Now you have an idea of the niche or micro niche that you want to target it is time to move on to the next step and decide on a domain name for your website. Usually people pick a domain name that is linked to what their niche is about. This is when the newbie says how can I buy a domain name? I have never done it before, where do I even start?
In today’s post I will show you where and how to purchase your first domain name. This is the time to really think about what you want your domain name to be. You can then do a search and see if it is available. I will go through all this below.
I will also give you a list of places you can buy domain names.
How Can I Buy A Domain Name?
OK, let’s go and look at buying a domain name. You know that owning a website with your own domain name is much better than having a free website don’t you? There are a lot of places to build free websites but you have no control over these and they could be deleted at any time, for no reason and all your hard work will be gone. Building a website with your own domain name means you have complete control of the content and look of your site.
There are many places you can go to purchase domain names here is a short list of the more well-known companies.
- Network Solutions
You now have an idea of a few places to start. Let me show you how to buy a domain name. This example is with GoDaddy which is where I buy my domain names. So that seemed a good place to start.
A bit of background information on GoDaddy for you, just so you know they are a reputable company. They were founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons, so they have been going for over 20 years which means they are here to stay. That ticks a box for me. It is estimated that over 17million people use GoDaddy with the company managing over 70 million domain names.
I am sure you have a lot of ideas for a domain name for your site, but sometimes your chosen site name might not be available. Somebody may already have the dot com version of the domain name you want. There are other extensions you can get like, .co.uk or .ws to name a couple. Do not be fixated on getting a .com domain name. In the affiliate marketing industry for example finding a .com domain name with affiliate marketing in the title is pretty difficult. In the example below I show you can get a good domain name by adding a dash in between words like affiliate-marketing-tips.com.
As you can see from this example affiliate-marketing-tips.com is already taken as it is a very good keyword domain, as people will be searching for affiliate marketing tips when they enter their search on google. Now look below when I type in affiliate-marketing-tips.co.uk
You see this is available and would be a very good domain name if this was your chosen niche.
You will notice GoDaddy want you to pay for 2 years up front. They offer you the first year at 1p in UK money and £11.99 or some other figure for the 2nd year. In this instance it is £11.99 but it varies. It still works out at £6 a year which isn’t much to have your own site.
Once you have chosen a name click the checkout button, GoDaddy will try to sell you all sorts of add-ons, like hosting etc. I will show were you can get hosting later. I noticed they want 1.99 a month for you to have an email with your name at your domain. You can do this yourself for free so do not pay for it. Once you have gone through the payment process that’s it, you are now the proud owner of your own domain.
So what are you going to do with this domain? Are you going to turn it into a blog so you can share content?
You still have to find somewhere to host your site. This means you have to pay someone to host your site on their servers.
Now you have your shiny new domain name you need someone to host it for you. There also lots of companies who do this service including most of the ones I mentioned above. But I want to point you in the direction of where I host my websites.
You can host up to 25 websites with your own domain names, build a website in 30 seconds, plus you get all the training you need to start earning money online through affiliate marketing. If you interested in going this route and why wouldn’t you, check out my review page on Wealthy Affiliate. Take the 7-day free trial (no credit card needed). You have nothing to lose and everything to gain just by finding out what is available to you in the back office. If you don’t like what you see, move on to something else.
Once you have your hosting sorted the next step would be to add wordpress to your site so you can start adding content. When I first started I had to do this myself with some tuition of course, it is quite easy to do. But it took me a few days or more to do it, as everything is a bit scary when you are first starting out, isn’t it?
As I mentioned above you could have your wordpress installed in 30 seconds and it is that fast and you don’t have to do much. One thing you do have to do is change your nameservers on your domain name from say GoDaddy to whoever you are hosting with. This is a simple process and it is explained for you when the time comes.
There you are you have your new domain name, hosting, nameservers changed and wordpress installed and hopefully you have taken advantage of the 7-day trial at Wealthy Affiliate to get the proper training to go forward in your online journey.
I hope you found this informative and you now know how to get a domain name, hosting and the training you need to move forward in your new business. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide for your future.
If you liked this post leave a comment below, maybe you have a question that you need answering. If I can help you with it I will. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you take advantage of the 7-day trial send me an email to let me know. I will already know as I will receive an email from Wealthy Affiliate but just to make it more personal email me at firstname.lastname@example.org see I told you that there is no need to pay GoDaddy 1.99 a month to have your own domain email. You will be shown how in the training.
All the best,