Get Your Domain Name Now – Why And How

get your domain name now

Most people don’t realize how valuable it can be to own your own domain name. Well, in this post it’s time to tell you why you need to get your personal domain name, and the best places to buy it.

get your domain name now

If you don’t own your personal domain name, someone else does. If you don’t buy your domain name now, someone else will. Don’t wait, if you can help it. I’m primarily talking about “”, but what I’m going to talk about applies to any way in which you want to brand yourself.

FYI, this is part of the Becoming A Social Media Rockstar series.

Why do I need to buy my domain name?

Good question. I’m glad you so conveniently asked. For me, the answer is simple: If you don’t own it, someone else will.

If we’re talking about becoming a social media rockstar, having your own website (which I’ll cover later) is where the final pieces begin to come together. This is what separates the Stephen Tylers from the local karaoke star that re-lives his American Idol dreams every Thursday night from 7-10pm. (That may or may not be an overly exaggerated analogy.)

In order to have a website though, you must have a domain name. What better place to start than with your own name? When I realized the value in this, I bought immediately. I didn’t want anybody else having control of my name online, and I made sure to jump on it the first chance I got.

You really don’t want some 40 year old guy in Wisconsin, who happens to have your same name, buy your domain name and use it to post how much he loves Justin Bieber day after day.

Just decide that you are going to own your name.

If somebody else already does, it’s not too late. You can still try variations of your name. Maybe you could add your middle initial, or a nickname. Have fun with it, and like Nike used to say, “Just do it”.

Ok, I get it– now what do I do?

Take it easy there Mr. Impatient Pants. I’m getting to that part right now.

Below, I’ve listed several of the sites that I used to obtain all 12 of the domains that I currently own. Check them out, and see which ones you like best. Once you’ve found one that you like it’s best to stick with it for all your domain purchases just to keep things organized. is likely the most popular because it’s the most well advertised. They always seem to have an envelope-pushing Super Bowl commercial that manages to turn heads.

Although I don’t condone their sometimes provocative advertising strategy, or their CEO’s hobbies; I like them because they’re reliable, and I don’t have to worry about them disappearing overnight.

I’ve found to be very easy to use, and I’ve found some great deals on domains (particularly this one you’re on). I really like their site design too– always a bonus.

They’re also pretty well established, and trustworthy. No shady advertising that I’ve seen either– which is definitely a plus.

Stuck Domains will find you sites that are currently homeless because their previous owner has yet to renew them. You can find some gems on here sometimes. I haven’t yet, but surely you can! 😉

DYYO will help you find those coveted 4-letter domains. My blogging hero, Tentblogger, calls this, “one of the Holy Grails of domains…”

Dot-O-Mater is a fantastic way to generate ideas for potential domains. It allows you to combine words and generate potential domain names. It’s really addicting. I have to be careful not to spend 3hrs. going through every single combination– totally brings out the OCD in me.

BONUS: Domainr

Domainr is definitely my favorite place to search for domains. This is a fantastic service that will, in real time, generate domains as you type and give you more than just your average TLD (top-level domains). It will give you all kinds of results that you didn’t even know were possible, and once you’ve locked in your domain, it suggests where to buy it. So, you don’t actually buy it from Domainr, but it will help you lock in the best name.

These will at least help you get started in finding and purchasing a domain name. In the next part in this series, I’ll show you what to do with it once you have it!

So have you bought a domain name yet? If so, where did you get it?

Dustin W. Stout Avatar

18 responses to “Get Your Domain Name Now – Why And How”

  1. Valerie Deveza Avatar
    Valerie Deveza

    Haha same here!

  2. DustinWStout Avatar

    Someday I will grab a domain like that. Ive got a bunch of ideas… But not a bunch of disposable $$$.

  3. Valerie Deveza Avatar
    Valerie Deveza

    I saw available last week which is pretty cool! but it’s not on my budget right now -> sad $100/yr

  4. DustinWStout Avatar

    Glad to hear it Bruce!

  5. Bruce Avatar

    Thanks for this! Just what I needed to read, right when I needed to read it!

  6. David Willard Jr Avatar
    David Willard Jr

    Sadly as long as the clicks are there after every time that banner shows that says go to GoDaddy to see more “unrated content” they will continue to run them. It carries over into my favorite sport even. Danicka Patrick has a free ride in NASCAR because of their sponsorship even though she has no talent as a driver. But because she is the spokesmodel for the company and there are owners and drivers willing to support her enough to keep her in the field they will take the money and run. Of course at the expense of the integrity of the sport.

  7. Valerie Deveza Avatar
    Valerie Deveza

    Will do.. 🙂

  8. Valerie Deveza Avatar
    Valerie Deveza

    Count me in! Argh! Really hate their ads! When would they realize that! LOL!

  9. DustinWStout Avatar

    I’m with you David. Love their functionality, don’t love their marketing.

  10. DustinWStout Avatar

    Let me know what you think of them Valerie!

  11. David Willard Jr Avatar
    David Willard Jr

    I too am a fan of GoDaddy and their form and function but not their ads or spokes model. I have found that not only do they make most of their processes easy, those things that are more difficult have FAQs and walk throughs that make things simple.

  12. Valerie Deveza Avatar
    Valerie Deveza

    I always go to Godaddy when I buy domains. I agree with Loren, it’s easier when all your domains are intact in just one place. Domainr and Stuckdomain seems nice.. I’ll go check them out after this. 😛

  13. DustinWStout Avatar

    Ive thought about that, but the idea of someone doing that hasnt really scared me. And Im not making enough from the sites to justify it. I figure Ill just do a rockin job at branding! Lol

  14. DustinWStout Avatar

    Great question! I like to keep things as short as possible. As you can see, Im find of .tv. I also like .co (be on the lookout for a new site coming soon). And though I would really love some of those more unique extensions like .ly or .tn (how awesome would be?!), and anything that can be incorporated into a word.

    As far as starting off, I think .com .co are best. Thats just me though.

  15. Loren Pinilis Avatar

    Would you buy .org and .net just as “protection” against someone else getting it and confusing things?

  16. Loren Pinilis Avatar

    I personally like to register my domain with the same place I host it. It just makes the accounting easier on my end. What extensions do you think are necessary to get other than .com?

  17. DustinWStout Avatar

    Thanks John! I would only known about Godaddy, Domainr, if it werent for that post of yours!

  18. John (TentBlogger) Avatar
    John (TentBlogger)

    thanks for the link love. great stuff. here.

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