Own Your Name!
Get a Vanity Domain (MyName.com)
Make a name for yourself and put it out there!
You don't have to be a rock star to own a vanity (MyName.com) domain
Vanity domain names—www.YourName.com—are gaining popularity and are particularly important to individuals who wish to promote their personal name, as well as their services and talents.
It is common for a company or organization to secure a domain (website) name associated with the name of its business, such as blingjewelry.com or calicobaskets.com.
However, it can be just as important for an individual to register a “vanity domain” named after his/her personal name or nickname, such as edwardwilliams.com or eddiewilliams.com.
Why should I get a vanity domain?
A vanity website can be a great way to promote your talents and services, while establishing credibility and trust with your customers and followers.
The good news: If your name is available as a domain name, it may cost less than $20 a year to lock down that name.However, if the domain name is available, you should purchase it as soon as possible. If someone else buys that vanity domain name, they could offer it for sale at an outrageously high price—starting at $1,000!
What if my name is not available?
If your first and last names are common, a vanity domain name, such as MaryJones.com or TomSmith.com may have been purchased already by someone else.
Ideally, try to get a domain with a ".com" extension as it is the most sought-after choice. Also try other name variations, such as MaryJSmith.com, MaryJillSmith.com, Mary-Smith.com or MarySmithAuthor.com.
If you can't find an available .com domain, try another "top-level domain" (TLD) such as .net, or possibly .org (often identified with nonprofit organizations), or try .biz (short for "business").
Where can I search for domain names?
You don't have to be a rock star...
A vanity website can be a great way for just about anyone to promote their personal name or identity, while establishing credibility and trust with customers and followers.
If you are in any of the professions listed—or any other not listed—you may want to purchase a vanity domain name.
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