Tips for Choosing a Domain Name Choosing the right domain name is one of the important things when you want to build a blog (or website).
A beginner bloggers who just learn blogging usually do not think carefully when want to choose a domain name (including me first).
Though actually many important things to note.
What are some important things, Mas?
Quite a lot.
Please note only tips on choosing a domain name for the blog below.
1. Do not use free domain
The first thing to note is as much as possible not to use a free domain.
Free domain are frequently sought by beginner bloggers can not wait kepengin use their own domain name but has not had the money or pretended not have money to pay for a paid domain.
Free domains such as .TK, .GA, .ML, etc.
Why, Mas? If there is a free one why should buy?
If you want to build a blog to be managed seriously then use a free domain is a less intelligent thing.
Free domain is not completely free, usually only free first year or there are hidden requirements. One time my friend can lose access to your domain without notice (I've never experienced it)
Free domains are often used by spam blogs. One day can get banned by Google (it had already happened)
Ugly, not professional, not cool
2. Forget the EMD, choose a brandable domain
What is an EMD and brandable domain, Mas?
EMD or Exact-Match Domain is a domain that uses targeted keywords to get ranked in search engines.
For example, you want to target the keyword "How to Make a Cake" you can use Exact-Match Domain "www.cara-membuat-kue.com"
While brandable domain is a domain name that prioritizes branding rather than keyword. Easy example like google.com, yahoo.com, facebook.com, etc.
For a matter of EMD vs brandable domain actually still often become a debate among bloggers. Some argue EMD is better because it can help improve ranking in search engines, there is also a opinion that brandable domain is much better.
I personally prefer using brandable domains rather than using a domain solely to pursue keywords.
The first reason because I think Exact-Match Domain is not so great influence on ranking in search engines, especially Google.
Secondly because Exact-Match Domain is identical with web-web spam and also low quality web-web.
No wonder if Google 2012 2012 update its Algorithm to reduce web quality Exact-Match low quality in search results.
What does it mean to use keywords on a domain name is ugly?
Not at all, my friend can still use the keyword in the domain name of origin instead of Exact-Match Domain.
Examples such as online store website tokopedia.com. Domain contains the keyword "store", but tetep there brandingnya element.
3. Do not use trademark on domain name
This one is usually often ignored by a person when registering a domain name.
While using trademark or trademarks belonging to other people on the domain name can be at risk our blogs are sued by the trademark owner.
For example my friend to make a blog with domain name mbahgoogle.com, it is not impossible later Google will contact my friend to sue 500million fines for using their trademark without permission.
So check first before registering the domain name whether the domain name that you choose to contain trademark or not.
4. Select the .COM, .NET or ccTLD extension
When you search for a domain name try to search for a domain with extension .COM. The reason is because this domain extension is the most popular on the internet.
Most people who still lay about the internet assume all the website address on the internet behind use .COM. So not to confuse the layman, use extension .COM.
If you do not find a domain name that fits the .COM extension, alternatively you can use the .NET extension (the second most popular domain extension).
But if .COM and .NET are not right, the third alternative is to use ccTLD.
Most people would recommend .ORG as a third alternative, but I would recommend ccTLD because .ORG is less suitable to install on blogs.
What is ccTLD?
ccTLD stands for Country Code Top-Level Domain, a domain extension devoted to a particular Country.
.ID = Indonesia (sugeng.id)
.DE = Germany
.ES = Spain
.IN = India
.JP = Japan
.DLL = Abbreviation of "And Others"
5. Create a domain name as unique as possible
Make your domain name as unique as possible, do not imitate the domain name that already exists.
For example blogs discuss about technology, then try not to use the word "Tekno" on the domain name.
Because as far as I see already very many tech blogs that use the word "Tekno" on the domain name.
I think it's too market.
6. Make sure it is easy to type, remember and say
In addition to unique, the domain name you select should also be easy typed, remembered and spoken. This is important to facilitate us in promoting blogs, especially offline promotions.
If for example there are friends or neighbors who nanya our blog address, we so not confused jelasinnya.
Examples of real events:
Temen: Mas, what's the blog address?
I: mas dot sugeng dot com
Temen: is the hyphen written or how?
Temen: (go to Google Chrome and keep typing "mastandahubungsugeng.com")
Me: tepok jidat
Here are some tips so that your domain name is easy typed, remembered, and spoken or 3D.
Avoid using numbers (example: sugeng1234321.com)
Avoid using hyphens or vague symbols (eg mas-sugeng.com)
Avoid using words that are hard to spell (example: pronunciationtips.com or dklhfkler.com)
Avoid using a domain name that is too long (example: blogpalingkerendiduniamilikmassugeng.com)
7. Do not choose a domain name based on trends
This one actually depends on the topic of your blog. If the topic of your blog is specifically only discuss the topic that is ngetrend course, then it's not so problem if you choose a domain name that adjusts to the trend.
For example in 2015 yesterday again really ngetrend agate of the name, well buddy can use a domain name like infobatuakik.com if indeed the topic of your blog specifically discuss about agate.
But if you want to blog about other stones and will be managed for the long term, it will be smarter not to use the agate name on the domain name.
Because not necessarily agate will remain popular in the years to come.
8. Do not use used domains
Domain former how do you mean, Mas?
The former domain I'm referring to here is a domain name that has previously been registered on behalf of others but the domain is expired and can be registered again.
Actually it does not matter if we use a domain that has been registered, just sometimes the domain is former web spam, pornography, virus or other bad content.
Also not a bit of former domain that has been banned by the Google search engine or even already banned Google AdSense, which means that if you use the domain my blog will not appear in the search engine and also can not be monetized with Google AdSense.
So when you find a domain name and find a cool domain name that has not been registered, immediately to check because most likely the domain is a used domain.
How ngeceknya how, Mas?
To check the used domain just go to http://whois.domaintools.com/ type in the desired domain name, keep clicking Search.
If it says "Deleted And Available Again" it means the domain is a used domain
To check whether the domain has been banned AdSense or not just go to http://www.isbanned.com/
9. Register the domain in a trusted place
Tips on choosing a domain name that I have described above is very important, but there is one more thing that is not less important, namely choosing where to register a trusted domain name.
Do not let my friend register the domain name in place abal-abal just for cheaper reasons or because there is a big discount-gedean.
Of course my friend did not want to lose access to the domain that my friend had because the domain name provider disappeared without a trace, either because of bankruptcy or for other reasons.
Rumahweb.com is one of the trusted domain name providers that I recommend.
Know where to come from, Mas?
It has been established since 2002
Many make sure
The domain price makes sense
It's accredited by ICANN
10. Tips from my friend here ...
Maybe only until the number 9 just tips on choosing a domain name that I can convey.
So the tips even be 10 (ten) I want my friend to fill it in the comment field.