Jun
20
2013

Build Your Blog Series: Buy a Domain Name

Although I posted last week about the free Blog option, if you’re really serious in building your brand online and getting your message out there, the best option is to invest some money and build your blog. This is going to be a mini-series, which will guide you to the process.

Good for you, I’m looking to register a new domain name for my upcoming book: Start UP Your Career: Find Your Place. Engage the World. Sustain Your Life. Since I’m developing a website for this book, I’ll be using this as a way to share with you how to develop your own blog.

How do you get started?

Step 1: Decide on at least three domain names.

What’s a domain name you say? It’s going to be the URL that people will type on their browsers to go to your site. For this blog, the domain name is http://mightyrasing.com. A good domain name should (be):

Easy to remember. It should not too be long or too short. It should also be catchy so that people can easily retrieve it from their memory.

Represents your brand. It should be something that people will remember you by. Your business name could be your domain.

Keyword-rich. What do we mean by keyword-rich? The main keywords that you’ll write about should be in your domain. In my case, I’ll try to get the words Startup and career in the domain name of the blog I’m about to set up.

Why come up with three possible domain names?

If you’re setting up a popular domain name like “transformational leadership”, chances are the .com is already taken. This way, you’ll have an option in case the first one is already taken.

For this tutorial, the three domain names on my list are:

1. Startupbook.com
2. Thestartupbook.com
3. Startupbookonline.com

Step 2: Head over to GoDaddy.com.

I’ve been using the services of Godaddy since I started buying my own domain name in 2006. My web hosting account is also with this service. I can say that I’ve been a satisfied customer since then. And I’ve found no reason to leave the service.  Click the following link: GoDaddy.com

buy your domain name 1

Step 3: Search for your desired domain name.

Type in the domain name in the search bar in the homepage. You’ll be notified if the domain name is available or not. Apparently, the first two domain names on my list are already taken.

domain name taken

Thankfully, the third one is available. If you’re domain name is available, just click Continue to Registration.domain name available

You’ll see some promotional items after clicking, but you can just ignore those and click No, Thanks!

Step 4: Login or Create an Account

You’ll then be prompted to Login or Create a New Account. If this is your first time to use Godaddy, create an account. It’s simple and easy. Just fill out the form and click until you’re done.

login or create account

Step 5: Choose the number of years of your domain registration.

You can decide to register it for 1-5 years.

Godaddy will then ask if you want to have some Privacy and Domain Protection, and then another offer for Email and a Hosting account. You can skip that for now.

Click Next.

choose registration length

 

Step 6: Search for online discount coupons.

If you want to save even more money, search for online discount coupons. Go to http://www.fatwallet.com/GoDaddy-coupons/ and look for applicable discounts. Copy the applicable discount code.

Enter your discount code.

In my case, I got a discount of $14.00 for 2 years’ worth of domain registration. Not bad, right?

Step 7: Pay for your domain name.

You need a credit card or a Paypal account to pay for your domain name. If you don’t have one, you can open an EON account with Unionbank and connect that with your paypal account. It should work.

Don’t forget to click the small square indicating that you agree to the terms and conditions.

confirmation page

You’ll then be taken to the “Order is Complete” Confirmation page. Congratulations, you’ve just purchased your first domain name!

That’s it!

Next time, I’ll show you how to buy a hosting account so you could start blogging!

As always, if you need some help and assistance, you could always email me: mightyrasing (at) gmail . com. or message me via Skype: mightyrasing.

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About the Author: Mighty Rasing

Mighty is the Philippine staff of Young People's Ministries, the youth ministry agency of the United Methodist Church. He blogs about youth ministry, transformational leadership, social media, a little bit of Ilocano literature, and the occasional rants. The views and opinions posted here is Mighty's own and does not necessarily reflect that of YPM.

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