What can a good domain name do for you? Plus 5 quick steps to owning it.

Your domain name is your address on the world wide web,

your own piece of virtual real estate. It’s the ‘street front’ of your internet business.

Choosing a perfect domain name for your website can be frustrating. It starts out exciting and can be confusing!

10 attributes of a good domain name.

  • General image is appealing.
  • encompasses the business accurately
  • in a few short words.
  • super easy to remember
  • Short, smart, clear.
  • Not so clever that no-one gets it!
  • A popular search term
  • Easy to spell
  • No hyphens.
  • No copyright infringements.

Smart Company.com.au , a business news website, analysed the power of a domain name with this fine example;

From ‘Beep.com’ to ‘CarLoans.com’:

How a domain name change resulted in a $40 million turnover boost

BY YOLANDA REDRUP

In 2013, Shaun McGowan’s business, Beep.com.au, was turning over $60 million. Five months later the company has grown by 60%, now exceeding $100 million in turnover, through one simple change – the domain name. car

McGowan purchased a new, premium domain name CarLoans.com.au  and since then the business’s click throughs have increased, its marketing spend has reduced and turnover has increased by $40 million.

“We have also noticed ……. our name is now seen as the authority in car loans because of its natural association with CarSales.com.au”

 

BUT..

Let’s look at the domain name Nike.com. They sell running shoes, in case you haven’t heard, with sales over $6billion!

Nike’s original business name, which was BlueRibbonSports is obviously not their domain name now. 

Thanks to their first employee, Jeff Johnson, who suggested a new name to honor the greek goddess of victory, an athletic beauty with winged heels…Nike. It was the superior quality product that got the ball bouncing. Then Michael Jordan and the brand kept it bouncing along at No.1 in athletic wear.

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See the impact branding can have on your web presence. When you want to buy really good running shoes, do you search Nike or running shoes?

What do you want your domain name to do?

  • Describe what your audience is searching for.
  • It can be your brand name or both.
  • It can be merchandise-able.
  • It can be sold in the future.
  • It can draw in customers who are ready to buy now.
  • It can depict authority.

Domain Name Extensions;

Not for profit sites are about sharing information and networking…Use the extensions  .org   .net  .info

Companies use .co   Governments use .gov   And there are new extensions  like  .guru   .rocks  for fun.

  .com is for people who mean business, a commercial intent. 

 5 quick steps to owning your own domain name.

1. Think of a handful of keywords relevant to your niche.

2. Play around with a name generator like bustaname or domainr. (Free)

3. Choose a name and check it’s availability at namecheap or GoDaddy.

4. Register and pay for your ‘chosen one’. (from $4 per year)

5. Transfer the DNS to a hosting provider. (Video instructions here.)

In January 2016 a new domain name register was launched.

The good news is… you don’t need 5 steps to get one.

One step at the one price.

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Do you need a hand to choose a good domain name? I can help.

Leave your questions about domain names or setting up an internet business in the comments box below.

I will get back to you ASAP.
Go really well,

from Janelle.

Founder of TheCashedUpNomad.com         ‘Earn Your Freedom Online’

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. nelio said:

    G’day Janelle, love it you are full of energy and enjoying your life, have fun and have an awesome day

    February 4, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thank you Nelio for such a sweet blessing. You go well too and thanks for reading my post.

      February 6, 2015
      Reply
  2. Mohammad Tarmizzy said:

    Thanks for the information. The factors you put up on choosing a domain names are sensible.

    February 4, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Yes Mohammad, we like sensible and we like effective too. I’m trying to make my words work harder for me, even when they are just in the name. Go well sir. J

      February 6, 2015
      Reply
  3. Norleila said:

    A very clear and simple explanation to understand. You brought up good examples. I believe many would benefit from your site. Thank you for the information, Janelle.
    Norleila

    February 4, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Norleila, You can see how a good domain will make all the difference to your image on the web. J

      February 6, 2015
      Reply
  4. Debbie said:

    I am in the process of creating a new website about bamboo products, with reviews and affiliate links. Right now, it is just a ‘shell’ site with no content. but I do have a sign up spot for my newsletter.

    The domain name I got is “WhereToBuyBamboo.com” because I figured that phrase would go in front of anything a person is searching for. Even with not one post on my site yet, I already had 2 people sign up for my newsletter!

    The domain name can definitely help send people to your site, if chosen well.
    BTW – I am also using Wealthy Affiliate for hosting and they are fabulous!

    February 4, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Wow! Keywords are awesome and keywords in your URL are very hard to compete with. I think you’ve nailed it with ‘wheretobuybamboo.com’
      Keep your posts tightly ‘on theme’ and you have an authority site. …with affiliate links…you are off and running.
      Go really well from Janelle.

      February 6, 2015
      Reply
  5. Janette said:

    Janelle,
    Thanks for the great article on domains. The next domain I pick I will certainly use some of the information you included here.

    EJ

    February 4, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Hi Janette. I like the domain name you have now. Are you happy with it? J

      February 6, 2015
      Reply
  6. Debbi said:

    Excellent article with a lot of good information to consider when choosing a domain name. Thanks.

    February 5, 2015
    Reply
    • Janelle B.M. said:

      Thanks Debbi. Choosing your domain name is also the funnest part of start up!

      February 6, 2015
      Reply

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