The classic domain dilemma – how to handle a squatter?

Hey everyone!

Curious if anyone has heard of any creative ways to deal with domain squatters.

We're an HR-tech company, with Higher in the name. The 'hire' domain wasn't available when we started about 6 years ago, so we went with higher – which has a nice little play on "elevating people" and was fine back then… However, as we've grown, it's caused a lot of confusion. People definitely go to hire____.com instead, and then see a dusty site that was never finished, and write us off.

Over the years, I've reached out several times to the owners. They are certifiably insane. A few years ago, we wrote them, and the one owner wrote back with a bizarre pitch that's too hilariously ridiculous not to share:

To get the ball rolling and since time is of the essence. Here is what we propose.Just this year porno.com sold for 8.8 million dollars. The good domain name is still king.

We are not selling a domain we are selling a venue space for your business to get a good foothold. Like a national commercial a perfect domain name is a critical way for a company like yours to get its name out there. Commercials (ad space) as we all know are not cheap. For example a 30 second spot during the super bowl runs 4.5 million. Now we are not saying that we are the super bowl but we aren't asking 4.5 million for a half minute.

Okay okay. You might be worried about where this is going. Fear not. We are also a group of creatives trying to make things happen. We can make it work at a fraction of the cost for you to rent the domain with the ability to purchase it after 2 years so if things don't work out that is all good you have the option to not buy after 2 years.

We feel the domain is worth somewhere in the 3.75 million dollar price point. Wow less than 30 seconds for a superbowl ad.

We don't expect you to pay this up front. As we discussed you want to start lean then purchase in a price point that we are asking for when the company is a huge success!

[name] and I discussed allowing rental of the domain on a monthly basis for 2 years then after those two years you can purchase the domain for the 3.75 million price point. This allows you a good period of time to get your operations up and running. Also we don't use or sell the domain to anyone else for the 2 years. This exclusive arrangement requires us a reasonable monthly stipend for [our company] to not sell it to other interested parties.

We can give you 2 options.

A monthly option at $ 50,000 a month. This allows you to drop at any time for the 2 year span before the requirement of purchase. If you do 3 months and it doesn't work you can walk away no problem.
A yearly option at $ 35,000 a month. You will be required to pay for the year with a discounted rate. You are buying not only the rent but us not being able to use the domain for the remainder of the purchased usage.

So for around $ 600,000-$ 420,000 a year you will get a great domain and a way to not pay up front for it's usage.

If this is something you want to engage us in we will have our lawyer draft up a contract.We appreciate the opportunity. Thanks!

To be clear, this is nowhere near a $ 3.75 million domain. Even hire.com probably isn't worth half that. As we grow bigger, it becomes less valuable to anyone else, since they'll run into the same issues as we are with people being confused.

In recent years, they haven't even responded to some ideas I've sent their way. I suggested some stock or even paying a flat fee or per click just to forward the domain to ours. There's been no activity on their site for 3 years.

Any thoughts or fun strategies?

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Feeling defeated – my startup has a similar sounding name that a multimillion dollar company has in my space – they reached out and told me I have to hand over my domain otherwise theyll take legal action

Hey guys,

I’m the owner of a resume critique startup . The idea was to create an AI-driven resume critiquor so people can get their resumes reviewed in seconds.

It only made $ 30 since launch, so I ended up just making the service free. Especially with COVID, I thought it’d help people out that need to get jobs so I put it as a free service, eating up the server costs.

Two days ago (3 yrs post launch), a company in my space, whose name is COMPLETELY different (they rebranded years ago), message me on LinkedIn, telling me that they have a trademark on the name “The (companyname)”, (mine is companyname, so comanyname.io) and hence if I dont take it down, they’ll take legal action against me and file a UDRP.

I single-handedly launched this startup in 2017, doing everything from the name, to the branding, to the middleware, to the backend engine that drives the startup. I made $ 30, and this company that’s supposedly a multimillion dollar company is telling me to take it down.

I’m not sure if there is any point of me posting this, except I’m just sad. This is my baby, I put so much into it. And even though it doesnt make shit, I still proudly tell people to go to resumator.io. Yet there’s nothing I can do, except vent. I just feel really, really sad.

