How to come up with a good domain name

good domain name

Choosing a domain name can be one of the most important steps in establishing your brand or business.How to come up with a good domain  name. Your domain name is often one of the first things someone sees, and it can affect their impression of your website and your brand.

While it isn’t an exact science, and there are few absolute rules, here are some guiding principles for picking a name that reflects and helps your brand.Get started: How to come up with a good domain name.

The making of a  domain name

Length
Shorter names are easier to remember and to type, which means users are more likely to find you. It’s also easier to stand out when there’s less to read. It’s a good idea not to exceed 2-3 words.

Simplicity
You want people to remember your domain name and type it accurately. Complicated or uncommon words or names may be hard to remember and spell correctly.

Keywords
Relevant words help users find you in a search and recognize what you do at a glance. Keywords can include what you do or offer (like “coffee” or “cleaning”), or even your location. Including your location (like “Miami”) in your domain name might also help you target local customers and users.

Brand name
Brands can take time to develop, and including your unique brand name in your domain can help you stand out, gain recognition, and increase visits to your website. When creating your brand name and , just be sure not to use any existing brand names or trademarks.

Website name
While it may seem obvious, your domain name should be the same as your brand name, or as close to it as possible. You don’t want to confuse people who type in your domain name and get to a website with a different name.

Good, not perfect
Many people get caught up trying to choose the perfect name when that time could be spent building a great brand around a perfectly good domain name. Don’t let choosing a perfect domain to hold you back from starting your business or project.

Going beyond .com

The most popular domain ending or TLD (top-level domain) is .com, but there are now a wide variety of TLDs, ranging from .academy to .coffee to .photography. You can find the full list of new TLDs that Google Domains offers on this page.

With many TLDs to choose from, brands now have more options to create a distinctive domain name that quickly communicates the purpose and value of their offering. Because new TLDs haven’t been around that long, short and memorable domain names are often still available. Another plus: they don’t adversely affect your search ranking. However, a lot of people may still default to typing in .com, so many businesses also purchase the .com version of their domain name and then point that domain to their main website address.

Get the full scoop on TLDs and what’s right for you in our post about how to choose between traditional and new domain endings.

Things to avoid

Some elements could negatively impact how people perceive your domain name, such as:

  • Numbers or dashes in your name. These characters are hard to type and might lower the perceived credibility of your website and business.
  • Funny spellings or words that can be spelled in different ways (like “way” or “too”). These might make it hard for people to find your site.
  • Misspellings. These can make your site seem suspicious and make people worry it’s a phishing or malware site.
  • Brand names and trademarks used by other companies. These should never be used in your domain name; trying to do so can lead to legal action and suspension of your domain.

Now that you know some important guidelines, the next steps are brainstorming, research, and seeing what domains are available. As you go through this process, be sure to brainstorm some backup names in case the domain name you want isn’t available.

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