How to Buy a Good Domain Name
When it comes to making your online presence professional, choosing a good domain name is one of the best things you can do for your online business. Below you will learn how to buy a good domain the right way.
With so many free options available online, many people mistakenly think that they will be just as successful (and save money) by going the free route, but there are a few problems with that line of thought.
For one thing, when you are relying on a free blog, no matter which platform you are using, you don’t own a thing. If the service that provides the blog, say WordPress, decides that they don’t like something about your blog, they can shut it down and they don’t have to let you know they are doing it or why they are doing it.
Another problem using the free methods is that you can’t get a good domain name. You want your unique domain name, not a hybrid name tacked on to the end of the free service you’re using, it just looks more professional to have your name.
Domain names are inexpensive and easy to buy so there’s no reason to not buy your own. With sites like GoDaddy, plus many more, you can get a domain name for as cheap as $10 a year or if you buy many at once you can get the price down.
Besides establishing your online presence and creating a professional look, when you buy your domain name you can flip your website and sell it. It’s the same concept as when someone buys a house, fixes it up, and sells it for a profit. There are sites online that will allow you to place your site up for sale, Flippa.com is one of those sites.
Just buy a good domain name, put up a site, get some traffic (and hopefully some sales) then list it on Flippa and make some money.
Think about it, if you only paid $10 for a domain name and a little bit for hosting, and then you sold the site for only $200 that would be a pretty nice profit for such a quick and easy sale.
When it comes time to picking out your domain name there are a few simple things to keep in mind:
- Do keyword research to find a list of keywords associated with your niche that get a lot of traffic every month. Then try to get one of those keywords, exactly, as your domain name.
For example, in the niche for cat toys let’s say I found a great keyword that gets a lot of monthly searches without too much competition, cheap cat toys. Then I would want to use that as my domain, CheapCatToys.com. That way my domain name is a highly searched-for keyword that will guarantee quite a bit of free, highly targeted, traffic.
- If all of your marketing efforts are going to be online, I wouldn’t worry too much about the extension. I’ve had equally good luck using a .com, .net, or .org. All my marketing efforts are with PPC or article marketing, so no one needs to type in my domain name, they just click on a link which is why I don’t think the matter of the extension is too much.
If you are going to be marketing in such a way that people would have to type in the domain name to find your site, it may make more of a difference.
Treat your online business like a business and establish your online presence and professionalism by choosing a domain name. The cheap route can work in a pinch but as soon as you can afford $10 or so, buy your name.
Choosing a Good Domain Name For Personal Or Business
There are several ways you can go about choosing a domain name for your online business or your online personal blog. If you have a personal blog, you can just use the free services at WordPress or Blogger and use your name. If you are starting an online business, though, that is not the method you should use.
When you buy a domain name you own a small piece of internet ‘real estate.’ As long as you don’t break any laws you can do whatever you want with that domain.
If you rely on the free sites, you will be at their mercy. That may not seem like a big deal right now but if you build up a very profitable online business and Google (who owns Blogger.com) decides that they don’t like something you are doing, they can shut your site down with no warning.
Think of what it would feel like to go to bed one night with a very successful online business only to wake up the next morning to find that your website is gone! If you think I’m just being paranoid, you should ask around in the forums online and see if that has happened to anyone.
Since it only costs around $10 to buy a domain name, it’s just not worth the risk.
The next consideration for choosing a good domain name is what should your name be? The best way to answer that is to do keyword research and
compile a list of keywords associated with your niche that get high monthly searches.
With your keyword list in hand head off to some online domain name registrars like GoDaddy.com or NameCheap.com (you can do a search and find many other domain registrars if you want to, there are a lot of them). Once there, you simply go down your keyword list until you find an available domain name.
So, let’s say you have a keyword that is “make money online”. You would go to a domain registrar, type in the phrase “make money online” choose your extension (I personally think it’s ok to use either a
.com or a .net) and see if that domain is available. If it is you just have to check out, and it’s yours?
If you want to buy a domain name that has already been purchased by someone you can go to domain auction sites and try to buy it there.
You will usually pay more since the domain name has actually been online in most cases and will already be getting traffic.
But, since it’s already getting traffic, this may be a great way to jump-start your business, so it’s not all bad. If you can afford it.
Choosing a domain name for your online business isn’t difficult or expensive. To get the biggest bang out of your domain name just follow these simple tips. When you use an actual keyword for your domain name you will get a lot of free traffic and that is always a nice thing.