And honestly, it’s just pathetic. For a company making millions to go after me and threathen me with legal action, even telling me I must take it down by Tuesday. They rebranded years ago AWAY from that name and have a completely diff name. First the CMO came after me, then the CEO. Pathetic.

It’s a cruel world man.

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Startups – Rapid Growth and Innovation is in Our Very Nature!

One of my best friends is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and hypermotivated to begin a startup. He has no idea about my domain and his verifiably good idea. How do I approach this without being screwed?

I have a strong background in programming and systems engineering and only have recently found one of those niches that makes startups work. I have had many months of experience with this domain and I think I'm finally onto something.

My friend and I have been both wanting to do a good startup for a while and while I trust him, I do not want to let a proprietary idea get stolen after several months of my domain expertise and few competitors in the field. I finally found a good idea that could satiate him but I want to make sure that I can go into business with him without being screwed because we're both broke and desperate. He's kind of a dick but unusually kind.

IDK if he's a thief but I don't think so. CYA, basically.

I've heard about stolen ideas that killed the first Valley startup I worked for. Somebody talked too much while two companies were in infancy, and the bigger company may have cost me my job as it took over.

We could build this business together, at least after he had the basic domain concepts down which I could explain in an hour. But I want to do this with him appropriately and in a manner that doesn't get me screwed in the end because I have little else at this point to keep a roof over my head right now.

Somebody once said something like keep your friends close, but keepy our enemies closer. I am entering a new chapter with a friend I've known for 20+ years but have never gotten into this with him before.

PS: "Him" could be anyone, and that's the problem with trust in this business.

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DoubleVerify says ad fraudsters are using public domain content to create fake TV apps

The team at DoubleVerify, a company that helps advertisers eliminate fraud and ensure brand safety, said that it’s recently identified a new tactic used by ad fraudsters seeking to make money on internet-connected TVs.

Senior Vice President of Product Management Roy Rosenfeld said that it’s harder for those fraudsters to create a legitimate-looking TV app — at least compared to the web and mobile, where “you can just put up a site [or app] to generate content.” For a connected TV app, you need lots of video, which can be costly and time-consuming to produce.

“What these guys have started to do is take old content that’s in the public domain and package that in fancy-looking CTV apps that they submit to the platform,” Rosenfeld said. “But at the end of the day, no one is really watching the old westerns or anything like that. This is just a vehicle to get into the app stores.”

As noted in a new report from the company (which will soon be available online), DoubleVerify said it has identified more than 1,300 fraudulent CTV apps in the past 18 months, with more than half of that coming in 2020.

The report outlined a process by which fraudsters create an app from this content (often old TV and movies from the ’50s and ’60s that has fallen into the public domain); submit the app for approval from Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV; then, with the additional legitimacy of an app store ID, generate fake traffic and impressions.

Rosenfeld compared this to a previous boom in flashlight apps for smartphones: “Are there legit flashlight apps? Absolutely. But most of them were not.” In the same way, he argued, “This is not a testament about public domain content overall, it’s not to say that there aren’t legit channels and apps out there that people are consuming and enjoying” — it’s just that many of the public domain apps being submitted are used for ad fraud.

To avoid paying for fake impressions, DoubleVerify recommends that advertisers advocate for transparency standards, buy from platforms that support third-party verification and, of course, buy through ad platforms certified by DoubleVerify.

Startups – TechCrunch

Multi Domain Controller Market Survey Report 2020 – Stats and Forecasts to 2026 – Jewish Life News

Multi Domain Controller Market Survey Report 2020 – Stats and Forecasts to 2026  Jewish Life News
“nigeria startups when:7d” – Google News

How to Buy a Domain Name

You need a domain name.

More specifically, you need the RIGHT domain name.

After all, it’s going to stick with you throughout the lifetime of your business. That’s why you need to get it right on the first try — and save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Many of the guides on how to buy a domain name or how to build a website tend to gloss over this process as well. It is often assumed that the best approach is to just register whatever domain name is available and call it a day. I think this is a big mistake.

In this guide, I want to walk you through my process for buying a domain name, starting with how I go about coming up with a name in the first place.

My quick take? I prefer Domain.com over other top registrars. They have great prices and super easy to use. It’s the registrar that I personally use and always recommend.

