Monday, February 16, 2015

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4 Tips for Buying a Cheap Domain Name

4 Tips for Buying a Cheap Domain Name

Right now, there are millions of websites on the internet, all waiting for anyone and everyone to see them. With so many websites out there, you might begin to think that there's simply no way for you to get the domain name you want. Whatever the domain name is, it's probably been bought up by domain squatters, and would cost you a great deal of money to buy, right?

Not necessarily! There are some ways to help make sure you get a cheap domain name, if you're willing to work for it.

Striking a Domain!

For starters, make sure the domain name you want is memorable without being simplistic. Don't just try to buy a one word domain name like "shoes.com" if you want to talk about shoes. That's certain to be purchased already.

Instead, try for things like "womenshoes.com", which is memorable if you want to talk about shoes, like the women's shoes from Zalora. But most likely, it is taken because surely you’ll not be the first one who thought about this and there are a lot of people who do buy and sell with domains.

But I think “fashionshoes.com” sounds better, more memorable. Don’t you think?

Try Other Domain

Another thing you can do is try seeing if the end destination might be different. For example, if "womenshoes.com" is already taken, you might try "womenshoes.net" or "womenshoes.org". It would allow you to have the domain name that you want, even though it's not a .com name.

The Other Companies

You can also try to purchase a domain name through one of the several domain companies out there on the market. Some of them charge quite a bit, but many of them are willing to sell you the domain name you want at an affordable price. For the cost of a few dollars a month, you could have a simple website that brings the kind of traffic you're looking for.

But please take note, it doesn’t mean that it is not available to DOMAIN COMPANY A, it will be available in DOMAIN COMPANY B. I’m just giving this tip because other companies may charge cheaper.

Put a Prefix or Suffix on It!

You can also try changing one letter in the domain name you want. For example, if "womenshoes.com" is taken, you could try "womensshoes.com" as an alternative, or add some other words like “thewomenshoes.com”. This is a dangerous game, however, because if your domain name is too similar to an already existing one, you could lose quite a bit of traffic to the already existing domain name.

Ultimately, buying a domain cheaply and easily is a matter of being willing to put in the research. Don't just give up if the first domain name you want is taken! Try to come up with several interesting domain names that are sure to generate traffic. And be willing to shop around on price. You never know what you'll find if you're willing to do the research!

About the Author


Gay Aida Dumaguing

is a 27 years old Filipina from the Cebu, Philippines. A graduate of B.S. Information Technology from a well-known University, now a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Expert who serves businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers from around the globe. She's also the blogger of Exotic Philippines, a blog that promotes the Philippine tourism.


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