Finding a good domain name for your website or blog can for a lot of people become a blocking factor, as it is never as easy as one might think. Getting a domain for your blog involves multiple steps such as:
This article will cover some of the most common things to go over when acquiring and setting up your domain. If you are interested in learning more on how to create your own blog, you can check out our blog post on how to start a blog.
Let me pitch you a common scenario: you have just come up with the perfect name for your newly created blog, and now you just need to register a domain that resembles that name in order to get your blog online on the internet. But once you find yourself on the domain registrars website, you realize that your dream domain has already been taken - what do you do now?
Finding and picking the correct domain name for your website can be tedious. According to the page Diggity Marketing, there have been registered over a whopping 350 million domains worldwide. This makes it no wonder that it can be a difficult task finding an available domain name for your blog, and is the reason that you need to be creative and think out of the box when coming up with your domain names. Here are some of the ways you can select a domain name that is related to your blog but is still available:
When coming up with your domain name, it can be a good idea to get creative with your naming in order to find a domain name that hasn’t already been taken. This includes techniques such as:
Lately there's also been an upspring in AI tools that can help with coming up with domain and blog names with one of these being the site One Word Domain, though these domains are more focused on making brandable and more business-oriented domains.
When choosing a domain name, you also want to think about which TLD you want your domain to have. A domain consists of two different parts: the second-level domain (SLD) and the top-level domain (TLD). The SLD is usually the first part of a domain (eg. facebook) and the TLD is the suffix that follows it (.com) - top-level domains are also sometimes referred to as website extensions or domain name endings.
While the SLD is the part where you can express creativity and use your imagination, there are some more common rules tied to picking the TLD. One of the most important points of picking a TLD is picking a domain name with a common TLD (like .com) as foreign and uncommon TLDs (.biz, .vip or .website) might make people distrust your website before even visiting it.
The above information might still vary depending on the geographic location of your target group, as many websites can also benefit from using a country-code TLD their own country or region (like .dk for Denmark or .it for Italy). If you want to know more about country specific domains, you check out our article on country code top-level domains (ccLTDs).
A domain with a proper TLD like .com will usually not set your back more than around $10-15 for a year, and having a professional looking domain can benefit you a lot down the road. It can be tempting to use services that offer free or very cheap TLDs such as .online, .shop or .xyz, but these low-quality domains can end up negatively affecting your traffic in the long run.
It is also very difficult to change your domain once you have established yourself on search engines as switching your blog or website to a new domain will fully reset the way that Google and other search engines see your website and your content might take a long time to recover and be re-indexed. While getting a domain name for free might be tempting, we recommend you invest in a proper and higher quality domain from the get go.
Buying and registering your domain is done by going to a domain registrar. Domain registrars are businesses responsible for mapping a domain name to a specific IP address (domain to website) on the internet (kind of how a phone book works for phone numbers and names). Some of the most popular domain registrars are:
Often domain name registrars will also offer a domain name search feature that lets you check out available domain names and TLDs in an orderly fashion. These searches might also come with additional suggestions for website names and domains.
While prices for a domain might vary a little bit between different registrars, there can be much more important factors to include when deciding what registrar to use such as:
Being stuck with the wrong domain registrar can be a horrible experience so it’s a good idea to do your due diligence before committing to one. Read user-supplied reviews on different registrars to make sure that there is positive sentiment for the registrar you are looking to buy your domain with.
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It is possible to find very cheap or even free domains on different domain registrars, but they often have uncommon TLD's that people will not trust in contrast to using a common TLD like .com or .net. Instead of trying to get a domain name for free, we advise to spend a little money on getting a higher quality domain.
When choosing a domain name for your site, you should stick to something short and easy to memorize, so that people will be able to find your website again after leaving it. It is also a good idea to pick a common TLD such as .com as these are known to people and make them trust your site more.
Domain names can be bought through domain registrars, which are businesses that act as brokers of domain names (hence being able to buy the same domain from different registrars).