Choosing a good domain name

A good name for your website is essential.  If it’s possible try to include some keywords in your website name, as this is a powerful way to get higher rankings in the search engines.  It’s not a problem if you need to include some punctuation in your web address, but I always try to avoid it where possible as your reader may not remember the address.

It is very important to have a top level domain name (TLD) such as a .com.  This makes it easier for a visitor to remember and secondly the search engines are likely to index your site more quickly.

My advice is to try to select a name with a .com or a .net or a .org in that order.  Although if you are going to target your own country then try to get a country specific TLD domain name like .co.uk

If you are using your own name as your website address then you maybe more restricted in your choice especially if you share the same name as someone famous.

Avoid using registered or trademarked names which are not your property, especially as large companies can afford expert legal advice and you could be accused of copyright infringement and forced to close your site.

Give careful thought to your choice of name as you will hopefully be using it for a long time.  If you’re stuck for ideas for a name then a good tool I use is called Name Boy – which will provide you with lots of suggestions.

It’s not expensive to register a domain name & you really shouldn’t have to pay any more than $10 for a top level domain name.  There are many services that can sell you a domain name but my own personal choice is GoDaddy.

I use GoDaddy to buy my domains because they run offers all the time and I often get 10% and sometime 20% off my prices.  GoDaddy send regular promotion emails to me but you can always google ‘godaddy coupons’ to get details of the latest offers.

Cheers

Steve