Should you buy a domain name for your baby? This topic has been getting more and more attention in the media as personal domain names are being bought up like crazy and the answer overwhelmingly looks like – Yes! In this blog, I will let you in on the top 5 reasons experts think you should get your baby’s domain name and tell you how to get a good domain if your baby’s domain name is taken
The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Domain Name for Your Baby
1. Someone could beat your baby to his or her domain name. This someone could be a cyber squatter. They could be someone with a bad reputation. They could be someone that puts up an ugly site (think bad ugly). There is any number of things that could go wrong. Someone could just have the same name as your baby and be writing things that are morally offensive to you AND the WORST part would be that it would be under your baby’s name! You want your baby to have their name for sure.
2. It’s a low risk, high reward purchase. You spend so much (we all know it’s in the $1,000s) on your baby in diapers, accessories, furniture, clothes, and baby food that a domain name is a very tiny cost in comparison. Domain names are usually less than $10 a year. Just think of having your babies .com or .net as a cute shirt.
3. There is only one and it’s gone. Once your baby’s name is gone, it’s too late to ever buy the domain for $10/year again.
4. There’s virtually no work involved. Many parents think they have to do something with their URL. You don’t. You can just sit and hold it for your baby, just in case.
5. You don’t want to change your mind later and have your heart sink to see your baby’s domain name is gone!
My Baby’s Domain Name is Gone, What Do I Do?!?
Ouch! Ok here are some options if your baby’s domain name is gone:
First, try looking up who owns your baby’s domain name and emailing them to see if you can buy it from them for $50 or $100 (we hope!). You can look up who owns the domain name by searching for the domain at DomainShoe.com and then clicking on info of the taken domain. See the picture below to see how to do this.
If you can’t buy your baby’s domain name, try getting a good alternative. Here are some ways to get really good alternatives for your baby’s web address. Let’s use baby Pamela Kate Williams in this example.
PamWilliams.com (common shorter first name)
PamelaWilliams.com (full first name)
Pam-Williams.com (add a hyphen)
Pamela-Williams.com (add a hyphen)
PamKWilliams.com (add a middle initial)
PamelaKWilliams.com (add a middle initial)
PWilliams.com (add first name initial)
PKWilliams.com (add first and middle initial)
PamKateWilliams.com (first and middle name written out)
PamelaKateWilliams.com (full first name with middle name)
P-Williams.com (first initial with hyphen)
PK-Williams.com (first and middle initials with hyphen)
As you can see there are many different ways you can still get a good domain name for your baby if your first choice is taken. Of course, you can always get a .net if you want to, too.
Can I Register More Than One Domain Name for My Baby?
Yes, in fact, if you see two or three really good ones, I highly recommend you grab it. For example, PamWilliams.com and PamelaWilliams.com are both great domains for baby Pamela Williams. If Kate Williams is also there, you may want to get that too!
Is It Hard to Register a Domain Name for Your Baby?
No, it’s really easy and takes about 2 minutes. All you need to do is go to a domain registrar and search for the domain names you want. When you find the ones available you want to buy, just select them and go to checkout. If all you want is to get your baby’s URL, that is all you need. You can skip right past all the extra websites and photo album options for your order.
Where Can I Buy a Domain Name for My Baby?
DomainShoe.com is a very good place to shop for your baby’s domain name. It’s both inexpensive (they charge a lot less than companies like Godaddy and Register.com) and very mom friendly.
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