Well, choosing a domain name can be a serious business if you don’t start right away. You have to register the domain even before you register your company. If you want your business to have a brand name in internet then you must need a top level domain of your brand in your name. Moreover for business that completely works online requires a good domain name for their business. You cannot just settle for a secondary tld or go for an uncommon name. You domain name must reflect your business name.
In early days it was easy to get a name whenever you require since there were not much domainers in those days but today finding a common English name is almost impossible since almost all dictionary words have been registered or are available only in secondary tld format like in .info or .biz. It is very important that you have a .com domain to have a potential value in internet.
Why registering a good name is so difficult?
First thing is that almost every common name is registered and second is that there are tons of other business doing business in same name as of yours so, it is highly possible that your business name is already taken by others. You either have to be a big Multi national company to spend huge dollars or have full copyrights of your business name to get the domain back else you will have no luck in getting the domain name for your business.
Now you have very little chance to get a good name. So what options you are left with. Either to go with the full name of your business, but that can be too long in some times can be daunting task to write the domain in the browser’s Address bar. You need to focus on short and sweet domain name for your business. There are few steps though you can take care of to get some real good alternative domain name for your business.
4 easy steps to find a good domain name:
1. Go with your business name. If you are lucky enough you will find your business name. If you do so then register it for almost 5-10 years. Moreover if you are planning to expand your business across countries than register the domain for all those countries that you want to expand to.
2. Try your own niche. These days there are lots of newer tld like .tv, .fm, .name, .biz, .jobs, .pro, .travel, etc. If your business falls in any of these category than you can choose the name with these tld too. Though it will be hard initially to promote this name but once you create a brand it will be lot easier to handle such tld.
3. Create a flagship product with a unique name and create brand around it. Make it so popular that your business name goes along with the brand. It can expensive in times but will work if you can create a potential brand name.
4. Go for combinations. Try adding synonyms or extra word to the name. Be careful not to use dashes in domain name. Alternative names too can be difficult to find but they are easier to get than a one word domain name.
Ultimately whenever you decide to register a domain name, do it with a good domain registration company. Make sure that they provide all the features to handle the domain name with their Control panel. Don’t go for cheaper websites that may disappear after few years. So, keep these ideas in mind and register a good name for your business. You will surely find a great name to build your brand online.