Tips in choosing a domain name

Sunday, February 01, 2009

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Advantages of having a custom domain name:

I had just now bought the domain name ComputerandNet.com,and I am pretty much happy with it.If you are using blogger ( .blogspot.com),I would strongly recommend you to buy a custom domain name now,as almost all 4 letter domain names are taken,all 5,6 letter word domain names are also almost over.

Some advantages of custom domains are
  1. You get to keep all link backs you have got.
  2. No hosting charges-You can still host your blog at blogger.com
  3. Extremely cheap-You can get a domain name for under 10 $ /month.
  4. More Professional look-It shows that you are very much serious about blogging.
  5. You can earn more and is more easier sell off your banner ad spaces for 5$ per month
  6. You can sell the site along with the domain name if you wish.
  7. Stands out of all those dot blogspot.com's.You may have seen a number of very good blogs with dot blogspot.com.How much of those can you remember now?
  8. User friendly,easier than to type .blogspot.com
Which extension to choose?

A dot com,without a doubt,or else you will regret later.If you don't buy a dot com domain name now,then you would have to go with a pretty ordinary domain name in other extensions like .net, .co.uk, .info which accounts for a large amount of traffic leakage.

Traffic Leakage:

One of the most famous blog of all times-Darren Rowse's Problogger.net made a large amount of traffic leakage(3,000+/month) to Problogger.com,and Darren had to buy the domain name Problogger.com for a whopping 4000+$,all because of "ProBlogger" word that he had built for 2 years.I have to admit that when I first heard about Problogger,I too typed Problogger.com instead of dot net.Banking on the "Problogger" popularity,Problog.com is on auction at around 800 $(that's the latest offer,and it has not yet met the reserve limit).

If you own a dot net,you would end up losing 30%-45% of traffic to dot com.

Dot net is also very much popular,but its not a match for more professional and common-dot com.So,I would definitely suggest you to go for a dot com,even if the domain name is a bit lengthy.

Numbers and typing errors in domain names?

A strict 'no' to spelling mistakes,if you are serious about your blog.It also depends on the length and attractiveness of the domain name.I am not that much in favor of numbers in domain names.But,some times,the domain names with numbers are catchy.If a very good domain name of your choice is already registered,try adding a relevant number to it.

For example,let us consider that you are having a blog about Environmental awareness,and a good domain name for it would be SavetheEarth.com.But,you can't even hope that to be available now, as at least a hundred of the thousands of sites on environmental awareness would have thought of that name.You need to think outside the box, and try to be inventive as well as witty.Hmm...so,how about, 911SavetheEarth.com,as if calling 911 to save the earth?That name would really put a smile on the visitor's face.

That's what I could come up with 2 minutes of thinking,and I am sure you can do better than that for your passionate blogs.

Hyphens in domain names?

Hyphens in domain names are not that much user friendly,but,it id definitely SEO friendly.Try not to have more than one hyphen in the domain name.

Free Domain Names:

If you don't wish to pay money,you can get 'blogname.co.cc' for free in a minute.But,still I would prefer a dot com domain name,and 'blogname.co.cc' isn't actually a domain,and is actually a sub-domain(host).Before I got ComputerandNet.com,I had used 'YourPCInfo.co.cc'.So,you may try it out and is definitely better than dot blogspot.com.

CO.CC:Free Domain

If you want to have any help in domain name selection,feel free to ask in the comments.

If you are a teenager,and don't have credit cards,I can show you how to earn 10 $ in a month for your domain name registration,and that would be my next post.You can also receive that post in your mail box by subscribing here.

So,do you use custom domain names?Did you have any good domain names which you regretted selling?Have you tried your hand in domain name selling?

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10 Responses to "Tips in choosing a domain name"

Sandy said :
February 2, 2009 at 7:04 PM
Comments before the post always confuse me, and in a chronilogical way make no sense to my brain. A person must read blog post first, then comment. It's like I'm reading right to left.

Anyway, the domain thing is over my head. I have a blog on blogger (have had maybe 3 years now), started a 2nd one there just recently and just started one last week on today.com. On my 2nd blogger blog, and my today blog the title of the blog is in the url. My first blogger blog has initials that went with my first title (blog changed focus a bit so I changed the title).

So, help me understand whats different about a title and url vs a domain? I believe I keep seeing something about a domain as an option.

Thanks, I keep trying and trying to become more techy literate.

Sandy
February 2, 2009 at 8:20 PM
1)A title tells about the subject of the blog.

2)URL:Is just like your address-Is used for identification of your site(by servers)

www.yourpcinfo.blogspot.com
www.yourpcinfo.co.cc
www.ComputerandNet.com
All these three are URLs

3)Domain:
In the URL www.ComputerandNet.com,
ComputerandNet is the domain.

What I am trying to say in the post is
ComputerandNet.com is better than YourPCInfo.co.cc,which is better than yourpcinfo.blogspot.com.

(i.e) .com > .co.cc > .blogspot.com

You can get a .com for 10 $,and .co.cc is free.
February 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM
Cool post buddy, gud tips, I am too, happy with my dynamic and morder domain name "Pixobyte.com" Btw I am running a contest in my blog, I would be very glad if you are part of it.
Sudha said :
February 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM
Amazing and useful article Karthik. I'm thinking of buying a domain name in a month or two at that time I definitely want your help in selecting the perfect one. Cheers :)
Karthik said :
February 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM
@Nicholas,
Nice domain name buddy!
@ Sudha,
Will surely help you :)
Sandy said :
February 4, 2009 at 7:35 PM
So...my today blog which is http://stitchinglifetogether.today.com is a domain? My blogger ones aren't? http://4ccccs.blogspot.com/ and http://homelessbridge.blogspot.com/

And thanks for the feedbackback on EC forum
Have a good day, pop in for a visit
Do you prefer tea or coffee when you visit? lol
Sandy
February 4, 2009 at 7:41 PM
@Sandy,
Every URL has a domain......In your today blog,'today' is the domain,and in blogger blog,'blogspot' is the domain,and your name(4ccccs,homelessbrigade,stitchinglifetogether are all hosts(like sub domains)
Sandy said :
February 6, 2009 at 10:15 PM
Sub domains...hum ok, one of these days I really may learn this...not so sure. lol

Thanks for your brain.

Soon will be the wkend, have a good one
Sandy
October 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM
Domain name is the important for the every business This tips are very useful to the all the user it helps me more.Thanks to sharing
simran said :
December 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Interesting and important information. It is really beneficial for us. Thanks.SIMRAN

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