How To Get A Fabulous Domain Name
The trick to getting a fabulous domain name is to keep it short
simple and to the point. A crappy domain name is one that is too
long, too complicated or a split domain name from a free web hosting
service (example www.freewebspace.com/prettythings.) Your domain
name should express the essence of your service without being too
abstract. It should contain a keyword that will easily lead traffic
to your site. An example would be www.buytrucks.com.
The domain name must be fabulous because
it is the URL that users will enter into a web browser such as Internet
Explorer or Netscape in order to find you. The catchier the name,
the more likely it is that they will be able to remember who you
are. Avoid using words that sound like each other but are spelt
differently such as "sight" and "site" or words
that are difficult for most ordinary people to spell such as psychiatric
Coming up with a fabulous domain name seems
easy at first, but you will soon discover that the most obvious
names have been taken because they have been owned or registered
by somebody else. If this is the case and you have your heart absolutely
set on a domain name then you can always go to betterwhoisit.com.
Betterwhoisit is a site that identifies who owns what name on the
Internet. Some people just collect desirable names and titles for
domains and are willing to sell you the domain name of your dreams.
The price can vary depending on the universality of the title. For
instance, a site name such as www.psychics.com would cost a lot
more to purchase from a vendor than a more obscure but related name
such as peoplegivingpredictions.com.
The .com extension (called TLD) usually
identifies commercial web sites. Non-profit organizations might
prefer using an .org TLD. Unfortunately, you will find that most
common words and sentences are already in use, especially if you
are using a .com. This is why coming up with a fabulous domain name
also takes a great deal of creativity.
You will also have to make sure that your
domain name doesn't contain any trademarked material. For instance,
a domain name such as www.pepsiversuscoke.com is likely to infringe
on two big trademarks.
Many web hosts will register your new domain
name for you, if you choose this option before opening an account.
However, as domain names can expire it is recommended that you do
it separately at an inexpensive registrar, so that the web hosting
service doesn't try to sell it back to you after the domain name
expires. Inexpensive domain name registrars are Stargate Inc. (http://www.stargateinc.com/)
or GoDaddy.com (http://www.godaddy.com). Both of these sites allow
you to register a .com domain name for an annual fee of less than