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Tips and Tools to Pick the Best Domain for Your Blog

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Tips and Tools to Pick the Best Domain for Your Blog

Picking the right domain name for a blog is an essential step to success. Think of a domain name as a brand to your website, and like any other product, a blog will be really hard to rebrand if you decide to choose another name. Some people underestimate the process of picking the domain, and we urge you to take it seriously and make the right choice. With that in mind, pick what you think is the best using the tips and tools we provide in this article.

What to Consider While Picking a Domain Name?

Picking a domain might sound hard at first, but it is not when you use the simple metric that we created for you which assist you in the evaluating process and make the decision much easier. Below are things you need to consider when registering a domain name.

Keywords

Keywords play an important role in a domain. Good keywords in the domain also assist in ranking higher in the search engine. But to get a good keyword name like webhosting.com is very hard to get these days without spending a hefty sum. But as new niche markets are coming out, the possibilities of keywords are increasing as well, so use your creativity and get a keyword in the domain.

Branding

In the quest for keywords sometimes we forget about our users and audience. Make sure your domain is catchy and easy to memorize so the user can come back to your website and not forget about it. Sometimes the most unrelated and catchy domains do best. Take Google for example. The word has nothing to do with a search engine, but now it dominates the web. So keep in mind about branding while registering the domain name.

Length, Hyphens, and More

The shorter the domain, the better it is because it is easy to memorize, but don’t just buy because of length. It wouldn’t be any use if you qvwmt.com because that does not relate to your niche. You may use hyphens in your domain, but try to stay away from those as much as possible because as the domain gets bigger, the value of it goes down. You need to avoid double letters domain because you it increases your chances of losing traffic to typos. So domains such as WordPresssetup.com you may want to avoid because it confuses the user.

Domain Extension

While we know that .com is the most popular extension for domains, don’t limit yourself to just that. Get the extension that suits your site the most. So if your blog is about an organization then get .org. If it is an informational site, getting a .info won’t hurt you either. But .com is a plus and mostly preferred because most of the users type .com without thinking about it.

Domain Registrars

There are hundreds of domain registrars on the web that are offering you domain registration and more. But like many other scams on the web, there are scam domain registrars that disappear every three months, and you get left hanging. Therefore we suggest you get a domain from one of these popular registrars that has been around and have earned a good reputation in the industry.

Dotster – One of the most reputable domain registrar in the industry. (Buy One Domain and Get one Free – Coupon: GetOneFree)

GoDaddy – One of the domain giants on the web. You can register your domains with them with full trust because we know they are not going anywhere.

Network Solutions – Another industry giant that offers reliable domain registration service.

Domainsite – One of the younger domain registrars but has a good support and the same options.

Tools to Register the Domain

With so many tools online it gets hard to choose between them. Some of them are completely useless, and some are actually very good. We have compiled a list of some of the most useful tools for domain registration.

1. Domai.nr

Domainr

Domai.nr is an innovative web tool that helps you explore other TLD’s that have made popular websites like last.fm and del.icio.us stand out from the crowd. Of course, searches will also include popular top-level domains that are available but it is a very creative tool that you can use to come up with ideas.

2. Nameboy

Nameboy

Nameboy is a popular domain name generator. It is very straightforward web tool. This asks for a “Primary Word” and “Secondary Word” that describe the topic of your website, and based on your input, it suggests possible domain names.

3. Domains Bot

Domains Bot

DomainsBot is a domain search engine that has an “Advanced” search feature so that you can conduct a more customized and refined search. For example, you can set the maximum domain character length to eliminate lengthy domain names from the results or exclude domain results that have a hyphen (-).

4. Dot-o-Mator

Dot-o-Mator

Dot-o-mator is a web tool that suggests site names based on prefixes and suffixes that you’ve entered (keywords). Alternatively, you can use a category of prefixes (like “Tech” or “Games”) and suffixes (like “Hardware” or “Web 2.0 words”) to generate suggested site names for you. It’s a helpful tool for, at the very least, obtaining inspiration for a site name.

