Want to know what the steps are to buy domain names? Having your own domain name and your own website is by far the best way to start an online business. When you have a domain name and a website it’s like ‘owning’ your own piece of online real estate. It gives your business credibility and it allows you the control you need to run your business as you choose.
Many people, especially when first starting out, mistakenly think that they can put up a blog or website for free at places like WordPress.com or Blogger.com and that is the same as getting their own domain name.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. when you go the free route, you don’t own anything and you don’t control anything.
If the company who is hosting your blog decides that they are going to change some rule and then find that you aren’t in accordance with the new rule, they can just pull the plug on your blog. They don’t have to warn you, it’s theirs and they can do what they want.
It also presents a less than professional image to any visitors that may visit your free website. You want to create credibility and look professional. Neither of those things is achieved with a free site.
So, hopefully I’ve got you convinced that owning your own website is important, now I will walk you through the steps to buying your first domain name.
1. Figure out what your website will be about. Are you selling products or services related to birds, golf, online business, pets, etc.
2. Once you determine what niche your business will be in, you need to find a list of keywords related to that niche. A long list of highly targeted and highly searched keywords is what you are looking for.
3. Take your list of keywords to an online domain registrar, there are dozens. Plug in your keywords until you find one that is available.
For example, if you are building a business about bird watching and you’ve found that the keyword “bird watching for beginners” gets a lot of monthly searches, than you plug that in to see if the domain name “BirdWatchingForBeginners.com” is available. If so – great, if not – keep looking.
The more competitive the niche the more time it will take to find the right domain name since many of the keywords that you are using will already be taken.
If possible, use a .com extension but if you just can’t find a .com but you can find a .net, I would go for it. I’ve used both and have gotten great results with either. This is especially true if your domain name is a really great keyword.
Also, try to avoid using other words if possible. If the most searched for keyword on your list is “bird watching tips” it’s best to use only ‘BirdWatchingTips.com” but if that’s not available you can still get good results with “BestBirdWathcingTips.com”.
It’s not quite as good, but it’s better than using a less popular keyword for your domain name. As long as the keyword itself is intact, it won’t hurt you to add a word before or after your main keyword.
It’s easy to buy domain names, what becomes more of a challenge is to buy the right names, these tips will help you get a great name for your business.