Suggestions on how to select the perfect domain name?

United States
January 12, 2007 10:14pm CST
What makes a domain name perfect, other than relevance to the site's content? Is there a certain number of characters you should aim for or not exceed? Is it something that needs to be memorable on it's own, without even considering content? When chosing a domain name that is made up of a phrase, how important is to avoid something if similar domains already exist? What things should one consider from the stand point of search engine optimization? What makes a domain name memorable in your opinion?
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
13 Jan 07
1 there is no perfect domain name 2no short is sweet 3 most definetly 4 not nessecarily so always consider content 5 Personally I don't think it is but in some cases I could see that it might. 6 search engines look for relevancy to the website. 7some names just hit a note or strike a chord in you so try to see what who is in the market for your services or products to chose name that they will relate too. 8 GOOD LUCK LOL
• United States
14 Jan 07
The website is a blog, so was wanting to come up with a domain name that was practically a tagline. It's 3 words long, but I think it is humorous (and so do the few people I've run it by). Hopefully it is humorous enough to be catchy. Thanks for the comments.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I don't like any domain name that's too long. It's harder to remember in IMO. Short and sweet is always better, if you can. People are more likely to remember something with perhaps 6 letters or 2 words then something with 20 letters or 4 words. As far as a name being simliar to another, it can be good or bad. You might have people that find your domain because they were looking for another and might like what they see. Then you have the other side of the coin where the surfer might get annoyed, as well as the other domain owner. In the end it's a personal choice and I know you're a smart guy Watch and will find one that works for you in every aspect.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Thanks for the response... I ended up getting one yesterday. It is a bit long, but they are fairly cheap so if I need to change it I'm only out a little bit of money.
@blueman (16513)
• India
13 Jan 07
you're right your domain name should have relevance to the content in the website, about another domain of the same name being in existence cannot happen, it can only happen if you choose for another extention, before you register your domain it is checked whether it is already registered or not, about naming of your domain if it is easy to memorise then in someway it helps in generating more traffic to your site.
@angnima (772)
• Nepal
14 Jan 07
I don't think there is some hard and fast rule about it. You can choose one name which is availble and it is better to choose something different. If you can choose a name which is not in dictionary, and is avaible then better choose it. The popularity of domain depends on many works from your side. Most of the task will commence after your choosing , accepting and registering it.
@zyrxdark (128)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 07
1. sort name , actualy can easy remembered by people 2. unique , the reason same as up there 3. represent the content of ur web this is the most important for me
• India
14 Jan 07
no idea dear...
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
13 Jan 07
1 there is no perfect domain name 2no short is sweet 3 most definetly 4 not nessecarily so always consider content 5 Personally I don't think it is but in some cases I could see that it might. 6 search engines look for relevancy to the website. 7 some names just hit a note or strike a chord in you so try to see what who is in the market for your services or products to chose name that they will relate too. 8 GOOD LUCK LOL