Which domain name would you choose?

by appie
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Hello fellow warriors,

I have a quick question. I want to start a blog in the electronic niche but I am not sure which one to choose. So for example I want to begin a blog about xperia phones with the following suffixes and prefixes:

thexperiaphoneblog
xperiaponecentral
xperiaphonesblog (added an s)
xperiaphonesite
xperiaphoneworld
xperiaphonespot

also if you want to rank for xperia phone does it matter much if you add an s (xperiaphonesblog) in your domain name. I myself don't think so if you get links with the anchor text you want to rank for.

Thank you very much!

Appie
#choose #domain #prefixes #suffixes
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    I'm no lawyer, but they all appear to contain a registered trademark belonging to a company with a very widespread reputation for protecting its trademarks particularly aggressively?

    Among the things that can and regularly do happen, when the trademark owner discovers such breaches of trademark in a domain-name, are:-
    • They can tell you take it down
    • They can take the domain from you
    • They can take from you any money you've ever made through the site
    • They can sue you for additional damages for flagrantly breaching their legal rights
    Don't imagine that because "you're helping them to make sales" (as is so often the case, in these circumstances) they'll decide to be lenient. That isn't how it works.

    The point is that owning a trademark effectively confers obligations as well as rights on the holder: when it comes to trademark renewal time, if it can be shown that they've knowingly failed to protect their rights with regard to the trademark, that can be held against them.

    Some companies, for this reason, have the policy of pursuing all breaches of the trademark routinely and without reference to the motives/purposes/circumstances/location of the defendant.

    "Back to the drawing-board", perhaps?

    Others will doubtless be along very soon to advise you which of those domain-names they'd register, but bear in mind that they may not still be there to support you on the day you hear from Sony's legal department, as others have done in these circumstances.
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by Sherry Han View Post

      Hi Appie,

      I personally like "xperiaphonecentral" (assuming the "pone" was a typo) because it has a nice ring to it and is brandable. I don't like the word "the" in domains, as it seems unprofessional, as does adding an "s". The word "site" sounds unprofessional as well since it should be assumed that a domain name is leading to a website.

      xperiaphoneworld and xperiaphonedepot would be my 2nd choices. I guess most of this comes down to personal preference. As for SEO and ranking, I don't believe using the plural version of the word has any negative effect, although I'm not an expert.

      Sherry
      You might try reading the post above yours (and all of Alexa's posts, if you want to get a great IM education):

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I'm no lawyer, but they all appear to contain a registered trademark belonging to a company with a very widespread reputation for protecting its trademarks particularly aggressively?

      Among the things that can and regularly do happen, when the trademark owner discovers such breaches of trademark in a domain-name, are:-
      • They can tell you take it down
      • They can take the domain from you
      • They can take from you any money you've ever made through the site
      • They can sue you for additional damages for flagrantly breaching their legal rights
      Don't imagine that because "you're helping them to make sales" (as is so often the case, in these circumstances) they'll decide to be lenient. That isn't how it works.

      The point is that owning a trademark effectively confers obligations as well as rights on the holder: when it comes to trademark renewal time, if it can be shown that they've knowingly failed to protect their rights with regard to the trademark, that can be held against them.

      Some companies, for this reason, have the policy of pursuing all breaches of the trademark routinely and without reference to the motives/purposes/circumstances/location of the defendant.

      "Back to the drawing-board", perhaps?

      Others will doubtless be along very soon to advise you which of those domain-names they'd register, but bear in mind that they may not still be there to support you on the day you hear from Sony's legal department, as others have done in these circumstances.
      Nice post Alexa; your prediction proved accurate, huh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Sherry Han
    Hi Appie,

    I personally like "xperiaphonecentral" (assuming the "pone" was a typo) because it has a nice ring to it and is brandable. I don't like the word "the" in domains, as it seems unprofessional, as does adding an "s". The word "site" sounds unprofessional as well since it should be assumed that a domain name is leading to a website.

    xperiaphoneworld and xperiaphonedepot would be my 2nd choices. I guess most of this comes down to personal preference. As for SEO and ranking, I don't believe using the plural version of the word has any negative effect, although I'm not an expert.

    Sherry
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  • Profile picture of the author wordpressdoctor
    I like xperiaphonesite, the shorter the better. Plus, I think that I could remember that one a bit easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author GailTrahd
    Alexa hit the nail on the head. I don't know much about phones - but in your drawing board work, what if you use a word that encompasses their USP? Or if it is a smart phone (and I have no ideas about phones - mine texts and calls!) - then use a word combination that describe a smart phone - and then can use it if the direction of your blog changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Personally, I wouldn't take any of them as they are an obvious trademark infringement.
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  • Profile picture of the author bloggerd
    Yes i would tred carfully and take into account what alexa has said or it is possiable it will cost you alot more than you will earn. i tried to purchase a domain awhile back that was suggested to me by a guy who i paid to create adsense site and when i went to namecheap to buy the domain namecheap restricted me from buying it and said to contact support when i contacted there support to ask why i couldnt get the domain name they explained as elexa did above but they was willing to let me buy the domain but advised i didnt due to the legal reasons the had told me.
    so safe to say i didnt buy it. not worth the risk
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I would look at building a blog around more than one phone. You need to build an authority site .

    Not even going to mention the trademark issues.

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author JMcGee2010
      Do some keyword research on the type of phone you are trying to sell and try to match your domain names exactly to that. Google looks at exact match domain names with more authority, I've had sites rank on page 1 with nothing more than the title tag, heading and description being optmized ( no content on the page).

      Check for keywords with the word "reviews" in them.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMPromocoder
    Alexa, Danny and JMcGee pretty much summed it up nicely, I'd also add that at times I used PickyDomains | Risk-Free Naming Service for some brain storming to help me find a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    Like the others said, you're treading on dangerous ground using any of those domain names. Try finding one that doesn't infringe on a trademarked name and you'll be much better off. Could you slip through the cracks and not be noticed by Sony? Maybe, but that isn't a chance I'd be willing to take. I'd hate to put countless hours of work into a site only to have it ripped away from me because of the domain name I chose in the beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikita12
    Since keywords in domain names are not longer as important for SERP rankings as before (and I sincerely believe that in the future they will matter even lesser) go with some blog name which is generic such that you could possibly write about multiple phones. (why restrict yourself only to xperia)

    And regarding your second question, yes an additional 's' would make a difference for EMDs - few years back - nowadays again EMDs do not do very well - so really does not matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author appie
    Thanks all for answering!

    I used xperia just as an example and I had read about the trademark but forgot it this is the link to the post : Sony Ericsson forces us to close XperiaX10.net | Xperia X10 Blog

    Hope that people will be aware of this and also emd's aren't that important, so back to the drawing-board

    Appie
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  • Profile picture of the author FantaMan
    This reads the best - thexperiaphoneblog
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  • Profile picture of the author poojabedi1
    i think this is not good for your blog if you want to create quality bolg then you should buy quality domains
    thanks and regards
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