Are you confused about what type or what the name of your new domain should be?

I understand your confusion completely!

You may be getting suggestions by many others on "What type of domain name you should choose for your first domain name and your first website" and it can be very confusing and frustrating!


I just got an email from someone asking me for help on this issue so I figured I'd write my answer in a blog format so it could be a help to many others as well.

So in this article, we will discuss how to choose your 1st domain name when trying to decide whether you should choose a "Keyword Rich" domain name or more of a "Branded" type of domain name when first starting out online.


I don't know exactly what, who, or where you may have heard that keyword research is only good for just "content"...because that is definitely not the case....it helps when determining a domain name as well. (if you don't believe me, then just ask Kyle or Carson).

Take Kyle's websites for example...his website names (other than Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy) that he uses for examples on all the Getting Started training courses are "keyword phrases"...

These are Kyle's "Keyword Rich" domain names:

1. http://waystoavoidscamsonline.com

2. http://howtolosebellyfattoday.com


And these are Kyle's "BRANDED" domains:

1. http://WealthyAffiliate.com

2. http://Jaaxy.com


In other words, there are two types of Domain names...

1. Keyword Rich Domains

2. Branded Domains

If you are brand new to the online world and you're working on building your first website, you want people to find your site easier and have more chances of actually clicking on your link, and without having to spend a bunch of money to acquire "Public Awareness/Branding," right?

In that case, then you should use a Keyword Rich Domain.

Make sense?


With Branded Domains, it takes much expensive advertising to get the public aware of what your brand is about before they begin to recognize it.

For example...

If I had never, ever heard of WalMart before, and let's say I was searching for:

"Every Day Low Prices on Socks" ...

....and on the first two lines of the first page in the search results, I see these two domains/websites listed....

1. Walmart.com

2. EveryDayLowPricesOnSocks.com

...which one do you think I'd be more likely to click on??? (Keep in mind that I said that I had never heard of Walmart before in this example).

Better yet, if YOU had never heard of Walmart before and searched for this term and found the above two examples, which one are YOU most likely to click on in this example???

I bet your answer is the same as mine (I would click on the "relative" domain name because it is highly related to my search query)....and I can say that with confidence because of one sole reason.... "RELATIVITY."

Do you get the point?

Does this help you at all?


Lastly, It's YOUR site and YOUR domain name, so YOU do what YOU want...no matter what anybody else says...just educate yourself on the matter first and decide whether you want to start off with a Branded or Keyword Rich domain first before beginning your quest.

If you really, really like your current domain title, then stick with it....I only pointed this out to you because it can make a big difference when starting out in regards to organic traffic or organic clicks.

I started out with a "Branded domain"... http://FiredOrDenied.com and NOW that I know what I know, I wish I would have been more "Keyword Rich" or keyword specific so as to gain more organic traction early on.

Now my other site is definitely a "Keyword Rich" domain but I haven't done much with it yet cause my focus is on the other due to the fact that I wanted to focus on promoting Wealthy Affiliate, and that domain name is... http://NaturalCleanseAndDetox.com


Can you see the major difference between my two domains?

Which one of my domains is "Keyword Rich" and which one is more of a "Branded" domain name? Leave your answer in the comment box below to let me know that you now understand the difference between the two types of domain names.


Let me know if I can be of any further help to you all by leaving your questions, suggestions, frustrations, etc. in the comment box below.

And don't forget to "LIKE, SHARE, FOLLOW & COMMENT!"

Feel free to pass this article on to anybody you know that is struggling with deciding on what their new domain name should be.

All The Best,

Jeremy Wilson


PS>>>>>>>> Are you ready now to start researching your new domain name whether it be a "Keyword Rich" or a "Branded" domain name???


Here's a Video Tutorial I created that shows you (very easily and quickly) "HOW TO CHECK WEBSITE KEYWORD RANKINGS IN GOOGLE" using Jaaxy...and if you're not already using Jaaxy for your website rankings research, keyword research or domain name research, then this will be very valuable info for you within this Video Tutorial....


Click the link below to start watching this powerful Video Tutorial...

http://firedordenied.com/how-to-check-website-keyw...


