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    By Clare Lawrence 3rd November 2003 Clare is the CEO of Discount Domains Ltd a leading UK Domain name registration service.

    Before buying your domain name, give some thought to the followng:-

    1) If possible use your sites name as the basis of your domain name e.g discountdomainsuk.com for Discount Domains UK. This might seem common sense but not every site follows the convention. If you use your name in your URL it will be much easier for your customers to find you.

    2) Generic names – if you can register a generic domain such as toys.com that’s great, but most of these have already gone. Also getting ranked in the search engines is likely to be harder. Selected a domain closer to your market segment will cut down the competition. E.g toyplanes.com

    3) Hyphenated Names – Its easy to forget the hyphen! Which is the problem, particularly if your customer remembers your name but not your URL. Though on a positive note hyphenated names are less likely to be registered already.

    4) If the .com or .co.uk extension is not available then consider the alternative TLD ( Top level domain types) such as .net or .biz. If your domain name has already been registered then approach the owner and ask if they’ll sell. They may accept a 100. If you ask, they can only say no.

    5) Plurals. Very often a domain name will be free in the plural but not in the singular form. It’s a personal choice, but if your prefered choice of domain name is not available you might be stuck.

    6) Short or Long domains – A short domain name is more memorable, but less likely to be available. A longer domain is harder to remember, but can contain more keywords which is important as some of the search engines, use keywords in a domain name as part of the search algorithm.

    7) Which Top Level Domain Type - .com, .co.uk , .net etc This is a question I am often asked. There is no evidence that any domain name type is given preference by the search engines. However some search engines such as Google, have local searches e.g google.co.uk which do select local content. Customer often get re-assurance from seeing a local TLD as they know they are dealing with a local company etc. You can, of course, register all of them!

    8) Variations – If your prefered domain name is not available then its always worth trying a prefix my e.g mydomains.com or suffix e.g domains4U.com etc
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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    Well, even if the domain is available you should also purchase other similar domain name with other extensions. If you don't then your competitors will book them which will hep them to gain more visitors by making use of your brand name and identity.

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    hey, nice post.your provided tips of choosing a domain name is looking very helpful.thanks for sharing this post.

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    hello i really like your provided a very useful information

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    Good article. This is really helpful for newbies.

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    Wink Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    I follow a simple rule and i believe there is only one trick if you wanna be a successful domain businessman. Think ahead of time. Yes, that is the only trick believe me.

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    Great post. It is very helpful tips. Thanks a lot for share this.

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    These are good tips and they will surely help people in making a right choice for their domain name.

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    Default Re: Tips on Domain Name Choice

    Great information thanks for sharing.

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