If you’re registering a domain, you probably have many things swirling around your head at the time. This is a pretty natural occurrence, you’re probably pretty excited about the things that your domain name could possibly do. It’s easy to get all wrapped up in stuff like this, but in doing so, you may overlook the actual registering of a domain. Not in the sense that you won’t do it, but more along the lines of you not thinking about how important the domain name is and the impact that it can have on the success of your website. Some people may not even know some of the precautions that they should take to ensure that they’re getting a good domain name.
These assorted quick tips are more or less things that many of us wished we knew before we registered our first domains, or at least some of the things that would have made things a bit easier for us as we moved on. We hope that they can assist you in some way, as we think that they are the things that everyone could benefit from when they’re just starting out, especially if you have plans to use your domain as a way to supplement your income. With this help, we think that you’ll be in a better position to start monetizing off of your efforts, although there will more than likely be a well-ways off from now.
Register it Immediately
While we’re definitely telling you that you should think before you act, you should also act quickly. If you think that you have a good name for a domain, you should really go and register it as soon as you think it’s a feasible one. That’s pretty much the only way to act about it, as people are registering domains in bulk these days. It’s almost as if there’s one that’s gone each and every second. There are a couple of reasons for this, although we really think that there is one that really one that matters. You don’t want to be stuck with one that you don’t want, and while that happens, you have a better chance of it not happening if you just go for it.
You don’t want to be that person, and unfortunately, this is something that happens to people who waited a little too long. In fact, there really isn’t much reason for you really wait. You don’t need a website waiting in the wings for you to register a domain name, so that’s not important. In addition, as long as you’re not buying a domain name that someone already owns, you’re not going to pay that much money for it. These two things, along with the fact that someone could be zeroing in on your potential domain name already, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t just jump out there and get it registered.
When registering a domain name, you will most definitely want to keep yourself as safe as you can. We know that there are people out there who are trying to separate you from your money, and more importantly – your identity. On the latter, most registrars keep this at the forefront of their operation and have special provisions in place to keep that whole situation under wraps, more so if you get WHOIS protection. Anyway, when it comes to actually registering your domain, one of the things that we want you to think about is how other people may one-up your own operation.
For example, consider registering some of the common misspellings of your potential domain. Sure, it may sound a little strange for the uninitiated, but some shady people have been practicing a similar tactic for a while now. They see a pretty decently trafficked website and make a website that more or less mirrors your design and start collecting some profits in whatever way they’ve designated through registering a misspelling. This is pretty low stuff, but a way that some people have made money. To combat against this, you can register some domains that are a letter or two off yours. You don’t have to go overboard, but you can snatch up a few of those for a couple of dollars a pop.
You can also take this further by registering all of the extensions of your domain, too. For example, you can snatch up a “.net” or a “.info” along with the “.com.” This is a good idea for the same reason, although you can also do some things with the others if you’d like to. Some people find that the best idea is to just reroute them to the main domain. There’s no right or wrong way, though there are certain opportunities that come along with choosing certain paths. Either way, you’re protecting from other people coming along and sullying your good domain name, which is most definitely the most important thing here.
Add Some Flair
Lastly, when you’re registering a domain, you may want to keep things loose. Sure, that may not be that effective if you’re a security company, but most industries aren’t too turned off by this. If you can inject wit or humor and stay relevant to your industry in your domain name, you’re in business. There have been companies who we feel have gotten popular just in name alone, so if you can actually offer a pretty decent service along with your witty name, you’re doing much better than some companies out there. If you’re offering a great quality service with an amazing name, you may just be the next big thing in your industry, provided your marketing efforts are up to snuff.