Registering a domain with your name.

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I am curious, how many of your Internet Marketers have your own domain registered with your name. Is it worth it? I am thinking of launching one as a way for people to get to know me and my projects. Any thoughts on this?
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  • Profile picture of the author L.James
    It's always good to have yourname.com for branding purposes. I've been trying to get mine for almost four years now. Someone snatched it up and is not using it smh.
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  • Profile picture of the author webfighter
    I don't have my name registered (because it was already taken) but I have a very nice variation of it registered with me.

    Currently, I use that domain only for my main Google apps email particularly because it sounds cool and unique when you're in college.

    It can be a good idea to register your name because your name is your brand. And if you plan to take over your niche, you need to build your brand.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebMomentum
    Been trying to buy <my lastname> dot com for years. $1000+ offers haven't motivated (yet - I email every 6 months) the current/longtime owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I bought mine up when I got started in IM.

    I've been thinking of buying my wife's too, just to have it, but it probably wont happen
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    I have bought domains for my firstnamesurname.com, then bought surname.com so I can use subdomains for any member of the family such as cousin.surname.com, sister.surname.com. I had a son recently and I already register hisnamesurname.com because he may need it in the future and may be unavailable :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author lenj2020
      does anyone recommend Exact Name .info domains for adsense or amazon?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    I forgot to add that it's good for general self branding, but I have not got around to doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author WSOofTheDay
    I have not it until now, but it is a good idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
      Banned
      I have two (unfortunately not including the .com, which I can't buy) but haven't ever used them yet.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        I have two (unfortunately not including the .com, which I can't buy) but haven't ever used them yet.
        I own your .com im sorry.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
    I was lucky enough to find one with my first name middle initial and last name as a .com. So I jumped at the chance and feel good about it now. Thanks for the input guys.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      AHA!!!! this is a seriously awesome idea
      Haha that was my exact thought when I woke up from my nap and right before I registered the domain. Then I had a moment of buyer's remorse so I made the thread. After reading the remarks I feel good again
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  • Profile picture of the author brucemoore
    There's a lot of you with big egos out there. Unless you're famous, what's the point?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I managed to grab the ".net" for mine.

      I'm not really bothered it but one if them is nice to have.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
      Originally Posted by brucemoore View Post

      There's a lot of you with big egos out there. Unless you're famous, what's the point?
      Has nothing to do with ego and everything to do with branding. If I have my name as my domain then all of my products and projects can be ran from a central website. Why would I want to do this? Helps with list building, helps show all of my products from one place, and many more things.

      But I suggest that you stop trying to "troll" people and sit back and observe. Attacking people on this forum will not make you friends and you'll find yourself alienated very fast.

      And when I become famous and a big Internet Marketer, I don't want to pay thousands of dollars to get a domain that I can buy for .99 today. Just doesn't make much business sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author im1217
      I agree, unless you plan to become famous in IM, ie. work your butt off

      Originally Posted by brucemoore View Post

      There's a lot of you with big egos out there. Unless you're famous, what's the point?
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  • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
    I have a domain in my real name, it's a rather unusual name and I wanted to have it. I'm working on a blog about stuff that interests me, it's not our biz site. Tho I do promote our product on my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author oda
    Lucky I have a weird name so
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    HINT: If you can't get your name, either change it to something like "T1257U Smith" (That Domains available)
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    Marry someone with a name that's available. Its acceptable for Men to take their new wives surnames in 2011 (i think)

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    P.S Only the last 2 words are my actual name. I couldn't fit the save money etc etc on my licence.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokin Joe
    Makes a great email address.
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    • Profile picture of the author Arock
      Originally Posted by Smokin Joe View Post

      Makes a great email address.
      I don't know. I have mine and it is weird. What should I make the email... me@myname.com?

      info@...

      introducing@myname.com...

      It just sounds a little weird. Any suggestions. I have registered a while ago my first and last name .com
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      • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
        Originally Posted by Rockwell View Post

        I don't know. I have mine and it is weird. What should I make the email... me@myname.com?

        info@...

        introducing@myname.com...

        It just sounds a little weird. Any suggestions. I have registered a while ago my first and last name .com
        I think I am going with contact@myname.com
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        • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
          I grabbed myname.net not long ago so that I can build a brand around it. The .com was taken .

          I think if you want to build a name for yourself as a marketer or similar or even if you just want it to show off what you can do if you are a designer or something then it is a great thing to have.

          I had a business name as well but I am moving more and more to just my name so it will (hopefully) get more known as time goes on.
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          • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
            Yes, you should get it! Actually I wrote a blog post about this exact topic about a year ago with some reasons why you should have it.

