If you want to register a domain name for your upcoming blog, choosing a good domain name registrar may sound easy and straightforward but usually it’s not that easy.
Since there are millions of websites already registered, up and running, the possibility of getting desired domain name becomes even more difficult.
Thanks to Internet, there are lots of free domain name search tools that do suggest you ideas for good domain name.
Which Domain Name Registrar to choose?
There are many domain name registrars out there but GoDaddy is undoubtedly the world’s number one domain name registrar.
I have several websites registered with them. It’s not that others are not good but to me, the trust factor is more in case of GoDaddy as there services, support and other resources are really great. They do provide lots of other services such as domain hosting, email hosting, SSL certificates etc but they are best known for domain name registration.
Please also note that some web hosts give you a free domain name when you register for web hosting with them.
Bluehost is a leading web host that provides a free domain name when you sign up for their web hosting account.
[Update]Google has also started their domain registration business which was not there when I started writing this article.
Top Level Domain or TLD
Top level domain is the part or your website after the dot for eg .com, .net, .org etc. .com is mainly for commercial websites. You should prefer .com TLD because that is the oldest and most popular one.
It is the one that comes first to mind when you here a website name. For other TLDs, you must have to specify explicitly, if you tell the website name to someone!
Consider another scenario. You have got a business that serves local clients only. For example, a coffee shop in UK. There is no reason not to take .co.uk domain name such as yourcoffeebrandname.co.uk.
It will help the visitors easily understand that you operate in UK and they should not try to find it out in another country.
Having Keywords in Domain Name
Try to include keyword(s) in the domain name that closely relate to topic or niche for which you are planning to start the blog.
Keep in mind that people may use those keywords to search on search engine and the chances of hitting your blog is more if the domain name itself contains the keyword.
Another reason is that people will easily determine, from the domain name, that you are / your blog is on which topic or niche.
Length of Domain Name
When we talk about the length, off-course, you need to have the domain name as short as possible.
Yes, it’s true that most of the short names are already taken. Just think from the perspective of user who has to type the name of your website in web browser!
If its too long, he will hate it to type. As a rule of thumb, 14 characters should be the maximum limit for domain name.
Should You Use Hyphens and Numerics?
In one sentence: Avoid it, as long as possible! Hyphens only create confusion. Users may miss it while typing and they may go to your competitors website, if it exists.
I am sure no one would like that. Similarly numbers are also not preferred as you may have to tell people its website1.com and not websiteone.com. Also the search engines don’t like the numbers in domain name.
Free Tools to Help You Out
The domain name of your blog should be simple, ‘brandable’, easily distinguishable and should be differentiated from your competitor. It should match with your brand, easy to pronounce it and you don’t have to spell each time you tell it to someone!
If you have any other point that I have missed then please let me know in the comments.