Are you on the fence for a new domain? This post will show you exactly how to get the cheapest domain name registration without sacrificing service quality!
There are certain things that we really need for an online business; one indispensable is, of course, the domain name!
My father used to say, son, the secret for getting the maximum profit is never on the sale, is always on the buy!
Considering this, and since my blog is all about making some money online, better start off cutting on the costs, especially the fixed ones.
Before jumping right into how to get a cheap domain, let me ask you this, will you choose a branded domain or a niche/keyword domain?
If you haven't thought of this, let me help you out!
Should I pick a niche/keyword or a branded domain name?
There are two different types of domain names you can choose from. You can pick a "niche" related domain name for your site or go for a branded domain. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.
What is a niche/keyword domain name?
Let's say you are starting a blog about vegan food for beginners, some niche related domain names could be:
- The great thing about a niche domain name is that people can identify your site subject right off the bat, increasing the CTA ( click-through rate).
- A bad thing about a niche domain name is that it can narrow down your expand possibilities. Ex, if your domain name is veganfoodrecipes.com having recipes about TBone stakes could shock some of your visitors, not to mention that it could hurt your website authority!
A niche domain name works better if you want to create content around a super-specific market niche; it's usually easier to rank as well ;).
What is a branded domain name?
How many times have you seen domains like "a-person-name.com" or website names that have nothing to do with the business itself?
For example, Amazon, who would think of naming an online superstore after a river in Brasil?
Choosing a brandable domain name can be tricky. On one side, it gives you the ability to create content about various topics (broader niche).
On the other hand, until you make a name out of "yourself" and become an authority on a matter, it can hurt your click-through rate because people won't identify your site topic on sight.
Both have their pros and cons, so make sure to choose your domain name wisely!
How do I find the cheapest domains, step by step!
For this example, I will go after a niche domain.
The video below shows how I got myself a new niche and a niche/keyword related domain by scavenging Amazon best sellers.
Time to brainstorm
Remember, you will be spending endless hours building content for your new website, so make sure to pick the right domain! It can really make a difference down the road!
The first step is to go to namemesh and type in whatever comes to your mind, then go through the massive domain list. I bet it will open up your mind ;).
At this stage, I like to go "old school" grab myself a pen and a piece of paper, and note down the domains I seem fit.
If the domain you wanted is already registered, try a workaround, search for synonyms of that word, you might get a good surprise 😉
To get a massive list of synonyms, use thesaurus, this is a free tool and it's also a great asset to get ideas for semantically-related keywords when you are building content.
Now its time to get what you came for, to find the cheapest domain available!
To help me with that, I use two websites that work as a domain price comparison.
There are some critical services that domain registrars may include or not when you register a domain.
When looking for the best price, make sure to select a service that includes "whois privacy" and "SSL certificates."
Register a cheap domain using domcomp.com
Once you open the domcomp website, all you need to do is write your desired domain name (without the dot com/net/etc.) and press enter.
A list with the type of domain, prices, and registrar names will appear.
All you have to do at this moment is to choose the domain name that suits you the best. Clicking on the registrar's name will link you automatically to the registrar web page to conclude the purchase.
Remember to confirm if the registrar includes whois privacy, so you don't have your personal information like name, address, email, and phone number floating around the internet.
Register a cheap domain using tld-list.com
Once you open the tld-list website, all you need to do is write your desired domain name (without the dot com/net/etc.) and press enter.
A list with the type of domain, prices, and registrar names will appear but this one is different. Besides showing you the lowest domain purchase price, it will also show you the best renewal price and best pricing over three years. With a little more start-up investment, you will save significantly later.
How to get the cheapest domain name registration - Final Words
Running an online business is pretty much the same as running a brick and mortar business. You need to cut the expenses!
Using this method, you will save big bucks buying your domains because most registrars charge around $15 per year.
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8 thoughts on “How to Get the Cheapest Domain Name Registration”
This is a useful guide to checking and finding domain names for a website. It’s helpful that you’ve given some options of companies to search and buy through, and great tip about unchecking all the extras. This is how a lot of these companies make their money – selling “hidden” extras, that not everyone needs – especially when you’re starting out. Thanks for the good tips here, Mara.
Wellcome, It’s always a good thing to double check before check out the shopping cart.
Interesting. I never come across a domain purchase that is so cheap. But does it come with WhoIs protection? If it doesn’t, how much additional fee do you have to pay?That’s very important because you don’t want your personal information to leak on the internet. I know this because I’ve personally received unsolicited emails as a result of not getting the protection.
Hi Cathy, Whois protection is very important i agree 100% with you. However that option is not present in all www registars on the cheapest row domains. On these cheap / promotion registars you have to check and uncheck your needs and desires matching those with “your” wallet.
I’ve wlays purchased my domain names from more expensive domain registrars but it’s really crazy to know I can get them at 99 cents from somewhere else 🙂
But is there a catch when getting a cheap domain name from register .com? I mean, will there be hidden additional fees down the road?
I’m also in need of a new website, so SiteRubix definitely looks awesome for creating a niche site. 🙂
hi, you should always read in between lines, they have some additional fees for who is privacy and is default to buy for two years in some of them, but if you go thru cart and unclick all the extras, you caneed still find good business.
If you want free domain siterubix is pretty awesome.
Thanks for outlining your strategy to get the cheapest domain name. It’s very clever and a great way to start when money might be tight.
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Wish you the best of luck on your online business.