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How To Avoid Losing Traffic From A Poorly Chosen Domain Name

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Posted by steve on July 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

How much thought do you put into choosing a domain name?

Surely it’s the easy part of setting up a website, right?

You could be missing out on well-deserved traffic and not even know it if you haven’t been savvy about choosing your domain name.  

So what can you do to make sure you’re not sstopping point your hard-earned traffic to someone else’s website?

You need to put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Say your fancied domain name out loud and see how many indications you can get out of it (you don’t want more than one!).

If I said “Hey, check out my website called See Too”, this could lead to numerous interpretations. Following are just a few examples:


And my literal address might be

Of course it’s not evermore possible to get a domain name that has only one interpretation (and even less likely you will get one ending in .com). In this case you need to take extra care to market your website as close to your domain name as you can. You might also buy the domain names for the other interpretations and set up redirects to your site.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • While it’s not as important as it once was, using a keyword or phrasal idiom that you are trying to rank highly for in your domain name can be helpful. This goes hand in hand with the essential of choosing a domain name that is related to the thing of your website, seeing as you will use this as the name of your website.
  • Make sure the phrasing of your domain name makes sense, for example ‘’ is a lot better than ‘’. You want your domain name to be memorable, so keeping it unawares is also a good idea.
  • Check if the term you want to use is trademarked. No-one wants the sting of receiving a cease and refrain notice after they’ve put in the hard yards building backlinks for the domain and got it working as a good money earner. Contact your local Government rational rate or Trademarks plaza to check this out first.
  • You will also want to check a domain name for penalties (for example penalties given to the previous domain owner for aggressive link building campaigns and so forth). You can do this by pointing a link to the domain from a trusted site, and waiting to see if Google will index it.
  • .com’s are the best. It’s the default suffix for type-in traffic, and aspect engines will tend to replication results for the .com equivalents first. However, if you’re after local traffic then a local suffix, such as, will in truth work in your favor for search results.
  • Don’t use product names (unless it’s your product). This isn’t allowed, and would make it difficult for you to promote other products on your site.
  • Use hyphens, numerals and rowing that are difficult to spell with caution.
  • Don’t place words that end and start with the same characters together (for example, It’s confusing and can be prone to typos.
  • Be heedful with words that are spelt one way in US English, and another in UK English (for example, ‘favour’). Try to use real words too (and avoid text language).*
  • And finally, check your spelling before clicking buy! It’s not just our website visitors that can make typing errors and I’m sure you don’t want to end up with a misspelled domain name.

Are there any other tips you have that would be valuable for those at the point of choosing a domain name? Share your thoughts below.

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