0043 - A Pain in the Domain
I was reading about one of our fellow WA'ers today who wanted a specific DotCom for his niche, but it was taken so he had to 'settle' (my word, not his) for a DotOrg.
The exact same thing happened to me about twelve months ago, with a niche I wanted. In my case I wanted a short, easy to remember, highly relevant domain name for my website, which I am only now ready to develop. The one word name I wanted was a play on words that also described that the sales of the specific product I have in mind were to be at the top end of the market, not a cheap version.
The name had already been registered, and of course the infuriating thing is that twelve months later it is not being used but has all the links on its front page to other websites that are supposedly specific to that niche, and when one clicks on a link that looks informative, you just land on a page with more links etc. Very frustrating. I bought the DotOrg, with no regrets.
It's always a challenge to come up with and register a good domain name which you intend to use at some point. I always recommend www.Namecheap.com, which, incidentally, has an affiliate program. Another name I wanted was DaveAckerman.com but of course it was already taken (by a domain company who have it for sale for a 'mere' $895) so I got DaveAckermanOnline.com, which I prefer anyway. I'm never going to pay a cybersquatter $100's or $1000's for a name just to line his/her pockets with my hard earned money. I'll leave that to celebrities and big organizations.
Fellow members may be interested in this article from a few years back :
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