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Do you ever come up with a really good business name?
You're like, man, that'd be a really good name for a business. So if you ever have these questions? What if my business name is taken? Then, this article is for you. In this article I'm going to teach you essentially how to know if someone's using the name for your business. But be sure to stay tuned until the end of this article because even though this article's jam packed with amazing content. The first step in deciding or thinking about a name for your business is to actually do some research and see if someone's already using your name. Because if they are already using it, you're probably not going to want to use it, right?
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Why would anybody want to use the same name? And plus it might end up being some type of copyright or trademark infringement if you were use somebody else's name. So the best way to avoid this is to do some research up front, make sure nobody's using it and if they are using it in what capacities. I've come up with a couple of names before where I saw somebody maybe had the website but they didn't have the social media handles. And to the social media handle, being able to have all the same social media handles on all the platforms is way more important than having the website because you can kind of pick and choose your website or make your website, your slogan or your tagline.
Right now, somebody who actually owns the URL for; “digital footprinter.” Now I thought, okay, on social media, I can't have digital footprinter, but I use something a little different. And that was DigiPrint. And I can always try to change this later on because you can change your social handles later on. How do you research this? I get why it's so important, but how do I actually do this and know that nobody's using this name? So let me break it down for you.
The quickest way if you really want to, is to google “name checker” on Google. I know that sounds weird, but that's just what people kind of call it and I would check to see if anybody's using your name. No, there's a couple of them that will pop up, but what it does is, these sites will actually search the entire Internet for you and say, okay, somebody is using the website and they might be using the org or the Biz or the.com. So it runs a full search for website and social, your URLs and your social handles.
Now, if it was me personally, I would do this manually and that's the way that I normally will always do it. If I was doing a manual search, the first thing is I would go to Godaddy or Hostgator and I would run a URL search and I'd just see if anybody is using that domain name and if it's available to purchase, because if it's available to purchase more than likely, nobody's using the name. I personally recommend Godaddy or Hostgator, but that's just because I like these two hosts. After verifying no one is using the domain name (url), then I say, okay, well what about social media? Is anybody using it on social media? I will literally go to Twitter in the search tab and put that at symbol, @ and the handle and search to see if anybody's using that handle. Same with Instagram, Facebook and all of the social media platforms. I will go look and just search.
Sometimes I'll start hashtags too, but I'll just search the name with or without that at symbol, @ and just see what comes up. The third thing that I do after I've looked at the URL to make sure it's available, I've checked the social media handles and now notes available. So I'll do a quick Google search and when I search Google, I'm looking to see what anybody's posted under this name is somebody talking about in a blog post: is it like a horrible company? Is Somebody's already using it? You'll start to learn a lot from Google. And if you don't know why I talk about Google all the time, it's because Google is the number one search engine like in the world. So that's what I focus on after I've done all of these three things. And done a Google search. That's all three.
Now, try to do the quick search for the name Checker and see if it's available. So that's pretty much how I do it manually. Then be like okay, cool. It doesn't look like anybody is using the name. Now just go manually and check it real quick. Double check that and then set it up. So it's up to you how you want to do it, but those are the steps that I would say to take and make sure that nobody's using the name that you're wanting to use.
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