If you are reading this, my guess is that you either already have a blog and are ready to take it to the next level or, you are just starting out and are ready to take the first step in getting your online business moving.
I suggest that you read this page in its entirety before you move on to the next phase of creating a successful blog.
Although there are many free blogging platforms, if you are serious about using your blog as your main website or, one for generating income, you need to register a domain, then use it on your self hosted blog. (You can read about web-hosting here)
There are two basic steps to getting a self hosted blog/website and registering a domain name is the first.
A domain name makes up the address (or url that gets typed into the browser) of your site and can end in one of the following:
- .com (the most popular)
- .net (the second largest extension and used when .com is not available or, as a secondary domain)
- .org (used mostly by organizations)
- .info (popular with media outlets)
- .us (distinguishes your location)
- .biz (many major businesses also use this)
- .tv (becoming popular with leading coaches, entertainers etc)
How much should you pay to Register a Domain Name?
Registering a domain name is easy and very affordable. Some of the larger domain registration companies can charge as much as $20 to $35 a year for a single domain name.
The great news is, that you can get the exact same results, including 24/7 support services at smaller registration companies, like RegisterAnytime.com, for much less. Even better news; like many of the large domain registration companies, you can benefit from special bulk pricing! and, bottom line, despite what the larger companies tell you, whereever you register your domain, all registrars provides the same services, as it relates to domain registration and the only difference really is price!
I recommend RegisterAnytime.com since, for an affordable price, you get all of the available services as well as a few goodies that they through in for FREE!
Bells and Whistles. Do you need any of them?
No matter which domain registration company you use, there will be offers of Free stuff as well as offers for add-ons. Some of them are worth including while others probably are of no real value, especially if you plan to host your site with a Web Hosting company, that is different from your domain registrar. (Read more about this topic)
If you are thinking of passing on all of the add-ons, there is one that I strongly recommend you consider: Private Registrations. This affordable add-on allows you to protect yourself from spam, fraud, stalkers and worse by keeping your name, address, email and phone number private. At Only $4.95/yr! plus FREE Privacy for your .com, .biz, .info, .net, .mobi, or .org domain when you register five or more domains at one time, it is well worth it, in my opinion.
Choosing A Domain Name
Often, people get stuck when trying to decide on a domain name. The 60 million dollar question is: Branding Domain Name vs. Keyword Domain Name and with all of the conflicting information floating around, it can become very challenging to reach a decision.
To make the best choice for you, consider the ultimate purpose for the site to which the domain will be applied then take the time to research both perspectives before making a decision. Here are three things to consider when choosing a domain name:
- there are some advantages to including the focus of your business in your name
- how large or well known is your brand (will someone automatically enter your business name to look for you)
- does securing variations of a domain name make sense
There are many online tools to help you with this process. One that I recommend Bustaname, to help you get started.
Happy Domain searching!
Now that you have secured your ideal Domain name, are you ready to secure the best Web Hosting to suit your needs?