I believe so strongly in the current and future importance of this that when friends and family add new babies to their families, I have been buying their new child's name with the dot.com extension as a gift if available.
I liken it to buying a piece of land. You might not have any plans for it right now, but at least you control it for future use and options. I believe strongly that having this asset in your control will continue to become more and more valuable in the future. Heck, just to use it as the base for your email is pretty cool Firstname@firstnamelastname.com as your email address. Save yourself from giving out that ridiculous hotmail address you set up when you were sixteen even if you have no other plans for it currently.
You can gain control of what people see when they search for you...
Right now you can get a domain name for about $11 a year. That's ridiculous. The price of a drink or two gets you endless benefits, an awesome email address, and control over your online image. How is that not worth it? If you don't have your own domain name, I urge you, go out and get one. Goto GoDaddy.com or any other domain name registrar and buy the best and most relevant domain name you can find. You won't regret it. And hell, if you decide after a year you don't need it, just let the registration expire.
Step By Step Instructions
- Think of a few good domain names that you'd like to use. It won't do to think of only one — it might already be taken (it probably is!). You can find some tips on choosing a good domain name from my article, Tips on Choosing a Domain Name, http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/domainname.shtml
There's more to it than meets the eye.
- You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application.
List of Domain Name Registrars
After You Register Your Domain Name
Cheers! The Egami Team