How to choose a domain?
Choosing a domain name for your business can be important, as it can significantly impact your online presence and branding.
Here are a few quick tips to help you choose a domain name that is effective and memorable:
- Keep it simple and easy to spell: Avoid using difficult words or alternate spellings, as this can make it hard for people to find your site.
- Make it relevant to your business: Your domain name should be relevant to your business and easy to remember. Consider using keywords related to your industry or products in your domain name.
- Keep it short: Shorter domain names are easier to remember and type and can save space when promoted.
- Avoid numbers and hyphens: Numbers and hyphens can be easily confused with letters, making it harder for people to remember your domain name.
- Consider your target audience: It's essential to think about the audience you're trying to reach and how they might search for your site. For example, suppose your target audience is primarily in a specific geographic location. In that case, you may want to include that location in your domain name.
- Be unique: Your domain name should be unique and distinct from other companies or brands.
- Check availability: Once you have a few potential domain names in mind, it's a good idea to check their availability to ensure they're not already taken.
- Consider your extensions: you can use the most common extensions like .com, .net, .org and others. Consider the most relevant extension for your business or country.
Ultimately, the goal is to choose a domain name that is memorable, easy to spell, and relevant to your business while also being available and easy to find.
Let's dig deeper to find your perfect domain
Who is this tip for?
It's for new business owners who are not sure what domain name to choose.
There are many websites with suggestions, such as ‘10 tips to find your ideal domain’.
We’ve concluded that there are far more than ten factors to consider when choosing a domain name.
By combining items from the many lists we’ve encountered, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of criteria to consider when choosing a domain name. We’ve put items in priority order, but your priority may vary depending on your business.
Jot it down and ensure it doesn’t look odd or inappropriate. Read it out loud repeatedly a few times to make sure it doesn’t look or sound weird.
Keep it short and concise, aim for no more than three words.
Target your area if possible to do so - If your targeted audience is local, you can add a local characteristic to your domain, e.g. including the name of a town.
Make it easy to
Avoid numbers and hyphens?
Yes and no - it depends. Sometimes people choose a domain with a hyphen because their preferred version of the name is not available. We strongly recommend you don’t do this, so as not to provoke the original domain owner who may think you are attempting to gain an unfair advantage. But if you already own the original domain and would also like to register the hyphenated version, there is no reason not to go ahead. However, bear in mind, people tend to forget the hyphens and type the words only.
Using numbers can be okay, if it represents a vital part of your services, for example, ‘plumber0-24.co.uk’
There might be occasions when the exact domain name you’d like to register has already been taken. However, you should be able to find a suitable and unique alternative.
It may take some time, but if you’re persistent in your search, you will find a suitable domain name for your business.
A domain extension is the last letters of the domain name, such as ‘.co.uk’, ‘.com’, ‘.info’, etc.
Use an appropriate domain name extension - Notes: Don’t choose a ‘.international’ domain extension for local business.
Just use your common sense.
Register other domain extensions, too, but only if you think your domain name quite valuable. The bad news is that you can choose from more than 1300 top-level domains and domain extensions.
If you register additional domain names that are similar to your primary domain, use redirection so that all traffic is redirected to your primary domain.
Note: You’ll need a proper redirection method. Your webmaster can help you with this.
Do you need SEO keywords in your domain name?
This is a somewhat controversial topic. It's nice to have a keyword-rich domain name, but it doesn't improve your rankings as much as you think. A few years ago it did matter, but its importance has shrunk a lot.
You don't have to use your most crucial search phrase as your domain name. Doing so doesn’t harm your search results, but it doesn’t help either. Google has decreased indexing domain names which focus on manipulating search results by using keywords as a domain name. You can still choose a domain name which contains keywords but use it only for representing your services and don't expect to get better rankings.
Domain name generators
Some websites suggest using a domain name generator tool to gather ideas. We've found these domain variations are quite odd and not very useful.
We still prefer to trust in the 'old human brain'.
Some companies have a strategy of buying up potentially desirable domain names and waiting for the opportunity to sell them. In our experience, unless a domain is critical to your business, it’s probably not worth buying one that has been previously registered for re-selling.
A couple of examples of odd domain names are already registered:
Let's see a few even stranger domain names that have already been taken:
Yes, we agree: 'IWhatever', or 'IAnything' still seems to be a little bizarre…
You can protect your privacy - If you use your private data during the registration process, it’s worth opting to protect your privacy. It will cost you a few extra pounds to do so, but your data won't be visible for the public.
Since GDPR 'uk' domains are protected. However, you still might need privacy protection in case of other domain extensions, such as 'com', 'net', 'info', etc.
Check availability on social media sites and trademarks and avoid copyright infringement.