How to Choose a Good Domain Name
Some people tell me that all the good domain names are taken, but that is not true. Follow these tips for when you search for a domain name and hopefully this will help you grab a good one.
Remember domain names are a couple of cheeseburgers and a coke a year to own, and you can really never own enough of them.
Tips for Avoiding Poor Domain Names
*Avoid using domains that are deliberately misspelled.
Ex: SellURHome2Us vs. SellYourHomeToUs
* Avoid using domains with hyphens.
Ex: WeBuyPrettyHouses vs. We-Buy-Pretty-Houses
*Avoid using domains that are way too long.
*Avoid using domains that are meaningful only to you.
Ex: ABCFinancialGroup.com (investor or bank?)
*Avoid using .org unless you want people to think you’re a non-profit organization.
Ex: HomeSolutions.org (non-profit?)
*Avoid using unpopular domain extensions such as
.info, .tv, .cc, .ws, .name, etc. for your Primary Domain.
Tips for Choosing Good Domain Names
*Choose a domain that is short as possible.
*Choose a domain that is easy to spell and remember.
*Choose a value laden domain that says what you do.
*Try to purchase a .com or a .net if possible. If you are really set on a certain domain name, settle for a .biz or .us if necessary.
*Purchase YourCompanyName.com so that no one else will.
*Purchase the .net, .biz, .us and all others too if you can.
*If your company name is taken, try adding an inc or llc to the end of the name and see if that is available.
*Anytime you get a good .com domain, tie up the .net, .biz, .us and any other variations of the name so others can’t.
*If you find a really good domain name, purchase it for more than one year. Tie it up for as long as you can.
*When purchasing domain names, be sure to set them to automatically renew so you don’t forget to renew.
*Don’t use YourCompanyName.com on your marketing material if your company name is vague or ambiguous.
*Make your domains private or unlisted for anonymity.
*Private domains also keep your email and fax off the public WHOIS database and help prevent SPAM and junk faxes.
*Make a list of all the words you would like to use in your domain name.
Ex: We + Buy + Houses + Fast
*If your name is taken, rearrange the words or insert new words in between them.
Ex: We + Buy + Atlanta + Houses or Homes
*Make a complete list of all the domains you want to purchase.
Tips and Tricks
*Domains that are mapped to your websites are attached to your sites.
*Domains that are forwarded, are not attached to your site, but are simply redirected to your site.
*Mapped domains get picked up by the search engines. Forwarded domains don’t.