If you want to start a serious business on Internet you need to own a domain name, not just to provide you with your business identity but also, to tell your audience about what you do and what is your niche.
There is important to make a good decision, not necessary a fast one because remember, this will join you for the rest of your life. Specially now that you will find lots of options for your Domain Name as we will explain in this post.
What is a domain name?
According to Wikipedia:
“A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name.”
In plain english? Is the name that Internet uses to recognize your website. For example, insalesnow.com yourbusiness.net ownyourhome.org, etc.
I hope that you, by know already started with your own online business for free, if you are still thinking about it, then, stop, and do it. Try it for free by reading START FREE HOME BASED BUSINESS.
If you started here, then GREAT!!! so, you already have a domain name that identify your site and you are making money online.
If you are with Wealthy Affiliate, then, your site has a domain name under Siterubix.com, or what we called subdomain name. Again, a subdomain looks like insalesnow.siterubix.com, cookyourownfood.siterubix.com, and so on.
There is nothing wrong with a subdomain name, it is great if you want to start for free so you don’t spend a dime while you find your niche and you are reading to lift of, invest a little more money and boost your business under your own brand.
I said a little bit of money because a domain name prices go around $10/year. I’ll show you about this in a moment.
How To Purchase A Domain Name?
Let’s imagen you already started with your free business, also, you are pretty clear with your niche (if not, read about it at: FIND YOUR PASSION, FIND YOUR NICHE) and you are clear with the keyword you want to use to identify your online business (read about keywords at: REVIEW: BEST KEYWORD TOOL).
Let’s supposed you choose “baking big cookies”.
Now, we have to find a registrar company. A Registrar is where you buy your domain name. There are quite a few in Internet. The best one and the one I like to recommend is NameCheap.com. But, let’s take a look at other four, you can choose anyone you like.
Gandi: it is famous for their policy renewal, they are honest and do not upsell you with lots of products you don’t read. Every domain name gets two free hosted pages for your site.
GoDaddy: it is a pretty good web hosting service that has a very good customer service, email integrated with Microsoft products, good website building tool and lots of extra hosting options. I own three domain names with them.
Still, I prefer:
NameCheap: they have a pretty good service, they are very fast. All my new domains are located with them. They have the cheapest in the market (so far), free URL forwarding and email and some premium services like SSL certificates.
Ok then… the How To process:
Then, look for your domain name:
Choose your domain. There are a lot of options, “.com” is the popular one but remember you have to other like .net and .org. And now, you have the possibility to choose lots of different ones like .guru .club .website .xyz .info .online …
This will depend on you and your niche and the people you are going to write information for.
Look at the price on the right side of the screen.
And some other choices here:
Choose the one you like and add it to your cart. After that, choose your preferred payment option and… that’s it! The domain name is yours!
What is next?
Nothing else if you were just looking for a Domain Name only… but of course you are setting up your domain name.
After that, to follow the actual example, if you are with Wealthy Affiliate, you can watch and get trained in the adequate use of the domain name.
You should do two things:
1. Change the DNS at NameCheap to address them to Wealthy Affiliate Hosting Service.
Follow the Steps by clicking HERE: WA Hosting – Setting Up Your Domain DNS
2. Transfer your free site to your Domain Name.
Follow the next VIDEO: How to Transfer a SiteRubix Website to Your Own Domain.
After that, give it a couple of minutes and YOU ARE READY TO GO! Congratulations.