IS YOUR DOMAIN ONLY YOUR WEBSITE ADDRESS?
NOT REALLY. YOUR DOMAIN NAME CAN DO A LOT MORE THAN THIS! BELOW ARE THE 5 DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE YOUR DOMAIN NAME.
WHAT IS DOMAIN NAME – IN GENERAL?
From commercial perspective, we can define a Domain Name as internet real estate. When we purchase a Domain Name we are taking it off the market so that no one else can use it. But, technically it is easy-to-remember character string that replaces IP address (like 22.214.171.124) of a website or a email.
There are many different types of Domain extensions and they only take a couple of minutes to register.
Domain Names are small in prices but big on their benefits. Let’s look at the benefits when you utilised them in a few different ways:
WAY #1 – SETUP A WEBSITE
The number one and common way you can use your Domain Name to create a web presence for your business at the world of online.
Actually, you still be able to access and view websites by entering their Hosts’ IP addresses (like https:// 126.96.36.199/) into your browser’s address bar. But Domain Names give you a neat, human-friendly and easy-to-remember options. That’s why it becomes almost impossible to find a website without a Domain Name pointing to it.
WAY #2 – SETUP UNIQUE EMAIL ADDRESSES
We unable to deny that email is one of the important and must-have communications medium in today’s business world. So by using a Domain Name you can create a unique email addresses (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) for your business instead of using free emails out there (such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and etc).
In a 2015 survey, 74 percent of consumers said they would trust a company-branded (unique) email address more than a free email address.
You can create unique email addresses for everyone in your office or even for members of your family/friends by adding hosting plan to your Domain Name.
WAY #3 – PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY AND IDEAS
The next way you can use a Domain Name to protect your identity and ideas on the internet. It is good to purchase a Domain Name even if you do not have an actual website yet – this will favour to ensure your Domain Address is available when or if you need it. It also prevents competitors or other people from registering your identity, and trading off your identity or ideas.
WAY #4 – A HIGHLY PROFITABLE INVESTMENT
Domain Names have become progressively valuable over the years, as the ‘good quality’ Domain Names become registered. It’s now very tough to be able to register one word Domain Names that feature in the dictionary, making them extremely precious if you manage to get your hands on a good one. Since year 2014, many new Domain Name types have been released, so even if you can’t find your desire Domain with a classic Domain extension, it’s worth checking out the new Domain types.
There are many marketplaces providing Domain owners the ability to sell back their Domain Names. By using such platforms you may sell your existing Domains or even you may buy and sell new ones and make a sum of profits from there as similar as trading real estate properties. As an example Sportsmans.com recently sold for $235,000, and was probably only registered for a few bucks.
There’s no cap to the worth of a Domain Name. Different Domain Names are worth more to different people (in a similar way to car number registration plates), regardless of whether they are a dictionary word or famous phrase. As mentioned above, protecting your identity is one of the best ways for purchasing a Domain Name for the reasons stated. A steady increase in popularity of more untypical Domains such as 123rf.com and fiverr.com suggests its well worth trying some more ‘random’ ideas!
WAY #5 – DOMAIN FORWARDING TO SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE
Lastly, you can use your Domain Name to setup URL Forwarding. By using URL Forwarding, you can make it easier than ever for friends and fans to connect with you on your various social media platforms.
URL Forwarding allows you to create a simple, custom URL that redirects to anywhere on the web you want it to go. When applied to social media, it can direct visitors straight to your social page without them having to search for your username and filter through the results.
TO SUM UP..
Hope you learn some great ways to use your Domain Names such as creating web presence, setting up professional communication medium, protecting your identity and ideas, using as investment and directing visitors to your social pages. If you have different strategies from above, please share with us in comments below.
Janarthanan Raju serves as Tech Lead at SRICOMP, helping businesses and companies easily create, manage and grow their endeavors online using internet marketing tools provided by SRICOMP.
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