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How To Choose A Best Domain Name Smartly

Posted by on 27th Jan 2013 | 22 comments

TheSignToAGoodDomainNameIf you are setting up a blog one of the first things you need to do is choose a domain name, This is your URL (Uniform Resource Locator) which is your virtual address on the internet. Your domain name is what your loyal readers/potential customers will use to locate your blog.

Ideally, it needs to be a reasonably short, memorable name and you can be as creative as you like, Bear in mind, however, that a straightforward domain name such as www.monetizeblogging.com not only gives a clue to what the site is about (Monetization Tips), but is also useful in terms of search engine placement and optimization.

Domain names can be bought quite cheaply these days and have a variety of extensions such as .com, co.uk, biz and .tv are also available and other varieties are likely to come online in time. If  possible, try to purchase the domain name with the .com extension and/or your country extensions (co.uk/co.fr/co.za, etc).

Tips for choosing a domain name -

Consider the following:

1. Have several domain name choices in mind. Your first one might not be available.

2. If possible, use a key word that relates to your product or service in the domain name.

3. Choose catchy, memorable name where possible.

4. Make sure the domain name is easy to spell.

5. Check the sleeping of your domain name before you make your purchase. Once you’ve pressed the purchase button, you can’t make any corrections.

6. Remember to renew your domain name on time annually to maintain ownership.

When choosing the domain name, remember the acronym RAIL:

1. R- recall. How easy is to recall the name?

2. A-aesthetics. How does the name look? Does it look good on business cards and company literature?

3. I-impressions. First impressions are crucial. Does the name sound good?

4. L-length. Domain names are limited to the 26 letters of the English alphabet, ten numerals and hyphen – 37 characters in all. When picking a name, less is more. A short name is preferable to a long one.


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  • Posted by Arup Ghosh on 27th Jan 2013

    Is there any negative impact on visitors of foreign country for cTLD using blogs?
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  • Posted by panda on 27th Jan 2013

    Nice topic. I like your every post. I know first time about AR after PR :) so its nice. I learn one more thing from you. Thanks for it
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  • Posted by Sean Nicholson on 27th Jan 2013

    Love the R-A-I-L acronym. Length is definitely the toughest one, as many of the short names are taken. But new domains like the .ly domain are making things a bit easier.

    Thanks for the great tips!

    –Sean
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  • Posted by Yecruzsulla on 28th Jan 2013

    greats post amrik,
    i just want add some of my opinion…

    if we want build a personal blog, i prefered to use our name for a domain.
    because its more credible and barndable :)

  • Posted by Kuldeep on 28th Jan 2013

    I want to create a website on health & insrnc plz suggest a domain name,

  • Posted by Aditi Datta on 28th Jan 2013

    Hello,
    Well I do feel the same that choosing an appropriate domain is definitely very important for your website and infact this is the foremost step you need to do for your site. I just love the R-A-I-L acronym that you have highlighted. Great!! Thanks for the share!!

  • Posted by Hadley on 28th Jan 2013

    Picking a url that targets your keyword is still very important, I had 22 mini sites in my market for different cities across the country and it helped me to get them to the top of Google very quickly.

  • Posted by Dhruv Bhagat on 28th Jan 2013

    In point 5, Is it sleeping or spelling ?

    Thanks.
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  • Posted by Florett Rivera on 28th Jan 2013

    Excellent post and wonderful blog, I really like this type of interesting articles. Think the reason big names have been able to be successful (Google, eBay, Amazon) is that they had a real product and that’s what kept people coming back. These domains did not rely on keyword search, so it didn’t matter then (there was also less competition) whether they were relevant or not.

  • Posted by Main Uddin on 28th Jan 2013

    I am very happy happy to see as Amrik Virdi has come back again in blogging .
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  • Posted by Angela Lea on 29th Jan 2013

    Domain is truly a very important point for our success in it. Domain name is basically not only the thing we see in front , it really have a great impact on the website. i appreciate your effort emrik. great post.

  • Posted by kiran on 29th Jan 2013

    No,it doesn’t impact foreign country bcz so many blogger’s are still using cTLD’s.
    Read more at http://www.bloggingtips.com/2013/01/27/choosing-domain-name/#EdQv2B1mqdCRJ7yA.99

  • Posted by Chitra Lekha on 29th Jan 2013

    very useful post for a newbies, who are planning for new domain. Choosing a domain name with a primary keyword in it will be a nice idea!
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  • Posted by Tim Potter on 29th Jan 2013

    Love acronyms makes life so easy. I have drilled RAIL into my head. thanks for this wonderful blog. Have a great day.
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  • Posted by travaux on 29th Jan 2013

    It is not necessary for SEO to put the keywords in the domain name, but it looks like more aestetic and pro.

  • Posted by Hadley on 30th Jan 2013

    Your domain name is cruicial to the long term success of your website. I got lucky and was able to get all the keywords with different cities/towns for a market and it really helped me rank for my keywords quickly. They are still holding top positions now.
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  • Posted by Sugandha Agarwal on 31st Jan 2013

    Heya Amrik,
    Thanks for the Info I will definitely keep these tips in my mind!
    AND
    Good to see you back!
    Cheers \m/
    ~ Sugandha! :)

  • Posted by Diane Clark on 31st Jan 2013

    Detailed and helpful practical hints – thanks for sharing your experience. I’m certain that not only beginners, but even experienced bloggers can overlook some of these important aspects.
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  • Posted by vinay goud on 31st Jan 2013

    nice article. i am thinking to move to a new domain this article helped me a lot…thank you..!!!!
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  • Posted by Amrik Virdi on 1st Feb 2013

    You are welcome Vinay!
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