Whether you’re starting a new business, opening up a non-profit, or getting more exposure for your school or town, you’ll quickly realize how cost-effective it is to have a presence on the internet. Your first step to having an effective online profile is to choose a URL (Universal Resource Locator) more commonly referred to as a domain name. The good news is that purchasing a URL is one of the easiest things you can do for your business. To get started, follow the simple steps below.
Step 1 – Search the internet for a domain website
One of the advantages in working with our company Vastus Domains is that we are affiliated with GoDaddy, an industry leader in domain names, this helps ensure that you have access to quality names. Quality names refer to names that have been checked for, among other things, the way they link to specific keywords. These are words or combinations of words that consumers are likely to type into a search engine when looking for businesses or organizations similar to yours.
Step 2 – Make sure your name is available
This may sound obvious, but before you prepare all your marketing material, not to mention your email address with mikesbikes.com, you’ll want to make sure it isn’t already being used.
Step 3 – Check other variations
If the name you want is chosen, many of these sites will suggest alternate spellings. This can also be helpful, because you could purchase names that are close to your URL, helping to ensure that traffic won’t be misdirected to another site that could misrepresent your business.
Step 4 – Register your domain name
In addition to selecting your domain name, you’ll want to make sure you specify how long you want to purchase your name for and also who will be the company hosting your website. NOTE: the company that is hosting your website should not own your domain name. It is very important that you own your URL otherwise you will lose your domain name if you switch service providers.
Step 5 – Buy your URL
You’ll be asked to provide credit card or debit card information. Once you do, you’ll own the name for the time you specified. All you’ll have to ensure is that you renew your URLs registration before it expires to ensure that someone else doesn’t buy it.
What If I Want to Buy Domain Names for Profit
If you’re purchasing a domain name with the intention of selling it, you would go through the same process. Keep in mind, that there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to sell these names once they’re purchased. Also, you’ll have to do a fair amount of work by yourself to let prospective buyers know you own a domain name they may want.
A popular option for “cybersquatters” is a bid site such as ebay. You may also want to search for a domain name broker. These businesses will do their best to match you with a buyer. They will require some form of compensation.