At first it was to start my online blog, I didn’t really care where I bought the domain from at the time I just purchased it from the same hosting provider where I wanted my site built. Then as time grew I started looking for other places to register a domain and use them for different purposes my first year venturing into blogging it was 3 domains, by my 2nd year I had 7 domains and by my third year I had 11 with 7 fully developed blogs. I bought domains that I thought would be a good niche, did research on what I wanted to write about but mostly I did them as hobbies and experiments as all my free time could only focus on a small handful of sites.
Then started the alternative domain names, and near domain names. It came with companies offering to buy the .net, .info, .cn, .ca versions of my sites, others claiming to have purchased them and willing to sell them back to you. I don’t particularly pay to much attention to other suffixes for my site name but a big company or brand would want to. I know many large companies that buy up all variations of suffixes for their brand and even domain names that are slight misspellings to avoid typos. This is beyond the budget of the average affiliate or blogger but if you do affiliate sell a popular product, having some similar named or typo sites may be invaluable if it is very easy to typo the original name of what you are trying to sell. While there are a number of techniques and methods to use multiple domains and keywords to improve your total search results, it’s always wise to start with a name and domain that is popular with the search engines. This, again, is especially the case with any local business or service company.
Still many people decide to buy domain names that are their own name, turning those into an online resume of interests, personal blog or just a portfolio site which isn’t a bad idea, having a site about yourself with all your work experience, interests, skills could be a great way for prospective employers to find out more information about you. I run my own personal blog as just a personal blog, leaving my other sites for various other activities like my poetry blog. I still get the urge to buy or register a domain name a few times per month but I don’t act upon it anymore unless I know I will find the time to develop something. Though there are plenty who buy domain names, age them and flip them or even leave them as parked domains with some minor monetization abilities it isn’t something I have spent a lot of time looking into.
I know several people that have scores upon scores of domain names, registering their domain names for safe guarding or keeping a potential future product or service in check. Others just leverage them hoping they will gain value later on based on the name itself. How many domain names do you own or plan to purchase in the next year?