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So I made up a word, well three words, to create a long (13char) domain name that makes no sense. It doesn't even sound like a real word. It doesn't bother me that it has no real meaning, it does bother me a bit that it might be hard to remember because it is different and long.
So what does everyone think about long hard to remember domain names?
It sounds like you are going to spend more on branding your domain, than if you had ponied up the money for a quality dictionary term. 13 characters for a made up phrase of 3 non-words greatly increases the potential for typos. If you plan on building a serious business around this domain, you better register the typos too.
You should plan to spend $2000 to buy yourself a good domain name. If you are not planning to spend any money on a good "location" for your new business, you are already planning to fail.
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Short easy to remember names are better. Think about being evocative. Palm Trees are evocative of?
The word Mama is evocative of?
Homestyle is evocative of?
BigMan is evocative of?
You see where I'm getting at? Think of what idea or feeling you want your visitors to have about your site then work on the evocative words. Ask yourself, what is evocative of --------?
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Everyones advice was great, thanks.
Try to find something shorter. There are still many 4 letter domains available. If you're going to have a 13 letter domain that makes no sense you may do better with a 4 letter domain that makes no sense.
If you want a domain that is based on a moderately popular phrase it could cost $1,000
Highly popular the sky is the limit on price.
Don't expect to register a new domain that is generic and memorable unless you get very creative.
Try adding words like center, products, or shopping as an extension to your core business phrase.
If its a local business try adding a location prefix: <Snip>
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Why would you spend endless hours of your time working on a web project when your only going to put the web site on a worthless peice of land in the middle of the dessert? Is your time worth that little?
$500 may be the best money you have ever spent. Why don't you search for "Domains for Sale" in one of the popular search engines or even better try a search for something more specific "Tennis domains for sale"
[edited by: Webwork at 1:56 am (utc) on Sep. 13, 2005]
[edit reason] Please avoid referencing specific domains, especially ones with PPC landing pages ;0) [/edit]
You can do no harm by making the name strange but short. Or using a different domain suffix (I had some .TO names which worked well) or even sticking a dash in the middle of a name.
All .com and all 5 letters.
None have ever been registered before.
I paid no more than $8 for each of them.
IMO there are still plenty of quality short .coms available. I just listen to my mates 2 year old talking gobbledegook and try to make sensible words out of what they are trying to say ;)
The other day she said something along the lines of
"zagge mummy zagge". I think she wanted a drink or something.
zagge.com is still available ;o)