This post was most recently updated on December 3rd, 2018
The domain name is an address for your blog or business. You can choose a domain name that represents your brand. You will be known by your brand name so it’s important to choose the right domain name.
Your visitors are going to see your URL first so it’s better to have an attractive domain name which gives positive vibes and a good first impression. This will help you get better conversion from your website.
You can even add an SEO keyword in your domain name. It will still help you get better ranking. However, it’s not necessary but it will still help.
We discussed why the domain name is important. The next step is to choose the right domain name.
How to choose the domain name?
You want to consider getting a short, easy to read, and brand-oriented domain name. You may want to consider the below tips when you choose the domain name.
- Choose the name which is catchy and easy to remember.
- You can choose “.com” as the domain name. It’s widely used and easy to remember.
- Add keywords in your domain name for better SEO effects.
- Choose a shorter name. Probably 2-3 words or less.
- Avoid using hyphens, underscore, and numbers.
- If you are building a personal brand for your business, use your name as a domain name.
You might want to spend some time on finalizing your domain name. It’s worth giving effort when you are starting a new website.
Now let’s see how to register a domain name to build your online presence.
Register a Domain Name
You can register your domain name on Bluehost or Godaddy. These 2 are the best companies out there. Both have easy to use a system which will allow you to easily do required operations.
I will show you step by step process of registering a domain name with Bluehost and Godaddy.
Here’s how you can purchase the domain name on Bluehost.com.
Step 1: Search for your domain name in the below tool.
Step 2: It will redirect to the Bluehost website. You can select your account details or sign-in with Google.
Step 3: Select the right package. You can opt for Domain Privacy Protection and Codeguard Basic. If you are just starting out, I suggest unchecking these options. It’s not required.
Step 4: Enter the payment details and complete the purchase.
I would recommend to re-check all the details that you entered before you make the payment.
You can now go ahead purchase the hosting and create your website.
Follow the steps below to register the domain name on Godaddy.com
Step 1: Go to Godaddy.com and search for your domain name
Step 2: When you see the domain name is available, you can select a $2.99 option.
Step 3: Your domain name is now added to the cart. Click on the “Continue to Cart” button.
Step 4: On the next screen, select “No Thanks” in all the options and click on “Continue with these options”
Step 5: On the checkout screen, select the term for your domain name and proceed to checkout.
You can select the term for your domain name. If you opt for a longer period, it will get cheaper for you. You can always check the discount you will get on each term on the above screen to decide.
Next, It will ask to sign in or create an account. Follow that and once you do that, you just need to add your credit card details and proceed to checkout.
Once finished, the Domain name will be yours. You can go ahead and host your website on this address.
What if I tell you that, there is a way to get a free domain name. Let’s talk about that.
How to Get a Free Domain name?
Yes, You can register your domain name for Free for 1 year.
To get your domain name for free, you need to get your hosting plan first. Godaddy, Bluehost, and many other hosting companies give a Free 1-year domain name with an annual plan of hosting.
Look for the offer with a hosting plan before you buy a domain name.
Please note that this kind of offer may vary based on region. So there is no guarantee that you will get an offer in your region. But there is no harm checking for the offer before you buy a domain name. Right?
The website is an important part of your business and you can start creating your website by purchasing a domain name.
In this article, we have seen that how you can register your domain name very easily and quickly. You just need to follow the steps and you will have your own brand address in no time.
I have also given details on how you can get a free domain name for 1 year with an annual hosting plan.
Now you know, how to register the right domain name. If you have any other ideas to share on this topic, leave a comment below.
The next step is to create a website. You can refer this step by step guide to create a website.