We will be providing you with a list of several domain and hosting
companies... With so many options out there we want to make sure that we
provide you with the most reliable, affordable and trustworthy companies
Before we make recommendations on who you should purchase
your domain name from, there are some VERY important things you need to
know before you buy a name.
- Domain Names are "web estate" (online real estate) - A
good name, with a good website behind it can improve in value. The
more traffic, better ranking, and age of a domain name and website
can become as profitable as additions to a home, such as a pool,
deck, hardwood flooring, etc... Again, because it is "web estate",
if you have the time, money, knowledge and desire, you can NEVER
have too many domain names! For less than $10 a year, if you can
find a unique and good name that no one else has thought of, it
would be foolish of you to NOT buy it! You can either just keep the
name, or you can build out small, profitable websites that can later
be sold for a LOT of money. (We will be putting together an
education series about making money with domain names starting later
this year... So check back often!)
- Choosing a name - Because everyone seems to be on the
internet nowadays it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find
a domain name that fits your company. When you are looking for a
domain name there are some guidelines that you should consider when
picking your name...
Making sure your customers/clients remember your website is the key
to a successful business. You want the name to be easy & memorable.
Word of mouth, repeat business, linking and keywords are all
important for success... Use the guidelines below to help you find
the right name for you.
- Easy & Short - You don't want to use a name that
people cannot remember. For example: thewhatzajigger.com not
only spelling, but using "weird" phrases or names can be
extremely confusing and hard to remember. People want "easy" if
it isn't "easy" then they will find a competitor who is. Same
with length, the longer the name the less people remember (not
to mention can hurt you in the search engines),
ihavethebestcookiesinamerica.com is cute, but just TOO long!
- Spelling & Shortcuts - There are "slang" words that
can be commonly misspelled, even common words that people just
can't seem to remember how to spell. When you have these
problems, it is recommended that you purchase both the one you
want, as well as the most common misspelling. For example:
"RECIPE" or "RECEIPT"... you'd be surprised how many people
spell it like: receipe or reciept..
Using "4" or "for" - "u" or "you" - granted you want a shorter
domain name, but you never know which version will be the one
most people automatically use, so if this is what you want to
do, we recommend that you purchase both versions
- .com, .net, .biz, .org, .gov, .tv, .??? -
There are so many domain extensions it is hard to know what is
the right one to use. Not to mention, when someone finds a name
they like that isn't available on the .com but is available on
the .net or .biz, they think it is "just as good"... NOT
.gov, .mil and .org are unique in their own rights... .org is
used for charitable, organization and non-profit websites. .gov
& .mil is, well obviously government websites. Unless your
websites fit under that category it is not a good
idea to use them. Even if your website does fit under them, it
is still a good idea to get the .com (we will explain why
shortly). People use the .gov and .org websites .com version for
their websites because they know that chances are they will get
most of their business from people typing .com.
.net, .biz, .tv, etc... There are technically "purposes" for
these extensions, but the biggest reason they've added most of
these domain extensions is so that there are more names
available to purchase.
.com is still the ONLY extension 95% of internet users remember.
Even if you tell them BillyBobsLugnuts.NET, 2 hours later when
they try to visit your site, their brain and fingers will
automatically type in: BillyBobsLugnuts.COM. Unless most of your
business comes straight from links on the internet, and repeat
business isn't a priority then the extension you use does not
matter. However, if you plan on word of mouth, brochure, phone
book, repeat visitors, etc... is your goal and important to your
business than find a name with the .com!!!
- Using "-" in your name - For example:
billy-bobs-lugnuts.com... For those who have names they really
want, but someone has already thought of, they think using the
"-" is the way to go... COMPLETELY WRONG!!!
Like the difference between using .net or .com, using a "-" is
completely forgettable! Nobody remembers to include the "-" in a
name. So chances are you will lose over 1/2 your word of mouth
and repeat business by using "-" in your name.
NOTE: For both the "-" and domain extension problems, if you
find a .com without the dashes that you like, it will not hurt
to pick up the .net, .biz, and "-" name as well... That way you
own that name completely... Don't spend the money on these
options unless you find a "gold-mine" name...
- Purchasing a name - First, make a list of several names
and choices for your domain (don't start trying to find a name until
you have a good list to begin with, and many variations because
there is not an "unlimited" amount of choices left)
When you have decided on a name(s) and are ready to begin searching
for availability go to one of the companies below and be ready to
purchase them immediately! Just visiting a domain purchasing agent
and typing in names is NOT a good idea. There are companies that
have computers out there that sit and watch these sites, and because
they know that "web estate" is important they take the opportunity
to purchase any website that someone is interested in and then
resell it at a dramatic increase. "Domain Squatters" are frustrating
and extremely painful to deal with... One day you find the "perfect
name" that would have been less than $10 and go back 2 days later
with your credit card and find it has been purchased. You will now
be able to buy your "perfect name" for $250-$10,000 on average!
If you do not have the money right then, wait until you can afford
to purchase the names you find, and THEN go and search for them,
click "buy" immediately and be done with it. There is nothing worse
than losing the right name and having to settle for an "ok" name.
You do NOT need to have a place to host the website when you
purchase it!!!! You can "park" your domain name when you purchase it
Click Here to Begin Buying Your Domain Name(s) Now! -
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name registrar on the internet... Go Daddy is the only registrar we
A list of hosting companies will be available soon!