Thursday, February 21, 2008

I registered a domain, JasonsMillion.com

I decided to violate one of my rules. Before I earned my first dollars, I decided to register a domain name. Originally I was going to use my own name, JasonTweed.com, but I decided I wanted something a little catchier.

The new domain, JasonsMillion.com, is easy to remember. The new domain only has one problem. The word "million" is used more frequently in the plural. It occurred to me that many people are going to think it's "Jason's Millions", so it forced me to register both domains.

I'm already in the red. By registering the two domains, at $10 each, I'm in the hole $20.

Worried?? No. I took this step early because I wanted to jumpstart the marketing. This website has received only a couple dozen hits since I installed the AdSense widgets. So far I've been setting up the core website, and creating the first few entries. I'd rather have my first few visitors get something of value, so I've done no marketing of the blog so far. I felt that this was the right time to have an official working domain name, rather than the free address given to me by Blogger.

If you've never registered a domain name here's how to do it. I'm only going to cover GoDaddy.com, because they're my preferred provider. They are the largest registrar in the world, they offer terrific prices, a depth of services, and awesome customer service. I've used them for about four years, and never had an issue.

How to Register a Domain Name
  1. Read my post about choosing a great domain name.
  2. Visit GoDaddy.com.
  3. Type in the domain you're hoping for, and hit enter.
  4. When you finally get a domain that's available, which can take many attempts, hit "checkout".
Ignore all of the special offers; GoDaddy is King of the Upsell. Their services are terrific, but start with the basics and work your way up. Most of their services, other than hosting, offer little marketing value.

Hopefully you will end up with one domain name that fits your blog or business. For about $10 you look much more professional than using the free options available.
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