How to Conduct a Successful Domain Name Search

 

How to Get the Domain You Want

Grab your unique domain name while it’s available. Start your domain name search, check domain availability and register your domain with Wix.

6 Tips for Your Domain Name Search 

Check out these tips to find the best domain name:

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Stand out from the Crowd

Pick a domain name that’s unique, so your visitors remember you. Before you start your domain search, do a thorough check for domain name availability. After your domain search, you can claim your own and build a following that’s exclusively yours.

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Keep It Simple

When you’re deciding on a domain name and checking for domain availability, it’s a good idea to choose something that’s short, memorable and easy to spell. You should avoid symbols and capital letters. Keep things simple and easy to read so visitors can find your website.

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Get Found Online

Search engines like Google use your domain name to figure out what your site’s about. It’s important to use your brand name or relevant keywords when picking your domain name so visitors understand what your business does. For example, if you’re a photographer, you might want a domain like www.shevyphotography.com.

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Use Keywords

In preparation for your domain check, choose the keywords that people enter when searching for your products or services. This helps improve your rank on search engines (which increases traffic) and helps your customers understand your business.

5.

Keep an Open Mind

When doing your domain name search, it’s great if your exact business name is available—but if the domain is already taken, don’t panic! Carry out a thorough domain check and try different variations on the theme. For example, try adding “the” at the start, or changing the domain extension from .com to .net.

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Add the Finishing Touch

Your domain extension is the suffix at the end of your domain name, like .com, .org or .net. Wix lets you choose from 45 top-level domain extensions, also known as TLDs. Keep an extension in mind when conducting your domain search so you create a complete URL that looks and sounds good.

Pick the Best Domain Extension for Your Site

Your domain extension can indicate the nature of your site or the location of your business. While doing your domain check, look for the following TLDs available with Wix.

.com

The most common domain extension, typically associated with for-profit businesses.

.biz

An abbreviation for “business”, also associated with for-profit businesses and companies.

.me

Great for personal brands, resumes, portfolios, blogs and generally showcasing who you are.

.tv

Ideal for businesses related to television and sites showcasing video and audio streams.

.info

An abbreviation for “information”, generally used for sites that are informative or educational.

.org

Short for “organization”, commonly used for nonprofit and charitable organizations worldwide.

.net

.co

Often associated with online businesses, startups and the cutting-edge world of high-tech.

An abbreviation for “company”, serving as a great alternative to the popular .com extension.

.expert

A memorable domain extension that can help establish yourself as an expert in your field.

.co.uk

A Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), specific to sites and businesses based in the UK.

.guru

A unique, fun extension that’s great for making sure your site stands out from the crowd.

.com.br

Similar to co.uk, a ccTLD that’s designated especially for websites and businesses based in Brazil.

Frequently Asked Questions About Domains

1

How do I conduct a domain name check?

You can check domain availability using a domain search like the one above. Type the name of the domain you want in the domain checker and if it’s available, grab it before it gets taken.

2

What is a country code TLD and should I use one in my domain?

A country code top-level domain (ccTLD) is one that’s designated especially for websites and businesses based in a particular country. For example, co.uk indicates a site that might be more relevant for a UK audience. Using a ccTLD lets visitors know where your business is located and helps search engines like Google direct people from your region of the world to your site.

3

What is the relationship between domain names and an IP address?

The domain name is the address visitors type in their web browser to get to your website. The domain name then directs them to an IP (Internet Protocol) address which is a series of numbers that contains your website. In order to make web addresses easier to remember, we use domain names instead of IP numbers like 123.45.679.10.

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Does your domain name affect SEO?

For Google, your domain name is a strong indicator of what your site is about. It should contain relevant keywords that describe your brand and business. Including your company name in the domain is beneficial in order for you to rank for your brand name. Using a ccTLD can also send relevant local traffic to your site.

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