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Choosing The Perfect Domain Name

Discussion in 'Domain Name Forum' started by Amirmullick3, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Amirmullick3

    Amirmullick3 New Member

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    The First Impression is The Last Impression

    This knol will teach people how to make good decisions on choosing domain names and making sites that are perfect for your site. These are just some simple techniques that I thought I should share on this forum.
    1) Using Common Domain Endings
    This can be good or bad for you. By common domain endings (CDE) i mean using domain endings such as xyzpal.com or xyztube.com or something like that where xyz is a word or a few words related to your niche.
    Here are some examples:
    xyztube.com
    xyzpal.com
    xyzdaddy.com
    xyzwire.com
    xyzbay.com
    xyzspace.com
    and many more....
    Here's whats bad about this:

    • People will remember the original site. For example, lets say your making a video streaming site, and you choose to name it xyztube.com, then people will remember youtube, and simply go to youtube instead. The person that made dailymotion.com was smart, that is a good domain name and it has no relevance to youtube, because you dont want to remind your traffic who your competition is. By choosing a name that ends with "tube", you are indeed advertising YouTube.
    • People will also think that your site is a clone site that is nothing more than a "wanna-be." That is a bad thing for your site's reputation.
    • If your site happens to be better than the competition, then in this case with the YouTube example, your site will be sued. Thats the worst. So dont choose a domain that is so much of a copy cat.
    Here's what's good about this:

    • If your copying isnt that bad, then you just might make the cut and become famous easily, because it makes it easy for people to remember the domain name. For example, say there are two New York phone numbers, 478 2999 and 565 2336, and your New York phone number is 478 2959, then you will be able to remember the other 478 phone number very easily.
    • Lets take LimeWire, a VERY famous site and application. If you copy that, then you can make a porn site like spankwire.com, and there you have it, two famous and really easy to remember site names. Spankwire copied the whole "wire" DME and still were able to stay famous.

    2) Keywords in The Domain

    People think that having keywords in your domain name is the best thing, but it can be bad at times. The website how2createawebsite chose keywords well, and it became famous for noobs and newbies very quickly (in part due to the affiliate that the site has).

    • The Good:
    • Keywords will make it really easy to have a good PR and come up high in the list of the first page of search engines. That could never be bad in any way. Sites like proxydirectory show up quick for those keywords and proxytoplist as well.
    • Keywords also help people remember the sites name at times. If your looking for a proxytoplist, then guess what, you go to proxytoplist.com, duh.

    • The Bad:
    • Keywords often end up making a site's domain name really long. Eight is a good number of characters to have in your domain, at max. However, as we see with proxytoplist.com and proxydirectory.com, the domain names exceed 8 characters. Because of this, people will choose other sites that have the same niche but different and smaller domain names, like in this case, I would go with pooxe.com, for example.
    • Keywords also seem to make site's dull. For example, when you want to search for something regardless of where you usually search, you definitely dont go to search.com do you? Or in other examples, if your searching for a proxy to use, you dont just go to proxy.com, as its probably filtered on the PC anyways.
    • One really bad failled attempt at picking a domain with keywords are usually ones that go with xxx-yyy-zzz.com with xxx, yyy, and zzz being three different keywords with -'s in between. These kinds of sites show up quick in search engines, but again, no one is going too type that shit in, people will choose a site with a smaller name in the same niche.
    3) Domain Name Type (gTLD, ccTLD, etc)
    Chances are, you dont know what a gTLD or ccTLD is. TLD stands for top level domain. The gTLD is a generic top level domain, which are domain names ending with a .info, .org, .net, etc. A ccTLD is a country code top level domain, which are domain names ending with a .in (India), .us (USA), .it (ITALY), etc.
    Choosing a gTLD is best, but one can never say when it is best. This is a very complicated part of choosing a domain name, so bare with me.