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Understand the Cost of a Domain Name

There are two options when it comes to getting your domain name:

  1. Register a name that isn’t already currently registered.
  2. Acquire a name that is already registered from the person or company that owns it.

Regardless of which option you go with, you’ll pay an annual registration fee of $ 7–$ 15/year on average. If you are acquiring the name on top of that, you’ll pay an additional acquisition price.

The cost of acquiring a domain name varies widely: You can easily spend 4–5 figures on a name. In some cases you can find a good one for hundreds of dollars. Some domain names aren’t for sale at all, while others have sold for millions of dollars. Recently, someone bought CoolQuotesCollection.com for $ 2,500 and Boot.com for $ 70,000.

There’s nothing wrong with registering a domain name that is available, as long as you’ve thought it through and are intentional about it. In fact, I would encourage that. The issue is that in many cases, people don’t even realize that there are other options. Getting your hands on the optimal name is more doable than you might think.

I suggest you put some budget behind your domain name — especially if it’s for your business. The tighter your budget, the more limited you’ll be more limited in what you can do.

Like most things you don’t pay for, a domain you get for free sometimes shouts to your customers that you’re cheap. I agree with Anthony Shore of the naming agency Operative Words that a non-natural word name probably won’t serve your brand well because it comes off as he puts it in this podcast, “domain desperation.” It’s not a good look.

Brainstorm Concepts and Ideas

Before you even think about buying a domain name, you’ll need to do some ground work.

Get creative, because it’s time to do some brainstorming.

Your domain name is going to be used for something, maybe a business, or a campaign, or a blog. You probably already have some ideas around what it’ll be called, so you’ve already started the process.

Create a Concept List

Take your project and write down of all the words, descriptors, phrases, ideas, mantras, etc. that come to mind. Come up with as many words as possible. Use a thesaurus to help. I like to call this a concept list. It’s the list before your final name list. It isn’t necessarily names, but for now, just concepts.

Some high level rules:

  • Don’t worry about SEO or keywords — that doesn’t matter.
  • Avoid hyphens.
  • Stick with a .com only. If you are in the UK, Australia, etc. then of course a .co.uk, .au, etc. is also good.
  • The shorter the better, generally speaking.

I personally find a mind map useful for this process.

Concepts are intrinsically more generative than specific words because concepts can include other concepts. —Operative Words

Create a List of Potential Domain Names

Once you have a thorough concept list, you can develop a more refined list of potential names. Start by listing all the names you like. Since you might not have an unlimited budget, make sure to dig deep here. You can’t be too picky yet, because that will end up limiting your options. Write down everything you think might work.

I recommend browsing through the following websites to get more ideas. You might get lucky and find something you like just by browsing. If you do, add those to your list as well.

BrandBucket — They put together more creative, brandable domain names and then sell them. I’ve found a lot of names here I would not have thought of on my own.

BrandBucket domain name research screen

BuyDomains.com — They have a huge selection of domain names for sale. They have transparent pricing and offer a seamless experience. This is always my starting point, and preferred approach to acquiring a domain name.

BuyDomain.com domain purchase flow

Sedo.com — Probably the biggest selection of domain names and the most well known place to acquire a name.

Sedo domain purchase flow

BuyDomains.com and Uniregistry are the biggest players in selling domains. More times than not, if a domain name is for sale when I type it into my browser, it is one of those two companies that is behind the sale. I find them to be the most reasonable. HugeDomains.com is another one I have bought from.

More Naming Tools to Come Up with Concepts

If you get stuck, I recommend listening to this podcast episode with Anthony Shore from Operative Word, a company that specializes in naming things. Recently, he’s named the on-demand fitness system Tonal (love how it’s a word that conveys fitness tone and some sense of the futuristic) and Virgin Voyages (formerly Virgin Cruises, which really, who wants to take a cruise when you can take a voyage?). He uses a variety of tools, too, which I’ll list here:

OneLook.com – This is like a thesaurus juiced up with killer capabilities and wildcarding options. Say you want a name that starts with Bl and ends with rd, and it’s seven letters long — you can literally search for that.

