Welcome To NewAgeBlogging. In this Domain Buying Guide article I will share with you some tips which is very important to check before buying a domain otherwise you will lose your money and time.
What most people do? They go to any domain registrar website and find their respective domain name. If the domain name is available, they buy it immediately without check domain history.
But did you know that this method of buying a domain is completely wrong and it can harm you later because you don’t yet know anything about the domain that you purchased recently. You can also read How To Buy Expired Domain & What is the proper way to buy an expired domain?
The Following Points Maybe Possible
- The domain you purchased may not be brand new, rather it is an expired domain.
- The domain you purchased may be banned in Google Adsense.
- The domain you purchased may be banned in Google Search Console.
- The domain you purchased may be Involved in violation of DMCA policies.
- The domain you purchased may be blocked in Social Media like Facebook, Twitter ETC.
Why it is important to check all these points In This Domain Buying Guide?
These are very important and compulsory points and I highly recommend that you must check these points before buying any domain name. Because if you accidentally register an expired domain and it is banned in Google AdSense, you will not be able to make money from this domain through Google Adsense and no matter how hard work you try.
Similarly if your domain also Banned in Google Search Console, In that case your website will not rank in Google Search Engine and if your website is not added in Google Search Engine then it will not get traffic. Because everyone knows that Google Search Engine is currently the biggest source to get traffic to any website.
DMCA Officially known as the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” or DMCA in short, it’s a copyright law that was introduced in the US in 1998. It implements two laws of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) that were coined in 1996.
Suppose you buy an expired domain accidentally and this domain involved in DMCA policies that means if someone registered their website with DMCA and you post its content on your website without their permission, then you will get a copyright claim from DMCA.
In this case, you have to remove their content from your website otherwise your websites will not be ranked or removed your post link in Google search engine and Google AdSense will also ask you to remove the AdSense ad code from the related post.
The last point is the blocking of the website on social media. When you create a new website, Social Media is the biggest source to get traffic to the website but many new people constantly share the link of all their posts on social media (especially Facebook).
This is against the policy and in that case, the website is blocked and then you can never share the link of this website on Facebook again. So this is a very important point to check before the buying a domain otherwise you will lose lots of social media traffic.
What is the right way to buy a domain?
Use The Right Domain Name Extensions (.com, .org, .net)
In this Domain Buying Guide, the first point is to choose the right domain name extension.
When you choose your domain name extension, you can be sure of one thing: “.com” is still the best.
According to research from DomainNameStat, 43% of all domains have the “.com” extension.
Why? Well, “.com” is the most familiar and easiest to remember.
While there are many successful websites with a “.net” and “.org”, your website will probably do better if it has a “.com” extension. It’s the safest bet.
My advice: Go with .com. If that’s taken, try .net or .org. If these are taken too, you’d be better off brainstorming a new domain name. And oh! – Avoid those weird extensions like “.club”, “.space”, “.pizza” and so on.
Choose Brandable Domain Over Generic
Creative and brandable domain names are always better than generic domain names.
Remember: Your domain name is how visitors will find, remember, and share your company on the web. It is the base of your brand.
What is the main difference between a brandable domain and a generic domain name?
A brandable domain name is unique and stands out from the competition, while a generic domain name is usually stuffed with keywords and unmemorable.
For Example, Do you know the difference between Healthblog.net, Newhealthblog.com, or Healthbloghub.com? Probably not, right?
These are horribly generic. They don’t have any meaning. You won’t hear anyone talking about how awesome “blog.com” is. Variations of the word “Blog” will increase the competition and make it blend in even more.
How we can find more Brandable domain names:
- Create new words. You can make up your own catchy, new words. That’s what Google, Bing, and Yahoo did.
- Use existing words. You can use a thesaurus to find interesting words that fit your brand name.
- Use domain name generators. These tools can help you create a unique, brandable domain name from your initial domain ideas and keywords. (You can also read the complete article about Domain Generators.)
Choose the Best and trusted Domain Registrar
There are thousands of domain registrars on the Internet that promote new offers every day and selling domains at a very low price.
But I advise you to always buy a domain from a trusted registrar. Because if you buy a domain from any trusted place, you will also get full support in case of any problem.
If you are also planning to buy a domain with web hosting. So I would recommend that you also buy a domain from the same company from which you are buying hosting.
This will give you support for hosting and domain from one place and they will automatically associate your domain with hosting and you will not have to do anything set up like Update DNS Records Or active SSL Certificate ETC.
Note: Generally, we recommend that the domain and hosting be purchased from the same company because some hosting providers give us some extra free addons like recently Namecheap offering free CDN for their customers when we buy hosting and domain from Namecheap.
But the problem is that whenever we want to change the hosting, we have a problem transferring the domain. So if you plan to change hosting in the future, I would like to ask you to register the domain separately. So that whenever you change hosting in the future, you will not face any problem.
