Purchasing your first domain name is exciting! But where to start. Well, firstly you need to decide if you want to buy a .com domain name or
a domain name extension that relates to you geographically, eg. .com.au or .com.ca Generally speaking, if you business has global reach in so much as that where you are based has little
effect on whether or not you can provide the service then a .com name is best. If however, you run a business that is very much reliant upon geographical location (eg. a local landscape or timber business) then
it is probably best to go for a domain name extension that reflects your country such as localtimber.com.au (or whatever the appropriate extension is).
In Australia at least, the australian domains are protected so that cybersquatting does not occur. In order to register a .com.au you must be able to show that you are entitled to own that particular domain name. Very cool!
The good part about .com domains is that they are inexpensive, and while .biz etc extensions have been introduced, by and far, .coms are still the most prevalent and most searched domain name extensions.
Also, if you paid a swag more dollars than you should have for your domain, consider transferring the domain name over to a different registrar. Recently I did this with one of my domains, and saved myself over $100 for the year - just on that one domain alone.
Click here to transfer your domain to Dotster and your domain renewal is just $8.95!
A common question with domain names is whether to buy one that has hyphens or not. Personally, I have not found hyphens to make any substantial difference to search engine listings or placements, so I believe that whether you want to use hyphens or not comes down to
personal perference. What IS important however, is to have keywords in your domain name - if at all practical. For example, let's say your business is called Fred's Fish Tanks it would be wise to purchase either fredsfishtanks.com or freds-fish-tanks.com (or both).
Start by searching the domain name that you want - the box below is provided by Dotster who are a reputable and inexpensive domain name registrar. Enjoy!