Choosing the Right Domain Name

When choosing a domain name, it is important to keep the name relevant to what the website provides. For instance, this website teaches HTML and so the domain name was chosen.

Best Practices When Choosing Domain Names

Choosing a good domain name can make a big difference in the amount of traffic your website receives. Below is a list of things you should consider when choosing your domain name.

  • Choose Keyword Rich Domain Names. - As said above, choose domain names that are relevant to the content / services the website provides. Google and other big search engines should rank you higher in search results based on the relevance of your name.
  • Keep it simple. - Try keeping your name short and to the point. No one wants to type in a large domain name every time they visit your site.
  • Avoid Hyphens. - When possible, avoid using hyphens in domain names. Hyphens can appear as "spammy" to some search engines.
  • Register Misspelled Variants. - It's always best to register domains that may be very similar or that a user might misspell. Redirecting these variants back to the correct domain can increase traffic.
  • Register Multiple Domain Types. - Regsitering .com, .net, .org and other domain extensions can be helpful in generating more traffic. Most domain companies will provide special deals for packaging multiple domain types into one purchase.

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