You’ve thought of the best company domain name; it’s perfect for your company, it’s sure to help you get the cash and you’re buzzing with excitement. You open up your browser and quickly head to a domain name registrar and quickly type your name in. Then, to your horror, the name is already taken. Feels like a dead end, right?
Well, not always. Securing your company domain name isn’t always the most pleasant experience, but you should still be able to secure the one you want or at least one that is similar. We all know how daunting securing your company domain name can be, but we’re here to give you the top tips to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
What To Do If Your Domain Name Is Taken
Use .biz, .info, .net.
A lot of businesses want .com, but if you have a popular company name it can be nearly impossible to secure .com for your company. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find it with a different suffix. If you’re willing to, it may not be a bad idea to simply change the suffix to keep your name.
However, there is one issue with using something besides .com; many people instantly search for .com and, if there’s another company with the same domain under .com, they could mistake it for your company. If you think this will be an issue for your company then you should find a way to keep .com for your company.
Slightly Change The Domain Name
Changing the name just slightly can still work for your company and the name may be open. For instance, if you start with your company name, but the domain name is already taken, perhaps you can consider adding an ‘s’ to the end of your name (if it fits, of course).
We suggest trying out a few different variations of the domain name that you’re attempting to get and see if any fit and will still be found by potential customers. If you manage to find one that works and isn’t already taken then, even if it takes a few different tries, it’ll be worth it to have a domain name that still has your company name included.
Try Buying It From The Current Owner
If your domain name isn’t available then it usually means that someone else has bought it. Now, chances are that if the name is already bought and in use on a website that the owner won’t be willing to sell it to you. But, if the name is reserved and not in use yet, you may be able to get it for a fairly reasonable price.
Buying domain names come in a variety of different ways; sometimes it takes contacting the owner or sometimes they’ll be auctioned off.
Depending on your domain name, you may be able to acquire it with minimal work and for a price that’s in your budget. It’s important to make sure since a lot of times people will charge a large amount for a domain name, that it’s worth what they’re asking.