Should I Buy This Domain Name Right Now?

Last Update: February 20, 2014

So one of the first things many marketers do when they're creating a website is buying a domain name (YourWebsite.com). And it's definitely the right thing to do. The biggest reason is credibility! Imagine if Amazon's website url was www.FreebieSite.com/Folder/Amazon Chances are you wouldn't take them as seriously.

Afterall if a company isn't willing to spend a few bucks to get a real professional domain name (.com), where else are they cutting corners? So getting a domain is a great idea in theory! Does this mean you should buy one right now? Not necessarily...

Changes Like The Wind...

Here's the thing. When you first get into this business it's very much like going to college. Initially when you go to college you start off pursuing one type of Major. By the time you get to your Sophomore year, you may decide that Major isn't really your cup of tea. So you may switch. Well your internet marketing journey will probably work the same way.

With that said, the domain you initially have purchased may not make sense for your next niche or website. For instance, if I initially purchased the domain "ILoveBunsOfSteel.com" that name makes sense if my website is about exercising your butt or some other type of butt fetish. (Don't judge me. This is purely an example I pulled out .... LOL).

But after a few months of being in that niche, I may realize that it's not all it's "cracked" up to be. (Pun intended.) So let's say that I've decided that my new site will be about old school parenting techniques. "ILoveBunsofSteel.com" isn't really going to do a good job of representing what my old school parenting website is going to be about. It may even turn some people off as I'm sure it has people reading this article. LOL

What's the Answer?

I think initially it may be a good idea to just use the free website address that WA provides you. Work through the training. Continue to build content as suggested. Then determine if the niche you initially picked still floats your boat a few months down the line. If it does, then invest in a REAL domain name and you can easily point it to the free website url you have here at WA.

The other option is to just bite the bullet and buy the domain name knowing you may not stick with it. And then buy another one if you decide to switch niches or directions. I personally own many domain names, most of which I'm not using at the moment. But I may decide to use them later or sell them. I also view the purchases of domain names as a business expenses I can write off my taxes as well. So it's not really a waste of money in my mind.

So what do you guys think? Have you struggled with this problem and if so how did you deal with it? Chime in below.

Until next time folks.

Eddy with a Y

www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com

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brettbrtsk Premium
@Eddy
ive been looking for a post like this and its made up my mind i think ill go the free way as long as i can migrate across at a later stage
thanks
Brett
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EddySalomon Premium
I guess that's fine until you know for sure what your niche will be. But if you want to be taken seriously by affiliate companies and visitors you should definitely just cough up the $14 per year to get a real professional domain name sooner than later.
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dh99136751 Premium
Nice post Eddy! Answered my question perfectly.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad to hear it .
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ms03 Premium
Great article :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it.
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jonysus Premium
you da man Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
I've heard that sometimes. Lol
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west5ide Premium
Thanks Eddy thats good advice.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Daryl. Glad it helped.
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andelane Premium
Good grammar again! ;-) (You + are = You're… not Your")
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EddySalomon Premium
Damn it. Lol
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joella Premium
Ok so I guess I well go with it but I really don't like the way it looks on google but we well see right... Thanks Eddy
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EddySalomon Premium
You can always change it later as I said above. You're welcome.
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GOwens Premium
Eddy, how do you use the web site address that WA provides?
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EddySalomon Premium
No George,

That's the whole purpose of the article. I have a professional domain name WorkAtHomeNoScams.com
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CMarmo Premium
This discussion is great for those of us just starting out - thank you so much for sharing!
Christina
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Christina. Glad it helped.
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niko08 Premium
it makes sense... thank you eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Nikolai!
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sherrylynn66 Premium
Yah, I see where your coming from. Thanks for the article. Great help!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Sherry. I thought it might shed a little light.
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Anewcreature Premium
Eddy as always thanks for stirring up my remembrance. Blessings! !
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Robert!
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Lindz71388 Premium
Thanks for article, I was nervous about buying a domain before my website had much traffic, I'll work on the website first then buy a domain. I totally understand what you mean about a site being credible though!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Lindsay!

