It is recommended you have a website for your podcast. But before the website you need a domain name. Here is how to buy a domain name for your podcast.
How to Buy a Domain Name for Your Podcast?
Okay, so now I’m going to show you how to set up a domain name for your podcast. The cost of setting up your podcast domain, just so you know upfront, is going to be $10. And that cost is $10 per year. So every year you’re going to have to pay that. I’m going to talk you through this and talk you through exactly how to do it. Don’t wait too much and stress too much about taking notes because I do have a step-by-step guide that you can download to make life easier for you. Go to podcastfast.com/setup, s-e-t-u-p in order to get that guide to download so you can just simply follow the steps and take off things as you’ve done.
I always, always, always recommend that you buy your domain through GoDaddy and the link is podcastfast.com/godaddy. And the reason I recommend GoDaddy is that they are by far the biggest in the industry and they’ve got great prices. So you’ve got a great price and if ever it comes down to it and you want to sell your podcast then it’s really easy to transfer domains within GoDaddy and it’s very common and very accepted. So it’s going to make your life so much easier to use GoDaddy. It integrates really well so if you ever use anything that needs to integrate with your domain name then GoDaddy is always there because they are the biggest. So go to podcastfast.com/godaddy, I’m going to head there right now.
So we’re going to type in podcastfast.com/godaddy and now that’s going to bring out the godaddy home page which you see on my screen. That’s an affiliate link but that’s not going to cost you anything more to go through that and it does help out the show. So what you need to do then is you then need to click on enter a domain name. You see a search box at the front and you just simply have a go at what you think your brand should be called. So for me it would be podcastfast and you don’t put the .com or anything, you just type what you want and you click search domain. This will then come up and tell you whether the domain is available or not. So we can see Sorry, podcastfast.com is not available.
Now it’s not available because I already own it. And we can see down here that podcastfast.net is available or they give you some suggestions like podcastquick.com or you can scroll down and see podcastrapid.com and you can see all of these different options. So what you can do if something is not available is you just have another go. So for example – what else could we call it, podcastingforyou or something like that, click search. Let’s see if this one’s available. So good news, podcastingforyou.com is available. So we could click the continue to cart button to check out and that’s going to cost us $9.49, so it’s almost $10.
However, you may have trouble finding a domain name and if you do, a quicker way to search from multiple different options is go up the top and there’s a domain tab. So click on that and then scroll down and you’ll find bulk domain search. So you click bulk domain search and then it will take you to this page where you can enter up to 500 different domains. You can also search a lot of different domain name extensions. So we can see here .com, .co, I also like .me, I like .net. .org is alright, it’s not awesome. And you can scroll down and see so many different things and if we go down the bottom .email, .coffee, .farm, .agency, and literally hundreds of these different extensions that you could choose from. But for now, I’m just going to choose the main ones up the top.
And so now we can simply type in a few things. So let’s try podcast, podcasting, podcastlove, ilovepodcast, let’s do podcastingforyou again, podcastingsthebest, betterpodcast. Let’s try podcastsetup and let’s try one more, it can be funpodcast. Alright, and now we simply click go and this one will tell us which of these podcast and which of these extensions is available. So we have unavailable domains at the top. So obviously podcast.com is taken, podcasting.com is taken. They would be so awesome to get but obviously they’re taken. We can see down here, ones that are available. So we can see that podcastlove,net is available, podcastingsthebest.com is available.
So what we want to do is just pick one from this list. So we click the unselect button and we just choose the one that we really want. And let’s say we’re going with podcastingsthebest.com. We then click the proceed to check out button. So this is the same as if you would have clicked add to cart right on the page where podcastingforyou.com was available. So then it will give you a whole bunch of different upgrades. You can get web posting, website builder, business class email. These all sound great but you don’t want to do this. I’m going to show you a much cheaper, much better, much more effective way of doing this so don’t buy any upgrades at all. Do you understand me? Zero. None. Nada. So just click continue.
I’m just going to show you quickly, if you were to go from the homepage, which is where we started with, and you click the continue to cart. You would then be brought up with this page, which again is another upsales page. It just looks a bit different. And again, we don’t want any upsales at all so we just click continue to cart.
So now we’re on the final check out page and you can see here that the term for your domain name is going to say 2 years as a default. We don’t want that so we’re going to change it back to 1 year and we can see that the price there is $9.99 and we’ve also got the icon face. So this is Australian dollars, if you’re in the US, then it’s actually going to be cheaper than $9.99.
We then click continue to check out and we can then – if we’re returning customers we can fill in our details but if we’re new customers we can just click the continue button. And again when you’re doing this, you can see these orange buttons and you know what to do. You then simply fill in your details, fill out your address; create an account, put in your information there. And then put in your credit card information or you can pay by PayPal, UnionPay or MoneyBookers as well. And you then click continue, place your order and you confirm it.
So that completes today’s lesson, How to Buy a Domain Name for Your Podcast. I hope you get an awesome domain name. I would love to hear what your domain name is so that I can check it out myself. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So until next lesson, don’t just podcast, podcast fast.
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So see you guys in the next lesson but remember, don’t just podcast, podcast fast!