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Choosing the Perfect Domain Name

Aug 17, 2007
Creating and starting your own Internet business may start with your idea, but there are quite a few more steps to go before you can actually accomplish your goals. One of the very first things that you have to consider on the road to getting your business up and running is your domain name.

For an online business, your domain name is equivalent to the name that most people chose to give their business, like Sassy's Sweets or Computer Haven. However, unlike most businesses that you find out in the real world, your company's name needs to be able to have a domain name that will work to draw in potential clientele who you will probably never get the opportunity to meet face to face.

Another factor to consider when choosing your domain name is whether or not people are going to be able to remember it when they go to type it in. Many times people only remember part of a website's name, or they misspell it, and this can often lead them onto other sites. If a person gets lost enough times while trying to ferret out your Internet address, then chances are they aren't going to keep coming back until they get it right.

So, to avoid this potential confusion, you should try to keep your domain name as short and simple as possible. For example, if your business is going to be called Debbie's Closet of Beanie Baby Collectibles, then you might want to try using a domain name like debsbeanies or closetbeanies. A shorter, simpler domain name can make all the different sometimes in how an Internet business fairs. Also, it is important that you don't have your heart set on one specific domain name; create a list of possibilities that could work for you.

Think about how the name sounds as well. When considering whether or not to add a name to your list of possibilities consider the following questions:

* Will it go nicely on business cards and fliers?
* Is it something that people will remember?
* Does it have a catchy sound to it?
* Is it distinguishable by itself or will people be likely to get it confused with another site or service?
* Is it easy to spell and pronunciation?

Once you have narrowed your list of possible names down to a few suitable choices, then you will need to make sure that you go through and put them in order from your most favorite to your least favorite. Now, go to a site like godaddy check the availability of the names on your list. Once you reach a name that is open, you can then use the services of the site to register it as well.

Now that you have set up your businesses domain name and it is registered to you, you can begin working on building up your business by getting that domain name out into the world. Hopefully, it will work to help your clients find their way to your door.
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