How to buy a domain name

How To Buy A Domain Name for your Mom Blog

by Mary Lutz on October 19, 2008

A domain name is the web address of your website. For instance, wahmtalkradio.com is the domain name for Work at Home Mom’s Talk Radio, and showmomthemoney.com is the domain name for Show Mom the Money.

Here are some tips for choosing a good domain name:

  • Go with .com – most people are going to remember .com. Domain names that end in .net or .org for instance, may be easier to find than domains that end in .com, but if you have a different ending, you could end up losing customers.
  • Spell things correctly – if you want to name your blog “sewing by Susie” and it’s already taken, don’t misspell words on purpose (example: “sewing by sue-z”). Misspellings are hard for your customers to remember, and if they type in the correct spelling of the domain, you may end up sending them to someone else’s blog.
  • Don’t hyphenate-if you want to name your blog “photography by paula” and it’s taken, don’t hyphenate it (example: “photograpy-by-paula). Again, customers may not remember the hyphens and end up somewhere else.

Take your time – it may seem like all the good names are taken but they’re not

When you buy your domain name you can enter a public or private registration. Public registrations will be visible in the whois.com directory. The whois directory allows people to type in a website and view the owner’s personal identity. If you do not want your personal information shown, choose private registration (this will usually cost a little bit extra).

You can register your domain anywhere they’re sold. You will be registering the domain for a single year or in terms of multiple years. The cost for registration varies from company to company. By they way, Mom Webs (our sponsor) offers domain registration when you sign up for their hosting – but you don’t have to register your domain with them to use their hosting.

After you have selected the term of your registration (such as 1, 2 or more years) and decided if you want public or private registration, you only need to enter your billing info and complete your purchase.

As you can see the steps are really simple. So, if you’ve been hesitant about buying a domain name for your blog, wait no more!

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