Glad you found the information useful.
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Rdy2Rise Premium
I don't think my other "niche" (aside from WA) will change,... its been solid since...I will just say a long time. Still would like your thoughts on the Title/Website name.
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MeaganD Premium
Thank you Eddy with a Y. Going to go buy my domain name.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Meagan!

Glad you found the information useful.
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Jchris142 Premium
Eddy, Thanks for writing this. I like your second option and I am going to buy 1 or more domains and develop them as I go.
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good Judy!

I'm happy you found the information useful.
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june99 Premium
thanks eddy, well explained. your so right, we learn as we go.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome June! Everyday we all can learn something new. Once we think we know it all, we've already lost the battle.

Thanks for chiming in!
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norland Premium
I must admit, I'm not into reading a zillion blogs as I have seen presented to me since joining up here, but yours have really kept me interested and have also been informative and witty, so thank you. Is it also true that domain names have an expiration date if they sit in the system unused after you've bought one, as I read some info on the one I bought that lead me to believe that was the case. I'm referring to a domain name I bought a few months ago but have had no use for yet.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Laurie, I can totally relate. There is only so much time in the day and I can't read everything either. But I'm happy mine was able to captivate you. Hopefully my others will have the same effect.

Thanks for chiming in!

Eddy
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SowAndReap Premium
Thanks, Eddy everything makes sense. Keep the great blogs going
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks! I'll definitely keep blogging and adding value.
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posinfo Premium
I like your writing style it is fun and engaging. I think that using a WA domain when you are getting started, seems like a good idea.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Pos! I pride myself in entertaining while educating. So I'm glad you can appreciate my style and agree with my article!
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nathaniell Premium
Had a good laugh at this. I used to think so hard about which domains to buy or not. Now, I just go for it. Some end up as websites, other's not. I might have been able to save 50-100 dollars this year if I had been frugal about domain name buying, but over the course of a year, it's not bad!
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EddySalomon Premium
I agree Nathan. There are definitely a lot of places where you can save on your business and skim a little. But one area I wouldn't is domains because of the usability and credibility aspect. Thanks for sharing your experience and chiming in!
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KimBuerman Premium
Oh thank goodness! I thought I was the only one here that loves domain names! I have waaayyyyy too many domains! It can be addicting :) Everything you said is dead on! Thanks for sharing!
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EddySalomon Premium
No Kim! I'm an addict as well. LOL Glad you could relate to this article. Thanks for chiming in!
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Trialynn Premium
Good counseling for newbies!!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Lynn!
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mc7791 Premium
hmm have not thought about buying any domains yet. Still developing my first site. Need to see if I can get good traffic. What is so bad with the domain given to me by WA?
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EddySalomon Premium
MC7791, Does Google.com, Amazon.com, Yahoo.com, Facebook.com have urls that look like freebesite/subdomain/webpage.html ? Can you imagine trying to tell people to visit that url instead of saying go and visit Google.com. It makes for a poor user experience and it just shows people that you aren't serious enough to invest in a real domain name. This makes you seem less professional and thus less credible. Why would I trust someone that doesn't invest in their business to give me advice or product recommendations?

That's like me going to a doctor who works out of a starbucks. So that's the bad thing about relying on a free url for the long term. It's perfectly fine when you first start out. But once you start getting traffic, people are going to question why you don't have a real domain. Keep in mind you can still use the hosting and website builder here on WA and you should. But eventually you want to invest in a real domain name that automatically points to your web page and hosting here on WA. Hope that makes sense now.
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bprsawford Premium
Hi, I tend to buy a domain that can be multi purpose just for this very reason, for example one of my niches is guitar playing, so I purchased playguitartoday. I then started a site with a free WA site and the free domain provided. The site changed directions a few times but my domain would still work as it encompassed most aspects of my niche! When completed I transferred my site from WA on to my computer and re launched under my own domain.

I use namecheap.as they are as they say, cheap as chips (UK humour!) and the transfer is simple and can be done in seconds.

