A domain in relation to the internet is [Domain Name].[TLD], such as PCMECH.COM. The domain name itself is PCMECH. The TLD, a.k.a. Top Level Domain is the dot com. Or moreover, just com.
Generally speaking you can have up to 60 characters in a domain name before the TLD, so if you wanted..
..you could get it.
And by the way, the above is a 52-character domain name because the dashes do count as characters.
5 quick tips on domain names
1. Watch where you search.
Have you ever searched for a domain name to purchase and it’s snapped up FIVE SECONDS before you buy it? It’s probably because where you were searching was broadcasted out somewhere, a bot picked it up and auto-registered the domain name.
You can avoid this very annoying situation by using a domain search site that does not broadcast the search results, such as DomainTools.com.
2. Don’t use dashes.
If your domain name contains dashes it’s most likely true that you’ll have to deal with people mistyping your domain all the time. Try to avoid this.
3. If stuck for ideas, use your business name + location.
If your business name is taken as a dot-com (and it most likely is), just add your business’ location. So instead of ExampleBusiness.com it could be ExampleBusinessFlorida.com or ExampleBusinessUSA.com or ExampleBusinessUK.com and so on. You get the idea.
4. Stick with dot-com.
The internet revolves around dot-com. If you have dot-net, dot-org or dot-whatever it will not be as easy to remember.
5. When you get your domain name, register every single type of free service possible for easiest communication.
Register with AIM, Yahoo, MSN/Live, Skype, eBay, Google, MySpace, FaceBook and anything else you can think of with your newly registered name. By doing this you are branding yourself in a good way.
Granted, there is a distinct possibility you won’t be able to get them all, but try your best. Even if you never use them, register with the services regardless. You may encounter a customer, friend or what-have-you that wants to communicate in a specific way, and guess what – you’re covered.
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