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Should I name my business myname.com or somethingelse.com? This is such a great question and we can tell you it’s one most entrepreneurs have wondered about as we embark on new ventures. For yoga teachers, the short and sweet answer is: the most effective business name for you is yourname.com. We get into the nuts and bolts of why that is and make some important distinctions in our short video below. But here is the simple truth: Your name is what people will be searching for in trying to find you, and the one thing you can be certain will not change in your business, is YOU. (There are some exceptions to this—and you can find out what they are by watching this week’s video.)
When Your Name Doesn’t Work for a Website
If you look up domain names and your name is not available, making small changes to your full name, like adding “yoga” to the end of it, if your business is exclusively yoga, is a good option. If you have a very complicated last name, you may also consider shortening it or creating a variation that is easier for people to spell and find. Of course, if you own a studio, you may or may not use your name as the studio name, but you do still want to own your own domain name so you can shape for yourself a message and voice separate from your studio’s.
Are Too Many Names Bad for My Brand?
In this week’s video we are referring to your website name. Your company name, whether you have an entity (such as an LLC, S Corp, etc.) or a DBA (doing business as) and a sole proprietorship is a different story. If you watch the video and realize you want to change the name you’re using on your site from you company name or something else other than your name, no stress. You can have multiple domain names leading to a single site, so making the transition can be very smooth and imperceptible to your community.
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Justin Michael Williams is a vibrant public speaker, musician, and successful yoga instructor who travels the globe training the conscious community to thrive in marketing, media, and business. He has spearheaded the marketing development and social media of over 150 brands, both large and small, including, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Noah Mazé, and more. He is also the Co-Founder of the Business of Yoga, LLC and hosts Yoga Business Retreats around the world, helping yoga teachers flourish in business. By using his expertise to coach individuals and nonprofits, Justin works to spread positivity and inspire change throughout the social web. See more at justinmichaelwilliams.com
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