This is a post I wrote a year ago on another blog I have. I know, as you will soon see I have an “affinity” or perhaps an obsession with domain names. In fact I just bought one yesterday. So I am sure that the count is higher than the article says, but the only way I can figure it out is to write them all down. One tip I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp last year is to purchase the domain names for your children, it’s worth the $10.00 or less a year to have them for when they are older to use as a portfolio, resume, or awesome money making location if they are entrepreneurial. (and FYI .com’s are currently .99 at 1&1) So here it is, my post on domain names . . .
14 or 15. What is that number? I think it is the number of domains that I currently own. That does not include the ones that I let expire this year (the ones that expired had never seen even a homepage) or the one I want to buy right now. So the number has been higher and probably will remain about the same as it currently is. I don’t actively use most of these. What happens is I have a brilliant idea and I go to my favorite registrar and I find a suitable name. The best part is when what I actually want is available – a rarity these days. So I register it and then spend some time trying to figure out if i am going to actually do it or not. I figure my big break is out there somewhere. All it takes is one great idea, implemented, and then some serious stroking and BAM! Like it’s that easy. But truly like most of us I am always on the lookout for some great idea and I figure my domain arsenal will keep me set. I always have one I can make work.
But here is my PSA to the bloggers – what I find amazing is just how many .com names are available that are being used by people on free blog sites. For $9.99 a year or less you could reserve the name just in case you ever want to host yourself. You could even just do a free redirect to your free site and that would prevent people from coming and taking your domain name!
Here is how to do it on 1and1.com: Register your domain (just follow the directions). Then after you get your customer number and have your login info, log in by clicking on the button labeled Customer Login in the upper right corner of the main 1and1.com page. After you are logged in find the words – Manage Domains, click on that. Now click in the box next to your domain name to put a check mark in the box, then go to the little arrow pointing down beside Destination. A drop down menu should show up choose Edit Destination. For Select Destination Type: change the option to Forward your Domain. Then cut and paste the link from your free wordpress or blogspot site (main page!) into the box and choose HTTP redirect. Hit OK.
After this you can print your personal .com on business cards or wherever and it will automatically redirect people to your free site. Until you are ready to commit to a self-hosted blog this is a great, low cost way to “save” your name from people who have brilliant ideas and think of the name you are already using.
And please let me know if you need help figuring out how to do a redirect and I will be happy to help!
(I just to use 1&1 because I like the free privacy blocker. I am Anti-GoDaddy. And I host with BlueHost. And since my son is trying to earn money for something, I awesomely set up accounts for him. I have affiliate accounts with 1&1 and BlueHost. Just in full-disclosure.)