Your domain name reflects your brand and business. Having a good domain name is very much essential for creating an online presence for your blog or business website. In this article I will tell you how to select a good domain name for your blog.
After you have decided upon your blog niche, now you must make an effort to select a good domain name for your blog.
Once you have selected your domain name and launched your blog, it will be very difficult you to change the domain name. So, while keeping in mind the long term perspective of your blog, your domain name must truly reflect your business.
In this article I am sharing some important factors that you need to keep in mind while selecting a domain name for your new blog.
What Is A Domain Name?
A domain name is unique address where Internet users can access your website. It is connected to a specific IP (Internet Protocol) address of a server where the web page is being hosted.
Domain names are equivalent of an IP (Internet Protocol) address. Each domain is connected to a specific IP address. An IP address is a numerical label assigned to each server connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.
Every domain consists of at least two parts: the actual domain name and the TLD or Top Level Domain. Some examples of top level domain are .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO etc.
Let's have a look at the following domain name.
- http is the transfer protocol
- technicalwall is the domain name
- com is the Top Level Domain or Domain extension
I would advise you to always go for .com domain as it is the most recognized extension and has worldwide acceptability. Search in Google and you will find that almost all the top websites or blog around the world uses .com as their domain extension.
How To Select Domain Name For SEO?
Your domain name must contain the main keyword of your blog niche or business you are in. Though it is not mandatory but it will help your blog in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
But do not try to push it too hard as it is only one among hundreds of other factors which is important for your blog to rank high in Google Search.
While looking for .com or .org or .net you will observe that all common and short domain names have already been taken. You must be creative in selecting a domain name.
If you are unable to get the domain name of your choice then try to add prefix or suffix with your domain name. You can visit the following website leandomainsearch to find domain name. It is a wonderful free website to find keyword rich domain name.
Visit the above website and enter your probable domain name and select Search button. It will come up with numbers of domain name combination with prefixes as well as suffices.
It is highly possible that you may like some of the suggested domain name given by the website leandomainsearch.
Domain Name Should Be Short And Easy To Remember
In search of your perfect domain name don't make it too lengthy. Domain name should be short and easy to remember.
It is highly possible that you wouldn't get a single word domain. Try to keep your domain name within two words at the most.
Short domain name will not only be easier to remember but also be easier for your user to type. It will also check spelling mistake by your visitor and your visitor will not be lead to other website due to misspelling of your domain name.
Do Not Use Hyphens And Numbers In Your Domain Name
Short domain names are hard to find. Above I have suggested you how you can find domain of two words length from leandomainsearch.
Some people try to use hyphen or numbers in the domain name to keep domain name short and easier to remember. But hyphens and numbers may confuse your audiences.
So if you are thinking about using hyphen or numbers in the domain name, it's a big NO from me. By using hyphen or numbers in the domain name it will not only be difficult for your user to remember but it will also not be SEO friendly.
I hope that by now you have a clear idea on how to select a good domain name for your blog to build your brand or business website.
If your not able to find a .com domain of your choice and are compelled to use a non .com domain then keep in mind that now there are two websites with same name but with different domain extension.
http://technicalwall.com and http://technicalwall.org
So, you must ensure that your visitors are landing in your domain instead of other domain with same name.
Also make sure that the site that has .com top level domain is not your direct competitor. Because it is highly probable that users who are looking for your website may type your domain with .com extension. In this way your competitor will benefit by getting your visitors.
You may also have to compete with them even in your website name rankings in Google Search.
So, as stated earlier I would again advise you to go with a .com domain to avoid the issues mentioned above.
Choosing a good domain name for your website or blog boils down to the following important facts-
- a top level domain .com, .org or .net
- short domain name
- no hyphen or numbers in domain name
Hope you have gained some valuable insight on how to select a good domain name for your blog or business website.
If you have any questions or suggestions please offer your comments below.
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