YourName.com & Why You Need It.
Only recently did I register my full name as a domain name.
What I mean by that is: if my full name is Jessica Smith (which…it’s not…but that’s beside the point!), I would purchase jessicasmith.com.
For a long time, I didn’t understand the point of registering myname.com. My business, of course, is set up under dinosaurstew.com, so I didn’t get why I needed myname.com as well, when I probably wasn’t even going to use it for anything.
But then I started changing my tune. Here are 4 reasons why.
1. Registering A Domain Name Is Cheap
Domain names are super inexpensive to register.
2. It Gives You Control
Owning yourname.com gives you more 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. (Depends on how common your name is, of course…)
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 that you’re not. (Joke there. Did that translate well?)
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.
3. It Protects You From Jerks (A Little Bit!)
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 turn it into an unsavory sort of website.
4. You Can Get A More 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 firstname.lastname@example.org have such a better ring to it than email@example.com? Yup!
So. Do it! Do it now! Go register that yourname.com domain name if it’s still available and thank me later!
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