Tips For Selecting a Domain Name
When it comes to a domain name, less is more. Shorter names are easier to remember and to type, which means users are more likely to find you. It’s also easier to stand out when there’s less to read. It’s a good idea not to exceed 2-3 words.
You want people to remember your domain name and type it accurately. Complicated or uncommon words or names may be hard to remember and spell correctly.
Relevant words help users find you in a search and recognize what you do at a glance. Keywords can include what you do or offer (like “coffee” or “cleaning”), or even your location. Including your location (like “miami”) in your domain name might also help you target local customers and users.
Your domain name should reflect your brand, and vice versa. Brands can take time to develop, and including your unique brand name in your domain can help you stand out, gain recognition, and increase visits to your website. When creating your brand name and domain name, just be sure not to use any existing brand names or trademarks.
While it may seem obvious, your domain name should be the same as your brand name, or as close to it as possible. You don’t want to confuse people who type in your domain name and get to a website with a different name.
Good, Not Perfect
Many people get caught up trying to choose the perfect name, when that time could be spent building a great brand around a perfectly good domain name. Don’t let choosing a perfect domain hold you back from starting your business or project. An average domain name is better than no domain name.
The most popular domain ending or TLD (top-level domain) is .com, but there are now a wide variety of TLDs, ranging from .academy to .coffee to .photography. You can find the full list of new TLDs that Google Domains offers on this page.
With many TLDs to choose from, brands now have more options to create a distinctive domain name that quickly communicates the purpose and value of their offering. Because new TLDs haven’t been around that long, short and memorable domain names are often still available. Another plus: they don’t adversely affect your search ranking. However, a lot of people may still default to typing in .com, so many businesses also purchase the .com version of their domain name and then point that domain to their main website address.