            If you want to read the post here it is... An Easily Avoidable Internet Marketing Mistake
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          • That's should be the first domain you have! That way you can brand yourself! Remember people buy people! If they like you then they will buy from you so make sure you branding you!
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            • Profile picture of the author art72
              Originally Posted by Mreese601@gmail.com View Post

              That's should be the first domain you have! That way you can brand yourself! Remember people buy people! If they like you then they will buy from you so make sure you branding you!
              Currently have (3) .com's under pen names, but not my real name. Unfortunately, there's a major Mitsubishi car dealership owner with the same name as me, and the .com domain.

              Update: WTH...just now went and bought the [myname.net] before the car dealer decides to expand...LOL

              Besides, I can see it being important in the near future, as I expand. Wasn't exactly my first (more like domain #131 )
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              • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
                Yeah mine wasnt my first either but it hit me that I needed it. Now I just have to find the right wp theme.
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                • Profile picture of the author art72
                  Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

                  Yeah mine wasnt my first either but it hit me that I needed it. Now I just have to find the right wp theme.
                  I think I'd have an easier time 'branding a cow' than branding myself! - Probably be easier to find a theme too...LOL

                  All kidding aside, I've just started using Optimize Press WP Themes, and they pretty much do it all! ($97)

                  Elegant Themes look great, but I still haven't figured out how the heck to use their layouts. They're a lot cheaper though...( only $39 year!)
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  • Profile picture of the author NathanPowell
    I have a domain registered with my middle initial that is a .com, fortunately. I actually purchased it to use as a resume hosting site for when I apply for jobs.

    Turns out I don't really like the way it looks now so I don't use it anymore. I just used a basic Wordpress theme slightly modded but it still is just not professional enough I think to use for my purposes.

    I have been thinking recently though about making it into a personal blog to start off my IM career and start branding myself, like has been discussed on this thread, just not really sure how to go about that yet, but working on it. I am definitely open to any suggestions.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
      Originally Posted by NathanPowell View Post

      I have a domain registered with my middle initial that is a .com, fortunately. I actually purchased it to use as a resume hosting site for when I apply for jobs.

      Turns out I don't really like the way it looks now so I don't use it anymore. I just used a basic Wordpress theme slightly modded but it still is just not professional enough I think to use for my purposes.

      I have been thinking recently though about making it into a personal blog to start off my IM career and start branding myself, like has been discussed on this thread, just not really sure how to go about that yet, but working on it. I am definitely open to any suggestions.
      I havent really decided how I am going about it yet, but I do know I am going to use Wordpress. I am thinking it will be a mix of personal and business to build trust. Other then that I really don't know yet.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        I have one in my signature.

        I need to add some more details there still, but it does have a portfolio of some projects in case anyone decides to check it on my business card.
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        • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
          Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

          I have one in my signature.

          I need to add some more details there still, but it does have a portfolio of some projects in case anyone decides to check it on my business card.
          Great example Jill and I hope others will take the idea and run with it. I think there is great potential here, I just haven't figured out how to unlock it yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I use my name in the domain for my writing website. I feel like it adds more of a personal touch with talking with people and helps assure them I am doing the writing.

    I had also considered getting a domain with my first and last name and using it as a blog of sorts, haven't decided yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author bosmolskate
    It is a good idea in case someone tries to ruin your reputation and builds a site centered around your name
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacob Hargreave
      I think using your name is probably best simply because you can promote ANY product in ANY niche you want without having to go through the process of finding a domain each time you decide to promote something new.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    I'm the one of internet marketer that have domain name with my own name.
    Every website purpose is for earning money .
    That is why i get my own domain name to write my personal blog for my social and relax purpose.
    It maybe a place for me to complain or share happiness while we cannot share in other site that to earning money.
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  • Profile picture of the author ayurak
    An expert always prefer to have domain on their own name and doesnt matter whether their industry is from seo, marketing, speaker or any other industries. Book domain with your name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    While I was lucky enough to land quite a few other great tld's, I wasn't lucky enough to land my own name domain. Because of that experience, I bought my kids theirs so they'll have them when they're older.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christine2011
    Yeah, I like to have my name in my domain too

    I'll be checking those sites shared...Thank you all for sharing
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      I got my own name as a dot com a while back, but I don't use it yet. My other domains are contained in my named domain as co-domains.

      When I finally decide what's the best use for it, I'll wheel it out onto the big bad internet.

      If you can get it, I strongly recommend doing so. It can protect your reputation, and help buid your business empire.

      Best wishes

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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I have both the .com and .co.uk versions of my name. I registered them both quite early on - the .co.uk one was back in 2004 and the .com one a couple of years later. I use them to promote my video services rather than anything directly involved with IM.

    Is it worth it? Yes! There's another video director with the same name as me in South Africa, and a guy in the UK who runs a Film & TV lighting business. I'm sure they'd both like one or both of these domains, but they can't 'cos I got them first .

