Do You Own Your Name .COM?

Why It’s Important To Own Your Name .Com

One third of the people on our planet are now connected to the internet; that’s over two billion people worldwide. The internet has become a place where you can learn, do, watch, buy or sell anything you can ever imagine. The internet has all but eliminated the need for us to leave our house. We can get entertainment, human interaction, food, clothing, grooms and brides all from the comfort of our chair. This incredible boom has made the importance of owning your own personal domain name vital, as it is the hub for which you are known in the online world. Here’s some of the key reasons why:

It’s Online Real Estate- When people use Yahoo, Bing, or Google to search for an exact term, the .com is generally going to be the first result that pops up. A lot of people around the world will even just type the term in with .com at the end. The first website that they find using either method is the one most people believe is the authority.

Best Place to Start a Website- Your Name .Com is quick and easy to remember for the people that know you. It saves you the hassle of having to create a new brand and embed that in the head of your target audience. Website hosting is affordable and building a website is easier than ever. With free programs like WordPress, you don’t need to understand complex codes to be able to create a professional looking website.

Protection- Angry rivals or astute individuals with dollar signs in their eyes will not hesitate to purchase your name .com. Once it’s in their possession, it’s an arduous process to win it back. In the meantime, they can make a profit off of your fortune or slander your name.

It’s Professional- Any serious businessman improves their stock with their name .com. Business cards and resumes alike look stronger and a candidate more desirable. Morgan Linton, serial entrepreneur and International Channel Manager for Sonos Inc. told Astounde, “No question, if you plan on doing anything important in your life, it’s vital to own your name dot com.”

Flexibility- Once you purchase a domain name, it’s yours. Despite the occasional price increase from ICANN, you can register your name for as many years as you want and lock in a certain rate. No one else can stake a claim to that name so long as you renew it when it comes time. Not only that, there is no requirement to build a website on it, you can just hold the name in your account.

Ease of Maintenance- Unlike most things in life, your domain name only needs to be addressed once per year. Not only that, but you’ll receive a friendly e-mail reminder to do so. Imagine if the same could be said for haircuts, your garden, dinner, your marriage, or feeding your pet.

Branding- You are in complete control over the ‘you’ that other people see when searching the internet. You are in charge of the information, pictures, professional reviews and other information that a friend or prospective colleague will see. Your brand is in your hands.

Customized E-mail Addresses- No more JHB5277@gmail.com or tennisguy2012@yahoo.com. With your own domain name, you can create any e-mail address you can think of @yourname.com.

Help Avoid Confusion- There could be another John Smith out there who enjoys taking ‘artful’ photos of naked men, and decides to post the videos and pictures of such on your name .com. You can avoid this potential shortcoming by locking up your domain name.

Price- Buying a domain name is one of the best bang-for-your-buck purchases you will ever find in your lifetime. A domain name can be had for $9.99 on most domain registrars ($8.95 on DomainIt.com). If you click on the link below, it’s only $7.99. That’s the equivalent to one mediocre value meal. Amortize the cost over a full year and it’s just over ¢.02 per day.

Despite all of these positive reasons why owning your name .com is important, there are still millions of people around the world that don’t see the value. Many people do, though, and you may very well find that your name is already taken. If you are one of the lucky people whose name isn’t already taken, what are you waiting for?

Written by Mike Awada, founding editor at Astounde.com, a hip, future tech and gadget online magazine.

Fifteen GoDaddy Discount Codes Under $2

When registering new domains it’s always nice to grab a good .COM for two bucks or less! Using coupons is a very easy way to save $ on hand registering names.  Many folks that register at Godaddy are also signed up for Discount Domain Club (DDC) where renewals for members are under $9. I prefer to transfer out to a more user friendly and secure NameBright.com for $8.53 before having to renew at godaddy.

Anyway, enjoy some coupons for cheap hand regs – you’ll need a CC/Debit card and no promises these codes will work outside the US/Canada or at all they do expire eventually! Special Savings! $1.99 .COMs now at GoDaddy!

CJC1COMUK $.99
GOFD1003XX $.99
GOFDBS024 $.99

199LUV
ANIMAL199
CJC199
COMEDY199
DOG199
FBX199
JEFF199
KRISTY199
MMA199
QUEENS199
REV199
ADNI199IN

Special Savings! $1.99 .COMs now at GoDaddy!

