Are you considering starting a blog? If you are, then you will need to register a domain name. Registering your own unique domain name is an important part of starting your blogging adventure.
Considering the low cost to register a domain name it is a small investment for your business.
Your domain name is the address for your website. This is what visitors will type into their browser address bar to get to your website.
The non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) oversees the entire domain name system. They have authorized outside registrars to sell domain names.
REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN NAME
The best way to register your domain name is to register it through one of the authorized agents.. known as domain name registrars.
There are a lot of different domain registrars to choose from. The one we recommend is NameCheap.com
The reason we recommend NameCheap is because their prices are lower than some of the other registrars.. and they provide free basic privacy with your purchase as well.
Without privacy the public WHOIS will list your name, address, phone number and email.
This can be very annoying because you will get phone calls and emails from every website developer on the planet. Every one wants to build you a website.. for a price of course!
With the domain privacy feature.. all of your personal information will conveniently be listed as: “Withheld for Privacy Purposes”. Privacy definitely makes your life so much easier!
CHOOSING A DOMAIN NAME:
Once you have decided on a niche.. you should begin your search for the perfect domain name. Ideally, your domain name should be something that will give people some idea as to what your blog is about.
For instance.. if your chosen niche is the travel niche.. you could register something like packyourbags.com
You should sit down and make a list of domain names you would like to check on. Keep in mind there are more than 360 million domain names in use worldwide.
This means you may have to check quite a few names before you find one that is available.
Go to NameCheap.com to begin your search.
Still not able to decide on just the right niche? If you are still confused.. we have written an eBook to help you in selecting your blog niche:
The Ultimate Niche Selection Guide.
The book offers tips and suggestions to help guide you.. as well as a 2 page list of popular blog niches.. to give you food for thought and ideas to consider.
If the domain name you like is not available with the .com extension.. please read my post: How to Start a Blog and Make Money.
In Step Two.. “Blogging for Beginners” I have offered tips and suggestions for registering a domain name.
Always try to get a .com This is the most popular TLD (top level domain) and will be the easiest for your visitors to remember.
Another thing to consider.. your smartphone key pad already has a dedicated key for .com
Your domain name should be easy to spell and easy to pronounce and it is best to keep it as short as possible. It should also be free of any hyphens and/or numbers.
If you live in a country other than the United States.. there are country code top-level domains (ccTLD). These will be two letter country codes… such as .au for Australia, .nz for New Zealand, .de for Germany, and so on.
Some TLD’s are not available to you. TLD’s such as .org are normally used for organizations, .gov is reserved for the government and .edu is reserved for education.
You also should not consider a .info as most times people see these sites as spammy. Think about it.. how many .info sites have you seen ranking well in the SERP’s?
There are dozens of additional domain extensions available.. but they are hard to remember and would not be good if you are intending to create a brand name for yourself.
NOTE: In 2021 more than 56,000 domain names were registered every day!
This means if you find something you like.. and it is available
it would be a good idea to register it ASAP. If you wait it could be gone!
WHAT IS THE COST FOR DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION?
When you have determined your domain name you will register the domain with the domain registrar. The cost to register a domain at NameCheap.com is currently $7.98.
This price covers the cost of the domain name for one year. At the end of a year you will have to renew it. I strongly suggest turning on the auto-renew feature.
What if you happen to be out of town.. or maybe you are absolutely up to your ears working on your blog. You would not want to lose your domain name if for some reason the renewal date slipped by without you noticing.
If your blog is doing well after the first year and you intend to keep the domain name you can extend your registration for up to 10 years.
I typically register and renew my domain names for 5 years at a time.
REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN NAME FOR FREE WITH BLUE HOST:
BlueHost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world. They are currently hosting more than 2 million websites.
If you sign up to host your site with BlueHost.. they will throw in a free domain name for one year. I am not sure, however, if that includes privacy as with NameCheap.
At the end of the year you may want to check the cost of moving your domain name to NameCheap and renewing it through them.
I have heard that the bargain pricing with BlueHost expires after the first year and that the costs go UP considerably.
In any case.. you will need hosting for your new domain name.. so you might want to consider this all-in-one option for now.. especially if you are low on funds at the moment.
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