Good Domain Names
No matter what domain name you buy its unlikely to be worth $ millions
straight away, but with some careful though and preparation you
can maximise your domain names potential.
Using hyphens Almost every word in the dictionary
has been registered already so its more than likely that you will
have to register a combination of words. Should you buy a domain
name with a hypen in it? Generally speaking the answer is no. There
are several reasons why not. Describing a domain name with hyphens
can be awkward. Customers have a habit of forgetting the hyphen
and typing in the wrong URL. It’s a misconception that hyphens
improve search engine rankings, the leading search engines now concentrate
on content and pay only limited attention to the URL itself.
Consider a ccTLD There is no evidence that Country
Code Top level domains (ccTLD’s) are treated differently by
Search Engines, though there can be advantages and disadavantages
if your business is regional Submitting your domain to search engines
Once you have configured your domain to point to your Web site,
you will need to ensure that search engines are aware of it. If
they aren't, your site will receive very few visitors - even if
you have managed to find a memorable, snappy domain name.
This can be achieved by either directly submiting your URL to the
search engines through using a submission service such as the free
submission service on our site . Free
Please be careful when using automated submission tools as the
Search engine are penalising sites submitted in this way. Ours is
manual for this very reason.
Or by linking your site to others, this is the preferred way for
search engine to “discover new sites”.
Ensuring you own your domain
Just because you buy a domain name doesn't mean you own it. Some
less reputable suppliers register domain names in their own name.
You can see who owns a domain name by using a lookup call a WHOIS
search e.g WHOIS
If you look at the registrant details the name here is the legal
owner. For example if you enter discountdomainsuk.com you will see
the legal owner is us – Discount Domains Ltd
Selling your domain name
Is your domain name near to expiry? Don't let it lapse without
offering it for sale first, there are lots of good sites who only
charge if your domain sells. You might be pleasantly surprised,
domain names have fetched a $1 million before now!
About the Author
Clare Lawrence is CEO
of Discount Domains Ltd – A leading UK provider of Domain
name registration and Web Hosting services. Please feel free to
re-publish this article provided this reference box remains together
with a hyperlink to http://www.discountdomainsuk.com Clare can also
be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.