Tips for choosing domain name from experts

But all the good names are taken!

Be creative. It's very possible (and in many cases probable) that you'll come up with the perfect domain only to find it's already taken when you try to register it. Don't be afraid to go back to the drawing board. Try looking up similar words in the thesaurus. Ask others for ideas. Mix words up or around. Use a tagline, a nickname or a phrase you say all the time. - Amy Lynn Andrews


Build your brand

If you can't find a good domain that meets the previous rule, use branding to distinguish yourself. Using a unique moniker is a great way to build additional value. Take note that, because of this need for brand-building, you'll likely be slower to gain traction than if you used a more simple and straightforward domain. But, if done correctly, the effort can pay off in the long run. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Consider Using Keywords

Keywords can help improve your SEO - but you need to tread carefully here. If you try to awkwardly stuff keywords into your domain, it comes across as generic (like we talked about before). If you do choose to use keywords, put the keywords at the beginning of your domain. That's where they'll be the most powerful for your ranking. You can find keywords with tools like Google Keyword Planner and Keywordtool.io. - ROBERT MENING - WebsiteSetup


Use keywords

Have you read my post What is SEO? (And Why It Matters)? Your domain is one of the best places to use a keyword or two. And the more compact and closer to the beginning of your domain, the better. For example, if 'fly fishing' is your keyword, FlyFishingAdventures.com is better than AdventuresInFlyFishing.com. - Amy Lynn Andrews


Check the Domain History via who.is

Right after Wayback Machine, who.is is your other go-to tool for getting to know the history of a given domain name. This one is very useful for at least two reasons: First, you can see the current domain info - stuff like who the owner is (provided they don't have ID protection - more on that later) - who the registrar is, and so on. There's no point in me listing everything here - just go to who.is, input your favorite website and see what's up. Second, who.is gives you access to a 'whois history report'. This is a paid service - $10 - but the price tag is rather small in relation to what you get in return, which is all the whois data associated with a given domain name from the very beginning. This means that you can see what the domain's history is, when it was registered, and how many times it potentially changed hands. In the end, if you're considering getting an existing domain, which can be quite pricey, spending an additional $10 doesn't seem that brutal. Plus, it can save you headaches later on. - Karol K - Winning WP


Keep it unique and brandable

Your blog domain name must be unique, so you'll stand out in your readers' minds. It's smart to research other blogs in your niche and find out what domain names they're using. You don't want to accidentally use a trademarked name, or get accused of copying another blogger. You can also choose to pick a domain name that's more brandable. Brandable domain names are unique, catchy, and memorable. For example, 'Amazon.com' is a much more brandable name than 'BuyBooksOnline.com.' - wpbeginner


Partial Match Domains (PMD)

A partial match domain is a web address that includes some of the words or phrases that a user entered into Google or another search engine. For example, if someones searched for 'History Channel,' a PMD would be www.history.com. - Wix


Easy to say and spell

The goal is for your domain name to be passed along easily by you and by others. This is more likely to happen if people don't have to stop and think about how to say or spell it. - Amy Lynn Andrews


No hyphens

It's not very smooth or punchy to specify a hyphen. ('Hi my name is Jane and my domain is fly hyphen fishing dot com.') - Amy Lynn Andrews


Make it intuitive

A good domain name gives people a strong idea of what a website will be about. Being able to look at a domain name and say, 'Oh, they probably do this. This is probably what that company is up to.' is a big win. PastaPerfected.com for example is pretty obvious, intuitively about pasta, and anyone could figure that out. - Rand Fishkin - Moz


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