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Domains for Your Children

It doesn't end with their names

4:38 pm on Sep 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sure, it's a good idea and, perhaps a nice gift, to register your child's name as a domain name.

Have you done that? If not, do it.

Did you stop there? Maybe you should pause to ponder the role of the WWW in your child's future.

What about their favorite hobby, pasttime, talent? Might it be natural for your child to someday want to have a website or blog about their favorite activity? Perhaps in the future (like now) kids won't be flipping burgers at Mickey D's or delivering newspapers, like I did when I was 12. Maybe they are future affiliate marketers? At least for making money for car insurance . . .?

What about their career? Are your children of the age where they are talking about a career path or career ideas? Might you do some good by picking up a domain or two related to their possible career interests?

I know. Things change so you don't know for certain what domains to register and you might not know what domains to register for a 2 year old. Still, if you register a domain that's not your kid's love later in life maybe someone else might someday inquire and reimburse your costs.

While you are busy encouraging your children to study hard and all that other stuff you do as a parent you might consider whether having the right website name - today, in 2007 - might afford him or her a bit of a marketplace advantage later in life - in next year.

Domains for kids: It's not just about the names your chose for them.

10:46 am on Sept 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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But can you call a kid 'Webmasterworld' knowing it is already trademarked by someone else, and then claim rights to the domain name?

Is Brett enjoying this discussion? ;)

7:03 pm on Sept 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Somewhat related topic:

Some time ago, I tried to register firstnamelastname@yahoo.com for my children and found out that they were all taken; most of the variations, including the middle name, were also taken.

I then registered firstanamelastname@gmail.com.
It looks like because Google used to be more restrict with new gmail accounts, there are more names available.

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I live in a remote place far from my family so I had already setup a small family website with pictures of my daughter, the sub-domain of my main website but I wanted to change.

I bought the lastname[dot]fr because all TLD where taken (by the same guy by the way). Strangely, all his TLDs are redirected to my [dot]fr which is parked currently.
It seems that he forgot to renew the [dot]fr and now it is waiting for me to contact him?

So today, I bought firstname[dot]org today, the only one TLD available with my firstname. I don't like [dot]org...

BTW, I totally agree with what is said above, having a public website about your underage children is to my opinion very bad and should be avoided.

2:32 pm on Sept 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"firstname lastname" of my daughter shows 42 results in google. Not the most competitive keywords.

I set up a site with only her name (nothing else, for safety) on it and linked to it from a links page on a site of mine so as to properly age the domain.
That way in 10 years time she can get ranked for mesothelioma if she wants, ha!

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Sorry for the delay in response but I just came across this thread. I have three grandsons (6,3,1) and I registered firstnamelastname domains for them all when they were born. Whether they will ever need or want them remains to be seen but they are available to them anyway ... and I can see them impressing their friends with this as they get older.

By the way it's the oldest's birthday today, he was born on 1/11/1 (or if you are in the US 11/1/1). How cool is that?

Happy birthday Jack!

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