I think this has to be the number one way to know that you own too many domain names, or you are just a real geek.
You get an idea for a Domain Name, and that leads you to do a Domain Names Search.
In the process you find out that the Domain Name is already owned, which really brings you down, until you look at the whois record and realize that you already own it.
Please tell me that someone else has had this happen to them, please…..
Over at GarryConn.com there has been a flood of comments on his post about Domain Names. It is very interesting to see how others regard buying domain names. While most of us are not rich, buying Domain Names is one of the easiest and cheapest investments you can make online. For less than $10 you can register a Domain Name for a year. If you break that down it comes to less than 3 cents a day!
I have gone through waves when it comes to buying Domain Names. At times I have gotten on a binge and purchased several at a time. But the best practice I have found is to have a plan. Each month I take $10 to $50 of my online income and reinvest it in Domain Names. I also try to launch 1 new site each month with one of these names. I no longer worry about Domain Names I have purchased but not activated. The worst case scenario is I wasted $10 over a year.
If I purchase 24 domain names in a year at $10 each I have only invested $240. So all I need to double my money is to earn $460 over a year on just one of them.
Do you have a plan?
While the function of registering a Domain Name has not changed much over the last 13 years, the cost has certainly changed. Back in 1994 there were very few place to register your domain and the cost was high. I have used several Registrars over the years, including Network Solutions, NameSecure, Register.com, GoDaddy and my current favorite NameCheap.
Here is what I look for in a Domain Registrar.
- Cost – No reason to pay more than $9.95
- Interface – Should include a keyword search.
- TLD’s (extensions) – I typically stick with the 2 majors, .com and .net, but I like the option for the others.
- WhoisGuard – The ability to put WhoisGuard and hide personal information on the Whois. (currently included at NameCheap)
- Push Domain – I like the ability to Push a Domain to another user. When you sell a domain this can save a lot of time and frustration.
- Default Nameservers – Since I use a multi host system, setting the Nameservers to my server saves me a lot of time.
Here are the first 10 steps I take in setting up a blog. These steps can be accomplished in less than an hour and lead to a succesful launch.
- Register Domain
- Setup hosting
- Install WordPress and change Permalink structure
- Install Robots.txt file
- Publish a few posts
- Setup on Feedburner and place RSS links on page.
- Create and upload Sitemap
- Submit to Google Webmaster Central
- Submit to Yahoo Site Explorer
- Install Google Analytics
I will go through each of these steps in individual posts.
The last blog I setup was in the Google Index within 48 hours, and away we go……