    • Dot info-- This is best if your website will be all about information. If your making a website that gives information on making a website, then you may go with creatingwebsites, which completely makes sense. A .info domain name is often associated with proxy sites as well. In my case, I have 5, four letter, .info proxy sites.
    • Dot com-- People often think that theres no way of going wrong with a .com domain name, but you know what? There is. Often people choose .com domain names that are really lengthy because thats all that's available with .com, long domain names. Dont choose a domain name with more than 8 letters unless it really works well. In the case of webcosmoforums, this works well, and there is nothing wrong.
    • Dot net-- This is often wheat people go with if the domain name they want is not available with .com's. You have to be careful. Remember, you dont want a domain name that will remind people of other more famous websites, especially if you share the same niche. So lets say youtube.net was available, and you wanted to make a site like YouTube, then you would be making a huge mistake, because why would someone go to youtube.net when they can just go to youtube.com ?
    • Dot org-- This can be good for many things, just first of all, dont make the mistake mentioned for .net . This is best for sites that are organizations. For example, warez-bb.org is a great organization for warez supporters, and it gives the site a feeling of "official-ness" if you know what I mean.
    • DOT [ccTLD]-- Choosing some kind of country code does not mean a lot. It is best to be used for a domain hack. An example of a domain hack would be del.icio.us or wis.dm which both use the TLD at the end to make a word. This also allows people to have small and easy to remember domain names, but it is often expensive.
    4) Where to Register Domain
    In my opinion, its usually best to register your domains with one registrar, just to keep things safe and simple. In that case, you should choose a registrar who has multiple types of TLD's, so that you can register almost any domain you need with that person. In addition, money matters, so pick a registrar that is cheap and always remember to Google for coupons that you can use to get discounts on your domain purchase.

    • Most people go with GoDaddy, as it is super famous because of the GoDaddy Girls and Bob Parson. Although GoDaddy is great, its not the best. They dont offer tons of TLD's, and they have many ways of making easy money off of you when you register a domain, so make sure when you register a domain with GoDaddy, dont buy the extra shit. Make an account with GoDaddy though, because if you ever buy a website, theres a chance you will need a GoDaddy account.
    • Name is one of my personal favorites, because they have tons of TLD's and the support is great as well. It also has a simple way to search for multiple domains to ease the pain of finding a good domain name.
    • EuroDNS is good, too. They have multiple TLD's, and there site structure is really good as well.
    • One good way to go is to see if the site your getting your hosting from lets you buy a domain name from them. These domain names are often free and for life, so this is a great buy if your planning on sticking with the hosting for a while. HostGator has this service, as well as many other sites do.
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  2. imported_Chris

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    I generally try to start with a list of keywords for the site. Once I have a nice list, I mix match them until I find something creative. It's a good idea to spend a few days before you buy it.

    Random Tip: By law (Per the ICANN agreement), you can get a full refund 24 hours after purchasing the domain.
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    I normally make a mindmap of words associated with my niche, so for example design, web, multimedia, then look on a thesaurus for synonyms which can be really helpful when deciding on a catchy name :)
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    Very nice article Amir.

    The basic thing is it should be easily remember by our visitors, relevant to our business and would be great if having the target keyword in it.
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    Nice sharing..The domain name should be small and catchy and relevant to business..
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    This is a useful guide in choosing domain names. Thus,one should always consider the relativity of your name to your business.
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    a mix of a keyword (xyz) and something catchy that's easy to remember (and not stolen from competitors) is a good way to go too to kind of catch the seo and brand benefit
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    thank you very much for giving such types of important instruction.i think we should keep our domain name as short as possible because short names are easy to type and easy to remember. they also allow for more characters in the URL in the SERPs and a better fit on business cards and other offline media.
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    When it comes to choosing a domain name for your website there are many things about the best approach. The selected domain name should be best and most friendly to Google. Here are some points to remember for choosing the right domain name for your business website.
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    The selected keywords do not have any bearing on the pr.
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    Choosing a Perfect domain name is really important to run any online business. A domain name indicates the your own business.
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    Choose a simple domain name. Your domain name shouldn't be too long, hard to spell, or include unusual characters. Ideally, it should be around three words long, with no hyphens and shouldn't include any complex words. Using our earlier example, "buycars.com" is short and memorable. A domain such as "jimmys-new-and-used-auto-online.com" is much longer and rather difficult to remember.
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    What are the things to be remembered while choosing a domain name???
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    I don't know about this but after read your post I got it. Thanks and its very useful information about Domain Name.
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    Domain name is important part of a website. Domain name shows type of your business. Thank you for good information about domain name.
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    Thanks for sharing such a great and meaningful information through this one can come to know about how to choose a perfect domain name.
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    Domain name must be something that clearly explains your service, brand or service in the most effective way. It is not something that is long or too short as long as it is catchy and related to your business.
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    I am really glad you share this fantastic article. I think this is really helpful for others. Keep up the good work!

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