Getting Started Part 2- Getting a Domain Name
At one point, I had a couple of hundred of them although only about 50 were actually made into sites. The good news about that was Dynadot (the company I buy most of my domain names from) gave me the bulk pricing rate so the domains I bought were several dollars cheaper than they normally were.
The bad news was that I was paying over a thousand dollars a year for domains I wasn’t even using. So I put myself on a domain name diet and stopped buying them unless I really needed one or needed to renew one I was actually using on a site.
But that’s not your problem, right? You are ready to buy your first domain name. Note: Once I figure how to get Cam studio to work on my computer, I’ll put up a video on how to do this step by step. Until then, it’s pretty simple and we will go through it here.
Which Extension to Use
There are so many possibilities to consider. Of course there are the main 3: .com, .net, and .org. If you are in a country other than the US and are targeting the audience in your country, you may want to use your country’s extension.
When you go to register your domain, you will see even more options like .co, .info, .me, .biz, .tv and more. Don’t buy those even though some of them may be cheaper. Only stick with the .com, .net or .org. The reason being is most of those other domains will not rank well in the search engines. Plus, they are hard for people to remember.
Your first choice should always be .com because that’s what most people are going to think it is. If, for example, you have a great crochet business called “Cute Crochet Patterns”. And your website is called CuteCrochetPatterns.net. Well most of your customers are going to assume it’s CuteCrochetPatterns.com and if they go to the .com site and there is actually a site there, they will probably get the sale instead of your .net site.
So what if your company’s name is already taken in the .com version?
You have several choices. You can:
- go with .net or .org
- include a word before or after your company name such as ReallyCuteCrochetPatterns,com or CuteCrochetPatternsOnline.com
- You can use hyphens (though there is debates in the search world about this being a no no for ranking in search engines). An example is Cute–CrochetPatterns.com or Cute–Crochet-Patterns.com.
- The domain registry will give you suggestions if the name you want is taken. See if any of those are good.
- Go to randomainer.com and put in one or two words that you want in your domain. It will shoot back loads of suggestions for you. Some will not make any sense but I have found some real gems using this tool. Of course, Randomainer will want you to use their registry to buy the domain name. You can if you want. I have no experience buying through them so I can’t tell you whether it’s a good idea or not. I just stick with my trusted to registrars.
Have you found the domain you want? Good! Now go buy that sucker!
Here’s a video that shows how to buy a domain through Dynadot but it’s so simple, you really don’t need this:
In the check out process, they will ask if you want to buy for more than one year. You can if you want. It’s sometimes cheaper that way. And there are debates that it actually gives you a little more search engine love since it apparently shows that you are serious about your site and not a fly by night spammer.
The domain registrar may ask you if you want to use their hosting services. The rule of thumb here is to never use the same company to buy your domain and host your site. So just say no.
It may ask if you want domain privacy. This may be a dollar or two more. I have never gotten it but if you are a stickler for your privacy, go ahead and add it.
That’s it. You have a domain name! If you missed Part 1, click here: Choose Your Blogging Platform
Next we will go on how to get hosting and add your domain name to it.
Feel free to leave any questions or comments!
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Article by Cathy Ratcliffe