Top 7 Tips for Picking a Domain Name
By Matt DeAngelis
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Choosing your domain name (the .com, .net or .org or dot something address that identifies your web site) is an important part of your Internet Marketing strategy. Here are 7 tips for picking the right name:
- Try to go with a .com. Itís the name everyone associates with the Internet. Any other Top Level Domain (TLD) like .org or .net is just going to confuse people, unless it sounds better than the .com. For example, if you are about networking or a network, a .net is more natural. If your site is informational, you should use .info if it sounds okay. One of my favorite $10 domains is seosecrets.info. I think it sounds good. Hands down the most ingenious use of a TLD is del.icio.us, the social bookmarking site. The use of the .us TLD is absolutely brilliant.
- Leave out the dashes and meaningless numbers. If itís a choice between this-domain.com, thisdomain123.com and thisdomain.net, take the .net. No one remembers to put the dashes or the numbers in, unless they are an integral part of the name like studio54.com or e-books.com.
- Use the fewest letters possible to describe what you do. I own Purple Monkey Media Group. Purplemonkey.com would have been perfect. Itís taken, of course. Purplemonkeymedia.com was not. I grabbed it. I could have taken purplemonkeymediagroup.com, but it would have been too long. Remember, every additional letter is a potential typing error.
- If you have a domain name that needs to be reinforced, get a good logoand sprinkle it liberally on your web site, along with some slogan that will reinforce the name in peopleís minds. You would be surprised at how inexpensive this can be.
- If you can save a few bucks with your own domain name or by buying a cheaper domain name, do it, and use the money to get yourself placed higher in the search results or Adsense placement.
- If you canít come up with a descriptive domain name, go the other way. Depending on your siteís focus, pick a memorable short name that will stick in peopleís minds, get a great logo and include the name prominently in your advertising and marketing. Itís called branding, and itís tried and true.
- Ask your wife, friend, boyfriend, husband, dog, lawyer, associate, Mom, Dad, cousin, uncle, Police Chief, blog writer. Theyíre smarter than you anyway, and they are going to be the one looking for the site, not you. Some of my best ideas have come going to or from somewhere with my wife and just brainstorming.
Matt DeAngelis runs AffiliateBlog.com - Money Making Insights for Your Site. Matt is the former CTO of Modem Media, a pioneer in the Internet ad space. As a foot soldier in the Internet revolution, Matt devised the technology behind many of the most successful ad campaigns of the time.
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Article Submitted On: April 13, 2006