With all the talk about moving off free hosting lately, I decided it was time to talk about domains. Most people would love to have their own domain name, but it comes down to it, we don't want to shell out the cash, we can't think of a good name, or the one we want is already taken. Everyone always assumes that when planning on buying a domain, you need to come up with something unique that isn't already taken. Most of the time this is true, but what if that one name you really want is already taken? What if you want to move your blog from a free host but the exact same domain name is taken? I know it's a lot of questions, but what do you do if you own the .com of your name but someone else has the .net and you want/need both?
There are still ways to get that name you want. Many services out there offer currently registered names for sell. Of course, you're going to pay a very steep price, but if it's the name you need for something such as a business that's booming, shelling out that much might not be a big deal.
Okay, what do you do if you have a domain that you don't need anymore? What if it's just sitting there, and you feel like you threw your money down the drain on a domain you're not using? Sell it! There might be someone out there trying to register the name you have right now, getting frustrated because it's already taken. Sure, they might be able to register the .net or .org versions, but if they need the version you have, they're definitely going to be interested in buying it. Buydomains.com offers you unlimited domain name listings a year for $19.95. You might think that's almost $20 to sell, but wait. Have you seen the prices that domain names sell for these days?
Seriously, if you have a name you need to buy or one you need to sell, there are services out there to help you out. You might have an extra cost in the beginning when buying a "used" domain, but in the end, you're most likely going to be rewarded more from having the right domain for you instead of settling for the next best thing. When selling a domain, you can sometimes make back double and triple what you paid!