...and if after watching the tutorial, you found it to be very useful to you, please comment on my video page and share it around via the social media buttons you'll see there.


Thanks for reading through this article and I look forward to hearing the successes and the choices you've made because of it! :-)

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BPerrodin Premium
Glad I read this first. I wanted to dive into the witty, brand-like domain name, but I found a happy medium that focuses on my niche but also holds keywords
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Roma72 Premium
I am starting a website about guitars. I would like to call it something along the lines of "everythingguitars". My first area of focus would be to educate beginners on which guitar to buy for their needs, possibly expanding, hence the word everything, talking about other subjects, like components, upgrades, and lessons, or where to find great lessons.
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MartinRay Premium
Hi to everyone. I am an experienced claims adjuster and building a website for claims adjusters to help them improve, get training, employment and tools for the trade including any items needed in their line of work. I am looking at my Domain site being called Successful Adjusting.com. Any suggestions?
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KatieMac Premium
do you think your name would automatically understood for what your niche will be,, claimajusters.com or if you go with successfuladjusting.com you could always have a tag line with some like improving your claim adjusting skills
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jtaienao Premium
Try to use something that distinguishes you above the rest. Words like Best, number 1, Top notch, Above the rest, etc should help.
Jerome
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MartinRay Premium
Thanks and I did change the name. Still in the building stages of the site. Taking my time and courses to get it right. Have a great week.
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KatieMac Premium
best way to be hope it all goes well for you and have a good week to
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MelsonAC Premium
I finally got my domain name selected and registered. Your training/blog above helped enormously. Thanks.
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MelsonAC Premium
That is a really clear explanation. I was going to ask a question about this and searched first. This saves everyone a lot of time. Thanks Jeremy.
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Shayshay7 Premium
This definitely did make it clear as day what the difference is and why you'd choose one over the other. Thanks!
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Tameka1 Premium
i have a suggested name for my domaine. please let me know if it is a good one i want to focus on vacations so my name would be dream-vacation please let me know what you think
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beckilisl Premium
Good point! Thank you for sharing.
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StPaul Premium
Thanks for the information
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ryz Premium
Keyword rich domain name - NaturalCleanseAndDetox.com
Branded domain name - FiredOrDenied.com
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Osward1 Premium
Of course the latter is " keyword rich" domain name. Thanks a lot. Your article is an eye opener
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bubbletokki Premium
This is a great article!! If you guys want to hear more tips, check out this post I did on choosing the best domain and website name!

http://moneymakingmama.org/tips-on-choosing-domain-website-name

Hope it helps!
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aj63182 Premium
Hello moneymakingmama (from another one :))
This was great!! I know you said not to rush, but i AM spending days thinking about the domain :) Trying to make it funny, witty, SEO-friendly, short, easy-to-remember and STILL available seems to be quite a challenge..
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ryz Premium
Hi, I read your post and found it very helpful. It was easy to read and very informative. I tried to leave a comment but I got an error message and it wouldn't let me.

Thanks for the advice!
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Shelly21 Premium
This is a great article! Thank you for breaking down the tips with real examples of potential site names.
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JonDeron Premium
This helps a lot, I thought I follow every single steps from the start on WA tutorials but I didn't see the explanation about the differences of the two domains or may be I didn't see or I skip it, I'm not sure.. ' Troll..!. :-) Thanks for sharing and I really like it.
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Hello Jeremy Nice post, very useful, I now understand the difference between branded and keyword-rich. Cheers.
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FLedet Premium
Hi Wilson...Please excuse my lack of certainty because I'm so new to this business and this line of work so I have a lot of questions...but someone is chat told me if I promote WA as I am my niche would be WA...I'm clueless so I don't know what kind of name to promote but I have a few in mind but id wanna run it by your if thats ok if you have time SOON because i cant move forward til i do mu domain for bootcamp and i'm laggin behind as it is and I need pointer..but my domains is Keyword Rich...Thanks in advance
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RBrady1 Premium
thank you for the value info
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Cindy624 Premium
Great blog! It actually answered my question that I posted today.
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Thank you for this info! I am new to WA and have been stuck on this very issue for the longest time!! You have helped me immensely.

