Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
Your domain name is your identity on the internet. It serves two purposes: it is the address at which your site is found, and it is the means by which people remember you.
(Technically speaking, a domain name identifies one or more IP addresses. But you don’t really have to know anything about that.)
Given this, choosing and purchasing a domain name clearly is a critical part of making cash on the internet.
There are two general schools of thought on choosing a domain name.
The first says that you should choose a domain name that is “keyword rich.” That is, you should choose a name which is highly descriptive of the site’s content. If you were doing a site on collecting glass mushrooms, your site would be www dot glassmushroomlovers dot com.
The other school says that you should choose a name that is memorable, and brandable. “Yahoo” for example, says nothing about what the site contains, but is memorable. The same goes for “Google” and many others.
Of course, both of these are complicated by the fact that you have to choose a domain that is not already being used by someone else. This is difficult, because there more than 34 million names with the “dot com” extension alone. Domain names are bought and sold like a commodity between owners. There are companies whose entire business is speculating in domain names. Some really serious webmasters will invest thousands to purchase a domain name that they think they can leverage into a cash making machine.
I honestly think that at this time, you have to pick the best you can find. Frankly, all the REALLY good ones already are owned by someone else.
I’d suggest that you start by going to a domain registration service and hosting service like:
On any of these, you will find a box under “register a domain name” that allows you to type in trial names. It will tell you if that name already is taken, or if it is available. They also will suggest some alternatives.
When I was naming this site, I started out with NetCash, then makingmoney , then makingmoneyonthe net ... and so on. Eventually, I found out that makingcashontheweb was open.
Here’s another suggestion. If the topic you are writing about has some slang terms that other afficionados would recognize, try those. For example, golfers easily recognize the words mashie, niblick, and bogey. So those would be good terms for a golf site. They’re already taken, but you get the idea.
Once you’ve found a domain name you like, go on to this post on registering names.