How to Purchase a Domain Name – Easy Steps
Article by HowToBrandYourSite.com
People purchase a domain name for different reasons, but most hope it will attract a good amount of traffic.
If you are one of them, before you decide what your domain should be, first consider if your budget won’t allow you to buy a domain name that has been used already and is available for sale.
They usually cost more than new domains, but their potential is far greater than ,99/year domains.
If you decide to go easy this time and purchase a domain name that nobody owns currently, obviously the first thing to do is to find a good place to purchase a domain name.
Avoid buying your domain from your web host (to avoid trouble in case you decide to change your host).
Find a reputable domain name registrar and follow some simple steps:
1. First find out if the name you desire to own is still available.
Most registrars have a small box on their main page that looks like a search engine table where you enter the domain name, choose the LTD (“top-level domain”, ex. “.com”, “.net”, etc.) and click on “search”.
In a second or two you will know if you are lucky or need to keep using your creativity some more to come up with a different name that will hopefully be available (if not, again – see if you can buy it from the current owner).
2. The registrar service you are using will probably give you some more options for your consideration.
For example, whether your desired domain name is available or not (but especially if it is not available), consider adding the word “site” or “online”.
So, if the domain name “blahblahblah.com” isn’t available, perhaps “blahblahblahsite.com” is.
3. If you are serious about your online business or for some other reason want to eliminate the possibility of your competition stealing your traffic, you should consider buying a number of domains with the same name but different LTDs.
Once your business succeeds, you don’t want your prospects to enter “.net” instead of “.com” and be directed to your competitor.
4. Once you make your choices, you will be directed to a checkout and asked to register.
Before you pay, you will also need to decide if you want to register the domain for a year or two, or longer.
A few minutes later you have a domain.
Your online business now has a face, ready to attract your first customers, readers or followers.
About the Author
HowToBrandYourSite.com is one of the leading domain names seller / reseller.
Our small FAQ:
Question by caligrl: How do I purchase a domain name without paying extra to keep my info private?
On Godaddy I am going through checkout but it costs $ 6.99/year in addition to the yearly domain name purchase, for my personal contact information not to be listed on whois. Is there a way around this, to have my info private without paying for it?
Answer by pritesh_patel52
No, unfortunately there is no way around it. It’s like with the phone company, you pay them to keep your information private.
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