Choosing a right domain name for your Blog, website or your online business should be done in a right manner so as to taste success without any problems. People always prefer to read the title of the cover before they actually end up in reading the whole book. So is the same case for a domain name, its the very first impression a person gets about your business or blog you write. So there are some mandatory things to keep in mind before you choose a domain name.
If you are going with some free sub domains provided by blogger or any other free service it is always advisable to switch to your own custom domain name as it costs not more than $10 and if possible you can also have it as low as $3 with some coupons. A custom domain will always have an advantage over a free sub domain like yourname.wordpress.com or yourname.blogspot.com. Sometimes your name would be bought by someone else and you might find it difficult to get your desired name. So be quick in buying your desired domain name before anyone else picks it up.
I have just made a list of 7 deadly mistakes one makes while choosing their domain name which might end them in some problems in long run. So its better to avoid these mistakes in the initial stages and get a real value for the $ 10 you spend on your domain name.
1. Picking a Lengthy name:
First and foremost point is when ever you planed to select a domain name it is so difficult to get your desired domain name as people would have already picked up those small names. So you might be thinking to choose a lengthy domain name which might just lower your chances of getting huge traffic. People always find it easy to type a smaller name rather than a lengthy name.
These days it has been a trend for those micro niche bloggers to choose a long tail domain name to get a top position in the search result. It might work good for micro niche but Google is tweaking its algorithm to keep a hold to such micro niche blogs and probably the latest Hummingbird algorithm update might bring in some changes to such sites. So not sure if lengthy domain names for micro niche blogs would do well in near future.
2. Choosing hardly Spelled words:
Whenever you spell a domain name it should be not too tough.For example you have a word ‘elucubrate’ in your domain there are chances that the users will type this name wrong as many times as possible and at the end they do not feel like typing it again. If you are in need to visitors who end up in your site by typing the domain name see that you use a easily spelled domain name rather than a hardly spelled one.
3. Choosing other than (dot)com extensions:
You might know that there are many domain name extensions other than dot com like .net, .asia, .uk, .org, .uk etc. Here you can choose the other domain extensions when you are having a specified function for your website. If you run a social service or trust like websites then you need to choose .org extension. If you are having a website which requires only a country specific traffic then you can use .in for Indian traffic, .us for US traffic, .uk for UK traffic, .asia for asian traffic etc. Other than any of such reasons it is always preferable to use a .com which does have advantage as many people would first try to type a domain name with a .com rather than .org or .net apart from that there is not major SEO advantage for such other extensions.
4. Sounds like some others domain:
Never plan a domain name which sounds or pronounces like other domain name. It you are in plans to have a tech in your domain name don’t choose techbrunch or techmunch as it sounds somewhat like Techcrunch. People will visit Techcrunch but not your techbrunch or techmunch. So avoid buying bluffingtonpost or endgadgets as they are already famous blogs.
“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” ― Bill Gates
5. Avoid using hyphens:
You may not get the required name as it might have already been taken by some one else, you might have though of using a hyphen in between the words. It might work out if you really have a team of expert writers who bring in quality work to your Blog or site. pocket-lint is one such blog which does pretty well with quality it brings in for the people. But if you are just experimenting on writing the blog all for yourself then its good you avoid taking a domain name with hyphen in between. People never ever like to hit Shift and hyphen button to visit your new blog so its better you brainstorm for another domain name.
6. Going out of your Blog’s Niche:
You are planning to write a blog on technology and you cant select a domain name which contains entertainment, sports or latest news like keywords. Try to select a domain name which can at least tell what your blog is about or what actually your blog contains. As face is the index of mind, domain is the index of ones website or blog.
7. Buying a domain name without searching:
Last but not least and one of the most important mistake you need to avoid is buying a domain name without first checking it in a search engine. As soon as you select a domain name head over to Google or Bing and search for what appears when you type your domain if some irrelevant search results appear then you can be confident to buy your new domain but if results appear which are exactly same as your keywords then it takes bit struggle for you to rank on the top when some one searches your domain name because first those blogs will appear pushing your blog to second or third position. This happened to one of my blogs even till now I don’t get my domain name as a first result.
I hope this article will help you choose a unique, beautiful and excellent domain name which would be recognized as one of the world famous brand in near future. Do you have any more suggestions then do let me know so that it can be shared to others.