browser (Small)As you may or may not know, a domain name points to an IP address. The IP address is a string of four numbers that represents the address of the physical machine that your website lives on. To make life easier, domain names were invented. Once purchased, you can point them to any IP address (any web server) that you own.

Here’s some tips for domain names:

  • Do the research – You’re going to want to spend time researching to make sure you pick the absolute best domain name. There are many sites and tools you can use to choose a good domain name. Here are just a couple:
    • MakeWords.com – Heaven for domains! You can find some good ones here. Takes a while to get used to the interface, but once you become accustomed to it, this can save you a lot of time and let you brainstorm great domain name ideas.
    • JustDropped.com – While there is speculation as to whether purchasing an old domain name that’s been expired will help your SEO efforts or not, this is a good way to brainstorm for domain name ideas and maybe pick up something that someone had and dropped for whatever reason.
  • Use Coupons – You can generally save quite a few bucks buying a domain name (or multiple domain names) if you search around for domain name coupons. Who knows – you may find some on this very site!

There are, of course, many other things you’re going to want to make sure you take care of when choosing a domain name – i.e. avoid trademark infringement – but these basics should get you going in the next direction.

Until next time, remember that if a domain is paying for its yearly fee, it’s not a bad thing!