Friday, October 14, 2011

Vanity, thy name is taken

If you've ever thought about buying a vanity website address (e.g., registering a domain), like, it's actually pretty easy.

There are many reputable companies, like,, and even, and disreputable companies, like Domain Registry of America and Web Listings Inc (who try to appear "official" and charge $35 per year), who will check and see if your proposed website name is available.

If it's available, it should cost you around $6 to $9 per year to register.

If it isn't available as a .com, it might be available as a .biz, .us, .org, etc., but to me, .com is still where it's at. If your name isn't available, you have two options: 1. contact the holder of the address and grab your wallet, or 2. choose a different name. And sometimes that name might be a unique spelling away, like Taddddd, instead of Tad (The extra "d's" are for determination).

And once you've found a name you like, jump on Facebook, Twitter and all of the other social media sites to grab it there as well.

Good luck, you vain devil, you.