Creating A Blog – Part Two – Finding A Great Domain Name

It is very important to have not just a general idea, but to have a specific game plan in place. The common advice goes to start small, and grow over time. Now that you have your niche in mind, let’s talk about grabbing that all-important domain name to direct traffic your way. Before I get ahead of myself, lets start with the basics GoDaddy… what exactly is a domain name?

“Domain Name (noun): A series of alphanumeric strings separated by periods, such as www.hmco.com, that is an address of a computer network connection and that identifies the owner of the address.” -Dictionary.com

So a domain name is that all important “example.com” that you use to direct people to the place on the internet where your website is stored, or your web hosting. Some people think initially that domain names are big and expensive purchases, they aren’t. A domain name can be bought in seconds, and readied within 24 hours, for under $10 by a domain name client like GoDaddy.com, NameCheap.com, 1and1.com or Register.com.

Before I take you through the process of finding and registering that winning address, I want to define the two types of domain names: private and public. No, not referring to who can and who can’t see your website… I’m talking about the information you register with. I recommend 1and1.com to register domains (for now) because they offer free private registration with every .com name. When you register a domain name, you are required to submit all your contact information… which becomes publicly available to anyone who looks. So basically, unless you register privately (anonymously), you are going to be sharing your contact information with the world. Most places tack on a few bucks for a private registration, but some will give it to you for free… so be aware!

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