Domain Names 101

Written by Jennifer Chiera

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obtainingrepparttar domain name you really want, rather than settling for a .com domain name that is just so-so.

Where should I register my domain?

I have been dealing with domain names for quite some time now, so I've dealt with many domain name registrars. An important factor that you may not consider right away is how much control you have over your domain name(s). The key is going with a company that has a well known reputation. Reputations speak for themselves. The company you choose should have outstanding customer support and a simple control panel so that you can easily control your domain name settings.

For domain name registration, I recommend two companies. 1) , and 2) *. Both of these companies have outstanding reputations, plus offerrepparttar 149895 best control panels I've seen. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by your domain name. If it so happens that you don't likerepparttar 149896 registrars I've recommended, feel free to do your own research, and find a company that works for you and your business.

The Aftermarket

Unlessrepparttar 149897 domain name you want to register is very unique, I wouldn't count on it being available for registration usingrepparttar 149898 .com extension. That's not to say that it's not for sale, however. After you try to register your name, and you find that has already been registered, go directly torepparttar 149899 web address onrepparttar 149900 net, and see what's there. Sometimes there will be a developed website, sometimes there will be nothing but an error page, and sometimes you will find thatrepparttar 149901 domain name is for sale by owner. You can then attempt to contactrepparttar 149902 current owner to purchaserepparttar 149903 domain onrepparttar 149904 aftermarket.

Domain names are generally more expensive onrepparttar 149905 aftermarket, so expect to pay more than you would if you were registeringrepparttar 149906 domain name through a company like Keep in mindrepparttar 149907 domain name market is competitive. The cost can be tremendous depending onrepparttar 149908 demand forrepparttar 149909 name. If you are just starting out, using an alternative extension would be a better option for you. Those will a larger budget should seriously consider investing in their first choice domain name ifrepparttar 149910 option is available.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that your domain name is your web presence. You want people to remember your domain name, and never forget it. Try to choose something that represents your website or business, while being memorable and pleasant to say aloud. People tend to forget cumbersome domain names with too many words. Try to keep it as short as possible, if possible and let it flow.

I chose because it related to domain names, without being restrictive. It is also unique which allows me trademark or brandrepparttar 149911 name. Combining a more common keyword, in this case “domain” with another word that is less commonly used “bash” is always a good idea if you want to include keywords in your domain.

If you have any questions relating to this article, and you still don't feel prepared to register a domain name, please feel free to contact me, and I will help you in any way that I can.

Jennifer Chiera

Webmaster/Domain Name Speculator/Investor

Domain Name Registration - Key Tips

Written by Keith Thompson

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Probablyrepparttar most important aspect of your domain name registration isrepparttar 149629 choice of keywords to use in your domain name. Try to userepparttar 149630 main keyword or phrase you'd like to optimizerepparttar 149631 whole site for, and see if you can craft a domain name around it. The search engines seem to favor keyword-rich domain names. Nuff said.

Keep it short if possible. A shorter name is easier to remember than a long one.

Don't use your company name unless it has your keywords in it. There's no point in ranking high for your name if no one is looking for it yet.

Try to keep your domain name registration topically relevant. As search engines get smarter and smarter, sites that display total relevance will rank higher than catch all sites.

Lastly, be sure to avoid other companies trademarks and copyrights in your domain name. For example, let's say you're an affiliate of The Sharper Image. It's tempting to use some version of that name to promote your affiliate site, but don't do it, unless of course you'd like to meet their lawyers!

To sum up, your domain name registration is easy to do, but important to do well. It can makerepparttar 149632 difference in whether you get found or not!

Keith Thompson is the webmaster at Domain name Registration Today where you will find the latest news and information on domains.

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