DOMAINS: BUYING DOMAINS, WHERE TO FIND
EXPIRED NAMES, AND HOW TO MANAGE IT ALL
Part 2 of 3 part series
In Part 1, we discussed how to come up with your new domain
name. In this article, we will look at inexpensive places to register your
newfound beauties. You'll find, as with Lay's potato chips, "no one can eat
just one." Once you make your first purchase, you'll most likely find
yourself registering other names as well; maybe to use as redirects to your
existing site, or possible new business ideas for all those new sites you'd
like to launch.
Due to the temptation to "load up," you'll want to find a cheap but reliable
domain registrar to park them with. If you don't, you'll find your new
"habit" leaving a big hole in your wallet.
As with most things in life, prices vary --from as little as $8.00 up to
$35.00 per year. My suggestion to you is to never spend more than about
$10.00 per domain annually. My favorite place to register names charges less
than that. When researching a registrar, do make note of what services they
offer and their
Let's cover your options:
1) NameBargain.com: My favorite, where I register all of my domains:
$8.88 per year. Sign up for .com, only $7.95. You can handle all of your
domains from one easy interface and see all of your listings at a glance.
2) GoDaddy.com: At $8.95 a year, GoDaddy is #1 with many Web
entrepreneurs. From what I've seen and read online, they're very reliable
and have great prices. Includes free domain forwarding and free parked page
with every domain registered.
3) DomainOfMyOwn.com: $12.99 per year for new name registrations and
only $11.98 for transferred names. Once a member, you can manage your
domains with their user-friendly interface.
4) DotEasy.com: If you want to register a domain name and get free
hosting to boot, you can't beat this package deal. For only $35.00, a year
you can buy and host your newfound name. This is a
nice service if you want to put up some mini-sites inexpensively.
There's also a big market for expired and deleted domains. You would not
believe how many people forget to renew their domains and let some really
super ones fall through the cracks. Many of them already have a high ranking
in the search engines and increased link popularity.
The trick to expired domains is knowing where to find them so you can cash
in on them before someone else does. Many sites will charge for this
privilege, but there are some freebies (if you know where to look):
http://www.DeletedDomains.com : I love this site and the best part is
it's totally free. Just type one or two keywords into the search box and it
will come back with all kinds of little gems for you. You will find so many
good names to register that
if you're a "Domain Junkie" (like me), you could find yourself in real
financial danger here. Remember, I warned you.
http://www.Recycled-Traffic.com : Pick up on "recycled traffic" by
snapping up domain names that have expired and benefiting from
their already established traffic. Search through this index according to
keyword and search engine ranking.
http://www.DroppedDomains.com : Do free searches by keyword. Look for
deleted domains available soon or ones available to register right away. You
can exclude domains that contain dashes or
numbers if that's not your cup of tea.
So now that you know where to purchase domains you need to know how to
manage them. It's not unusual for one person to own 20 or more names, and
keeping track of them and knowing when to renew them can quickly become a
full time job. I should know; I own over 30 myself. My recommendation to you
is to register all of them at the same place. Preferably, a registrar that
will allow you to modify your own DNS and make any other changes at will.
In the beginning I had many sites registered at many different places and it
was tough trying to remember which domain was where. Don't make the same
mistake I did. Find a registrar you feel comfortable with and stick with it.
There are also some excellent tools that can help make managing your domains
1) WatchMyDomains Pro: http://WatchMyDomains.com
Software that will automatically monitor all of your domains, regardless of
where they are registered. Highlights names that will expire soon and much
more in a nice list format. Download a 21-day free trial.
2) Easy DNS: http://EasyDns.com/dnsmanager.php3
Manage all of your domains from one easy web interface.
3) Domain Manager Pro: http://DomainMgrPro.com
Software that will help you track multiple domains and register data and
also the websites (if any) connected with them. Download a trial version at
The longer you're active online, the more you'll be struck with great ideas;
resulting in domain names you'll want to register. Remember, don't pay more
then you have to, keep your eyes peeled
for expired bargains, and make sure you have some form of management tool in
Domains are indeed like chips; you really can't register just one. In Part 3
of this article we'll look at some fun and useful things you can do with
your newfound gems.
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