I only just recently purchased my full name as a domain name (yourname.com, so if my full name is Jessica Smith, that would mean I purchased jessicasmith.com). For a long time, I didn’t understand the point. My business, obviously, is set up under dinosaurstew.com, so I didn’t really see why I needed myname.com as well. However, I ended up wanting my own personal email address of firstname.lastname@example.org, so I purchased it and hooked it up. Here are some reasons why you should consider purchasing yourname.com.
It Gives You Control
Owning yourname.com gives you control over what shows up when someone searches your name in Google. A search engine is likely going to weigh a domain name pretty heavily, so it’s very possible that the first result that someone sees when they Google “Your Name” is going to be yourname.com. This is super helpful in the event that A) the other people who share your name are low-life scum or B) you are low-life scum yourself and are just trying to fake the funk. Having yourname.com show up in the search results will push those yucky ones down. They will still be there, but they won’t be as prominent as before.
It Protects You From Jerks
Anyone can purchase any domain name they want (as long as it’s available). That means, if I wasn’t such a sweetie, I could totally get revenge on an ex-boyfriend by purchasing hisname.com and turning it into an unsavory sort of website. There are also people out there who will purchase a whole bunch of domain names with the hope of selling it to you when you really need it — for a huge, inflated price, of course.
You Can Get a Sweet, Professional Email Address
If you purchase the domain name, you can easily set up an email address that looks pretty sweet. Sure, a gmail or hotmail e-mail address doesn’t have to be unprofessional, but doesn’t something like email@example.com have such a better ring to it than firstname.lastname@example.org? Yup!
So. Do it! Do it now! Go register that yourname.com domain name and thank me later! Stay tuned for another riveting post on cool things you can do with yourname.com and how you can set up your email@example.com email to work with Gmail!
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