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You are ready to start your website!  Congratulations.  You just need to search for and reserve an available URL name.  It is easier than you think.  Just enter a URL name you would like and hit the "Go" button.  The system will check URL availability.  If your URL is taken, you can use the advanced available URL search tools to check for a good available URL name.  Remember your URL name should be one that everyone will remember and associate with your business.  Here are some more tips to help in your available URL names search:

·         Use short, easy to remember keywords that describe your business. The website's URL name should reflect your company's name, describe the services and/or products provided, or describe what's sold by your business. Keep the web site URL name as simple as possible, so customers can remember it. Typically the best URL names are usually the key words of the name of the company. For example, a pet store that calls itself Awesome Pets would want to do a URL availability check for the URL name awesomepets.com.

·         If you are a US-based business, keep the name in English. For example, some people won't connect that you design and sell chairs with the website URL name chaise.com.  Although a lot of Americans speak Spanish or another language, you don't want to miss out on a customer base that doesn't speak the language of your domain name.  A foreign language URL won't be as memorable as an English one.

·         Personalize your name by geography or come up with a synonym. If two companies are using the same name, try to differentiate your website URL name from theirs. For example, ChicagoRentals.com might be located in Chicago, but yours is located in St. George, Utah. Try an available URL names check for StGeorgeVacationRentals.com.

·         Can't register it under ".com" - check availability of other extensions. Such as .biz, .net, .org, or .co. The extension at the end of your URL name is called a Top Level Domain ( TLD) or Country Code Level Top Level Domain (CCTLD). Although .com TLD's are always top of mind, others are gaining popularity and may offer more availability for the domain name you desire.  Some businesses have had luck with .CO domains, which people associate with company even though it's the CCTLD for Colombia.  If you're in a country outside of the U.S., you may want to consider using the country domain name extension if most of your customers are within the country of your business.  For example, .uk.com is common place in the UK and .de is the standard in Germany.

·         Search the secondary market to purchase pre-registered URLs. As the supply of new (un-registered) URLs decreases, there is a growing demand to purchase URLs that have been already registered but are not in use - so don't abandon hope yet! You can search for available 'premium URLs' at many URL registrars. But the caveat, once again, is price. Purchasing a pre-registered URL name can cost anywhere from $100 to over $1 million, depending on the quality of the name.  Some people consider URL names an investment as the prices for the best website names have gone up over the years.

·         Don't use symbols. Your URL name needs to be at least two characters long, and can't contain symbols, such as $ # or @. For example, if your business provides tracking services for the stock market you're not allowed to use $tocks.com.  You can use dashes (-) in your URL address, but that isn't recommend as people rarely remember to add the dash when they're trying to locate your website on the internet. 

·         If your company name is taken, search WhoIs to find out who has registered it - maybe they will sell the registration to you. You can find registered users of the URL name you desire by searching the Whois database but beware - some URL name owners might ask a higher than expected premium for highly desirable URL names.  It's worth a shot though, you never know if someone may be ready to sell their domain.  Just be ready with your fall back choice so there's no delay getting your website up and running on the internet.

·         Watch your expiration dates! A URL name isn't forever and needs to be renewed. Be careful not to accidentally allow your URL name to expire, and have it become available for registration by others. Add your expiration date to multiple calendars so that you don't forget to renew the very key to your online business - your URL name.

Best of luck finding the URL that fits your personal blog or business website needs.  Go ahead and start a URL search above.  The site will go to two large registers, GoDaddy and Register.com to check URL availability.

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