Are you looking to buy a domain name? Here are a number of suggestion to show you how to choose a domain name!
Firstly here are a few Dos:
– do try for a short domain, as it is easier to remember and spell a short domain
– do try and get one that is easy to spell and tell someone over the ‘phone
– do try the .com, .net, and .org domains first – these are the preferred domains. There is a plethora of new domains being released every day, so if one of these three are not available, try a different extension.
– try not to get the same letters together, because when you spell it out, you will end up saying “double …” all the time. As an example “cheappeaches.com”
– try not to put a hyphen in the domain name too – it might look a bit better like this “cheap-peaches.com” but be assured that you will be tired of telling everyone there is a hyphen in your domain.
– do not use another company’s trademark name. For example, if you use the domain name WindowsSoftwareGuide.com, Microsoft may well come calling, send you a cease and desist order and take your domain.
This is somewhat determined by the nature of your business and the approach that you wish to follow. Is your website of you, or a brand, of is it for a local business or shop? Perhaps less important now that in the early internet days, can be still a good idea to try for a domain name that matches your service. Visitors who will be searching for “new york plumber” are probably more likely to click on a domain like “newyorkplumber.com” than perhaps “joeplumbingtrade.com”
Of course there are exceptions. Think “google” or “bing” or microsoft” or “apple” or “KFC”. These are brand names and not keyword-rich domains, however are instantly recognisable because of the millions of dollars they spend each year in promoting their brand.
You should also try to buy your own name as a domain for reputation management purposes.
Once you brainstormed a few possible options, you can check them for availability. I use “NameCheap” which is where I buy all my domains. It lists a large number of domain extensions too, not just the main .com, .biz and .org. Note that domains cost different amounts depending upon the extension, and a number have restrictions on them too. For example, the .com.au domains (for Australian businesses have a minimum 2-year purchase and you have to have an Australian Business Number to register them.
To go there now, click on the NameCheap ad right here. Note that I will probably collect a small commission, if you click through and make the purchase.
Contact me if you have any issues, and I should be able to help you choose a great domain!