By Niall Roche
What is a domain name? A domain name is the location of your website on the Internet. Your domain name will be what you become known by online so it's important to get it right.
Each website on the Internet is labelled with something called an IP address which is the actual address of the website online. A typical IP address
looks like this: 184.108.40.206. Remembering a string of numbers like that is difficult so a domain name translates all those numbers into something
like www.amazon.com. This is far easier to remember.
#1 Dot what?
Each domain has what's called an extension. The most well known of these extensions is .com. This, however, is not the only type of domain
extension available. There is also:
If you can't find your preferred .com domain name you could always choose the same domain with a .net extension. It might not have the same ring
as a .com but is still as just useful as a .com.
These domain extensions were orginally designed for educational and more formal websites. Anybody can register a .org however so you have more
options for domain selection.
A more recent introduction to the domain name game are .info domains. Many of the valuable .info domains were bought up overnight but there's
still a huge range of good .info domains available. With a little creativity you could really make a .info work for you e.g. www.moviereview.info.
Bear in mind that most web surfers tend to remember .com more easily than anything else.
#2 Branding vs Business Name
There is an age old debate on the whether or not you should establish a brand name online or use a domain that more actually reflects your real
business. Let's look at Amazon as an example. Amazon sells books online. Most people setting up a business would have chosen say www.booksonline.com
instead of www.amazon.com. Amazon has since established itself as a brand name of global recognition - proving the value of building a brand name.
You'll need to choose between the two. Brand name or your own business name. Consider how your domain sounds, how it might look on a business card
and how well it relates to your business.
There's no one right answer to this question. You need to choose what makes most sense for you, your website and your business in general.
Part II - Domain Registrar and Cheap Domain Name
About The Author
http://www.affiliate-advocate.com is run by Niall Roche. The site offers reviews of affiliate marketing ebooks and software as well as advice
and tips for new and existing affiliate marketers.
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