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help with domain name

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by slawn, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    I guess its about time I started thinking about a web site. The domain name I wanted for my company has already been taken. My company name is smith lawn service, somebody already has smithlawnservice.com. I could do .biz or .net, but not sure, it seems most people perfer .com. I could do something like smith-lawn-service.com, again not sure how that will go over, most people would probably forget the hyphen's. Give me some ideas.

  2. Jb3NH

    Jb3NH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I did a quick search on http://www.whois.net/ for http://www.smithlawnservice.com

    Its not scheduled to expire until..
    Expiration Date: 19-may-2010
    the contact person listed probably has it set to auto-renew.

    Smithlawnservice.net might be your best bet if you don't want hyphens.
    Smithslawnservice.com might be worth lookin at.

    But on the other hand, most people don't really enter addresses the ole fashion way, more often than not its a click.
  3. CedarStore

    CedarStore Inactive
    Posts: 32

    May 19, 2010 is really not very far away. Could you contact the owner and offer it to buy it?

    SmithsLawnService.com is another good option. But, you may want to consider putting the name of your town, region, or state in the domain name. It may seem clunky, but SEO (Search Engine Optimization, or the process used to try to get your site as high on google's search results as possible) takes the url name into account more than anything else on your site. With a lawn service, if people are looking for a contractor or business in their area, they will probably google-search something like, "Mississippi Lawn Service " Or, even better, a more specific location. If your url reflects that, hopefully your lawn service will appear first and ahead of your competition.

    What do you think?
  4. Jb3NH

    Jb3NH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

  5. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    What about something that folks will never forget like




    Now seriously, how about something a bit different from having "lawn", like maybe "cuts"

    www.smithcuts.com ???

    That one was available.
  6. Green' Go

    Green' Go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    The shorter the better I say. I did not realize that when I picked mine and I wish I had.
    Try saying "go to www.greenfarmranchhome.com " then have someone look at you like "DUUUUUHHHH" "how do you spell that?".:hammerhead:
  7. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    I saw one on a tailgate out here. Allmost all the way across.

    My wife thought it was original, but I said we would never remember when we got home. And we could not remember.

    It was something related to roof and long like this ...


  8. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

  9. Inspira

    Inspira LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    I always tell my clients they need to be able to verbally give someone the domain name quickly and easily. There should be no need for explanations - different spellings, hyphens, etc. Length isn't as big a deal, as long as it's easy to remember.

    .net is okay - I would shy away from .biz, it doesn't carry the credibility yet.
  10. mr.q

    mr.q LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    Try using your states abbreviation at the end such as smithlawnservice(tn,ca,ny...).com whatever state you are in.

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