Here are some domain name buying tips to keep in mind:
1. If someone else buys your domain name for you, make sure that you will be the legal owner of the domain name!
Wondering if you own your domain? Go to www.betterwhois.com, type in your domain name including the .com or .net and click ‘Search’. Scroll down past the small print and first paragraph. The ‘Registrant’ should be you.
3. If it’s not taken, always buy your first and last name followed by .com.
4. When picking other domain names, go as simple and straightforward as possible!
Ask yourself: If you say it once to someone at an open house, are they likely to remember it? If you say it over the phone, will you have to spell it?
5. Buy common misspellings. For example, if ‘susie’ is part of the domain name, see if you can buy the version spelled ‘suzie’ as well. Then you can forward the misspelled version to your main site.
Quick Tip: Get your domain name(s) even if you don’t have a website yet! You’re only buying the NAME, and you don’t need to ever make a site for it. At a measly $10 a year with GoDaddy it’s better to buy it even if you end up not using it than to find out someone snagged the one you really wanted.