Finding your future domain name for your website is a VERY IMPORTANT step that you need to take as much time with to ensure you find the PERFECT domain name.
You do not want to just pick the first one you come across, unless it’s the one you searched for and you want.
If you don’t know already, I want to explain what a domain is:
A domain name is the name of your website and what you type in the URL bar to get to your website.
For example, google.com is a domain name. When you type in google.com you are sent to their website.
Startablogandmonetize.com is my domain for this website. When you type that in, you are sent to my website.
What you want to do for this step is find your domain name that you and others will type in the URL bar to be sent to your website.
You need to find your domain name that represents you and your niche.
Your domain name is basically your brand (business) name. People pay very close attention it and it needs to be perfect.
Instead of me telling you how it needs to be perfect, I want to give you a few helpful tips and resources that make it finding the perfect domain as easy as possible.
If you find a domain name you think you want, write it down and keep looking for more until you have a list of 5+ possible domain names to choose from. Then pick one. Don’t register (purchase) it yet. I’ll explain that real soon.
How To Find a Domain Name
- I type a potential domain name in the URL bar. If it takes me to a website, domain parking, redirects to a different URL, a domain sales page, takes a long time to load, etc…, that means the domain name is taken. Try something else. (If it says the domain is for sale, it usually means it will be a few hundred dollars to purchase. If you can afford that, then write it down. If not, you can always register a new one for less than $15.)
If it says something like, “This site can’t be reached,” or the DNS address could not be found, that usually means the domain is available. So write it down and continue searching for more.
(Make sure you have an antivirus protection in the case one of the domains you type in redirects to a website that wants to harm you. If it takes longer than a few seconds to load, it’s usually taken. Try a different one.)
- I go to any domain registrar, in this case godaddy.com, and I type a domain name I am interested in and it shows me instantly whether it is available or taken. If it is taken, it will usually recommend domain names that are available and similar to the one I searched for. I have found plenty of domains from being recommended them.
- I use a domain name generator that automatically searches for and recommends available domains. The main domain generator I use is namemesh.com. All you have to do is type in your niche or related domain name and see which are available. It gives you many different combinations of domains similar to the one you searched for.
- Never register a domain name that has a brand’s name in it. Example, don’t register a domain name with Facebook, PayPal or Google in it. It’s copyright infringement and it can lead to a lawsuit against you. Your domain name needs to be unique.
A few tips that may help you decide on your domain name:
- Your domain name is your brand, so it needs to be something that you would put your name and face on.
- Try to find a domain that is as short as possible and very easy to remember. The easier it is to remember, the better chance people will remember your website and trust you more.
- Your name could be a domain name.
- You can also try something like, your name and your niche. Example: YourNameYourNiche.com. An example is learngolfwithdavid.com. Those are just examples of what your domain could possibly be similar to.
- If I were you, I would use .com for your domain name instead of another ending, such as .net, .org, .biz, etc… I don’t want to get into much detail except that .com is the most used.
- Keyword domain names are becoming more common, and there is a good reason too. When people search a keyword, the search engines finds the most relevant information. If your domain name is an exact searched keyword and your website is content dealing with the keyword, there is a high possibility of getting ranked for that keyword. No one can guarantee it though.
Remember to write a list of different domain names and pick the best one.
DO NOT register your domain name yet.
The next step is going to be where you register your domain name and where you find which company you want to host your WordPress website on. I’m going to share my recommendation with you and I am going to explain a few different companies that can host your website, and I’m going to let you choose which company is right for you.
After you found the perfect domain name, continue to the next step.
If you still can’t find your perfect domain name, you can contact me and I’ll help you as much as I can.
The next step, Choosing a Hosting Company, is a VERY IMPORTANT step. It should not take as long to decide as it did with choosing your niche or your domain may have, but it is still important.
With my help, you can have your website up and running within a few minutes, and cheap too.
(I am going to use a domain I purchased a while back, makemonayonline.com and I am going to be using that as my example for these steps.)