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How To Choose A Domain Name For Your Website or Blog In 2020.

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Introduction

With the internet becoming one the largest and independent sector ever created by mankind it is very obvious that we do not need another Nostradamus to tell us the future of the Internet.

If you don’t know who Nostradamus is, he is a wizard who once lived in the agrarian age.
He is very popular for the vision he saw about the future, most of which have already happened.
You can Google who he was on WIKI.

Going back to the major concern of this article, it has however become notable that the internet will continue to grow and eventually become the most biggest and successful accidental venture ever created by mankind.

So therefore it is however advised that every future and to be successful business or entrepreneur to obtain his or her own address on the internet and this can be achieved by owning a domain name.

You can however choose what to turn your domain into whether it be a landing page website or a tech startup like Facebook, PayPal  or a personal blog.

What is A Domain Name ?.

A domain name is also know as your website address.
So that bla bla.com or blu blu.net is a domain name.
A domain name can also be refered to as the address where Internet users can access your website.
A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet.
Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers.
A domain name was actually developed and introduced to counter the use of native IP addresses.

A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net ,.co.uk, .ng and many more.

Domain extensions and their meaning.

Domain extensions are the suffixes or the last part of a domain name – the letters that come after the dot to the right of any domain name.

For example, most URL addresses end with .com – this is an example domain extension.

Here are a few domain extension and their meaning.
1. .com stands for commercial website

2. .org stands for organization.

3. .Edu stans for eduction.

4. .uk stands for the United Kingdom.

5. .mil stands for milirary.

6. .au stands for Australlia.

Domain Name Stats You should know.

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1. Yahoo.com, Google.com, Facebook.com, YouTube.com, and Live.com rule the domain world.

2. The top five most popular domain name extensions are currently: .com (133.9 million), .cn (21.4 million), .tk (19.9 million), .de (16.3 million), and .net (14.4 million).

3. Cars.com is the highest selling domain name ever recorded. It went for a whopping $872 million.

4. GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar, as of December 2018 49.98% of all domain names were registered with them.

5. Niche sites have over 1000 domain names extensions to choose from thanks to site over saturation.

6. As of January 1st, 2020, there were 1,744,517,326 websites, up from 906,616,188 in January 2016.

7. The world’s first website was published on August 6, 1991 by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee.

8. 51.3% of all websites on the Internet don’t use a content management system.

9. The most prominent sites using WordPress are The New York Times, Forbes, and Facebook Blog.

10. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 157.4 million domain name registrations this year.

11. In total, there are approximately 333.8 million domain name registrations worldwide, and that number is now increasing steadily by approximately 1.0% each year.

list of domain extensions

Benefits of Owning A Registered Domain Name.

Are you becoming double minded on actually owning your own domain name then this section is here to expose the benefits of owning a domain name.

1. Make money.

One of the first entity that qualifies you to earn money online is to own a domain name.
You need a domain name to start any online business venture whether is be a blog, an e commerce platform, or a personal website for business.

2. Global recognition.

Do you want to go global and become recognized worldwide then you need a domain name..
You domain name can be accessed all over the world from any computer.
Do you want to pass any information or impression about yourself or a topic then you need to get started by getting a domain name.

3. Kick start a global Business.

Owning a business allows you do business all over the world.
Prospective customers can find your business online via proper search engine optimization and search engine marketing/ advertising.
Thinking of going global ?
Then purchase a domain name.

Top Domains name in the world.

1. Google.com.

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.

2. YouTube.com.

YouTube is an American video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005.
Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.

YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, favorites, share, add to playlists, flag, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos

3. TMall.com

Tmall.com , formerly Taobao Mall, is a Chinese-language website for business-to-consumer (B2C) online retail, spun off from Taobao, operated in China by Alibaba Group.

It is a platform for local Chinese and international businesses to sell brand name goods to consumers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Being the world’s second biggest e-commerce website after Taobao, it has over 500 million monthly active users, as of February 2018.

It is the world’s third most visited website according to Alexa

4.Baidu.com.

Baidu, Inc. is a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products and artificial intelligence (AI), headquartered in Beijing’s Haidian District.
It is one of the largest AI and internet companies in the world.

Baidu offers various services, including a Chinese search engine, as well as a mapping service called Baidu Maps. Baidu offers about 57 search and community services, such as Baidu Baike.

5. qq.com.

Tencent QQ also known as QQ, is an instant messaging software service and web portal developed by the Chinese tech giant Tencent.
QQ offers services that provide online social games, music, shopping, microblogging, movies, and group and voice chat software.