    Even if you don't have a use for it now, I'd recommend anyone to get at least the .com version of their name, just to stop anyone else with the same name getting it. You never know, it might come in handy later.

    My .co.uk domain is http://www.shaunpearce.co.uk the shaunpearce.com domain also redirects to this site.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Thornhill
    This is the first thing I teach my students to do. Get yourname.com as a domain and stick a blog there. This will be your central hub for everything you do and how people will find you online. If your name isn't available try-using-hyphens or try yournameblog.com

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  • Profile picture of the author FoxWalker
    Is it better to register with our brand name or original name? Because i am on the web with the name " Foxwalker " every where.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Barnas
    Yah sound like most everyone agrees it's a good idea to have your name in your domain. Sorry for all the Smiths and Jones out there. And just think when you are rich and famous you can sell it for millions... yah right. We all can dream.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimBell33
    I would like to but haven't even bothered because I have way too common of a name unfortunately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melanie Crouse
    You guys just talked me into it! I just bought melaniecrouse.com. Now if only I can find some time to do something with it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
      Originally Posted by Melanie Crouse View Post

      You guys just talked me into it! I just bought melaniecrouse.com. Now if only I can find some time to do something with it!
      two ideas

      1) General everyday blogging, nothing about business, just where you can voice your opinions, or rant about things you dislike.

      2) It can be a hub for all your products and services, you can include portfolios if you have one, and maybe Resume.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    I went to an IM event about 10 years ago where they banged on about having your own domain. It's better to snag it now then after people start to know you and someone grabs it. I've had mine 9 years I believe now.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    No chance of getting mysurname.com. Suppose it could be worse. I could have been called Microsoft!

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    Just a thought, maybe that's why Paris Hilton was named (built in Domain name). Unfortunately it didn't work for my granddaughter Savannah.
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    • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
      Originally Posted by Tony Marriott View Post

      No chance of getting mysurname.com. Suppose it could be worse. I could have been called Microsoft!

      Edit:
      Just a thought, maybe that's why Paris Hilton was named (built in Domain name). Unfortunately it didn't work for my granddaughter Savannah.
      LOL That's the reason I haven't have my own as well. Somebody has used my name already... But, it's okay though....
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    I really only use mine as a personal blog.

    Your niche also will get to find out more about you.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeamGlobal
    I think it's a great idea to have yourname.com. I was fortunate to get the .com of my name over 12 years ago.

    Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

    I am curious, how many of your Internet Marketers have your own domain registered with your name. Is it worth it? I am thinking of launching one as a way for people to get to know me and my projects. Any thoughts on this?
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    • Profile picture of the author genhorrall
      Having your ownname.com is essential when building your trust and brand. Think about the kind of message and impact that has on a person. It says that you stand behind what you offer because most anyone that uses their name is going not to want to trash it.

      I have my own name. Love having it and I use it to personally brand myself. The question really comes in on getting traffic to your site and getting leads. Most people get weird and think they have to be a guru to get people their. It is not the case. I promise.

      So go for it. Learn some attraction marketing to get the best traffic. Teach what you already know. Offer the products you have already created and go big.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kiriakos22
      Another good idea is to register your domain as "yournameonline.com"

      Your name followed by the word "online" will work just fine if you are trying to brand yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author daveyboy312005
    I have a relatively rare last name, though there are around one hundred people in the world with my same name, though I was lucky enough to get it 2 years ago and refuse to let it go. It's funny too! Because after I registered it, I get emails from "my other me's" asking me who I am! I met about 30 people with my same exact name since I registered it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikedarling
      Every professional online marketer should purchase their name as a domain. In fact, there is more than one strong argument for doing so...

      First there's the direct reasons. You may want to actually develop a website on the domain. Or even if not, you should use it for your personal email accounts (doing so sends a much more professional image than Gmail or whatever).

      But the other less obvious reason is that if you don't purchase the domain, some one else will. And what if the "other you" that does so turns out to be some kind of porn dealing crack head that likes to upload the videos to his website (in your name.com) Ouch. People try to google you and all they find is Mr. Nasty's website on the first 4 pages of results. Try overcoming that.

