Choosing a Domain Name

Free domains are awesome. First off, they are free, they help you get your feet wet, and with a good hosting website, you could easily move everything over to your own domain (if you choose to get one)

Choosing your own domain is sort of like a rite of passage. You are laying claim to real estate on the internet and it begins to make things more serious and real. You could have a profitable business off of a free website, but having your own would bring in more money.

First…

Understand that any awesome domain name that you are thinking about right now is most likely taken. Now there is a slight chance that it is available, but it will probably be really expensive. Example of a domain squatter for thebossblog.com costing a lot of money

Here is an example. This happens when some mean person called a domain squatter buys a domain because they know it will sought out for. Then they resell it at a really high price. If the domain you really want has a squatter on it, don’t buy it (unless you have a bunch of money just laying around). You can come up with something much more creative and memorable without spending too much.

One important thing to remember, content over domain name. At the end of the day, your content is what people will remember which is why you should care more about that than the name you choose for the website.

Domain Extentions: .com, .co, .everything else.

Everyone know .com is the ruler of them all of course. People remember .com, which may be important when you are trying to promote your website. Unfortunately since many of the good domain names will be taken, you may need to look at the other ones. And honestly the only other decent one would be .co because it looks like a .com, but it isn’t.

The only possible reason why .co would work better than .com, is because of the availability. People are jumping as fast as they can at domain names with .com which means many of the names would be accessible with a .co extension. The only problem I really see with this is that if you give someone the website name with .co at the end, they would probably type in .com thinking they misheard and there goes a potential customer.

Choose the nameBoss our dog looking all cute in the water of our hike in Pinecrest, California

If you still have a problem with choosing a domain name, it is time to make a fat list and as an example, I am going to hypothetically make a website about dog health care

First pick words that are related to your niche. Don’t be afraid to be broad.

  • health
  • dog
  • puppies
  • breeds

Then go over to an online thesaurus and find a bunch of synonyms that are related to the ones you just wrote

  • well-being
  • euphoria
  • canine
  • animal
  • pup
  • genus

Choose a few words that might describe your niche or your website like:

  • awesome
  • amazing
  • beautiful
  • caring

If you want, you can also pick a few slang words to add to the list

  • pupperz
  • doge
  • yeller
  • dogie

One more thing you can do is play with words and make up a few of your own (I’m not good at this)

  • pupperino
  • doggerz
  • healthz

Now just smash a few together and plug them in to see if it’s available! This may be a little weird and it may take a few tries, but don’t loose hope! This little search engine is for a free website with siterubix (there will be more availabilities), if you want your own domain, you would need to sign up for premium through Wealthy Affiliate which is recommended but not necessary.

  • awesomecanines.com
  • dogehealth.com
  • pupperwellbeing.com
  • canineeuphoria.com
  • joyfulanimal.com
  • bossblog.siterubix.com
  • dogsrule.siterubix.com
  • etc!

Once you got the one you want, you are ready to go! Just sign up with a web host to be able to manage it like Wealthy Affiliate.

Hello! My name is Adriana but you can call me Cheetos. I am just an artist on the road to financial freedom in order to travel the world with my beautiful man and pup. If you would like to know more, go to the about me or shoot me an email at cheetos@freefinallyfree.com. Also I had nothing to do with Jesus's bio info... >:D

6 Comments

  1. Smoj
    March 1, 2017

    Hey Cheetos! Great article. You’re right, it’s hard to find a good domain name that isn’t taken already, but with a bit of imagination you can sometimes come up with something that’s better.

    You’ve outlined some pretty good steps to fire up the imagination and find a domain name that suits your niche (and your personality).

    One thing I might add though, is that if your target audience is based in a particular country, it can be worthwhile to drop the .COM in favour of .CO.UK or .COM.AU or .CO.NZ or whatever applies to your particular country. It can work in your favour if you want to build in a bit of national pride.

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    1. Jesus Gallegos
      March 1, 2017

      Thank for your comment and insite as to the on the particular country for I was unaware of that have an amazing day

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  2. Rina Walker
    March 1, 2017

    Awesome post! Yes I know about domain squatters – It was going to cost me 4k for a domain name which was actually our family name and unusual but well known in Education circles in my country. I was shocked. I have actually learn’t quite a bit from your post so thank you and I hope all your dreams come true 🙂

    Rina

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 1, 2017

      Thank you very much Rina!

      Domain squatters are absolutely ridiculous and that is truly strange that someone would squat on your last name. I really wanted thebossblog because our dogs name is boss but sheesh that is too much money.

      Thank you for your comment, I am very glad you were able to learn a thing or two from this post, and I do hope all of our dreams come true (he wants to have 20 dogs) and yours too! Have a wondrous day!

      -Adriana (Cheetos)

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  3. Damian
    February 28, 2017

    Hello Adriana

    Thank you for putting a great post together regarding domain names.

    I have been trying for almost 3 days now to find a suitable domain name for a new website I want to put together.

    All the ones I was certain would be relative and not so common have ALL BEEN Taken! so frustrating.

    However, I just read your tip about using a Thesaurus to learn some combinations you may not have thought of.

    5 minutes after reading your post and using a thesaurus to help me out I now have a domain name that I have just purchased. I can’t thank you enough for your great tip!

    I was certain I would be racking my brains for another 3 days and was almost ready to give up on the idea and try a new one. Thank You So Much. Your post has taken all my frustrations away and I can finally start work on my new site

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 1, 2017

      Hey Damian!

      I had the same exact problem! I have another website in the works about traveling and I really wanted something along the lines of wanderlust but none were available! The thesaurus trick also saved me. There were so many words that actually sound significantly better than the original. I figured others were also having this problem which is why I had to make this post to help others out.

      Thank you very much for you comment! Have a wonderful day!

      -Adriana

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