I always recommend GoDaddy.com for domain names because their service is exceptional and their pricing is competitive.

To get started, go to www.GoDaddy.com, and in the domain search box, type the domain name you’d like to buy. Hit “enter” and GoDaddy will tell you if the name you want is available or not, and it will also suggest some alternatives you might be interested in. You may have to try a few different names before you find one that’s available.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a domain:

  • Try to stick to .com domains only – and never purchase the .org or .net (or anything else) when someone already owns the same .com. You’ll only lose traffic to the original .com domain.
  • Avoid clever spellings (or deliberate misspellings), numbers, and dashes in your domain name – all that makes your URL hard to share with others.
  • Keep your domain as short as possible – no one wants to type a really long address all the time.
  • Avoid trademarked names like iPhone, Amazon, or Kindle – you’ll very likely lose it later if the trademark owner finds you.

Once you’ve found a domain you like, click “add to cart” and then “continue to registration.” Then just follow the prompts to set up an account and pay for your domain. You can generally ignore all the added features GoDaddy will offer along the way, though you might consider paying for several years at a time, just so you don’t have to worry about renewing your domain every year.

That’s it! Choose your payment option, and you’re now the proud owner of your very own domain. Congratulations!

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