Domain Names: Small Businesses Struggle to Find the Right Web Addresses

1 - Domain Names: Small Businesses Struggle to Find the Right Web Addresses
2 - Small-Business Owners Unsatisfied
3 - A Good Name Is Hard to Find
4 - The Wrong Domain Might Hurt Business
5 - The Hassle of Finding a Domain Name That's Available
6 - Eager to Change Their Name
7 - What’s in a Name, Anyway?
8 - Website Education is Not in Their Domain
9 - Changing With the Times—and Lengths—Is Important
10 - Moving to Mobile and Social Media Should Be Considered
11 - Picking the Right Name Is Important
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Domain Names: Small Businesses Struggle to Find the Right Web Addresses

by Nathan Eddy

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Small-Business Owners Unsatisfied

Of small-business owners with a Website or blog, just under half expressed dissatisfaction with their current domain name choice.

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A Good Name Is Hard to Find

Business owners appear to be pessimistic about their chances of finding a great domain name that is still available.

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The Wrong Domain Might Hurt Business

The majority of survey respondents think they’ve lost business because they didn’t get their first choice of a domain name.

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The Hassle of Finding a Domain Name That's Available

Nearly half of owners struck out twice before finally finding an appropriate domain name, the survey revealed.

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Eager to Change Their Name

The majority of small-business owners said they would change the domain name of their Website or blog if it were possible.

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What’s in a Name, Anyway?

Equally important is what goes after it, actually; just 37 percent of surveyed small-business owners consider the domain extension.

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Website Education is Not in Their Domain

Nearly one in three (29 percent) said they didn’t know what a domain extension is, and two in five of the 71 percent that said they did know what it is were actually wrong.

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Changing With the Times—and Lengths—Is Important

In the next year, the Internet is expected to change dramatically, with hundreds of new domain extensions launching, such as .nyc, .green, .app and .movie.

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Moving to Mobile and Social Media Should Be Considered

More business owners need to consider ease of access through mobile devices and social media when considering their domain name.

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Picking the Right Name Is Important

Small-business owners who understand the distinctions among the different domain extensions, and can make the most informed choices, will be best positioned to survive and thrive online.

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