Tips for choosing domain name from experts

Choose a Brandable Name

"We all know that branding is crucial to long-term success, but what exactly makes a domain name brandable? There are many factors that come into play here, but the most important ones are as follows: A brandable name has no specific meaning (eg 'Google' is not a word, 'YouTube isn't one either). It's unique - your competition doesn't use anything similar. It's easy to memorize - not too wordy, no complex vowel combinations. It's easy to pronounce and dictate over the phone. It sounds trustworthy - some names can be a little shady by definition, for instance, WinTheLotteryToday.com may be too bold, but Lotterio.com sounds way better. To make the brainstorming process easier, you can experiment with some combinations of actual words and random suffixes, like I did with the Lotterio.com example above. The main goal here is to create a potential for the domain name to build brand value over time. In other words, as much as possible, try making sure the name has a good ring to it. It should be fun to say out loud, and not difficult to memorize immediately. Think about the likes of Uber: It's short and snappy, and there's no confusion as to how to spell it - even when mentioned in passing in a conversation." - Karol K - Winning WP


Be memorable

"There are millions of registered domain names, so having a domain that's catchy and memorable is essential. Once you've come up with a name, share it with close friends to make sure it sounds appealing and makes sense to others. Quick solution: Got a great idea for a domain? Register your name today and put a website out there before someone else beats you to it." - Andrea Rowland - GoDaddy


Act fast

"Domain names sell quickly. Thankfully, they're also inexpensive, so register your favorite domain names as soon as possible. If you're having trouble finding an available name, domain registrars like GoDaddy will suggest alternate names during your domain search to help you find the perfect domain name." - Andrea Rowland - GoDaddy


Easy to say and spell

"The goal is for your domain name to be passed along easily by you and by others. This is more likely to happen if people don't have to stop and think about how to say or spell it." - Amy Lynn Andrews


Use keywords

"Keywords play an important role in a domain. By using keywords in your domain name, you tell the search engines what your website is about. Together with quality content and good user experience, keywords in your domain can help you rank higher in Google. It is very hard to find a good domain with your target keywords that's not already taken. You will need to be creative and combine your keywords with other words to make your domain stand out." - wpbeginner


Use keywords

"Try using keywords that describe your business and the services you offer. For example, if you're a glass replacement business, you may want to register GlassRepair.com or GlassReplacement.com. Include the keywords that people enter when searching for your products or services. It helps improve your rank on search engines (which increases traffic) and just makes more sense to your customers." - Andrea Rowland - GoDaddy


Avoid trademark infringement

"You have to be careful because it's not whether you think your domain name could be confused. It's whether you think a judge in a jurisdiction, where a company might take legal action against you, would consider your domain name confusable. This can also create brand confusion, which is hard for your brandability. You should talk to an attorney or a legal professional if you have real concerns. Trademark owners can attempt to sue a domain name owner, who's owning the domain legitimately and using it for business purposes, and that sucks." - Rand Fishkin - Moz


Go with .com

"Most of the time internet users assume .com when browsing. Having a .net, .info, .tv or any other extension puts another potential roadblock in the process of finding you. Having said that, there are plenty of successful sites that use a .net extension (or something else), but a .com is ideal." - Amy Lynn Andrews


Use keywords sensibly

"It's true that having some keywords in your domain name can help. However, you shouldn't bend over backwards to include exact match phrases. Doing so can actually hurt your brand. Google caught on to this spammy tactic, so an exact match keyword domain isn't much of a ranking factor anymore. Besides, many users have developed the impression that such sites are spammy and low-quality. Which men's athletic shoe domain do you think sounds more professional and trustworthy: SportsDirect.com, or BuyMensSportShoes.com? Our advice: avoid using generic keywords and phrases exclusively. Not only are they hard to remember, but domain names based solely on generic keyword strings don't carry the same SEO benefit they used to." - Denis Pinsky - Forbes


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