RhymeZone – Pretty self explanatory. Bet you didn’t know that Quick Sprout rhymes with six out, big trout, this crowd, clear out, and sixth round. In addition to rhymes, you can also find synonyms and adjectives.

Sketch Engine – This is very intense corpus linguistics database; it uses a large body of real world language that it runs through a computer to organize and tag that language. Anthony sets his to all the news articles from 2014–2017. You can look up words that are used near or in relationship with other words. Basically, you’re finding words that are already natural together. This makes your name more relatable, credible, and adoptable. He talks about it more on the How Brands Are Built podcast.

MRC Psycholinguistic Database – He talks about this more in the podcast — it’s a pretty advanced way to search for words with certain criteria. You can use it to find words that start or end a certain way for example.

Now that you have a giant list of options it’s time to narrow down the list.

Narrow Down the List According to Viability

You can narrow your list down quickly just by typing in the .com for each name that you like. Type it into your browser and see what is there.

  • If there is an established website built on the domain name, cross it off your list. It is very unlikely to be a viable option.
  • If nothing comes up at all, then keep it on your list. That could mean that the domain name isn’t registered yet, which is great!
  • If a landing page with ads comes up, the domain name is parked. It is owned by someone already, but might be an acquisition target. Keep this on your list.
  • If the domain name is for sale, that’s the best case scenario. It’s exactly what we are looking for. Keep this option on your list, and take note of the listed price if there is a listed price.

I find that my best domain names are generally ones that are for sale (as opposed to unregistered).

Once you have the narrowed down list, the next step is to dig even deeper to determine what your final options will be.

Choose Your Name

You’re ready to go through the process of choosing your domain name.

Remember our high level rules:

  • Don’t worry about SEO or keywords — that doesn’t matter.
  • Avoid hyphens.
  • Stick with a .com only. If you are in the UK, Australia, etc. then of course a .co.uk, .au, etc. is also good.
  • The shorter the better, generally speaking.

Then, ask yourself these 10 questions about each of your domain name options:

  1. Do you feel good about the name?
  2. Do you like it?
  3. Are you confident when you say it?
  4. Does it feel good when you write it down?
  5. When you read it?
  6. Is it brandable?
  7. Is it unique, easy to remember and meaningful?
  8. Is it easy to read and spell?
  9. Does it pass the Google test? Google the name. Ideally there are not any other organizations that pop up. If there are, you at least want to make sure they are not in the same industry, or even in a closely related industry.
  10. If it passes the Google test, you are probably good to go, but just in case is it trademarked?

The Starter Domain Approach

An approach that I am a fan of is to use the starter domain approach. The idea here is that you can start with a domain name with the intention to move to another one down the road.

Let’s say you identify a domain name that you really like, but it is out of range for your budget. For example, when I was coming up with a name for my latest company, I really liked GoodLife.com. Someone else owns it and isn’t necessarily looking to sell it. If I wanted to buy it, I would have to offer a lot of money — a lot more than I was ready to pay. If I wanted to take the starter domain approach, I could have gone with the name Good Life Media, and acquired GoodLifeMedia.com which is for sale for $ 24,500. (That price must have gone up, because it wasn’t that high when I was actually considering this as an option.)

Anyway, I could start with GoodLifeMedia.com and eventually try to acquire GoodLife.com. It would be very easy to rebrand from Good Life Media, to Good Life. Internally, we would just go by “Good Life.” The day that we eventually acquire GoodLife.com would be a huge milestone and would create a built-in company goal that we could go after as a team.

If you want a real life example, The Wirecutter just recently rebranded to Wirecutter.

Considerations for the starter domain approach

  • Make sure the names will translate cleanly. The two names have to be very closely related. Ideally they’re so close you could use the desired name everywhere outside of the actual domain name, including in your logo.
  • It’s a risk — there is no guarantee your desired target domain name will be there when you are ready.
  • I recommend getting into discussions with the broker or domain owner of your desired name as soon as possible. Even if you know there isn’t any chance you can afford it today. They don’t need to know that. This is actually a huge advantage for you, because it is common that over time the owner will drop the price as they realize their high price isn’t going to happen.

