Are you here to learn how to buy a website name? Well, you’re in luck because I’m going to walk you through the process. It’s actually easier than you can imagine!
There are just three basic steps you need to do in order to buy a website name.
- Step #1 – Come up with a name
- Step #2 – Research your name to see if it’s available
- Step #3 – Purchase your name
I’m going to take you through all the steps with screen shots below so you can see exactly how to buy a website name.
How to Buy a Website Name Step #1 – Come up With a Name
OK, I know what you’re thinking. “Of course I need to do that, Christina!” But this is part of the process, and not only that, it’s the trickiest part of the process.
Why? 2 reasons:
- You need to come up with a purpose for your name. What are you using this name for? Are you going to learn how to make money blogging? Do you just want to hold on to a web name for later? Are you going to create an online resume, or blog about your family? What’s the purpose for your name?
- Once you have a purpose for your name, now you need to think of a good name that fits your purpose and see if it’s available. A lot of good web names are taken, so you might have to get a little creative.
For instance, let’s say you want to start a food blog. Maybe you want to create chicken recipes. If I do a domain search, I can see that chickenrecipes.com is taken.
Now I have to get a little creative.
Aha! Chickenreipesforthesoul.com is available!
That’s a pretty long name (although easy to remember), but you get my point. You sometimes have to get creative when you’re coming up with a name.
You can always default to your actual name like I did with this blog. (Assuming it’s not a popular name. Otherwise, your actual name could be taken too!) But again, you have to think about the purpose for your web name.
How to Buy a Website Name Step #2 – Research Your Web Name
I mentioned this above, but once you come up with your web domain name, you’ll need to research it to see if it’s available. Many different sites offer this service.
I do my domain registrations at Wealthy Affiliate because I also have my sites hosted there, so it makes it convenient. And also because they offer free privacy protection. Other companies charge extra for this service.
You can also register a domain at:
- Google Domains
- 1&1.com (I don’t recommend 1and1 though. I had domains here for a long time, but their site is hard to navigate.)
There are tons of sites where you can register a web domain name. I’m going to show you via Wealthy Affiliate just because that’s what I use, but the process will be similar for any registrar.
As mentioned, I first tried chickenrecipes.com.
We can see that it’s not available. There is a list of alternatives that are available that could work. However, I really like .com names because that’s what most people are used to searching for.
Next, I tried to add a little to the name.
Yes! Success! We found a web name that is available that we can buy.
Just to show you that it’s a similar process with GoDaddy, here’s how that looks.
And we can see that this name is available.
How to Buy a Website Name Step #3 – Make Your Purchase
Now that you have a web domain name, you can easily make a purchase, and you’ll have your own piece of the web!
Again, the processes will be similar no matter where you buy your web name.
You’ll just add to cart.
And then you’ll go through a checkout process.
Fill in all of your details.
And that’s it! Once you finish filling out your details your domain name will be yours, and no one else will be able to purchase it.
The one thing to keep in mind is that your web name needs to be renewed every year. If you let it expire, someone else can swoop in and buy it.
Most places have automatic renewal set up in order to prevent that from happening. If you decide you don’t want your domain name anymore, you can go into your registrar and turn off automatic renewal and it’ll become available for others to purchase again once your year is up.
If you’d like to take your new website name and learn how to turn in into a blog that makes you some money, I recommend affiliate marketing as a way to do that. Here’s my free guide, 4 Steps to Affiliate Success that you can use to guide you through the process.
Do you have any more questions about how to buy a website name? Anything that wasn’t clear? What will you be doing with your domain name? I’d love to hear what your plans are! Leave me comments down below.