--Sara
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PaulaLloyd1 Premium
Thanks for the post. Cleared a lot up for this newbie. I am getting ready to start a new website and this helps.
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ASherazi Premium
Thank you so much
My website is letsgetwealthy.siterubix
Do you think this is a keyword domain or brand doman
Advice me, thanks
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DSonic Premium
Thank you for this knowledge ! I was so confused by this conundrum ,I was about to search for a sedative.
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EarthyBro25 Premium
Very helpful post. I feel confident and my websites name.
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How to know my best website name
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MilodonHemi Premium
Thanks for the information. I didn't know anything about keywords when I started my initial website, but this post will clarify things for whatever my next site will be.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hey MilodonHemi,

You're most welcome, and I'm happy that it was helpful and useful info for you. :-)

All The Best,
Jeremy Wilson
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Stacey33 Premium
Great article! Thanks for sharing!
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello Stacey33,

Thank you and you're most welcome...glad you liked it! :-)

wilson
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Maevamtv Premium
G'day Jeremy & thanx for the info, always helpful to get advice from the experts.
Rgds...Mary
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello Mary,

Good day to you too...and you're most welcome! Thank you for the compliment as well, that was very nice of you. :-)

All The Best,
Jeremy Wilson
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PSenwelo Premium
Thanks Jeremy. This was helpful.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
I'm glad it helped you and you're most welcome my friend!

Wilson
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Izpowashere Premium
We have 4 new sites going up this month. They are All branded. .. primarily because we have brand recognition.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
You said it, right there...."Brand Recognition". :-)

Congrats on your new sites going up, that's awesome! Are they all in the same niche, or various niches?

Wilson
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Swangirl Premium
I am leaning toward a compromise (my husband had a good domain name suggestion and the .com was available). This name is also better for keywords (as researched on keyword search and Jaaxy) but still broad enough that I can cover both cat behavior and nutrition on the same page. I am not doing this just to make money so I am not going to pick a domain name (and niche) just based on what the best keywords are. I am doing this to help people with specific information that I already have, and hope I can make money as well. Therefore, I want to make my domain name something that will reach the greatest number of people not just in one very specific part of the niche.

Thanks for the explanation of branding vs. keywords Jeremy. This helps.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
You go girl! :-)

yeah, like I previously mentioned, there is really no right or wrong here, it really all comes down to "what YOU want" combined with what "RESULTS" you want...so the choice is definitely all yours to make. The information I shared here is merely to help folks understand the difference between the two types in effort to help them decide which direction they want to pursue.

Just follow your heart, your passion and your gut instinct and you'll do great at whatever domain name you choose. :-)

Your Friend,
Wilson
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks!
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WilsonJeremy Premium
:-)
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WilsonJeremy Premium
I just added the following to this article for "additional help" on this topic, so I'm posting it in the comment thread here too to make sure that all of you who had previously read the article get this information as well.

So here it is:


PSS>>>>>>>> Are you ready now to start researching your new domain name whether it be a "Keyword Rich" or a "Branded" domain name???



Here's a Video Tutorial I created that shows you (very easily and quickly) "HOW TO CHECK WEBSITE KEYWORD RANKINGS IN GOOGLE" using Jaaxy...and if you're not already using Jaaxy for your website rankings research, keyword research or domain name research, then this will be very valuable info for you within this Video Tutorial....



Click the link below to start watching this powerful Video Tutorial...

http://firedordenied.com/how-to-check-website-keyw...



...and if after watching the tutorial, you found it to be very useful to you, please comment on my video page and share it around via the social media buttons you'll see there.



Thanks for reading through this article and I look forward to hearing the successes and the choices you've made because of it! :-)
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VERINK Premium
Thank you Jeremy.I now understand the differeces.I was confused before almost given up before I saw your mail.
http://NaturalCleanseAndDetox.com is KeyWord Rich Domain.
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mergie1 Premium
Yep it seems keyword rich is definitely the best choice for a first website.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hey mergie1,

Thanks for concurring on this topic....you're much appreciated! :-)

Wilson
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Jimparaya Premium
I got it. Thank you Jeremy. Can I change the present domain name ? Or I need to createa another new domain has Rich Keyword. Surely agree with your content.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello Jimparaya,

To answer your question, if you've already purchased a domain name, then you cannot change it, you will have to purchase another one.

