“Create a Brand that People Remember Forever, not just a Name to Forget”
In Part I of this series New to Blogging! Start Creating a Blog that Makes Money we had discussed about How to Choose a Topic to Blog about and Why! Before we proceed i would recommend you to read part 1st. So that i can assure that you will surely make money from your blog.
In Part 2, I will discuss How to Choose a Domain Name as i had seen on my Facebook profile that many new blogger face this problem, they take ideas from others. I know Choosing a Domain Name is little bit difficult, but it is your identity so why take ideas from others rather than deciding by own. Those who are totally new i would like to give brief detail about Domain Names.
What is Domain Name ?
Domain Names is a unique name which helps to identity a website/blog. Whenever you visit any blog on address bar you will see for example : “www.MoneyGossips.com“. Domain names are preceded by “www” and “.com” is suffix. There are many kind of suffix in which more popular are .com, .org, .net, .co etc.
There are Two Types of Domain Names :
- Brand Domain Name
- Exact Match Domain Names
Its depend on you what you choose a brand-able domain like Flipkart.com, Amazon.com or EMD (Exact Match Domain) names which is totally based on keywords like makemoney,com, howtoearnmoney.com etc.
But let me tell you that In September 2012, Google rolled out Exact match domain update. This update is to keep away low quality sites from getting ranked. As they have exact match keywords, they are very easy to rank but after Google update it is no more possible. And our main focus is to provide in-depth content that meet searchers.
Top 10 Steps for Choosing Domain Name
I will recommend you to choose brand-able domain names because it will help you stand unique out of the crowd and it will be more easy to remember the name for a long time. Let me tell you some steps on How to Choose Domain Name or should i say a perfect domain name :
1. Make it Short as Possible :
As we are humans and we can’t remember long things for a long period of time. While shorter things are easy to memorize. If you keep domain name long then there might be more chances that your customer will mistype or misspell it.
2. Make it Unique :
Many newbies get confused with a popular site which is owned by someone else. It will led you to nothing rather than failure. For example :- You had chosen a domain name “Flippaa.com” while there is already a blog with name “Flippa.com” which is much more popular. In the same time don’t choose someone else domain name with different extension because you are here to create your own brand.
3. Check It’s Social Profile Availability :
We can’t neglect the impact of Social media as it plays very important role in blogging. There is one online tool named KnowEm Username Check which help to check whether the name is available on Social medias or not.
4. Make it Easy to Remember :
It is very important, if people find it hard to remember your domain name because it contain very difficult words than you are loosing a large portion of value in marketing value of your blog. Suppose if you are only using some vowels and consonants for your domain name it will only work if you are choosing 3 words domain, otherwise it will look very hard to memorize like iueghcf.org or niajgue.com etc. So make it easy to remember.
5. Avoid Copyright Infringement :
Always make sure that the domain you are buying is not copyright protected or used by any company. It will led you to very huge legal mess as well as it will cost you much. The safest way to avoid this is search for the domain name your are thinking on Google.
6. Avoid Hyphens and Numbers :
These are those characters which are often misunderstood. Suppose the people who are going to hear your website address they don’t know if you are using any number  it will be spelled like [seven] even sometimes audience forget to place dash or hyphens when typing address.
7. Use Domain Name Generators :
We are humans and our mind thinking is limited, so sometime we get struck and can’t think much about domain names. Here Domain Name Generators came in to play these are nothing but an online tool that help us to generate names some of those tools are : Domjax, BustaName, Panabee, Impossibility etc.
8.Use Proper Extensions :
Extension are the suffix which is used to identify the type of business. Generally .org domain extension are used by non-profit organizations,while .com domains are used for commercial websites. Also there are many country based extensions are available there like .in, .dk, .co.uk etc
9. Choose a Domain which reflect your business :
Sometime it is very difficult to choose a domain name which will reflect your business. Your domain will not be keyword rich but it should be descriptive around 2 words. For example : MoneyGossips it consist of 2 different words one is Money and other is Gossips which relate to talks when we combine both it resemble a blog which is related to discussion about money.
10. Act Fast :
It is the most important point, as internet is growing very quickly with lightning fast speed. Similarly new blogs are getting created as well which means in every few seconds new domain names has been registered. So as soon as you find any domain name register it immediately.
How to Register Domain Name
If you are a newbie you might be thinking where and how to register domain name ? Right ! Personally I use GoDaddy to register domain names. Because they provide various offers every time. Anyone can get a Domain for $1.99 for 1st year with our link
1. Visit >>GoDaddy.com<< from here.
2. Search for your Desired Domain Name and Register it.
3. Now pay fees for your Domain Name.
In Part 3, I will tell you about Which Platform to choose Blogger or WordPress for creating your blog!
If you have any question regarding this article you can ask in comments below. I will be glad to answer your questions. Thanks for Reading.