Please don't make this Domain mistake!
Last Update: May 17, 2020
The message above was what I saw when I tried to reach my website!! And no matter what I did, I still could not reach it! The sad fact was that my website is no longer there!
This was my first website which I have worked on for over three years. Several of my posts were ranking well, two were on Page 1 of Google, Yahoo and Bing, and one was at first place when I last checked!
I had not been able to do any work on it for about the last six weeks, as my husband, who had a severe stroke at the end of 2018, had another "episode" and ended up in hospital - nothing to do with the dreaded virus I'm happy to say, and he is gradually returning to normal.
Of course, I immediately contacted Support, who were brilliant as they always are.
They told me that my domain name, which I had of course had hosted at WA, was now hosted at GoDaddy, which completely mystified me, as I certainly had not moved it since I had transferred it from GoDaddy to WA over three years ago. They suggested I contact GoDaddy, which I did.
It transpires that when I originally registered my domain at GoDaddy, it was for a limited time, which I had not realised, and that time expired about a month ago, and that it has been bought by someone else..........brilliant!!!! :)
So I am now in the position that I need to purchase a new domain! The good news is that our amazing Support team say that when I have registered my new domain they will be able to transfer my original content to that. And did I need some good news?!?!?
So now I would like to ask you for your help in naming my new domain, if you would be so kind?
My first thought was merely to add an s to the end of my name, as in the domain name you can see at the top of this blog. But I wonderede if that would be confusing, and that anyone who may be looking for me would forget to add the s and end up in the wrong place - what do you think?
Then I had more ideas:
1) boostyourincomeonline dot com.
2) boostyourincomeonlinewithchrissie dot com
3) befreetoworkfromhome dot com (with or without the chrissie added!!)
I should be so grateful if you would be kind enough to give me your opinion on which would be the best, or for any other ideas you may have.
Thank you so much, and many thanks for reading this :)
Domain names are registered for a finite period of time, usually a year but can be longer. If you have your domain name set up to auto-renew you don't have to worry as long as the payment source is valid.
A short domain name that's easy to spell with no hyphens or numbers is ideal.
I like option one Chrissie. Short and punchy. I've heard of godaddy doing this before, they are giving themselves a bad reputation. They needed to notify you several times, not just once.
Wishing you success
Thank you so much Lily.
Actually I did not see any notification at all!!
All the best
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Shock, horror!!! for you. Sorry to hear all this has happened to you.
I wish your husband a quick recovery.
Thank goodness Site Support has give you hope and a way forward.
Shock, horror!!! I just went to take a look at your previous domain. The content has nothing to do with online marketing! It's redirected to another domain. It makes me wonder how much they paid for that domain that you built up & the fact that GoDaddy sold it so quick.
It might be a good idea to disassociate yourself from that domain. ;)
As for a new domain as Marion says "A short domain name that's easy to spell with no hyphens or numbers is ideal." Easier said than done, right. Out of your thoughts I prefer #1.
If you wanted to brand yourself you could try your first & last name or some nickname?
I know this isn't short but it's a twist on your old domain & it's available
marketingonlinewithchrissie dot com
It's hard to come up with ideas not knowing who you're ideal customer / avatar / persona is.
Best wishes :)
Great thoughts, many thanks for your help Brigitte :)