When creating your outbound email domain for account-based marketing (ABM) or sales strategy, use these three tips to secure the best domain for your...
Are you thinking about doing a company rebrand, but concerned the domain you want is taken or too expensive? Or, already in the process and freaking out about what to do now that you’ve realized your domain name is taken?
Don’t stress. Finding an alternative domain name is much easier than you think. I’ve learned some tips and tricks to getting the best possible domains if the one you originally had your heart set on is not available.
Are domain names still important?
This is one of the most common questions our clients usually ask us during the renaming or rebranding process. The answer is yes and no.
Yes, a great domain name is important, but no it doesn’t have to be the perfect domain name either. There is some wiggle room when it comes to domains, especially now that the internet has become flooded with new companies popping up left and right.
Truth is, the chances that a prospect will type your domain name verbatim into the search bar are pretty low. Even if they do and they get the domain wrong, they will likely turn to Google and just look it up through the search bar.
What really matters is that the content on your website be properly optimized to improve your site's SEO rankings. However, that's a different conversation. If you need help starting or improving your SEO strategy, here is a beginners guide for your reference.
9 tips to keep in mind when picking your domain name
Since the domain is not the end all be all when it comes to rebrands, what criteria should you go by when looking for an available domain name? So glad you asked.
Based on our experiences at Kalungi, this is what we’ve learned are the best practices and things to keep in mind when looking for the best possible domain.
Must be memorable and easy to say
To do this, stay away from dashes and such in your domain. You want your prospects to be able to remember your domain and recommend your company through word of mouth without any verbal hiccups.
Make sense and sound natural when said out loud
This goes back to my previous point, it’s awkward for someone to say “dash” out loud. It doesn’t sound natural. You also want the domain to make grammatical sense so you avoid the “huh?” when referring others to your domain. What I mean by this is “getkalungi.com” makes more sense to someone versus “kalungiget.com” Your domain should roll off your tongue with ease. The catchier, the better.
Have an appropriate Top Level Domain (TLD)
A top level domain refers to the “.com”, “.org”, “.us” portion of the domain name. Of course, the most sought after TLD is “.com”, but if it’s not available (which it most likely isn’t) it is absolutely not a deal breaker. As long as the TLD makes sense, that’s all that truly matters.
For example, if your company is a food delivery app it wouldn’t make sense for your TLD to be “.org” as that is typically used within the education industry. However, you could use TLDs like “.app” or “.us” (if based in the US). There’s tons of available alternate TLDs that will probably cost you much less than a “.com”, so get creative!
Include the name of your brand
This one seems obvious, but sadly is ignored at times. It’s pretty straightforward, just make sure to use your company’s name in the domain. For example, it wouldn’t make sense for Kalungi’s domain name to be “thebestmarketing.com”. That is sure to cause confusion with prospects, especially if you're a lesser known company.
People typically assume your domain name is the same or similar to your business name, therefore it’s crucial you keep your branding and messaging consistent across all your materials, including your domain. You want to make it simpler for potential customers to understand who you are, not the other way around.
Keywords can be included in URL in order to boost SEO power
If you’re afraid no one will find you because you don’t have that perfect “.com” domain, there are other ways to boost your SEO power. Use keywords in your URL, meta descriptions, titles, meta titles, headlines, etc. There are many other ways to improve SEO. Here’s another, much shorter, blog to help you improve your SEO.
Longer domains do not mean better domains
Like many other things in life, domains are best when kept short and sweet. Long domains are hard to say, take more effort to memorize, and feel outdated. You want something fresh, modern, and punchy that requires minimal effort for your prospects to communicate.
Humans are your clients not search engines
Boosting your SEO is definitely important, but like I mentioned earlier there are other ways to do this. Your domain does not have to be one of them. You want your domain name to sound great to your human prospects, that is the top priority.
Monitor domain availability for any future openings
I don’t recommend holding your breath on this one, but nonetheless it is an option. If you had your mind set on a specific domain that is taken, you can continue to monitor it and see if that company forgets to renew it, puts it up for sale, closes down, etc.
Examples of major companies who had to use alternative domains
To help make you feel better, here are a few massive brands who were also unable to secure their desired domain so they did what all great companies do, adapt.
- Nissan went with Nissanusa.com.
- Gogo went with Gogoair.com.
- Tesla was previously Teslamotors.com until 2016 when they were finally able to purchase Tesla.com.
And last but not least, Zoom who still uses Zoom.us despite the fact that they now own Zoom.com as well.
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Adriana is a Tacoma-based marketing professional. Bringing her knowledge and creativity into every project, she specializes in public relations, digital marketing, content creation, and rebranding. With a degree in Journalism, an emphasis in public relations, and a minor in psychology, she brings a flexible skillset to the table. Combined with experience working on global brands, her knowledge ranges across both B2B and B2C. At Kalungi, Adriana is a part of the marketing leadership team and wears many different hats when it comes to executing the overall marketing strategy. She loves learning the interworkings behind every operation and diving in with full force