      Like some others that have posted here, I was fortunate to be able to get my name as a domain on both .com and .net many years ago. I have received more requests to sell them than I can possibly count... and I never will. Suggest you do the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Gammage
    It may sound like I'm "parroting" here, but I believe it is a very good idea to register your name as a domain. In internet marketing, YOU are usually your brand. Registering your name makes it much easier for a forum friend to find you should they want to learn more about you, which leads to trust, which leads to partnerships, JV's, and business for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suellen Reitz
    The only question I have about using your name domain for branding... is there are lots of folks who promote affiliate products in totally opposite niches. Many of these guys even use fake names on those accounts. How would you handle this one?
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    • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
      Originally Posted by Suellen Reitz View Post

      The only question I have about using your name domain for branding... is there are lots of folks who promote affiliate products in totally opposite niches. Many of these guys even use fake names on those accounts. How would you handle this one?
      If I wouldn't put my name on it I wouldn't be selling it. I don't see the point in using fake names, that makes what some people are doing sound very shady. I think that gives IM as a whole a black eye. So the way I would handle it is simple, I'd promote products I believe in under my real name or not at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author Suellen Reitz
        Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

        If I wouldn't put my name on it I wouldn't be selling it. I don't see the point in using fake names, that makes what some people are doing sound very shady. I think that gives IM as a whole a black eye. So the way I would handle it is simple, I'd promote products I believe in under my real name or not at all.

        Good point... the technique I was referring to was promoted in a video series I recently went through... the point of using different names was people like to buy from people who are experts in that particular niche... if one sells products in multiple niches... it could potentially lessen their credibility. Don't know if this would be true or not. comments?
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        • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
          Originally Posted by Suellen Reitz View Post

          Good point... the technique I was referring to was promoted in a video series I recently went through... the point of using different names was people like to buy from people who are experts in that particular niche... if one sells products in multiple niches... it could potentially lessen their credibility. Don't know if this would be true or not. comments?
          Well I will let you know in a few years how it works out. I intend to promote many different niches through my name.com . I still think that technique is shady. If you're capable of being an expert under another name, then I don't see what the harm is in using your real name. But thats my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Salian
    If ::: YOURNAME.COM ::: is available grab it without even giving it a thought. If you plan to do anything online and have a long term vision, I would recommend you getting your name domain. This could help you tremendously for branding purposes.

    Also you could use it as a central hub for all your web properties around it.

    I recommend you build a personal blog on that domain and keep posting valuable content on i. This will not only give you good Google rankings, but also get you some free traffic which is always cool.


    Hope this helps,

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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    Really? why are you guys referring to "pen names" as "fake names", come on guys, greatest authors have used pen names to write different books for many years, and in IM many people have marketed in different niches using pen names, who doesn't know David Diangelo in dating niche, isn't he the same person as Eben Pagan we all know in the IM niche, does that discredit him in any way? I guess not.

    Pen names are totally fine, as long you are using them to sell drugs or illegal substances lol where it'll be considered as shady.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
      Originally Posted by Dee Odus View Post

      Really? why are you guys referring to "pen names" as "fake names", come on guys, greatest authors have used pen names to write different books for many years, and in IM many people have marketed in different niches using pen names, who doesn't know David Diangelo in dating niche, isn't he the same person as Eben Pagan we all know in the IM niche, does that discredit him in any way? I guess not.

      Pen names are totally fine, as long you are using them to sell drugs or illegal substances lol where it'll be considered as shady.
      I'll admit I was being too literal. When it was presented as "fake" name it just conjures bad images for me. As "pen" name that is a different light. However I still stand by what I said as selling under one name and not many.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
        Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

        I'll admit I was being too literal. When it was presented as "fake" name it just conjures bad images for me. As "pen" name that is a different light. However I still stand by what I said as selling under one name and not many.
        I also sell under one name, Dee Odus, but obviously "Dee" is not my real first name, but the reason is because my first name is very long difficult to pronounce for Europeans so I shortened it and it has stick ever since :-) I put my pictures on my name every time, so I am not doing anything shady.
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        • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
          Originally Posted by Dee Odus View Post

          I also sell under one name, Dee Odus, but obviously "Dee" is not my real first name, but the reason is because my first name is very long difficult to pronounce for Europeans so I shortened it and it has stick ever since :-) I put my pictures on my name every time, so I am not doing anything shady.
          That I understand Dee. In that light it makes sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    I have a domain with my real name. I don't do much with it yet but I plan on branding it as part of a challenge later on next month. Hopefully that will help with all areas of my life.

    Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

    I am curious, how many of your Internet Marketers have your own domain registered with your name. Is it worth it? I am thinking of launching one as a way for people to get to know me and my projects. Any thoughts on this?
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Trying to register a exact match domain for your own name is good way of reminding yourself that you're not as unique as you think you are

    Almost any good combination of my name is taken, wish my parents had been a little more creative
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    if you do a domian register with your name or company name, then, it will be easier to do the seo work for ranking in my opnion, and it will be better to remember your brand indeed.There are a lot of people using this way to get their brands promotion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lambert Klein
    I have my name as a domain. Wasn't a big deal. Depends on your name though.

    I also have other domains with keyword names.
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    While I own the .net for my real name it's collecting dust on a GoDaddy account, since there's a car dealer who pretty much dominates the first 10+ pages of google. I did find my Warrior profile made it too page 4.

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