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How To Buy a Cheap Domain Name
Buying a domain name tips
Generally speaking, you should completely avoid using hyphens in your domain name. Yes, this means it will take some more time to come up with a good domain name that is available without hyphens, but it’s well worth it in the long run. Domain Names That End with. Org,. Net,. Biz, Etc Since it’s so hard to find good “.com” domain names these days, many people go ahead and settle on going with a different version of the domain name such as “.net”, “.biz”, etc. version of the domain name, as they are usually readily available. First, if there is already a well known brand that uses the “.com” version there may be legal implications to you using any version of the domain name.
*IF YOU LIVE IN CANADA & DO BUSINESS ONLY IN CANADA, THEN BUY .CA DOMAIN NAME*
Even if the other extension is available, most people are familiar with the “.com” version and may end up going to that website anyway; essentially you’d be advertising for your competitor for free. When a client searches for “.net” version of the domain name, you have to compete against a larger, already established brand. And when a client is actually looking for you, they might not remember your less well-known name and end up buying from your competitor. There are some cases where using a different domain name extension can make sense.
If your company is a non-profit then going with the “.org” is a viable option. another example is if you have a local business that only serves a geographical area; such as a business in New York could go with a “.nyc” extension. Other than these exceptions it’s highly recommended you try to find a “.com” name for your website. multiple Spellings and Numbers Because it’s easy to get confused with spelling, choose a word (or words) that can’t be easily confused.
For example, the word “bass” has two pronunciations and as a result will be spelled incorrectly, a number of ways. Bass can refer to various fish species, a low-frequency sound, more than ten different towns around the world or even a surname. Second avoid using numbers, as many people may confuse whether or not they need to type in the actual number, like “7”, or type in the spelling of it, like “seven”. Also, using numbers in your domain can give off a perception of being low budget and have an amaterish feel to it.
Buy From an Established Registrar
While there are hundreds of places to buy a domain, don’t buy from an unknown domain registrar. The odds of them going out of business is probably low – but why put yourself through that type of risk? The reality is that anybody can start a domain registration and hosting company.
It’s best to stay away from a smaller “mom and pop” type domain registration company and stick with a larger company – the primary reason being that the lack of customer support from a smaller operation can be ahuge problem – you want to opt for a company that offers 24/7 customer support.
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Brain Storm Before Your Begin Searching
Use a free brainstorming tool, also known as a domain name generator, to automatically come up with several variations of your domain name ideas (and see whether or not it’s available). The other invaluable tool is a thesaurus. I’ve used both a print copy and the online.
Once you have your few keywords in mind, look them up. sometimes you’ll get the right word right away. Other times it will take a few hours of playing with variants. Remember: this is worth the time. You are going to be investing hundreds of hours building a brand and generating traffic for this domain. Choosing the right domain is very important.
Buy Your Domain Name for two Years Minimum
When you purchase your domain name, rather than just registering it for one year, you should consider registering it for at least two years (or more). Here are a few reasons to do that: Lock in a lower price: Usually the more years you register, the lower the price per year will be.
Also, as costs generally go up each year, you’ll be locking in that low rate. Save time and hassle: You won’t have to worry about renewing your domain name every year or forget to renew your domain name and end up losing it!
Don’t Buy Auctioned Names
While many companies want single word, generic domains ( or ) you should avoid these. There are two problems with these domains: They aren’t memorable: It is pretty hard to build a brand around a single, meaningless word. The word might define the industry but clients are looking to buy from a company not a generic site.
Reminder, Google and other search engines prefer to rank branded domain names over generic ones.