7 Tips for choosing great domain names
With over a billion websites on the Internet it’s hard to come up with a great name that isn’t already taken. We have put together a 7 tips to help you find the perfect domain name, and help you get a business name that is original and available.
1. Sounds good
Your domain name is your business name.
Your website is an online business, and it has potential to grow and be your full time job.
You are going to want to get a logo made, so you want to choose a name that is original and sounds great. Speak out loud your name and make sure it rolls of the tongue and sounds catchy.
2. Be descriptive
Ideally you will have a name that is in someway suggestive of what your website is about.
This can help with SEO (search engine optimisation – getting your website on the first page of goggle) and helps people to know what you do and remember the name.
For example; this site get online guru, is a website that gives free advice to getting your website online.
There are of course some big brands that have just made up names that do not suggest what they do– for example Amazon.
However this website has been around long before the internet was a competitive place, and you will have a lot more work getting people to find your website today if it is not descriptive.
4. Be creative
Although I just told you to be descriptive it is best to avoid words that are too directive.
For example, we could have called this website Get Online teacher.
It wouldn’t have sounded as good, and is just a bit dull and boring.
So avoid describing sentences as names like.
“How to get a website online.”
If you use words like how, buy, shop make sure it sounds good and not like a direct order to your users.
3. Keep it Short
The shorter it is, the easy it is to type, and easier to remember.
Which means less room for mistakes, when a user is trying to find your site.
Aim for between 3-14 characters excluding the tld ( stands for Top Level Domain and is the extention after your name li.e. .com)
4 .Avoid Numbers and hyphens
If you have hyphens or numbers in your domain name, you will be forever explaining how to type your domain name to people.
Hyphens and numbers make it harder for people to remember. It best just to avoid these and any other special characters.
5. Check for trademarks and other similarities
last thing to do is make sure the name you have chosen is not under trademark.
You can check at https://knowem.com/
And also see if it is being used on social media sites.
It is also important to check for similar named websites doing similar things.
You don’t want to be taken to court and be accused of being a copy cat.
So make sure you are being original.
6. What TLD to use.
.com are the most recognisable TLD (domain extension) for websites with a global market.
If you can get the .com this should be your first choice.
If you website is location based, the related country code should be your second choice
i.e. co.uk for UK.
Note: In Australia you have to have a business registered to purchase a .com.au
.org were originally set up for non profits organisations, like charities.
So unless you have a non-profit angle to your site I would avoid this TLD
.net is a popular alternative if you are wanting to go global but can’t get the .com Now there are a whole new list of new TLD’s that can work with you Name idea.
For example we have getonlineguru.com But also managed to buy getonline.guru which we have set to redirect to getonlineguru.com. Its always a good idea to buy extra domains and redirect. For a full list of new TLD’s visit
7.Create a mind map
Use this technique for coming up with great domain names..
Now you know the rules its time to start the thinking.
If you are stuck asking yourself how do I get a good domain name
Mind maps are a great way of helping get the creativity flowing.
- Start by writing your central idea in the middle of the page. This is the purpose of your blog or website. For Get Online Guru , We started by writing “Help people start a website”
- Select the key words in your purpose. We chose Help, People, Start, Website.
- Off these words create branches and write other words with mean the same thong or similar to that word. Enlist the help of www.thesaurus.com to help you find similar words.
- Once you have a few words play around with putting them together until you find the right name.
- If you didn’t get anything the first time, try a different sentence as your central idea
- Also look up words in different languages and try and split and combine words
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