Looking Beyond Dot-Com

When most people are choosing a domain name, the .com extension is the only one that comes to mind. There’s a good reason for this- most of the biggest websites use that extension. It’s also the most common “guessed” domain extension. But, there are many others out there to choose from.

To capitalize on people guessing your domain name, choose a .com when possible. A guessed name is when a customer or client types in what they think your Web address might be. That represents a small percentage of buyers looking for specific sites, but it can result in sales. If you can’t get a .com name, it might be a good idea to choose a different name for the domain to one that has the .com name available. An extension other than .com will still be viable, but it may not result in the same amount of traffic that a .com name will.

The time to buy .net, .org, .cc, etc., extensions is when you already own the .com name. After you have the .com, it’s important to protect your site’s image and clientele by buying all of the GoDaddy available extensions. Having the .com and leaving the .org available leaves that domain open for a competitor to come in and set up a similar site that can easily be confused for your own. Your site’s reputation can be tarnished by a scam artist who uses those domains to capitalize on your good name to defraud customers who trust your reputation.

When you decide on a potential domain name, be sure to check which extensions are available. When deciding where to buy domains, look for one that allows you to see what’s currently available. A site like GoDaddy will have a place to buy the domain as well as an extensive search feature that lets you check which extensions have been bought and which are available. Once you check your chosen names, you can choose the domain names that have all of the extensions up for grabs. If you use GoDaddy, you can buy all of them at once in one purchase, keeping every extension of your name protected and within your control.

Owning a domain is like having your own house on the web and your domain name is the street address that points someone to that property. You can’t start making money online without first registering a few domain names. The most successful people making money online own hundreds, sometimes even thousands of domains.

GoDaddy is the by far the best place to register a domain name. They don’t have all those commercials and NASCAR sponsorships for no reason. They offer the most competitive prices, a user-friendly interface and the best customer service in my opinion. I use them to register all of your domain names and I would suggest you do the same.

How to pick the best domain name.

1. The best domain name to register depends on how you plan on using the registered name to make money online. It could be that you’ll be using the domain to make a review site, a blog, or to promote the site of an affiliate offer. No matter what method of making money online you choose, the number one criterion when picking a name is a good choice of keywords.

2. Find a keyword phrase that has about 2-3 words and use those words in your domain name. For example if you’re making a site about “wood tables” then a good keyword phrase could be “making wood tables” and your domain name to register would be “makingwoodtables.com”.


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