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There are a number of things to do for anyone wanting to start their own website or blog. Planning a website out is one of the most important steps needed to be done when building an online presence. The actual design of the website is time consuming but one of the steps that will most determine whether the website is a success or not. How often the website or blog is updated also plays into how successful it will be, a site that is updated more often encourages repeat visitors. None of these things though can be done until the most important part of website development is done, the choosing of the perfect domain name.
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Many people feel that all of the good domain names have already been purchased, but that isn't true at all. There are a number of great domain names available either to register outright, or to purchase on the after market. Finding a domain name that is already owned by someone else is relatively easy, though it will usually be more costly than purchasing a domain name from scratch. For those that are looking to purchase an unregistered domain, there are a number of things to think about when they are making their selection.

For anyone looking to start a blog or website that will be run primarily just by them, it can sometimes be a wise decision to choose a domain name that contains either their first or last name. Once the website or blog has been established and gained some authority in the subject matter that it covers, having the author's name in the domain name could help establish them as an expert in their field. The domain name could be just the last name, or it could be the first name followed by the subject of the blog. There really are no limits in combining a name with another word when attempting to choose the best domain name possible.

When a website is being built that will cover primarily one subject, it is usually a good idea to have a keyword related to that subject in the domain name. This is good for a number of reasons, including the fact that it immediately makes it easy to know what the website is about just by looking at the domain name. There are other reasons that this is a good strategy to use when choosing a domain name including the fact that it can positively impact search engine results. While many one-word and even some two-word domain names related to popular subjects are already registered, there are still a number of possibilities out there for the creative domain name buyer.

Another strategy that can pay off in terms of ending up with a great domain name is choosing a short, memorable and pronounceable domain name that isn't actually a word. The internet is filled with catchy and memorable domain names that are not actual words. While these domain names do not lend themselves to keyword searching, because they are short and easy to type as well as catchy sounding and easy to remember, they do end up having a great chance of helping a website become recognizable and memorable. Many people type in domain names out of habit when they are going from website to website; a short, memorable and pronounceable domain name makes it a bigger possibility that they will type that in instead of a longer domain name that is harder to remember.

Whether choosing a domain name because it is identifiable to either the blog owner or the subject of the website, or choosing one because it is short and memorable, there are a number of options available for anyone looking to start a website or blog who is in need of a domain name. A domain name can play an important role in the success or failure of a website. An easy to remember domain name can see a great deal of repeat traffic because visitors to the site will remember the name and come back again and again. A domain name that includes one or more keywords that are directly related to either the author of the blog or the subject of the website has a good chance of helping the website develop a good amount of credibility as it is easy for visitors to know what the website is about immediately. Whatever the strategy being used in selecting a domain name, the most important skill needed is creativity. There truly are some great domain names still available to be registered, it just takes some time to hunt them down.

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