A Note on Social Handles

In a perfect world, you’d pick a domain name whose social handles are also available. This isn’t a perfect world. My take on this is that it’s hard enough to get a good domain name. Don’t make it even harder or nearly impossible by also adding this criteria. When it comes to picking up the social handles, you’ll have options. You can get creative, or even potentially acquire the handles from the current owners.

It’s a good idea to consider social handles when making your final decision, but don’t let that stop you from picking the right name.

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At this point you should have a narrowed down list of viable options for your domain name. The next step is to own it.

Each of your options should fall into one of three categories:

  1. The domain name is available and unregistered.
  2. The domain name seems to be acquirable, but it is not clear.
  3. The domain name is clearly for sale.

We’ll tackle each one of these situations.

What to Do If the Domain Name is Unregistered

In this case, all you need to do is go to Domain.com and register the domain name (get 25% off with coupon code QUICKSPROUT).

You’ll find out for sure if that is an option or not once you type the domain name into the search bar.

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You’ll go through a straightforward process here. Don’t buy any of the add ons or worry about web hosting or any of that yet except for “privacy protection”. It’s what will keep your name off a bunch of spam call lists. You want to use Domain.com to register your domain name and keep your information private (get 25% off with coupon code QUICKSPROUT). That’s it. They are the best domain registrar and I use them exclusively.  I do not use them for anything else because there are other companies that I use for the rest of my web needs. I’m a huge proponent of going to the expert in each area of my business.

After you finish registering the domain name, you’re done! You are officially the proud owner of your new domain name. All you have to do moving forward is  renew the domain name each year. If you fail to renew it, then someone else will be able to replace you as the owner. I recommend setting your domain to auto-renew. It’s just one less thing to worry about.

What to Do If the Domain Name Seems Acquirable

If the domain name seems acquirable, but it isn’t clear — you have two options. Either you can try to figure out who owns the domain name yourself and reach out to them. Or, you can hire a broker to do it for you.

If you hire a domain broker, there isn’t much risk. Typically, the only way you will have to pay a fee is if you buy the domain name. That’s the biggest downside.

Sedo is a good place to start if you want to hire a domain broker. I’ve used them before and have read good reviews from others.

In the case of doing it yourself, you can start with a WHOIS search to try to figure out who owns the domain name. Googling the domain name and seeing if it is tied to any social media profiles or other websites is also a good approach.

More times than not, I will fail at finding out who owns the domain name myself. It is common for people to use privacy features that hide their contact information. Most domain registrars offer this for free, so people tend to do it by default. (Like I said above, you should definitely opt into this feature.)

The benefit of a domain broker is that they have a huge network. They almost always know who owns what, and if they don’t, they have ways of figuring it out. Back to my GoodLife.com example. There is no way I would have figured out who owns that domain name if I didn’t have a broker figure it out for me. Of course, I still do not know who owns that domain name, but at least I have a broker who does.

Another benefit of a broker is that you do not have to deal with the awkwardness of negotiating price. You have a middle man who can be the bad guy for you.

What to Do If the Domain Name Is Clearly for Sale

Domain names that might be acquirable, as outlined above, can be challenging. I much prefer to focus on names that are clearly for sale. These are easy.

If the name is already for sale, the process is straightforward. The only thing you really need to think about is negotiating price.

Negotiating Price

There is often opportunity to negotiate price. Depending on who you are dealing with, there could be some room to get the price down. I don’t recommend pushing too hard or overthinking this. That might just lead to wasting time and potentially losing out on the name. However, there is no harm in giving it a shot and doing some level of negotiating.

After the Acquisition

Once you acquire the domain name, the next step is to transfer to your domain registrar. Again, I recommend Domain.com (get 25% off with coupon code QUICKSPROUT). You can see the process for transferring your domain name here. It also helps to understand how domains work.

Regardless of how you acquire your domain name, the final step is to see it sitting inside of your account. That is when it’s official!

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How to Get a Free Domain Name

Are you ready to launch a new website? Finding and registering a domain name is the first step in this process.

For those of you who have never done this before, it can be a bit intimidating. You might not know where to start, and you’re probably hesitant to spend money.

Fortunately, you don’t have to pay to register your domain. There are plenty of different ways to get a free domain name for your new website.