Tips On Choosing a Good Domain Name
Want to buy a domain for sale? Not sure where to look? Well, I’ve got some answers for you. Having your domain name is step one to having a successful internet business. Many people mistakenly think that it’s ok to go with free services such as WordPress or Blogger.
If you’re only building a blog so you can keep in touch with family or friends then that’s a good way to go about it, but if you’re trying to
make money online there are several reasons why that isn’t the best course of action.
For one thing, when you use the free services, you don’t own anything. You are completely at the mercy of the company, and its policies. If they decide they don’t like something in your blog they can pull the plug, and they don’t have to warn you or give you an explanation.
You don’t want to spend weeks, months, or years building up a successful business to just wake up one day and find that your website has been offline.
The second thing is that you want to brand yourself. As you build your business you want to gain name recognition. This is a very important element to any successful business and without your domain name, it’s virtually impossible.
If you are using free services, it just makes you look unprofessional, this is especially bad if you’re trying to build yourself up as a teacher in a certain field.
Now that I’ve convinced you that you need to invest in your domain names, you need to know how to pick the best name and where to buy one. For most people, the best way to pick out a good domain name is to start with keyword research. Pick a list of highly searched keywords in your niche market and then try to get those exact keywords as domain names.
For example, if your niche is dog training and you find a great keyword: Quick and easy dog training. Then you would try to get QuickAndEasyDogTraining.com as your domain name. You do want to keep the domain name around 3 or 4 words max, but with a domain name like this, you will get a ton of free traffic since your domain name is the exact search term people are looking for.
Now that you’ve decided on what your domain names should be you can go to places like GoDaddy.com or DomainCheapsters.com and do a search to see if the domain name you want is available. Many times, it won’t be, that’s why it’s important to have quite a long list of possible names. It’s recommended using other extensions than just a
.com. I’ve found that I have just as good luck with a .net or .org (it can also be easier to get one of these extensions). If you buy just one domain name at a time for one year, it’s usually around $10 a year.
You can get a discount if you buy more than one domain name at a time or if you buy it several years in advance.
Don’t buy my domain names for more than a year at a time at first, you’ll have to renew it in a year (the company you bought it from will let you know when it needs to be renewed) but why pay for several years for a domain name that might not be a moneymaker?
I personally like to pay for one year until I know whether or not I’ve found a moneymaking niche, when I know I’ve got a profitable niche on my hands I’ll pay for several years in advance.
There you go, everything you need to know when it comes time to find a domain for sale. Having your domain name is one of the most important steps in building a profitable online empire.
Buying Domain Names For a Profitable Online Business
Step one to set up a profitable online business is to buy domain names unique to your business. If you’re just setting up a personal blog to share vacation pictures with family and friends, then you don’t need to have your domain name if you don’t want to.
Even if you decide you want a domain name, you can just use your name or some variation of it and that will work out just fine.
It’s not quite that simple, though, if you’re buying a domain name for an online business (don’t panic, it might not be as simple as just choosing your name, but it’s not hard either).
The point is that if you’re building a business online one of the most important things you will need to do is to drive a ton of very targeted traffic to that website and what better way to do that than to have a domain name that is an actual keyword?
Let me explain. Let’s say that your website is going to be about golf, more specifically you are selling an instruction video on how to perfect your golf swing.
You’ve done the keyword research and you’ve found that many people are searching online for information on how to improve their golf swing type in the search phrase “golf swing instruction”.
If there are thousands of people every single month that are using the keyword phrase “golf swing instruction” to do their search, what do you think would happen if you used that keyword for your domain name, GolfSwingInstruction.com? Yep, you’d get a ton of highly targeted free traffic just because you made your domain name a highly searched-for keyword.
If you can get the .com version of a name do so, but if not, you can use a .net or a .org and still get good results. Once you’ve got your desired domain name picked out (you should start with a long list of possible names since many of them will already be taken) you can head over to websites like GoDaddy.com and register (buy) your domain name.
It’s an easy step by step process (just make sure you pay attention because these sites like to try to get you to buy other things during the checkout procedure and if you’re not paying attention you may end up buying similar domain names or other upgrades that you don’t need) and when it’s through you will be the proud owner of a new domain.
Domains are pretty cheap you can pick up a domain name and own it for as little as $10 a year. You can choose to register the domain for longer which will make your per-year investment even cheaper.
The actual process of paying for the domain name is easy, the most time-consuming part will be to find just the right domain name for your business, it’s not hard but you mustn’t get impatient and skip this step.
As explained above, you want to buy domain names that are highly searched for keyword phrases. That is the best way for your business to get a lot of very targeted traffic and that is the best way to get a lot of money with your online business.