Okay now we’re ready to take the first steps into Internet marketing. Well the very first step is to actually have a domain name. What’s a domain name? Think of it as an address that will lead people to your website, don’t get ahead just because you have a domain name, doesn’t mean that you will rank on Google, etc, this is just what people type in after the “www.” Just a heads up, a domain name can also be called a Universal Resource locator (URL).
Step 1: Finding the right domain name
Go to Godaddy.com and search for a few options. You want to see if you can get the name of your business as your domain name first. The reason is that if you are actually going to be branding yourself correctly, people could just type that into the search bar. The second thing you can do is if you have a really short tagline or you’re essentially known for a product or service, you can pick that as well. For example: Tax attorney in orange county could have “OCTaxandEstate.com” (Sorry, it is taken, but you get the point).
This search bar in Godaddy will allow you to search for domains to check if they are available or not. Domains do get taken and you sometimes can’t get what you want. Just make sure that the domain isn’t too long! What’s too long for a domain name? I would say if you have to type more than two to three words, it’s too long and people won’t remember.
Once you have found the right domain and it is available you will get a nice screen like below:
Most of the time it won’t say $2.99 on it, but sometimes they have some sales. Typically you’re looking on spending $14 to $15 for each domain. Remember that this domain is good for up to however many years you register it. Think of it like paying property tax, you own the property, but only as long as you continue to renew and pay for it.
Click on “select” first, then on “continue to cart”. Don’t do it in reverse or you will pretty much go no where and have to start again.
Step 2: Passing through the Godaddy extras
Don’t get me wrong, Godaddy has some great extras, but like any sale they need to upsell. Just click “continue to cart”.
Step 3: The cart page, kind of…
As you can see the domain term says “2 Years”. It costs $2.99 for the first year and $14.99 for each subsequent year. So, you can actually register a domain for a maximum of 10 years. Just make sure that you don’t forget which email address you used for the domain. Also, make notes on passwords and keep them in a secured location and No not on your laptop, because chances are that your laptop or computer won’t last you 10 years.
Once you’ve decided how much you want to spend, then click on “Proceed to Checkout”.
I’m going to assume that you don’t already have a Godaddy account, if you do, then just enter in your information. Otherwise here is how you make a new account.
Click on the “Continue” button under “New Customers”
When you click continue, put in all your wonderful information.
Click on “Continue” once you are done and you can place your order. You will get a wonderful “Thank You” and a confirmation in the email you registered at. If I left anything out then comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.