What is a personal domain?
Why do I need a personal domain?
Protect your brand
With about 4 billion email accounts registered worldwide, you might find it difficult to find an option incorporating your name that doesn’t look spammy. A personal email domain is the next step to appearing more professional and could lead to you being taken more seriously. Having an email address that matches your personal domain name is aesthetically pleasing and strengthens your brand. IONOS’ email hosting service lets you create your own email domain, helping you to craft a professional appearance and stand out from the crowd.
When it comes to the domain name for your personal website, it makes sense to go with your name. After all, this website is all about you and presenting yourself in the best possible light to potential employers or anyone else you’re trying to impress. It’s imperative that you really think long and hard about your personal domain name because even though it is possible to change it later, this could be damaging to your brand and have a negative effect on search rankings. If your name is quite common, someone else may have got there first, but in this case, you simply have to be creative – try adding your middle name (if you have one), initials, or different punctuation to make it work.
When it comes to choosing a domain name for a personal website, it’s best to keep it short so it’s easy to remember. You could also try to make it as memorable as possible with alliteration or something catchy if you don’t want to use just your name. Your choice of domain name can have a huge effect on how successful your new website’s going to be in terms of SEO so make sure you put a lot of thought into it.
Once you have chosen a personal domain name and registered it, simply let us know what we should link to your personal domain. This could be your social media accounts, a portfolio, published articles, whatever you want visitors to see when they type your personal website domain into the search bar. We will take it upon ourselves to connect all the necessary pieces for you. All you have to do is share your personal domain with potential visitors.
The .com domain has been around since 1985 and is also the most common with almost every major website using the .com extension. This means that if someone were searching for your personal domain and didn’t know the extension, they are very likely to try with “.com” first. The .com extension is also one of the most credible domain extensions, so if you opt for it, it will automatically make your personal domain appear more trustworthy.
Another point worth mentioning is that many smartphones have a .com button, making it even easier for someone to type in your personal domain name if it has a .com extension.
If you would rather the whole Internet not know your full name, this is still viable. Your personal domain name could consist of your first initial(s) and surname. That way you keep a sense of anonymity. With personal branding, it’s important for people to remember your name so they can later search for you. If your name is quite unusual or difficult to spell, it could make sense to use initials to keep it short and memorable.
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