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Do You Need a .CO Domain?


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If you’re like me, you only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. One of the better ones happened to be all about .CO domains. They are all the rage right now, and everyone seems to want one. Heck, my folks are here visiting right now, and my Dad was wondering if he should get one for himself.

I feel they’re pretty “dot” useless. They’re about as interesting as .INFO domains are. At the end of the day, what do people think of when they think of a domain name? It’s a .COM – duh!

I think that .CO will end up becoming a hotbed of spammers and malicious people. They’ll snap them up and make them have the same name as popular sites… then park their icky stuff there. If you accidentally try to go to the popular (real) .COM website and forget the letter M – you’re screwed. You’re going to end up on this bad landing page.

I have nothing against Columbia. But I think that if you gobble up .CO domains, you’re wasting money.

Remember that you can save money on any GoDaddy purchase by using one of these coupon codes: chris, chris1, chris2 or chris3.

Network Solutions Go Granny Girl Viral Marketing Campaign

Shashi Bellamkonda has been a long-time supporter of our Gnomedex conference. He is the social media genius behind Network Solutions. Earlier this evening, the company launched what can only be described as the most genius marketing campain in the history of online advertising. It ranks right up there with the whole Old Spice

We’ve all seen the GoDaddy commercials. Heck, I’m proud to say that GoDaddy (and the girls!!) are a sponsor and supporter of our entire community. I’ve helped to publish their newest commercial, and thought it was very well done.

However, the video done by Network solutions (above) is something that I have to take my hat off to. It is the funniest thing that I have seen in a very long time. Actress Cloris Leachman is at her very best in this “ad,” and puts even the most beautiful girls in other videos to shame.

Will this stroke of viral (mark my words – it will be viral very shortly) crusade turn into sales for the company? That remains to be seen, of course. We know for a fact, though, that this will equate to a heck of a lot of clicks, word of mouth advertising and will keep the company on the minds of us all for quite a while.

That, my friends, is priceless.

GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial


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GoDaddy has long been a supporter of our community. I was only too happy to help it out by promoting its Super Bowl 2011 commercial. Contrary to popular belief, I was NOT staring!

Remember that you can save on your GoDaddy purchases by using one of the following coupon codes: chris, chris1, chris2 or chris3.

iMac Second Monitor Question


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Liam has a brand-new iMac, and a 42″ television sitting around. He’s wondering if he can connect the television to the iMac to increase his workspace. As far as I know, the new iMacs will indeed do this.

As long as the iMac is a newer one and has the video out to video in connections on it, this will work in theory. Also, the television should be at least 1080p. If it’s not, you won’t be able to push many pixels down the pipe.

However, a second screen IS a second screen.

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It’s a GoDaddy Thanksgiving!

Our friends at GoDaddy.com have been great to us over the past few years. They regularly offer coupons and specials to our community, and this weekend is no exception! They are giving all of you their best deal yet:

As a special Black Friday promotion, Go Daddy has given us a special promo code for $5 .com domain names. Use the code BLACKOUT starting at 12:01am on Black Friday 2009 (11-27-2009) thru 11:59pm on Cyber Monday 2009 (11-30-2009) and get a .com domain name for just $5. Here’s the important part, this code will ONLY work for the first 250 people, so think of the perfect name now, and reserve it first thing on Black Friday! (some restrictions apply – see site for details)

How’s that for a Happy Thanksgiving!? If you’ve been putting off buying a domain name because you just don’t want to spend the money – now is your chance! Who can resist this bargain?! Don’t forget… if you have trouble coming up with a domain name to use, why not try out my domain picker?!

I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving today, and I also hope that you took the time to reflect upon what you are thankful for. From myself, my assistant Kat and everyone in the Lockergnome family – thank you! If it weren’t for all of you, we couldn’t do what we do.

How to Choose a Domain Name


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The problem with registering domain names isn’t the registration process. They’re fairly inexpensive, and easy to register. The problem is that all the good names and addresses are already taken. Finding a decent one is sometimes a bit of a challenge. This is the reason I have created this new site – to help you find possible names for the perfect site for you!

This site is exceedingly easy to use. Give it a web address (news article, blog post, etc). The site will scan that web page, pull out two random words, and slap a .com on the end of the words. It will tell you whether or not the address is available. It will even ask you how many results you want!

If a site is already registered, there will be a large red X next to the result. If it’s not, there will be a link you can click to take you to a page that helps you buy it for yourself! All you have to do is plug in any address that exists on the web that deals with the topic matter you’re looking at creating a site for. How much easier can it get?