Hope this helps!

To your success!
Bernie
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bprsawford Premium
Did not mean that to be a link to namecheap, I have NO affiliate link with them!!!!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Bernie, I think it's hard to have a catch all domain name. Unless you think of something like Amazon, Yahoo or Google which could have meant anything. But with your playguitartoday domain you couldn't use that if you switched to a totally different niche like karate.

If you're only making a slight change in direction but staying within the same niche, then your argument makes total sense. So you're right in that respect. Thanks for chiming in!
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parkwriter Premium
You make some great points! I tend to be of the mindset of buying good URLs if they're available since the cost is negligible and someone else could grab the same URL if you hesitate. I make my purchases knowing that I may or may not build a website around them, but that I probably will. I bought 13 when I joined WA and have started developing thee so far.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks ParkWriter! I feel the same way about domains. Sometimes I think of a really good domain name and even if I can't use it at the moment, I snatch it up. Because I know someone will in the future. Thanks for chiming in!
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Success Inc Premium
I appreciate your choice to write (or type) this post. It makes a lot of sense. Happy Holidays
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad it made sense to you! Happy Holidays as well!
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nmason Premium
Loved this! I was thinking about this very thing and trying to decide what to do. You helped me make a choice and used humor to do it. Thanks!
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EddySalomon Premium
Nice! I'm glad I wrote this NMason! I figured a lot of people struggle with this. So I'm glad this resonated with you! I'm also happy you can appreciate my corny humor. LOL
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steinway Premium
Some good advice and funny too!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Steinway! I'm a firm believer you can educate people without being dull or boring them to death. LOL
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georama Premium
If you apply mind you may create sub domain site first then move to your own. If you listen to your heart you may buy domain (excited about availability of your choice) So I have done both ways. Thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
That's a good way of handeling it as well. Thanks for chiming in!
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Damien Lane Premium
Top job Eddy!

Very shmick (is that an old school term : ) ).

Crisp, to the point, well versed & with good humor!

If I was an American I'd say home run...As an Aussie - Nice one mate! (Actually that was not very Aussie :) )

This article could be sent back to me as a 3 week younger man & I would have had light bulbs busting out all over. Still now with a slightly better handle on the subject, great read man....Kudos
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Damien! Glad you liked it! Thanks for the laugh as well. Love your sense of humor and glad you can appreciate mine.
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Damien Lane Premium
Great to hear Eddie re sense of humor.

I am still rather surprised & flattered when someone sees anything humors when I make the effort, you must have rather odd taste.....
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EddySalomon Premium
Damien, you're preaching to the choir. I feel the same way about my attempts at humor. I know I'm very corny but apparently there are other people that share our sense of humor and that;s what makes the web a great place.
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Damien Lane Premium
2 billion folk!

Man, even if you are wrong you are right somewhere......
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen Damien! You just gave me a topic for my next blog which I just put into my drafts. Thanks mate!
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Damien Lane Premium
Start scribing brother, I want notification on publication!

....Kidding I'll track it down - don't worry about that!


.....Hey Eddie, u there man.....Eddie.....I'm growing impatient here......No blog yet???

;)
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EddySalomon Premium
LOL. It's already done my friend. But I'll launch it next week. I like to spread my blog post. By the way it' Eddy not Eddie. Might as well get that out of the way before it becomes an issue. LOL
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Damien Lane Premium
Sorry about the typo man.... Usually I cut & paste names to avoid this issue, must not have this time...diggin' the convo too much methinks.......and an extra key to boot, wish you'd told me sooner....I hate typing :)
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...........Ok.....Hope all's forgiven.....back to your next post....... Well now I know your real nickname...... 'Smooth Operator'....... ( @ . )


Hey Eddy, (noob here remember). Can you tell me the (not quite sure of the word here) ethical (?), amount of responses to a single thread.... Are we getting close or anything like that...

......Great connect brother, looking forward to your next post....Though you already know that, can tell by your nickname ;)
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