September 2, 2014

Registering Your Blog’s Domain Name

The first mistake I mention in “The 11 Biggest Mistakes Small Business Bloggers Make” is not getting your own domain name for your blog, and using or something similar.

However, you need to be careful if you use the registrars to research a blog domain name. (Or any domain name, for that matter.) Wired’s Monkey Bites blog reports here and here on a situation where someone put a desired domain name into a shopping cart at GoDaddy but didn’t check out right then. (Happens all the time.)

When they returned the next day to purchase the domain name it was gone, purchased by someone else and for sale for an inflated price.

The same thing happened to someone I know when she put her titular domain name in a shopping cart at GoDaddy but didn’t check out. The next day — poof! — it was gone.

Slimy? Yes. Illegal? Probably not.

In short: if you researching a domain name at the registrars, be ready to buy it right then!

1 comment for Registering Your Blog’s Domain Name »

  1. I am a new blogger and trying to learn the ropes. I have a domain name and I am set up with a Hosting company. I am trying to promote my blog. Just wondering what do I need to consider as far as the legal aspect of the name I have chosen? Do I need to register my name as a business? I know your not an attorney just don’t know if the same rules apply with online businesses(blogs)as other businesses as far as the name goes.


    Comment by Laurie W. — April 7, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

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