Domain Myths

Discussion in 'General Indian Domain Name Discussion' started by Ceres, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Ceres

    Ceres New Member

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    For someone like me who is still learning about the domainersphere, I benefit from reading articles aimed at the "newbie." I came across an article that discusses five myths about choosing a good domain name. So whether you're about to buy a .IN, a .COM, or a .UK domain name, this article might come in handy.

    Here are my thoughts on a few of the domain myths:

    I assume the disadvantage is that you need to do a lot more brand marketing for such names. What's your opinion?

    With regard to TLDs, I agree that .INFO and .BIZ are not as good as a .COM. However, my understanding is that if it's a strong one-word domain, then it can compensate for a weak extension. For example, Health.info is a decent domain (I realize there might be some traffic leakage to the .COM). I'm curious, would you buy Health.info or pass because it's not a .COM?

    There is no mention of ccTLDs in Myth #4. Many ccTLDs have proven how valuable they can be. For example, .UK is a strong ccTLD – it does well in the search engines, and internet users in the UK use this extension a lot. In a few years' time, .IN will also be a domain extension to be reckoned with. :)

    What are your thoughts, and do you know any other domain myths?
     
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    Most people aren't aware that if the domain they want is already taken, they may still have a chance to buy it in the aftermarket...
     
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    Can you tell us how to buy the same domain in the after market? How is it possible? Do you mean us to buy once the domain gets expired? Also what will happen if the same person does the renewal after one year? I am not able to make up with the information.
     
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    one myth which I have come across a lot while dealing with end customers is that they still feel that .IN or .UK domains are restricted to only Indian or UK customers..they also feel that if they register a .IN domain..they will not be able to access it from anywhere outside of India..thats one reason they want to have a .com domain
     
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    Thanks for sharing this great info. You guys have actually opened up my eyes. I too felt that .in or .cn domains are restricted to Indian or Chinese customers. I knew that people can access these domains from anywhere in the world but I thought that Indian would not be interested in .cn domains and vice versa.
     
  6. Ceres

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    You can simply contact the owner of the domain name and ask them if it's for sale. Sometimes the domain is just parked. Sometimes the domain owner is willing to sell the domain for the right price.
     
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    Ideally, you will come to know if the domain is for sale by visiting the website..or if that is not the case..then you can just mail the registrant asking him if he wants to sell it or not..however, it is always advisable to buy/sell a domain using an escrow service..
     
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    " I assume the disadvantage is that you need to do a lot more brand marketing for such names. What's your opinion? "

    With domain names like that, I think what they're trying to do is use creative names to imbed into your minds so you won't forget. Who wants to use a search engine called "Finders!" Instead of Google. Google sounds more interesting and more people would want to flock to it just to see what it's about.

    When I first heard of Dogpile.com, I had to go see what it was. It's a very good search engine, by the way.

    Creative name - can't forget it.
     
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    I came across another great list of myths to add to this thread: Domain TLD and Trademark Myths - Webcrowd. One of the myths listed:

    Also, you can create a sub-domain on your main website for your mobile-friendly content (eg: m.cnn.com).
     
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    good stuff..I too have come across the .MOBI Myth wherein people were only buying it because they wanted people with PDA's to view them..