Whether you’re starting a blog, online portfolio, small personal site, or business website, this guide will show you how to get a free domain.

How To Get a Free Domain Name Using Bluehost

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Bluehost is the best way to get a free domain. In addition to a domain name, you’ll also need to host your website online. Bluehost ranks first on our list of the best web hosting providers.

When you sign up for hosting with Bluehost, you’ll get a free domain. You’re essentially killing two birds with one stone, and one of those birds is free.

I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of getting a free domain name with Bluehost.

Step #1: Go to Bluehost.com

The first thing you need to do is visit the Bluehost website. When you get here, you’ll see several different menu navigation options.

One of those menus says, “Domains.”

Do NOT go to the “Domains” page.

This is a common mistake. Since you’re looking for a domain name, this would seem like the logical place to get it. But if you take this route, you won’t get your domain for free.

Instead, click on the “Hosting” menu.

Bluehost Domains

Bluehost offers three different types of web hosting; shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. All of these come with a free domain for one year.

If you’re launching a new website from scratch, and you’re interested in a free domain name, shared hosting will be the best option for you. The other hosting types are more expensive and provide resources you likely won’t need right now.

Step #2: Select a Web Hosting Plan

You’ll now be able to choose a hosting plan.

Bluehost has four different shared hosting plans. Here’s a look at the different price points for each of those plans:

Bluehost Shared Plans

I’ll give you a quick overview of the features and benefits of each plan to help you decide which one is the best for your website.

Basic

  • Host one website with 50 GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Five parked domains and 25 subdomains

Plus

  • Host unlimited websites with unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains, parked domains, and subdomains
  • Spam experts
  • Office 365 Mailbox free for 30 days

Choice Plus

  • Unlimited websites and unlimited storage
  • Domain Privacy and protection
  • Site Backup – CodeGuard Basic

Pro

  • Unlimited sites and storage
  • 2 Spam experts
  • High performance
  • Dedicated IP

For the majority of you, the Basic hosting plan will be your best option. You can always upgrade to another plan down the road as your website scales. Check out our full Bluehost web hosting review for more information about these plans.

Again, you’ll get a free domain name for one year regardless of the plan you choose.

Step #3: Choose a Domain Name

After selecting a hosting plan, you’ll be redirected to the following page:

Choose a Domain

From here, you’ll have three options:

  • Create a new domain
  • Use an existing domain (that you already own)
  • Create a domain later

If you already know what domain you want, go ahead and search for it in the box on the left side of the screen. Bluehost offers domains with different extensions, including:

  • .com
  • .online
  • .site
  • .webspace
  • .space
  • .tech
  • .store
  • .blog
  • .net
  • .org
  • .info
  • .co
  • .biz
  • .us
  • .club

In most instances, a .com domain will be the only one I recommend. There are two reasons why people consider an alternative domain extension: price and availability.

Getting a .site or .tech domain is cheaper than a .com extension. But in this case, you’re getting a year for free anyways. Price aside, .com domains will be better for the long term success of your website.

Another reason why people consider an alternative extension is if the .com domain is unavailable. For example, if you try to create a domain using quicksprout.com, Bluehost will give you this alert:

ALert

Rather than using an alternative extension suggested below, you’re better off coming up with a completely new .com domain. For more tips on choosing a domain, review our guide on how to buy a domain name.

Step #4: Create Your Account

Choose an available domain. You’ll then be prompted to create a Bluehost account. As mentioned above, you can also skip the domain registration for now and go directly to this step. You’ll still get a free domain when you eventually register it.

The account creation is about as straightforward as it gets. Simply fill out the form fields with the required information.

Create Account

This is all pretty standard stuff. You’ll be asked to fill out the same information on the checkout page of nearly any website.

You cannot get a free domain without creating a Bluehost account.

Step #5: Choose Your Billing Terms

As you continue scrolling on the same page, you’ll need to select the terms of your plan. The price varies based on your term length.

Bluehost offers web hosting for 12, 24, and 36-month contracts.

These are the price points for the entry-level Bluehost shared plan:

  • Basic 12 month — $ 5.95 per month ($ 71.40 total)
  • Basic 24 month — $ 4.95 per month ($ 118.80 total)
  • Basic 36 month — $ 3.95 per month ($ 142.20 total)

These rates are only valid for your first contract. Bluehost Basic renews at $ 7.99 per month.

