a word relevant to your topic and they will suggest you the right names.
Step 3. What to look for when purchasing a domain name?
By this time, you should have a few domain name suggestions. However, before you begin registering names, you should double-check a few things.
- Use symbols and digits carefully.
- Verify that it shows correctly.
- Make it simple for people to type, pronounce, and spell.
- Check to see whether the name is accessible on social media.
Also, don’t be tempted to register a well-known brand name on a lesser-known gTLD, such as Google.org, because the company would almost likely challenge you, and you’ll be fighting a losing battle.
Step 4. How to Choose the correct Domain Extension?
After deciding on a domain name, the following step is to select the best domain extension. As previously stated,.COM is by far the most prevalent domain extension, and customers type.com when typing a URL into their browser.
It is the most well-known and trustworthy domain extension. As a result, if the.com extension is available, always use it.
If it’s not available, you might try another TLD, such as.NET or.ORG. You risk, however, losing visits to your current .COM site.
Using a country code top-level domain may make more sense depending on your industry (ccTLD). For example, if you run an Indian book store in Delhi and only offer classic Indian books to Indian customers, the.in ccTLD could be more appropriate.
With hundreds of domain extensions to choose from, one of the new gTLDs is an option. We do, however, encourage that you use.com whenever possible.
To conclude, some thoughts on how to select a domain name?
By now, you should have a few domain name ideas.
Your domain name should make an immediate and lasting impact. It’s a crucial aspect of your branding that should not be disregarded.
Take your time reading through all of the above choices to help you choose a domain name you’re proud of. One that is memorable, catchy, and current.