Begin to Blog: Buy a Domain

Beginning a blog? Here are the best places to buy a web domain!

Once you have determined the name for your blog, buy a domain! You can purchase a domain through many places but I have purchased all of my domains through GoDaddy. I know many people who use BlueHost for hosting their blog so they also get a domain FREE. Either option is a good one!

I would also encourage purchasing the .com, .net, and whatever other dots you think are applicable. Do a search and see if any come up. Search in google – never search on one of the domain sites because chances are if you do that domain will be GONE soon after! I think they have robots buying up searched domains or something (not sure if that’s true but did you notice I’m not a .com? I have since acquired the .com but just grab it in the beginning to avoid what I went through :)

Also, purchase any other name spelling variations. A blogger I know has an “S” on the end of her domain. Another person purchased the domain without the “S.” Whatever reason this happened is irrelevant. The other person surely received hits from people inadvertently leaving off the “S” in direct traffic or google searches for that domain name.

When you buy the domain, it’s easy to get it set up with transferring to your blogging platform. Your domain service will be able to walk you through the steps.

Action Plan: To echo yesterday’s tip on naming your blog, now you just need to buy the domain for your blog name. Buy any variations that are relevant too. Think in the future and buy up other sites that could be spin-off sites for your blog.

Now your’e ready to Create Your Blog and Blog Design!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on June 26, 2009

9 Comments

  • Angie - June 26, 2009 @ 2:09 pm
    1

    Thanks! I need to do this next!

  • Christina Baita - June 26, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
    2

    Good advise. I purchased the domain with the name that people were calling me and still do. Actually they say, Wow, your like the Bionic Woman….well, not quite yet. I did think it was a good idea to check into though.

  • grace - June 26, 2009 @ 5:58 pm
    3

    what exactly is a coupon code

    • mommysnacks - June 27, 2009 @ 8:20 am
      3.1

      Grace, you know the little field on your order screens online that says “enter code here?” That’s a coupon code. You can find those for godaddy on retailmenot.com. Hope that helps!!

  • retro mama - June 26, 2009 @ 9:35 pm
    4

    I am illiterate when it comes to this subject, computer language is a foreign language to me. Seems like Google makes it easy and affordable though I am unfamiliar with what to look for….how do you feel about Google??

  • Sara1212 - June 29, 2009 @ 6:55 pm
    5

    @Grace @mommysnacks,

    Just as @mommysnackes stated, “the little field on your order screens online that says ‚Äúenter code here?‚Äù That‚Äôs a coupon code.” I found a couple great Godaddy.com promotional codes that work 100% of the time. They should be used where Godaddy.com says “enter code her” at THE END OF YOUR TRANSACTION!

    The codes are as follows:

    OK1 10% off entire purchase

    (the purchase has to be over $10 for OK1 to work)

    OK30 30% off .com or domain renewal

    *Please note that only ONE code can be used during a transaction*

    @Retro mama

    Google’s platform for blogging is blogger. I would recommend using WordPress instead. You can use one of their standard themes or purchase one and import it. All in all, they are cleaner and mor eorganized looking compared to Blogspot.com blogs.

    I hope this helps both of you!

    ~Sara

  • Christine - August 01, 2009 @ 5:13 am
    6

    Thank you so much for all the tips! Do you have to pay monthly hosting or just buy the domain? Also, is it true WordPress only allows ads for VIP blogs?

    • mommysnacks - August 01, 2009 @ 10:02 am
      6.1

      Christine, you typically pay a monthly hosting fee. Sometimes you can get a cheaper rate if you pay annually. Also, you would buy the domain, set up wordpress, then get the hosting company and set your domain up from there (instead of mommysnacks.wordpress.com).

      You would use wordpress.org to create a blog that allows Ads (wordpress.com does not allow it). I did a post on the difference of the two platforms here.

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