Tips for choosing domain name from experts

Consider Buying the Other Main TLDs as Well

Having your main domain name extension secured - be it a .com or a local TLD - is only step one. Step two is getting all of the other popular TLDs, and then setting them to redirect to your main TLD. For example, if your desired address is SeeMeBloggin.com, also consider getting the likes of: SeeMeBlogg.in SeeMeBloggin.co SeeMeBloggin.net SeeMeBloggin.org SeeMeBloggin.co.uk, etc. While this will contribute to your overall domain name bill at the end of the year, you're also preventing possible trouble further down the line. Mainly, you wouldn't want to end up competing with another site with the same domain name but ending in a different TLD. Some other things you don't want: People creating imposter sites - sites that look like yours but aren't (meant to trick people). People registering some of those missing TLDs and then trying to sell them back to you at a much higher rate. Genuine visitors mixing up your TLD and not being able to access your website. - Karol K - Winning WP


Consider Enabling Domain ID Protection

In simple terms, domain ID protection masks your personal contact information from anyone performing a whois lookup on your domain name. By default, and under ICANN rules (the organization that regulates domain names), all domain names must have publicly viewable contact information assigned to them - the same information you had to provide during registration. This includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Let me say this again, by default, all of this is visible to anyone who puts your domain name through a tool such as the aforementioned who.is. This is not perfect. First, anyone can see this info, which means your personal details are exposed. You're basically sacrificing part of your privacy for nothing in exchange. So, the way to solve this is to set domain ID protection with your domain registrar (all domain registrars offer this). This is usually a paid feature, though. The price tag can be around $1 a month. - Karol K - Winning WP


Be brandable

Your domain name is the face of your company-in the form of a URL. Therefore, you should make sure it actually sounds like a brand. So, how do you do that? With simplicity, novelty, and memorability. Avoid inserting hyphens, numbers, or anything else that makes it sound unnatural and complicated. A great example is Pepsi.com. That domain name is leagues beyond inferior options like 'Pepsi-cola.com' or 'Pepsi-2-drink.com'. - Denis Pinsky - Forbes


Don't overthink it

I hear from a lot of people who get stuck at this point because they're afraid of making the wrong choice. The most common problem is that they can't find an available .com. If this is you, just make your best guess and move on. A not-quite-perfect domain name is better than no domain name at all. Just do your best and own it! - Amy Lynn Andrews


Marry your domain name

It sounds odd, but you have to be absolutely sure you love your domain name. Once it's set, you have it for years to come. If you decide later to rename it, then you will lose time, money, branding, and rankings. We do not recommend changing your domain once your blog has been live for any considerable amount of time. - Ogi Djuraskovic - FirstSiteGuide team


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 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


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


Don't fall for trends

Just because something is trending now, it doesn't mean it always will. Copying what someone else is doing can lead you down the wrong path. Stay away from odd spellings and lots of hyphens or numbers. Keep it simple, focused and easy to remember. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Premium domain names for sale

Please contact us if you are interesting in any