This is great to help you save time while trying to come up with the best possible name for your new venture. It will also save you the headache you’ll get from brainstorming for hours on end trying to think up something unique. Take a moment and check out our domain thinktank for yourself.

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Do You Need to Buy or Sell a Domain Name?

Consider buying – or selling – domain names using the hottets domain auction house on the Web – Go Daddy Auctions! Go Daddy Auctions has up to 50% lower commission fees than other leading auction houses, so you keep more of your money!

Right now, you can enjoy Go Daddy Auctions for half off of a one-year membership! Head over to Go Daddy now, and click on Auctions at the top of the home page. Please enter source code: auction3 during checkout to receive your savings!

You’re likely going to buy and/or sell a few domains over the next year. Why not make use of the auction that Go Daddy offers, and save yourself a ton of hassle – and money!

How to Choose a Good Domain Name


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All the good domain names are taken already. Have you ever had a great domain name idea, and go to buy it – but it’s already taken? Someone is squatting on it, and wants a ton of money to get off! How creative are you? Do you know how to come up with a domain name that is NOT taken?

Create a new and unique domain name (and word!) by using Wordoid. Wordoids have to be random, and should look as natural as possible. You may want them to begin or end with a short fragment. The fragment should have the letters a-z, and can be only up to 10 letters long.

By choosing only one language, you will get a wordoid that is made according to the grammar rules of that language. But if you choose two or more languages (such as English and Spanish), your wordoids will be more sophisticated sounding, since they’ll be a blend of the two languages. Also, you need to choose how natural your wordoids should look, sound or feel. The higher level you choose, the more the wordoids will resemble the usual words of the language(s) you selected.

Use your wordoids to create a website or product name, or even just new words that you can amaze your friends with. The wordoid site will tell you whether or not your new name and .com is available to buy! You can click right on the domain reseller on the site, and be taken to places like GoDaddy in order to buy.

Remember, if you register with GoDaddy, you can save 10% at checkout by using the coupon code: Chris!

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Have you ever Been Cybersquatted?

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When I went to register Lockergnome years ago using GoDaddy, I was worried someone else would get it. There are people out there who purchase domain names that they feel will be a hot commodity, and then sit on them… or sell them for high amounts of money. This is called Cybersquatting. What is Cybersquatting, you ask? Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.

The term is derived from “squatting,” which is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use. Cybersquatting however, is a bit different in that the domain names that are being “squatted” are (sometimes but not always) being paid for through the registration process by the Cybersquatters. Cybersquatters usually ask for prices far greater than that at which they purchased it. Some cybersquatters put up derogatory remarks about the person or company the domain is meant to represent in an effort to encourage the subject to buy the domain from them. Others post paid links via Google, Yahoo, Ask.com and other paid advertising networks to the actual site that the user likely wanted, thus monetizing their squatting. As with many controversial issues, some argue that the dividing line of cybersquatting is difficult to draw, or that the practice is consistent with a capitalistic and free market ethos.

When was the last time you tried to look up a website to see if it’s available? Some people swear that if you do these lookups using a service like GoDaddy, a Cybersquatter will zap up the domain you want. Why don’t you just open a browser, and type in the URL of the site you’re thinking of buying? If you go to a website, you know it’s already taken. If it takes you nowhere… you know it should be available for you to buy!

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Do I Really Own My Own Domain Name?


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – GoDaddy is one sponsor for the live and recorded videos I do. By entering coupon code ‘Chris1’ at checkout, you can save 10%. Yes, I bring this up for a reason. Jeremy wrote in and wondered if when you buy a domain name, is it really yours? Do you really own it, and what can you do with it?

Yes. When you buy your domain name through GoDaddy or any other site, you in effect own that name. Unless you do something illegal with the domain or are infringing on a Copyright, the domain is yours to do with as you wish.

You can use whatever name you wish to put on the registration info that will be made public. However, make sure that you put a few layers of security between yourself and the outside world. Not long ago, I recorded a video about domain name privacy to help you establish this security.

There’s also an interview I did awhile back about selling a domain. I don’t recommend selling it on your own. Use a Domain Broker in order to protect yourself, and make sure that all your ducks are in a row.

Last piece of advice: always register and re-register (renew) your domain names using the same site/service when possible. You may actually receive junk snail mail at the address you used to register the domain(s) with. You’ll get offers galore, and many of them are not legit. Be careful, and always do your research.

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