The 36-month contract gives you the best overall rate but requires you to pay the most upfront when you sign up. This is just a matter of personal preference. Some people would rather pay more to avoid a long-term contract. Others are happy to pay extra today for the best deal over three years.

Step #6: Select Add-Ons (Optional)

Before you enter your payment details and finalize the contract, Bluehost has a handful of extras that you might want to consider.

Whois Privacy and Extras

At a minimum, always get the domain privacy and protection. Without it, your personal information will be listed on a public database.

This includes your name, phone number, mailing address, and email address. So anyone, including spammers, can access it. With domain privacy and protection, this information is hidden from public view.

You could also opt-in for CodeGuard Basic. It handles things like daily backups, automatic monitoring, and one-click version restores. These features are available through other methods as well, such as WordPress plugins. So don’t feel pressured to get it now.

SiteLock Security Essential is another popular add-on. It covers added malware protection, blacklist monitoring, automated malware removal, file-level scanning, and things like that.

Again, you could always get this extra security at a later time using a plugin or another service.

The final step is entering your payment details. Bluehost lets you pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) or via PayPal.

Once you agree to the terms of service, your hosting account will be set up, and you’ll have a free domain name for one year.

Bluehost has a 30-day money-back guarantee. So you can get a full refund on your hosting costs if you change your mind during that time.

Other Ways to Get a Free Domain Name

While Bluehost is definitely the best way to get a free domain name, it’s not the only way. I’ll show you some alternative methods for getting a free domain.

Use a Free Subdomain

Lots of website builders and other services offer free subdomains.

For example, if you use a free website builder like Wix to create your website, you won’t have to pay anything for a domain. However, your site will have a subdomain in this format:

yourusername.wixsite.com/yoursiteaddress

Here’s what that would look like if your Wix username was “My Stunning Website 123” and the domain you wanted was “myblogsite.”

Wix

This is obviously not ideal. No credible website has a domain like this. The only time I would consider using this method for a free domain is if you were just experimenting with the free features of the website builder. But overall, this isn’t a viable long-term strategy.

WordPress is another popular option for a free subdomain. It’s not as invasive as Wix.

The format for a free WordPress subdomain is:

yoursitename.wordpress.com

You can get away with this for a while if you’re using WordPress to run a small blog or personal site. But you’ll eventually want to ditch the subdomain if you want to establish any sense of authority online.

Domain Registrar Ad Programs (Not Recommended)

There are plenty of domain registrars that will give you a free domain in exchange for running ads on your website. While there is normally nothing wrong with having ads on your site, this is not the best way to do it.

In most cases, you won’t have any control over the ads and their placement. This will not only hinder the experience for your website visitors, but it will also damage your SEO ranking.

Plus, what if your website got one million views? You wouldn’t see a dime from those ads. All you get is a free domain.

If you want to run ads on your website, do it through a legitimate advertising network, like Google. Don’t exchange ads for a free domain.

Free ccTLD Services (Not Recommended)

The web is full of free TLD (top-level domain) services for different country codes (cc). This refers to the extension after your domain name.

So you can register your domain with country codes like:

  • .tk — Tokelau
  • .ml — Mali
  • .ga — Gabon
  • .cf — Central African Republic
  • .gq — Equatorial Guinea

You can get these from services like Freenom or Dok.tk. But I strongly advise against it.

Saying this is a sketchy way to get a free domain is an understatement. If you look up reviews on the web about these services, you’ll find nothing but criticism. From malicious ads to adult content and randomly removing the domain, you won’t have a pleasant experience.

Conclusion

Bluehost is the best way to get a free domain name. Just sign up for a web hosting plan, and they’ll give you a free domain for one year.

There are other ways to avoid paying for a domain, like using a free subdomain or joining an affiliate program. But I personally wouldn’t recommend the majority of alternative options.

If you’re thinking about getting a free domain using a random country code from some island in the South Pacific, don’t do it. Saving a few dollars isn’t worth the cost of running a spammy website.

Stick with Bluehost, or check out the best domain registrars for paid alternatives.

