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How to Pick a Domain Name

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You made it to the second post in the series! What niche did you decide on? The next step to starting that blog is to pick your domain name.

A domain name must be memorable. It will be tempting to make it humorous or a play on words and thats okay, but make sure everyone will understand where you’re going with it. Not everyone will get your humour!

Pick your Domain Name

domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet

For example, I thought about calling my blog “anewfiesnest,” but unless you live in Newfoundland you probably do not know that a “Newfie” is a slang word for a native Newfoundlander. And well, we obviously don’t live in nests, although we may own one! Lol

I’m so funny! So, you can see I settled with CrystalJenkinsBlog. And I did so for a few reasons.

  1. I knew I wanted to grow my blog and I was not sure that “anewfiesnest” would help me.
  2. I knew I would be explaining the meaning of the name to everyone. That would get very old – quick!
  3. The blog name may offend somebody. Not every Newfoundlander appreciates being called a “Newfie.”

The only reason why I wanted to choose a name like the one mentioned above is because I wanted to showcase my hometown. I’ve sinced realized that I can still do that and I am thinking about adding a subdomain on my site.

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Now that you have learned from my mistakes, it’s time to choose your very own space on the internet! Sit down with a pen and paper and jot down a few names off the top of your head, plus, reflect on your niche and write down a couple that you “really” think about.

Not too sure what a “niche” is, check out my post titled How to Pick your Niche for instant help!

Got your list ready?

Head over to Google or your favorite search engine and check if each name is available, if you wish. Or what I would do is go straight to the source.

There are multiple sites that sell domain names; Namecheap, probably being the most popular. I personally use Interserver because I host with them and to be honest I thought I had to do it all in the one place at the tme. This of course, is not true. Some experts even recommed purchasing them separately in case something happens to that particular business and you lose your information. It’s completely up to you.

Here some recommended sites to purchase your domain name.

  1. Namecheap is by far the most popular place on the internet to buy a domain name. A domain name ending in .com will run you around $11.80CA for a year.
  2. Bluehost is an excellent choice! If you purchase your hosting wth them you receive your domain name for free. Otherwise a name ending in .com will cost you $11.99 for one year.
  3. Interserver is where I bought my domain name. A name ending in .com will cost you $11.00 for a year. If you purchase your hosting with them you receive your domain name for $1.99. Plus, if you choose them for a hosting company through my link you will receive your first month for a penny!

I hope this information has helped. Maybe you had a laugh at least! In all seriousness, just go with your gut. It’s usually right!

There are multiple sites that sell domain names; Namecheap, probably being the most popular.  I personally use Intersever  because I host with them
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