Tips for choosing domain name from experts

The Right Domain Will Help You Get Found

Domain names impact your rank in search results. Search engines like Google try to determine what your website is about so they can list it in relevant searches. The domain is one of the first places they look for clues about your business. To help potential clients find you in searches, choose a domain name with keywords related to your business. For example, if you are a contractor, you might want to purchase a domain name like www.yournameconstruction.com - Wix


Choose '.com' first

Up to 75% of all websites are '.com' domains. It is still the preferred extension and the easiest to remember. If your number one name choice isn't available, then try your second choice before accepting other TLDs. Remember that some browsers accept address-only entries in their address bar. If you type just the domain name (and who knows how many of your users will just do that?) they will return, by default, to the '.com' site. - Ogi Djuraskovic - FirstSiteGuide team


Avoid hyphens

Never create a domain name with hyphens. Hyphens can be a sign of spam domains, which you do not want to be associated with. You don't want to give the wrong impression to potential visitors. Hyphenated domains are also prone to typos. If you choose a domain name with hyphens because the domain you want is already taken, your users will end up at your competitor's site if they forget to type in the hyphens. - wpbeginner


Use broad keywords

Keywords in a domain name can help with the cognitive fluency biases, but also from an SEO perspective. Google has been biasing away from these exact match and partial match domains, but the anchor text you get from people linking to your domain can help. If you can get a keyword mention in your domain name that helps make it obvious what you're website is about, go for it. But if you're trying to secure a keyword rich or a keyword targeted domain, I would stay away from those in 2017. They don't carry the weight that they used to, and have negative associations (with users and search engines) that you should avoid. For example, I would not purchase a domain name like; RecipesForPasta.com or BuyPastaOnline.com. I would instead, go for something very broad like Gusto.com. Think about Amazon.com or Google.com, which clearly has no association with what it is. These are very well-branded, but don't have keyword richness to them. It's more of a creative association, just like 'gusto' means 'taste' in Italian. So I might be tempted to go in that direction instead. - Rand Fishkin - Moz


Buy the Common Misspellings of Your Domain

This, however, can grow your annual domain bill even further, so it's your call. In general, you're going to be pretty safe if you just focus on a couple of the most likely misspellings of the domain. Looking at my earlier example, Lotterio.com could be misspelled as Loterio.com - single 'T'. Once you have those, redirect them back to your main domain name. - Karol K - Winning WP


Consider using your name

I highly recommend registering your name as a domain even if you have no plans to do anything with it. Why? Because you never know if you just might become a household name in the future. And then you'll be glad you have it. (I use Namecheap to register all my domains. You can do it quickly, no website required.) If you plan on using your blog to sell a service you provide or if you hope to speak or become a published writer, your name might be perfect. If you have a really difficult name to say or spell, consider using your first and middle, or a nickname, or make up a new name altogether (yes, people really do that). - Amy Lynn Andrews


Brandable Over Generic

Creative and brandable are always better than generic. Remember: Your domain name is how visitors will find, remember, and share your company on the web. It is the foundation of your brand. Here's the main difference between a brandable and generic domain name: A brandable domain name is unique and stands out from the competition, while a generic domain name is usually stuffed with keywords and unmemorable. For example, do you know the difference between Healthinsurance.net, Newhealthinsurance.com, or Healthinsurancesort.com? Probably not, right? These are horribly generic. They don't have any meaning. You won't hear anyone talking about how awesome 'Insurance.com' is. Plus, variants of the word 'insurance' will increase the competition and make it blend in even more. But sites like UnitedHealthCareOnline.com and Anthem.com stand out, because they stand for something. When people hear those domain names, there is a trust factor there. Here's how to find a more brandable domain name: Create new words. You can make up your own catchy, new words. That's what Google, Bing, and Yahoo did. Use existing words. You can use a thesaurus to find interesting words that fit your brand. Use domain name generators. These tools can help you create a unique, brandable domain name from your initial domain ideas and keywords. (We'll highlight some of our favorite domain name generators later on in this post.) - ROBERT MENING - WebsiteSetup


.Com? .Org? .Info?

Every web address ends with a period followed by a domain extension. Those 3 to 4 letters are known as 'top-level domains' (TLDs). Wix lets you choose from 33 TLDs. Each one has its benefits, so find the one that best suits your business. - Wix


Try a domain selection tool

If you are having a hard time brainstorming for an idea, no worries, the internet has your back. Try using a domain selection tool to help you find the perfect domain. Tools like DomainsBot or NameMesh can help you find that perfect domain. But remember to adhere to the advice above when using these tools. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Go for a .COM

If you are serious about building a long-term brand online, there is nothing better than a .com. Using a 301-redirect to drive traffic to a .net or .org is totally fine, but owning the .com or the equivalent TLD for your target market country is critical. There are a number of reasons why this matters, but the most crucial one is for your users. While there are thousands of TLDs to choose from, .com still carries the most trust with it. Many internet users are still unaware that the other TLDs exist and may hesitate to click when they see one. Make it easy for your users and choose a .com. You'll thank me in the long run. (Note for transparency: I am currently working on getting ownership of the .com for my site's domain. When I rebranded a few years ago, I was unable to claim it and now have to bid to own it.) - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


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