6. Sohu.com.

Sohu, Inc. is a Chinese Internet company headquartered in the Sohu Internet Plaza in Haidian District, Beijing.
Sohu and its subsidiaries offer advertising, a search engine, on-line multiplayer gaming and other services.
It was ranked as the world’s third- and twelfth-fastest growing company by Fortune in 2009 and 2010, respectively

7. Facebook.com.

Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California and a flagship service of the namesake company Facebook, Inc. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates back in college days.

8. wikipedia.org.

Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia created and maintained as an open collaboration project by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system.

It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web,and is one of the most popular websites ranked by Alexa as of January 2020.

Wiki is a non profit organization funded primarily through donations.

9. yahoo.com.

Yahoo! is an American web services provider headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Yahoo was one of the pioneers of the early Internet era in the 1990’s.

It provides or provided a Web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search, and related services, including Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, advertising, online mapping, video sharing, fantasy and sports.

10. amazon.com.

Amazon.com, Inc, is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence.
It is considered one of the Big Four tech companies, along with Google, Apple, and Facebook.
Amazon is known for its disruption of well-established industries through technological innovation and mass scale.

It is the world’s largest online marketplace, AI assistant provider, and cloud computing platform as measured by revenue and market capitalization.

Amazon is the largest Internet company by revenue in the world

How To Choose the perfect Domain name For Your Business.

Now you are ready to buy a domain name after reading this post i suggest you hold on a bit and read this section in details so as not to make silly mistakes when purchasing a domain name.

1. .com is always better.

There are plenty of new domain name extensions available today, from the original .com, .net and .org to niche extensions like .pizza, .photography, and even .blog.
I always recommend choosing a .com domain name.
While it can be tempting to come up with clever blog names using new extensions, .com is still the most established and credible domain name extension.
As a blogger or an online business owner, owning a .com domain allows your business to compete globally.
Locally prefixed domain names like .ng allows your website to perform in that country of location.

2. Keep it Short.

Looking at the top domain names made mentioned above, they all have something in coming which is how short they appear and sound.
We recommend keeping your domain name under 15 characters. Longer domains are harder for your users to remember.
Not to mention, users will also be more prone to entering typos with longer domain names which can lead to loss traffic.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your domain length short.

3. Make sure you don’t Use Hyphens.

most times we are so tempted to use a branded domain name and its we find out that they are not available at a domain registrar the next thing that comes into our minds most times is to tweak it by making use of an hyphen.
Hmm!! this is a very bad idea and would cause very huge bounce rate.
Hyphenated domains are also prone to typos.
If you choose a domain name with hyphens because the domain you want is already taken, then your users will likely end up at your competitor’s site if they forget to type in the hyphen.

4. Use Your name.

The perfect choice of a domain name is to use your full name, probably your first name and your last name would be a perfect combination.
You are likely to find someone who already bought that domain name.

5. Use Domain name generators for clever ideas.

Currently, there are more than 360 Million registered domain names. This leads to many people saying that all good domains are already taken.

Searching for individual domain name manually can be very time consuming.

This is where domain name generators come in. These free tools automatically search for your defined keywords to find hundreds of clever domain name ideas.
One popular domain name generator is Namelix.com
You can check it out and use their free tool.

6. Act quickly.

Each day thousands of new domain names are registered from all parts of the world.
If you have found a domain name that you like, then don’t wait too long.
Domain names are like real estate.
Thousands of people are actively looking for good brand able domain names that they can register for better rates in the future.
If you don’t act fast, then someone may go ahead and register your domain idea.
Since domain names are relatively cheap, we always recommend our readers to act fast.
If you change your mind later, then you can simply let it expire.

7. make your domain name easy to spell and pronounce.

You should be able to easily share your domain name when speaking as well as writing. You never know when you’ll be asked to share your domain name in person.

This can actually cause your website to have a high level of bounce rate.

Make sure your domain name contains the proper vowels and consonants so that it can resonate with people of other culture around the globe.

Recommendation.

Now that you are set on buying a domain name the next step is to buy it from a very good and reliable registrar.
There are over a thousand domain registrar on the internet and not all are actually reliable.
You don’t want to have your website tripping off where you actually go online.
The perfect registrar to sign up to at any day or time is BlueHost.

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group.
It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains.
You can get a domain and hosting package on BlueHost for as low as $2.

 

Conslusion.

Now you have successfully acquired your domain name its now time to put it to very good use.
Here are quick starter articles i recommend you read.

What do you think?

Written by Udemezue John

Web developer| Digital Marketer| Entrepreneur

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