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Tips For Choosing the Perfect Domain Name PDF Print E-mail

When you decide to create a blog, there are a number of different things that you need to take into consideration if you really want to get the site off of the ground. You need to think about key words, about developing a general cohesion between topics and posts, and about designing the page in a way that attracts readers. Do you want to have a monitored comment section, in which you can guide discussion and deem what is appropriate and what is potentially off-topic or even offensive?

Or do you want to allow people to say whatever they want, in the spirit of freedom of speech? How much personal info are you going to share about yourself? Are you going to mention your family? Are you going to identify yourself by first and last name? Are you going to include your personal or work email address in the "contact" section? Do you want to post pictures of yourself? These are the kinds of things that you need to take into consideration when you are setting up the way that the site is going to look.

But there is one incredibly important thing that you need to do before you get started with all of this: you need to choose your domain name. This is the web address that people will use to get to your blog, the part that comes between the "www." and the ".com". It is the "HuffingtonPost" or the "Salon" or the "Gawker" of your blog, the way that people will remember you and then find you in the future.

How do you go about choosing the perfect domain name? It is actually harder than you might have imagined when you first set out to create your blog. It can be quite difficult to think of something that is short and spiffy, and yet still memorable. You want something that captures the essence of your blog, but that does not confuse readers with awkward spellings or overly complicated names. Some websites manage to get popular despite having confusing domain names, such as the photo-sharing website, Flickr. Most people when hearing that domain name would assume that it is spelled "Flicker". But the one way that the website perhaps was spared losing too many customers this way was by the fact that many people will enter the name of a website into a search engine like Bing or Google. In such a case, they would quickly realize that the site they were looking for was actually spelled without an "e" before the final "r".

But you probably want to avoid even potential confusion of this sort by registering a domain that is simple and easy to spell. The problem you might encounter in a situation like this, however, is most of the easiest domains to remember have already been taken. You are never going to be able to register your fabric shop as fabric.com. So you need to think of something more original, but that still remains easy to remember. Perhaps Fabricbyjane.com could work.

Two things that you will definitely need if you want to be recognized as "the expert" in the niche that you are in over time are - Domain name and web hosting.

A domain name is one where people enter into their web browsers to visit your website (it can either be.com,.net,.biz,.org, etc.) and web hosting is one where you store your website's files in (so that your entire website can be displayed on your visitors' computer when they visit it).

Choosing the right one can, at times, be a very difficult task - Especially when most of the time the names you wish to purchase are already taken.

What I am going to share with you in this post are 4 tips that you can consider to help you brainstorm suitable domain names for your website.

1. Relevance

Make sure that the domain name that you are going to choose is related to the topic of your website - It should be such that, by simply looking at it, your visitors will be able to tell what contents will they be able to discover in your website.

2. Domain Endings.com,.net,.org etc. - Which Is Better?

Personally, I would go for those that end with a.com, with the reason being that most people remember names ending with.com.

If.com is taken, then I will go for.net - I will not opt for other domain endings.

3. Domain Name Lengths

Generally, the shorter the domain name, the better - As people are more likely to remember a short domain name rather than a long one.

In general, I would try to choose one that is less than 35 characters in length (including the domain ending)

4. Word Separator - Hyphens or Underscore?

Most of the time, the name that you choose will consist of more than one single word.

In that case, you can either choose to separate each of these words either by using hyphens, underscores, or just simply join all the words together.

Unless it consists of more than 4 words, I generally would recommend that you join all the words together, for the reason that when people remember them, they generally do not remember the hyphens that are separating each word.

Also, if it contains too many hyphens (such as 4 hyphens or more), it will start to look unprofessional.

The above are 4 domain name tips that you should consider when it comes to brainstorming for one for your website.