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Domain Name Advice for Novices

Submitted by sbd on

A friend, who is not that technical, asked me for a domain name provider recommendations. I thought it would be helpful to share the advice:

  • Price. You should never be paying more than $9.95 for a .com domain, regardless of provider.
  • Renewal fees. Be aware the rewnal fee. Do not get stuck with a large renewal fee although you can always transfer the domain to another provider for less than $10.
  • Do you own multiple domains? If so, it's easier to just manage them through one provider.
  • Do you need hosting immediately with this domain? If so, go ahead and get hosting and get the domain for free.

Network Solutions $1.50 Domain Coupon. Yahoo Domain Coupon for $1.99 . GoDaddy Domain Coupon for $2.95 .

Tax Season 2013, Domain Registrations, and Suggested Coupons

Submitted by sbd on

Generally, the first 3 months of the year is the busiest time for domains, domain registrations, and starting your website. One explanation is that people are thinking of start new businesses (and registering domains for them) in anticipation of paying their income taxes in April.

Several domain and hosting companies recognize this busy time and have several limited time coupons to encourage you to register your domain. We have listed 3 of the best promotions below:

Network Solutions $1.50 Domain Coupon.

Yahoo Domain Coupon for $1.99 .

GoDaddy Domain Coupon for $3.99 and FREE private registration .

Please take advantage of these opportunities!

Crowd Sourcing Your Domain Name

Submitted by sbd on

Picking a new, original domain name can be difficult. The better ones have already been registered and domain squatters demand outrageous amounts for the premium names.

We recently tested crowdsourcing to help pick a domain name with a company called Namestation. Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. For $35 you can set up a public contest where you describe the type of site you want to build and Namestation users will suggest different domain names based on your description. Users get points for making suggestions and you can choose from all the entries submitted.

The results were not spectactular. While we received nearly 50 entires in 5 days, we did not end up choosing any of the names suggested by the Namestation community.

The problem was that our standards were high and the quality of the crowdsourced names was poor with lots of volume, but little quality. We wanted an original, memorable, and catchy name that was not already registered, and we got alot of random keywords jammed together from users we did not know or trust. I would only recommend using companies like Namestation, Namingforce, and Squadhelp if you are totally out of your own ideas and already tapped out your personal network for help.