Registering a domain name on the Internet is a great way to start doing business online. This means you’ve done your work, pulled the necessary resources and have already gone through the planning and budgeting to start selling your products, services, or even personal views, online. Welcome to the cutthroat world of online business. Either you’ll end up wasting a lot of money or earning more than you can count. Of course, you need to ensure that the latter happens: get business rolling with a strong domain name.
Now that that’s settled, here are a couple easy steps to registering your domain name at the popular site godaddy.com:
1. The first step is to get online and visit the site of Go Daddy at godaddy.com.
2. On the upper left side of the home page, you’ll see a text box next to a “.com”. You can type your desired domain name here, which is essentially the text that comes before the “.com”, “.org”, “.us”, or whatever type of domain you need.
Choosing a domain name is the first step to setting your site up for good and regular search engine traffic. If, say, you’re selling pancakes, the best name would be pancakes.com, because anyone who is looking to purchase pancakes or find out about pancakes will most likely type this on a search engine, making pancakes.com one of the first websites in view for the search engine user or customer.
Now hit the orange “GO” button
3. If you don’t see a text box, look for “Domain” on the upper left side of the top menu. Mouse over “Domain” and a sub-menu will come up, click on “Domain Name Registration”. Here, you’ll end up with a similar text box like the one described above that lets you search the web for your chosen domain name. Type your desired name and hit “search”.
4. Once you’ve entered your desired domain name, you’ll be given the price and availability of the name. Sometimes, a domain is really cheap because no one else is using it. Should your desired domain name be already taken, Go Daddy offers some alternatives:
First, you can still use your desired name, but in a different domain. This means settling for “.net”, or “.us” instead of the more popular “.com”. What you need to make sure of is that your alternative domain still provides your necessary business needs.
Second, on the right, you can choose alternate domain names provided by Go Daddy.
Lastly, you can opt to buy the already-taken domain name you originally chose. Go Daddy provides the option of their negotiating with the domain owners for you.
5. Choose your form of payment. Go Daddy accepts PayPal, credit card, even gift certificates. Don’t be too hasty, as they will need a couple hours to register your chosen name. Perhaps, even a couple of days if you’ve opted for negotiations or chosen a less popular domain other than “.net” or “.com”
Now that you’ve bought a domain, decide what you want to do with it. Should you need any help, Go Daddy has a help desk on-call 24/7. Good luck with your online business.