The thought of creating a website to sell your products and services is exciting! From start to finish there may be a hundred steps, but the first is finding a domain name that you like — one that resonates with your brand. Picking the right name influences your overall PR, marketing and social media strategy – so it’s important to choose one that works!
3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Domain Name:
- If you are the brand, consider buying YourName.com. Already taken? Look at YourName.org or YourNameWhatYouDo.com, with a few variations. Are you John Smith? Not so great for differentiating yourself on the web. But, if you add your middle initial or city that could help you stand out.
Now, if you’re “John Smith the Elephant Handler”, I’d do a happy dance and buy JohnSmithElephantHandler.com. I’m certain John would have little competition in the jungle and still get noticed. Note: I’d also suggest John buy ElephantHandler.com which, by the way, was available at the time I wrote this. John, here’s another tip, link both domains to each other!
- Is your domain name hard to spell or a play on words? I like to give everyone a free pass here. Some of us can spell and were spelling bee queens and others were math geniuses. Make your domain name easy to remember and spell. Buy misspelled versions of your domain name that point to your website(s) so you don’t miss any traffic. You might think it’s a waste of time or effort, but it’s an investment that pays off –especially if your name is a bit confusing!
- Does someone else have a domain name almost identical to yours? I’ve been asked if it’s worthwhile to buy a domain name similar to yours a hundred times. And my answer is always the same. Yes, if it’s affordable and in your budget. But no, if it’s just parked and you have other options. Well positioned PR and social media promotion can create oodles of visibility for your brand and traffic to your website. All of your marketing tactics combined will make a difference to help meet your goals and objectives. A consistent message, constant communication and inspired daily action are key!
Another tip about buying domain names? Buy strategic keywords and string them together as a URL which lead to YOU. Research what works best for your industry before you buy.
All these tips are great, but creating a PR and visibility plan is the most important to get the biggest bang for your buck.
If you want to set up a 15 minute discovery session to see how to cut through the clutter, to sell more products and services – or build your brand, click here. I have a few more PR Summer Session Openings at a discounted price for the rest of August.