The first step in registering a domain name begins with deciding what type of domain name you would like to have. Most people choose to use one of the three most common .TLDs (Top Level Domain): .com, .net, or .org. While most organizations do continue to use .org domain names for their online presence, companies, brands, marketers, and personal bloggers choose equally between .com and .net. There are other domain name extensions that aren’t quite as popular, but that may be worth considering if you are really wanting a particular domain name that is already taken in the .com, .net, and .org form.
Once you have decided upon the type of domain name you’d like to have, your next step is to register it. Domain name registrations are for a minimum of one year, but you may purchase additional years at the time of initial registration, or during any point during your ownership of the domain. With that in mind, you’ll next want to check available domain names at Register.com.
Domain name registrars come a dime a dozen, but some registrars offer more than others. Don’t just look at prices; you’ll also want to check on money-back guarantees, any fees and penalties that can be assessed on a domain for any reason, and determine how easy it is to manage your domain through that registrar’s online interface.
When registering a domain, Keep your domain name as short as possible. And whenever possible, don’t use unique spellings for names – stick to the proper spelling of words to make it easy for others to search for you.
Skip hyphens and numbers. Use stop words like “a”, “the”, and “and” if you absolutely need a domain name that isn’t available without adding other words to it.
If possible, purchase other available TLDs for your domain name. There is nothing but advantages to having your domain name in the .com, .net, and .org variations.
And finally, be sure to keep on top of your domain registrations! Set up email reminders so that you won’t forget to renew your domain name before it expires.