One Way to Acquire the Domain (types) You Want

While searching for a name in a certain niche or in pursuit of building a strong domain name portfolio, simply buying hand registered domains just won’t cut it. Buying domains names from premium marketplaces like Sedo, Afternic, etc. can be a great way to build a good portfolio but at the same time may also be very expensive and the negotiation/sale process can be quite lengthy. Of course, I always recommend anyone dabbling in domaining learn to benefit from drop catching and backordering.

All of the above are great ways to acquire domain names but another interesting way to buy domains is by starting a thread on the most popular domain name forums (DNF and NamePros) in the Domains Wanted section.  The great thing about posting buying requests in the forums is that you are in total control – you determine your budget and criteria and that’s it, just wait for the messages to come in.

Anytime I start a thread in these sections of the forums I get dozens of messages from members on the forums with domain names that fit the criteria in my ‘WTB” posts.  It is important to set very specific guidelines for the kinds of domain names you want when writing these posts.  Even still if you are specific in identifying what TLD, budget, length, age etc of the kind of domain you want to buy, you still may get a few off the wall domains sent in that you will have to ignore.

While you will have likely have a lot of messages to discard, you will be surprised at the quality AND quantity of domains that members will send over.   One thing I really dig when buying on both forums is the fact that the buyers and sellers are generally very fast with their transactions.  Of course, do your due diligence and look at the forum members iTrader rating and check up on the domain(s) before making any deal.  Something to keep in mind while buying domains on forums is that since you are talking directly with the domain owner, this is a great place to network and negotiate for a better pricing, bulk deals, etc.  So if you want to buy more domain names and have clear niches and keywords in mind, I definitely recommend putting a feeler out there on the forums.  When you start your thread topic make sure you include the following information.

* Set a clear budget (per name or per lot)

* Be very clear on the TLD(s) you are looking to acquire

* Be as specific as possible of the type of domain name you want – provide clear examples (length, numbers, hyphens, # of words, etc)

* Make sure you have members PM you their domain for sale instead of post it in your thread

* Specify payment methods you accept

#FF A Few to Follow in the #DomainIndustry on Twitter

Thanks to the industry folks that periodically include me in their weekly #FF tweets. Today I’m posting some of my favorite profiles to follow on Twitter from the domain industry. Happy Friday! Enjoy the list…

@thedomains
@DNJournal
@adamstrong
@fusible
@morganlinton
@DomainingCom
@elliotsblog
@mwzd
@Nameclerk
@DomainKing
@AndrewHazen
@DonnaMahony
@fmichlick
@DaveZan
@domainnamenews
@TheDomainAgents
@goldnames_com
@JeffreyMGabriel
@PeterBrooks13
@NameBio
@billmushkin
@BradenPollock
@jasonthompsonco
@Domains90210
@AccidentalD
@SedoDaveEvanson
@CSSGilbert
@hybriddomainer
@Domainsville
@AbduTarabichi
@DomainAdvisors
@ianlopuch
@snowkitten
@domainholdings
@adamdicker
@AmmarKubba
@Astounde
@jensale
@briansgilbert
@melshuddleston
@AnnalisaRoger
@HeyVic
@mikemanndotcom
@GeorgeKirikos
@Frank_Schilling
@bocamike
@DomainSushi
@RJColby
@DomainShane
@acroplex
@BillSweetman
@DomainAnimal
@DomainNameWire
@bemarnet

Of course, don’t forget to follow me @NameTalent

BitcoinWallet.com Sells For $250,000

In a Tweet and Facebook post by domainer and Bitcoin guru Niko Younts, he announced the sale of BitcoinWallet.com and BitcoinWallets.com for a combined $450,000.

BitcoinWallet (.com) just sold for $250,000 and BitcoinWallets (.com) is pending at $200k. #bitcoin #wallstreet

The sale was just announced on CoinDesk.com and goes into a bit of detail about the buyer Alex Charfen, an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. These sales (assuming bitcoinwallets.com sales goes through) will rank #5 and #7 respectively on the DNJournal YTD chart and I believe BitcoinWallet.com is the biggest Bitcoin related sale of all time.

Congrats to Niko Younts, he has been buzzing about Bitcoin and BitcoinWallet.com for quite a while now. It was just 10 days ago in another Facebook post he announced that he announced at the most recent Bitcoin conference that he was seeking strategic partnerships or VC for BitcoinWallet.com.

niko

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