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Quick Sprout

Picking a domain name

I have an idea for a startup that I'm planning on pursuing, although I'm still in the phase of formulating the idea (no money and very little time invested so far). I have an idea for the name, however the .com domain name has already been taken by what looks like a pretty sizeable company, so purchasing it is not a possibility. The other (.net .info .org etc.) domain names all seem to have been taken as well, although I'd say I could get some of them pretty cheap.

I was wondering if anyone had any prior experience or insight on this. Is it worth getting one of the alternative domains so I can keep my startup name of preference? Or do you think I'd be better off pivoting and choosing a new name so I can get the .com website. I want the name to be short, memorable, easy to pronounce and either monosyllabic or bisyllabic. Although a lot of these types of names have already been taken which is frustrating. Anyway I'd appreciate any advice.

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Shall I do the Product Management domain, or shall I seek fulfillment elsewhere taken my convoluted career path?

Hey community

I wish to hear your thoughts if my past experiences might yield to promising future within Product Management. Or is it going to be too convoluted path with all the facts taken into consideration.

TL;DR
Thesis: job/work has to be intellectually fulfilling and challenging. Otherwise, why do it? ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Since 2014 I've either empirically tried (or theoretically learned) the bigger half of white-collar non math-heavy stuff about Digital Marketing and how IT firms work (since 2017) … besides the more complex details of software development and its peculiarities.

I grew weary of it, and am weighing on tenaciously pursuing product management for next X years, or quitting corporate IT for a big part, taken what was I doing until today wasn't particularly intellectually fulfilling.

The catch is, I'm somewhat terrified of dealing with cumbersome amounts of math. It might be an outdated reflex from since I was a teen as I was stumbling with math a lot in the past.

Generally in life I was kind of held back by being slow with math. Since high school, I had bad teachers and had no motivation to be technical person, so I didn't do s*** really to ramp up the numbers/math game. Thus, I didn't consider a developer path. Or a financial advisor/broker/financial analyst. I'm

Life/career path:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration Diploma
  • 2013-2016 I was in psychology-psychotherapy realm, gave up on it cuz introspectively I don't feel like earning money digging in people brains on a daily basis
  • Around 2014 started attending Digital Marketing conferences 'n meetups (because of family business), kept doing it semi-actively til 2017, since then I'm following the DM sphere and topics out of inertia up to present day. But, I haven't delivered as DigitalMarketer that's dealing with ads, budgets, targeting, SEO, PPC, CRO, CPA, etc … because I didn't find it intellectually appealing/challenging much My non-hands on understanding is solid, I have thorough understanding of how DMagencies works, which specialists do what, what they bring to the table, etc.
  • Since 2014 I deliver as translator, and since 2017 as a Freelance Product&Service Storyteller, Copywriter. I grew really tired of it half a year ago tho.
  • Entered IT/tech sphere in early 2017, since then held job titles of 1) Leadgen+Sales (1yr) (outsourcing) 2) Operations manager + PA to CEO of hardware product-design studio (1yr) (15 people headcount) where I did stuff ranging from sales to copywriting to HR to operations, technically replacing the 2nd co-founder who quit taking part in businesses daily operations.
  • In last 2,5 years I've commited to 2 startup attempts as Business Developer, but both endedavors didn't last more than 3 month each due to different reasons.
  • I have some entrepreneurial wit, per se as a PRmanager/Entrepreneur I negotiated to land a lecture for my father-scientist at one of cities renowned open-spaces, which eventually led to a continuous series of 5 consecutive sold- outs in 1,5 years totaling ~400 visitors.

Over the course of last 12 month I was collecting knowledgebase to spec in Product Management as it unites all the stuff I know to varying degrees.

To have some binding bridge between where I am now and where I want to be, I think of doing Business Analysis course and HarvardCS50, then start applying to Product management positions.

If I were to give up on the whole ProductMgmt endeavor along the way, the last resort path in tech sphere I feel comfortable with is Design, and I assume that I will probably enjoy it mostly.

The leitmotif question being, shall I do the PM, or shall I seek getting good results elsewhere?

I just wish to hear if anyone sees any patterns in the whole narrative, maybe you could see some big dots I failed to connect.

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