Here are my selected and trusted Top 10 domain registrars, Where you can buy Domains without any hesitations because these are very popular and trusted companies.
- Bluehost.com (Recommended)
Check Domain History & Previous Content
After selecting the domain name, the first thing you need to do is check the domain history. Whether the domain we are looking to purchase is Brand New or has already been used and later expired.
Just open the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and type the domain name in the search box and click the Browse History button.
So now I click on 3 May 2012 and it has two pages captured snapshots.
Similarly, if your domain is completely brand new, first you will not see any type of data, and you will receive a message like that.
Hrm. Wayback Machine doesn’t have that page archived. Want to search for all archived pages under adeelqadir.com?
But before buying an expired domain, It is very very important to know a few things, otherwise, you may lose your time and money in the future.
What you need to know before buying an expired domain? and how you can properly buy an expired domain? Click on This Link and get the complete information.
Follow Trademark Terms
Whenever you buy a domain always Follow Trademark Terms and don’t avoid them. Before we talk about the trademark, let us know What is a Trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.
A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods.
Some examples include brand names, slogans, and logos. The term “trademark” is often used in a general sense to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
In simple words, If you use any trademark registered company name in your domain, So it is against its rules and you may have to pay for it later.
For Example! YouTube and Facebook are Trademark registered companies. If you register a domain that uses the word Facebook or YouTube, like, FacebookVideoDownloader.com Or YouTubeVideoDownload.com ETC.
This is against trademark policies and also Facebook and YouTube have full authority to send you a violation. If this happens you will have to hand over your domain to them or terminate your website permanently and sometimes you may have to pay for it.
If you don’t do that, maybe your domain provider may suspend your account. Also, these Trademark register companies don’t send a violation in the beginning.
When your website becomes very popular and get a lot of traffic from different sources then you will get a Trademark violation. In that case you will have to suffer a lot such as you will lose your hard work, Website traffic, Earning and investment.
So always keep this point in your mind. So that you don’t have to suffer any loss. You can also check current trademarks here:
Choose Short domain name instead of long
Short Is Better Than Long – Domain Name length also is a very important point because it’s directly affect your organic traffic for your returning users.
If you buy a longer domain it will be a little harder for your visitors to remember it. So when your visitor does not remember the domain name, he will not be able to visit your website again. This will have a detrimental effect on your website traffic.
So always choose a short length. Domain Aim for 6-14 characters – and remember the shorter, the better.
Most likely the shorter domain names are taken a LONG time ago and sold for thousands of dollars. If you can’t find something short, make it brandable.
Avoid Hyphens And Numbers in Domain Name
Don’t use Hyphens and Numbers in your domain name because Hyphens and Numbers make your domain name more difficult.
For Example: Imagine explaining Facebook if it had a hyphen in there. Have you seen this new website Face-Book? There is a hyphen in there by the way, between the ‘Face’ and the ‘Book.
Facebook might not have spread so quickly if that was the case. The bottom line? Your domain name should be smooth and punchy – hyphens and numbers get in the way of that.
So always buy a domain names without Hyphens and Numbers. Because it looks beautiful and on the other hand it is easy to read and write also easy to remember.
Keyword In The Domain Name
Domain names comprising of a keyword have long since been regarded as a strong pointer when it comes to search engine ranking. This connection has been proven true over time. Nevertheless, keyword domains are still popular in the domain market.
One reason for this is those keyword domains are seen by potential visitors as more relevant and are therefore taken more seriously. Catchy URLs containing strong search-volume keywords are therefore often monitored by potential customers over the years. It only makes sense to purchase an expired domain when the domain name coincides with the content, products, or services that you plan to offer with that address in the future.
Consider Using Focus Keywords That Reflect Your Website
You can see our website mainly about Blogging Tips and Tricks or helping people to Earn Money from Blogging.
So we chose to add a name that reflects all of it – “Blogging”. Obviously, blogging.com (or .org, .net) was no longer available, we simply chose “NewAgeBlogging.Com”.
Niche or Focus Keywords can help to improve your SEO and user experience. If you try to awkwardly stuff keywords into your domain, it comes across as generic (like we talked about before).
If you choose to use keywords, put the keywords at the beginning of your domain if possible. That’s where they’ll be the most powerful for your ranking.
After reading this Domain Buying Guide, If you are still wondering which is the best way to buy a domain name, I think you haven’t understood yet.
There are thousands or millions of articles on the Internet that provide information about Domain Buying Guide. But everyone has their own method and ideas.
So this article is based on my experience.
If you have any problem with this Domain Buying Guide. You can feel free to let me know in the comments section as far as possible I will try to solve your problem.
Thanks, Stay Connected.
”Hey, I’m Adeel Qadir From Pakistan, A Professional Web Developer, Software Engineer, I.T Consultant, Blogger, Affiliate Marketer, and Founder of NewAgeBlogging.com. A blog that provides authentic information regarding blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, and how to Earn Money Online with blogging and other platforms.