5. Dyyo.com

Dyyo

It’s common practice to keep domain names as short as possible so that it can be quickly typed and also so that they’re easier to remember. dyyo.com specializes in helping you find 4-letter domain names to keep your URLs terse.

Some Other Tools to Consider

Expired Domains Search – Database for Expired Domains.

Domize – Domain Search Portal

Bust A Name – Domain Search


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  • http://buydomaintips.blogspot.com/ Zete

    Thanks for sharing, number 4 was especially useful for me :)

  • brandonmitchell

    Awesome guide

  • TeckDevil

    That’s a nice guide…

    DomainsBot helped a lot in checking the availability of domains on all gTLD’s easily :)

    • http://www.techetc.in/ techetc

      Amazing compilation for checking of availability of domain checking and suggesting websites. Thanks for sharing.

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    Yay!! Thank you, found this site just in time!!!

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    Use YourName.com as your brand! :)

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  • AyhanSipahi

    nice tips ;)

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  • HenonX

    I was looking a list like this for a while. Thank you mate, you are great.

  • JaredRonski

    Great post. very very informative to the novice blogger like myself! I am using blogger because it seems alot easier but this site is making me want to give WP a try.

  • http://Musingsbymike.wordpress.com Mike

    I am in the process of setting up a blog and I purchased the domain name for it from 1&1.com which I use often. Will it be easy to use the domain name with WordPress?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Yes, if you are trying to do it with self-hosted version.

  • http://dougal.gunters.org/ Dougal Campbell

    Another good site for helping you to pick a domain name is Wordoid. Give it a base word, and it will come up with pronounceable variations based on it. It also shows you availability of domain names based on its suggestions.

  • http://www.sweetiebracelet.net Evan Foster

    i always buy domain names at Godaddy or Moniker because they are the most reliable registrars,`,

  • http://www.abhijit.biz Abhijit V. Chaore

    Thanks for sharing the list.

  • http://www.quotes-aboutlife.com Raj

    I use godaddy for domain registrations. If u want to change your domain name CNAME records in Godaddy You must need hosting also in Godaddy account.Otherwise you cant change. This is worst thing in Godaddy. :(

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Not true. Our domain is registered with Godaddy and we are hosted with Host Gator. We change our CNAME through our web host.

  • Randy

    What about Namecheap.com? I keep seeing their name pop up as a good registrar.

  • http://www.waterfilterfaq.com Corey Chapman

    What company is the best Domain Registrar? i’ve heard that Godaddy and Moniker are the best.;.”

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Godaddy is pretty good. Domainsite.com (now name.com) is also very good.

      • Greg

        I wouldn’t choose GoDaddy. Service is slowly starting to slack off. I would probably go with Namecheap or Joker.

  • http://wordofhathim.wordpress.com Hathim

    As you know, i use wordpress domain. Is it ok if i continue with it?? Or is it recommende to get an external domain.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      To get more control over your blog, it is recommended that you get your own domain. Having your own domain will let you display ads, enable a lot of other features as well.

  • Lucky

    What about getting your domain through your web host? For example, Blue Host (along with offers a free domain when you sign up for service with them. Is this a good or bad idea? Would there be any reason to register your domain elsewhere if you were using a service like Blue Host?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      By all means go for registering a free domain because it is free, why not get it with them. This is for those who decide to go separate ways. Also some hosts does not offer free renewal, and their renewal fees might be unexpectedly high such as $14 / name or something. So you can also get the free domain, and when time comes to renew, transfer the domain to domainsite or somewhere else where it is more affordable.

  • http://hood-lord.deviantart.com Kanchan Rai

    I’m about to register a new domain for my personal portfolio ! I’m hunting all over the internet to choose the best domain name ever & here comes this article! What a co-incidence!!!