Tips for choosing domain name from experts

Target your area

If your business is local, consider including your city or state in your domain name to make it easy for local customers to find and remember. Example: PhoenixGlassRepair.com. - Andrea Rowland - GoDaddy


Shorter is always better

As we've been saying, shorter is better. If you can't get your domain name down to one memorable word (almost impossible to come by these days), then consider adding one or maximum two more words. Combinations of two words work great for the memorable names like LifeHacker.com or GeekSquad.com. Also, don't use an acronym. People will never remember the letters unless it's a highly catchy name. - Ogi Djuraskovic - FirstSiteGuide team


Easy to Pronounce

As easy as your domain name rolls off the tips of your fingers, it should roll off the tip of your tongue. This makes it easier for visitors to share your domain name by word of mouth, and makes it easier for you to share your site with friends and potential customers. You can test this the same way as with the 'spelling'. Write your domain name on a piece of paper and ask 10 people to pronounce it. If more than a few people struggle to pronounce it, you should simplify it. Here's what to keep in mind: You want your domain name to be passed along easily by you and others. And the only way for that to be possible is if it's 1) easy to spell and 2) easy to pronounce. - ROBERT MENING - WebsiteSetup


Start with keywords

Before logging into to your favorite domain registrar, take some time to brainstorm a few ideas. It can be helpful to have three to five keywords in mind when doing this exercise. These words and phrases should clearly define what you do (or want to do). Mix and mash them together and see what looks right and makes sense. Don't force the process - just let it flow. For example, let's say you are starting a local bakery. Some terms you want to include would be your city, fresh bread, baked goods, bakery and so on. Here's a pro tip: Use prefixes and suffixes to help you create a good domain that grabs attention. For this example, you may end up with a domain like superfreshbread.com. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Make it expandable

You never know how your business might expand, so avoid names that box you in. For example, FlyFishingLures.com is nice, but what if you want to sell fishing poles down the line too? I also recommend avoiding life-stage-specific names like AllAboutMyWildAndCrazyToddlers.com. (It's good now, but they're toddler years will be over so fast!) - Amy Lynn Andrews


Lock the Domain So It CanÍt Be Stolen

Even though it may seem odd at first, domain hijacking actually happens more often than you'd imagine. Not going into the boring technical details, your domain can be stolen via several means. Most commonly, this involves either hacking your password or convincing you to give out your password via a phishing attack, plus some other fun things. Basically, if someone gains access to your registrar's user account, they can do whatever they wish with your domains. Some domain registrars offer a feature in which they keep your domain in Registrar-lock status, which prevents unauthorized attempts at domain transfers. In this state, your registration information and DNS configuration cannot be changed until you unlock your domain name. Luckily, enabling this option is often very easy and only requires you to select a specific box in your registrar's user panel. - Karol K - Winning WP


Go for a .COM

If you are serious about building a long-term brand online, there is nothing better than a .com. Using a 301-redirect to drive traffic to a .net or .org is totally fine, but owning the .com or the equivalent TLD for your target market country is critical. There are a number of reasons why this matters, but the most crucial one is for your users. While there are thousands of TLDs to choose from, .com still carries the most trust with it. Many internet users are still unaware that the other TLDs exist and may hesitate to click when they see one. Make it easy for your users and choose a .com. You'll thank me in the long run. (Note for transparency: I am currently working on getting ownership of the .com for my site's domain. When I rebranded a few years ago, I was unable to claim it and now have to bid to own it.) - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Avoid hyphens

Never create a domain name with hyphens. Hyphens can be a sign of spam domains, which you do not want to be associated with. You don't want to give the wrong impression to potential visitors. Hyphenated domains are also prone to typos. If you choose a domain name with hyphens because the domain you want is already taken, your users will end up at your competitor's site if they forget to type in the hyphens. - wpbeginner


Use keywords

Have you read my post What is SEO? (And Why It Matters)? Your domain is one of the best places to use a keyword or two. And the more compact and closer to the beginning of your domain, the better. For example, if 'fly fishing' is your keyword, FlyFishingAdventures.com is better than AdventuresInFlyFishing.com. - Amy Lynn Andrews


Make it pronounceable

This tip is closely related to our first bit of advice. Even though users aren't likely to be saying your domain name out loud, pronounceability is still important. This is because of something called processing fluency: the ease with which our brains can process information. Names that don't require a person to think too hard are usually the easiest to remember, and also more likely to inspire positive associations. 'If you have to spell it over the phone, you've lost.' says Jason Calacanis, the serial entrepreneur and angel investor behind tech giants like Uber, the Launch Festival, and This Week in Startups. When people routinely misspell your domain name because it's too hard to figure out, all of that potential traffic is lost. Most people will give up searching for your brand's site quickly; they don't have the time or desire to try multiple Google searches of possible spellings. The lesson here is simple: make it easy for your customers to find you! - Denis Pinsky - Forbes


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