However, you don't have to build a completely new website, you'll just have to transfer your existing website over to your new domain name.

See the discussion threads in these two articles on how to transfer your website to a new domain name....just DO NOT DELETE your original domain name website....be sure to read the discussion threads within each of these articles for further details...... If this info was helpful to you, please click the blue & green "LIKE" buttons and reply back to let me know.

Thank you!

All The Best,
Jeremy Wilson
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Jimparaya Premium
Noted. Thank you Jeremy.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
You're most welcome my friend!

Wilson
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SadieChan Premium
Good Domain names are mostly likely to be taken up. Some used sound-a-like domains to get people to remember. Too long a domain name may also get people forgetting the name even if it is Keyword rich Domains.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello SadieChan,

I would say that the issues you are talking about here would be more along the lines of "Branding" issues....wouldn't you agree?

Wilson
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Divinasnider Premium
Absolutely makes sense! I was stuck in this area as well when pulling out the main pieces! Greatly appreciated, thank you !
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello Divinasnider,

WoooHooo!!! I'm so happy right now because you're one of several that this article has helped out! That means it's a success in my eyes. :-)

If you need me for anything else, I'm just an email away.

Have a great day!

Your Friend,
Wilson
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ssiws Premium
HI Jeremy. great advice my direction for the moment is keyword rich.

Paul.
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello Paul,

Thank you for the compliment and glad this article served you well....I think you're making a good choice on going with a "Keyword Rich" domain...especially if this is going to be your first domain name. :-)

Is there anything else you need help with?

If this article was helpful to you, then please take a second to click BOTH the green and the blue "LIKE" buttons (and even the third FB Like button at the very top of the page)....and then reply back to this comment to let me know.

all the best,
Jeremy Wilson
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BBR913 Premium
Believe I would do both, Branded and Keyword-Rich. Depending on what one's promoting, it would be just as important. Thanks for sharing, Jeremy! Bernie
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hey Bernie,

Yes, I agree with you...but for someone's very 1st website domain name, I believe it's better for them to start with a Keyword Rich domain. And then once they've completed all their training and their website is beginning to get results, then start another "Branded" website that they can tie into their original site. Wouldn't you agree?

Wilson
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hutch78uk Premium
Great advice, Jeremy. I have been umming and erring over the right domain name for a while now so this has really helped sway my decision.
NaturalCleanseAndDetox.com is the keyword rich domain by the way :)
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Congrats hutch78uk,

You're the first one to actually answer my question! Thanks for reading the entire article and for your compliment!

I'm very happy that this info was of great use to you and helped you get over the "domain name selection" hurdle!

:-)

Your Friend,
Wilson
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Mark1957 Premium
Good info and reminder Jeremy, thanks.
Mark
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hey Mark,

Thanks for the compliments....I'm happy to be of service!

Hope you're doing well!

All The Best,
Jeremy Wilson
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Mark1957 Premium
Doing just fine Jeremy....thank you for asking!
Mark
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Good to hear my friend. :-)

Wilson
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varleysheen Premium
Great article, personally I like branded as that's what my future is a brand, I personally feel I couod go further with a brand and it may take longer for visitors to come but I'm in it for long haul.

Like you said it's our decision and do a bit of research before making a decision
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Hello varleysheen,

Hey, are you any relation to Charlie Sheen? I had to ask...lol! ;-)

Thank you for the compliments! Yeah, it all really comes down to personal preference combined with what type of results you're looking for, so there's really no "right or wrong" decision anyone can make on this topic in my opinion...but researching is definitely key and starting with the domain name that you're going to "stick with" is much better than trying to change it all later. Wouldn't you agree?

Much success to you my friend!

All the best,
Jeremy Wilson
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varleysheen Premium
Varleysheen is a nickname that stuck a while a go lol, definatly agree with not changing it, I've heard it's a nightmare
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WilsonJeremy Premium
Right on. :-)

Wilson
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