www.yourkidsname.com Buy Your Child’s Dot-com Name before it’s too late!

January 8, 2012

As a mother, I gave my children the gift of a name when they were born. As a web-professional, I gave them the gift of their dot-com names so when the time comes they can have their own place to post their schoolwork, share a resume or portfolio or create a professional website.

A domain name (www.yourkidsname.com) is real estate for the 21st century – and if you haven’t thought about buying your child’s name as a domain for them to use in the future, you should – before it’s too late!

A few facts

  • There are approximately 50 million .com domains registered
  • 90% of the world’s 90,000 surnames are already taken
  • 85% of the words in Webster’s dictionary have been registered as domains
  • Some domain names have been sold to companies for as much as $8million!

With the explosion of the internet, we’re simply running out of domain names – but it’s not too late! For less than the cost of a video game your child will quickly grow out of, you can buy a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for 10 years, sit on it until your child needs it or build a simple site and use it to give your child a permanent email address. What’s better — Tracy546379@hotmail.com or tracy@tracyschloss.com?

So how do you do it?

First, go to a domain name registration site like www.godaddy.com, www.register.com
or www.networksolutions.com.

Enter your child’s name into the search window to see if the .com domain is available. If not, try a dash between the first and last name – you may get lucky. Or choose another extension like .net, .biz, .info, or .us.

Once you’ve settled on the name and extension, choose a purchase plan that works best for you – you can choose to renew every year or buy a multi-year package. If you have a website to launch, great – the registration sites also offer hosting services and will walk you through the steps to get your site live on the web and your email address working.

If you don’t have a website now – no problem. It’s perfectly ok to “park” the domain until whenever you’re ready to upload a website. Once you’ve registered your name and paid the fee, the URL is yours to do with as you please.

Several times a year my family gets approached by someone wanting to buy our family domain name. So far we’ve said no … but buy your domain name today and you may find that you’re sitting on waterfront property.