5 Tips For Choosing the Best Domain Name
5 Tips For Choosing the Best Domain Name
Choosing the perfect domain name for you or a client can be a long and tedious process. With so many names no longer available, creating a new one or finding the right one requires research, creativity and sometimes a significant investment. Regardless of whether you are looking for a brand new name or considering purchasing one, the same factors come into play to determine the value of the domain name to your business.
It is important to mention that a great domain name won’t simply make your business, and a poor one won’t break it. With such a focus on search engines today, people can find your site in many ways other than typing it in the browser. However, a quality domain name can give businesses a competitive advantage.
For starters, a domain name should be relevant to your business. Example: Jill’s Sneaker Store would be well served by “jillssneakerstore.com” as it is a direct match to the business name. However, a more generic domain name, such as “sneakers.com” would probably yield greater search engine traffic for worldwide searches, introducing new potential clients to their business and website. It is smart to consider domains with built-in keyword relevance. A relevant domain name that utilizes keywords will be beneficial in search results.
Many sites have created brand new words, or Brandable Domains, that have proved to be great successes, from Google (now a verb) to Twitter. This requires a strong sense of brand, and even when creating a word the dictionary has never seen, something easy to remember. The idea with Brandable Names is to find something easy to pronounce that will be a strong, recognizable representation of your brand. Another consideration, whether in Keyword Domains or Brandable Domains, is the length.
The length of a domain name is extremely important, simply because people will remember shorter names. Shorter names may also come across as more professional and will appear better in print ads. Don’t expect to find a 3-letter domain (they’re all taken), but try to think of as many variations as possible to get yourself a short domain name. Single-word domains are also few and far between, but a 2-word domain name is the next best thing. While hyphenation is not ideal, consider it as an option to grab a domain name that is already taken without a hyphen.
The most widely used domain extension is “.com” which stands for “commercial.” For businesses, a “.com” domain is most desirable because it is the most recognized. People who remember your domain name may automatically assume it is a “.com” unless they remember otherwise. “.net” domains (for network) are intended for companies involved in an Internet-related business, but this extension is often considered the alternative when a “.com” is unavailable. Organizations and non-profits may prefer a “.org” extension, which is very common and even expected for these types of business. “.biz” and “.info” websites are also relatively common (compared to the many other extensions), but are much less recognizable than the top three extensions above. If you are having difficulty finding the domain you need using any of these extensions, consider some of the newer domain extensions, like “.io” “.top” or “.web”
What extension to choose will in some cases depend on your business type, and in other cases depend on what is available. A great “.net” domain might be more valuable to you than a long, confusing “.com,” which is a decision that often has to be made.
In the end, the name won’t mean everything… the promotion of the project, the quality of the website, optimizing it for searches and other factors will prove just as, and often more, important.
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Most people may not know that their website’s domain name majorly determines the success of your online business. The domain name that you choose out is one of the most vital part of your brand identity. So make sure you don’t make a...