You may think that registering a domain is a simple task. Well it is! It’s boring dead simple.
In fact if you look on YouTube you will see tons of videos with step by step instructions on how to do just that. The thing is that they are all basically the same.
I mean you see the same thing over and over again. It’s just a guide on how to make an account at a domain registrar and make a purchase. It can’t be easier than that.
If you can open your own email account, which by the way is necessary when making a purchase, chances are you can easily buy your own domain without any guides.
So why did I make this post in the first place?
Here is the deal:
It’s easy to register a domain.
The hardest part is coming up with an awesome name. But what makes it “awesome”?
Coming up with a cool website address could be a little complicated and time consuming.
After all do you want to build an amazing blog or a spammy one?
Also where do you register it? There are lots of registrars which so which one do you choose?
Should you get WHOIS privacy? Should you register EMDs? These are some of the questions you need to know the answers to before getting started.
In this tutorial I will try to answer all these questions and much more.
As you may already figure it out in this post I won’t talk about the boring “how to register a domain name” topic, instead I will be focusing on other much more important aspects.
Let’s look at some of the things you will want to know before getting started.
In This Guide You Will Learn:
- The anatomy of a good domain name
- How to brainstorm cool domain ideas
- Best registrar
- What is WHOIS privacy and why you need it
So yeah when it comes to paying attention to all of these, things can become a little complicated especially if you are a beginner.
The Importance Of A Good Domain Name
Picking a domain name is a serious task because it will represent your blog in the long run. Come up with a spammy or hard to remember name and chances are your website won’t get as much visitors as it should.
One of the most frequent mistakes I see bloggers do is register a $hitty domain.
I mean why would you do that? The name of your blog is as important as the content period- forget about EMDs…
If your website’s address is not easy to remember well tough luck no one will remember it.
Look at it this way:
Do you like the name you decided on?
Is it easy to remember?
Is it related to your niche?
If the answers to all of these questions is YES, and I mean YES not “maybe” then you are in luck, go with it.
My Secret Weapon To Brainstorm Cool Domain Ideas
There are two possible ways when it comes to brainstorming domains. Either you are creative and come up with the most awesome name or your not.
So what happens if you can’t come up with that awesome name? Don’t worry, I usually get stuck myself.
I sometimes spend a week to come up with a cool name in vain. But I learned a trick which saves me a lot of time.
Fortunately there are a few online domain name suggestion tools we can use to make the processes simpler and most importantly much faster.
Tools You Will Need
This Is How I Do It
- Use NameTumbler to get ideas
- Check to see if the name is available using instantdomainsearch.com
- Make a list in Google Drive of 10-20 ideas
- With Google Search check to see if anyone is using variations of that domain.
- Finally choose the best one from that list
First of all…
- Don’t register EMDs.Why? Because it looks spammy and I believe that internet users are much more intelligent than you may think.
- Don’t register trademarks.(or variations of trademarks).
- It should be unique, easy to remember and related to your niche.
- Keep it short(two or maximum 3 words).
- No hyphens.
- Try to go for a .com extension
Let’s move on…
For example say you are interested in the blogging niche and you are interested in domains that have somewhere inside the keyword “blogging”.
Here’s how to do it
Open your browser and go to NameTumbler.com
In my case I really like to use the keyword “my blogging”.
Simply type in your root keyword in the “Enter a Keyword Field”
Choose “Combine Keyword With” Common Things/Objects or any other category you like.
Add keyword to beginning, no hyphens, extension .com
Next a huge list will be generated automatically. All you have to do now is go trough all of these and pick the ones you like.
I usually go trough at least 5-10 categories to “combine keyword with” so that I can have more to choose from.
Here are my favourite categories:
- Basic Words
- Business nouns
- Business Verbs
- Computer terms
- Compound Words
- Top English Words
- Common words ending in -er
What I do next is open a new tab on my browser and type in instantdomainsearch.com and check to see if any I like are either available or taken.
If any of them are available I open a new Google Document name it “Ideas” or whatever and copy paste all the available ones.
I usually end up with 10-20 possible domains in my Google Document.
Next I open Google Search and check one by one to see if anyone is using variations of that name.
What I mean by variations? Take my blog for example mybloggingthing.com if someone where to have taken mybloggingthings.com or yourbloggingthings.com I would have never registered it as I like my website’s name to be somehow unique.
After you’ve gone trough all of your list and removed any that have variations it’s time to pick just one.
Where To Register It?
Finding a great domain was the hard part now comes the easy part, registering it. There are a lot of registrars out there to choose from, but which one to choose?
When it comes to the best domain registrar I can only recommend Namecheap. In fact Namecheap is the only one I am using for the past 2 years.
Why? Because they are incredible, their support is incredible their services are incredible everything about Namecheap is incredible. I never had any problems with them whatsoever.
On top of that you get free WHOIS privacy for one full year for every new registration, which is quite a deal.
I don’t care what anyone says in my opinion Namecheap is the best domain registrar period.
Another option is GoDaddy which I am sure you have heard about.
Godaddy being one of the biggest domain name registrars, offers cheap domain names and top notch support.
Now the best thing about GoDaddy is that they have a lot of offers and discounts so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them.
What About WHOIS Privacy?
So what is WHOIS privacy and why do you need it? The thing is when you register a domain name you have to give your personal details such as name email contact information and telephone number. These details are mandatory by the ICANN.
So you can imagine that if you register it without WHOIS privacy all of these personal details will be available to anyone who does a WHOIS lookup of your website.
What does this mean? In simple terms your personal details will be available to just about anyone, like spammers for example.
To protect yourself from spammers you can get WHOIS Privacy which is quite cheap and well worth it.
Basically with WHOIS privacy your personal details are replaced with the ones from a forwarding service.