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Be Careful Picking that Domain Name

Speedofart.com anyone?  How about Penisland.net?  These are but a few of the unintentional bad domain names floating around out there these days.  We've all heard horror stories about some company painstakingly picking the perfect name for a product, only to find out that the term they so carefully chose actually means "goat boogers" in many of the countries where they intend to market their wares.  Well, a similar thing can happen with domain names.  Consider the first two listed, which are legitimate sites for Speed of Art and Pen Island respectively.  There are more. 

Consider a site called "Who Represents" where you can find out who Tom Cruise's agent is: www.whorepresents.com (its his sister).  Or you can visit www.therapistfinder.com if you are looking for a good -  get this - therapist (what were you thinking!).   Believe it or not, www.molestationnursery.com will take you to the site of Mole Station Native Nursery from Australia.  My kids got a kick out of www.ipanywhere.com, and finally, if your planning for a holiday at the lake, you will definitely want to visit www.gotahoe.com

The moral of the story, of course, is let's be careful out there

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 01:54PM by Registered CommenterTim Feathers in | Comments8 Comments | References2 References

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hilarious!! thanks.
November 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterVickie
Although this is a shameless plug for an article on domains and domain history at http://marcusvorwaller.com/blog/archives/2006/01/05/how-to-find-a-great-domain-name-revisited/#comment-107060, all I would say as having gone through the process of buying a domain name at a reasonably high 5-figure price is *make sure it’s really the one you want and are going to use it fully*. Start with some of the Dos and Don’ts below, basic as they are.

Do:

- Keep your domain name as short as possible

- Try to avoid initials in your domain name (they mean nothing to people or search engines)

- Keep your domain as close to your company name as possible

- Look at your competitors’ domains to get a feel for how they have chosen them

- Make a list (you may find that your choices have already been taken)

- Bounce your domain name off friends and/or service providers you trust

- Keep your expectations realistic (one domain does not a fat bank account make)

Don’t

- Go for the record of the longest domain name unless that’s exactly what you intend to achieve

- Rush! No one is going to leap in and get that domain name that will make you a million overnight (and it won’t anyway – don’t blame me…)

- Give up. Online success takes perseverance and patience but the time and effort you put in should pay off

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February 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLorenzo Modesto
Haha! That cracked me up big time!
July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAdvoor
thank
July 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersohbet
nice site. keep it up
August 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLoan Search
I think in this case I would use hyphens between the words
December 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDomain Name Generator
on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Ben Rowe I’m reposting this hilarious list of
January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPowerProNet
I know that picking a domain name is crucial if you want to succeed in any industry, the net is a powerful tool and you have to know how to take advantage of that, I'm working on a name for a domain and I think I will name it like <a href="http://www.citratesildenafil.com/">Sildenafil Citrate</a> I hope it's not taken yet
September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterproamateur

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