Trademark has me painted into a corner

by hemihead 9 replies
Hello all, as you can see I'm an extreme newbie. I've been reading and learning about affiliate marketing, SEO, back-linking, etc. and got to the point were I decided it's time to just do it and learn in the real world.

I'm on the Market Samuri trial period, plugged in the key word to a topic that is my hobby and I can write a fair amount about. I found a good two word keyword with some traffic and low competition and was able to get the domain as a .net. After I bought the domain it occurred to me that one of the words I used is a trademark.

I went back to MS and tried many variations and no matter what I try I hit the trademark barrier. I'm to the point of moving on but thought I'd check in with the good people here to see if anyone has some advise before I abandon this project.

Thanks...
#search engine optimization #corner #painted #trademark
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  • Profile picture of the author Lanx
    move on, you'll learn you find and have to abandon hundreds of projects... did you like this niche? sorry too bad, it's like the saying, it's like killing your children, some ppl treat projects just like their own kids, some of them have to be killed.
    (not being harsh, realistic)
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    • Profile picture of the author hemihead
      Thanks Lanx, I choose it because it's my hobby so I've got some knowledge and it would be easy for me to write some good content.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        Why don't you go a little broader? It sounds like you're focusing on a micro-niche of a certain product or brand. Take it up one notch and then you can do what you want, and you won't be stuck promoting a very limited number of products.
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        • Profile picture of the author rjames
          chalk up the 10 bucks or whatever you wasted on the domain...also, the domain name won't have any affect on your ranking long-term...I can take cakerecipes.com and rank it for "duck poop"...the domain just doesnt matter. You can keep the topic if you want since you know a lot about it...just get a different domain...
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          • Profile picture of the author paulgl
            Do you know what these sites are about from their domain?

            amazon.com
            zillow.com
            okaycupid.com
            kayak.com
            monster.com
            warriorforum.com
            tigerdirect.com
            zoosk.com
            bn.com
            go.com
            zap2it.com

            The list is endless BTW....

            Whoever told you to buy a domain based on keywords
            should be shot.

            Funny thing about trademarks. You can use them in many cases.

            On a side note, Apple was just denied a trademark for ipad mini
            Oh sure, they'll go back to the drawing board and resubmit the application...

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        • Profile picture of the author Mission0ps
          Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

          Why don't you go a little broader? It sounds like you're focusing on a micro-niche of a certain product or brand. Take it up one notch and then you can do what you want, and you won't be stuck promoting a very limited number of products.

          Totally agree with Tina - don't go putting all your eggs into 1 basket there buddy
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    • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
      Originally Posted by Lanx View Post

      move on, you'll learn you find and have to abandon hundreds of projects... did you like this niche? sorry too bad, it's like the saying, it's like killing your children, some ppl treat projects just like their own kids, some of them have to be killed.
      (not being harsh, realistic)
      If you're abandoning hundreds of projects - you need to do a bit more homework upfront.

      You're right that not everything will succeed, but there's no need to have that many failures
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      • Profile picture of the author rjames
        Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

        If you're abandoning hundreds of projects - you need to do a bit more homework upfront.

        You're right that not everything will succeed, but there's no need to have that many failures
        it totally depends on what type of marketer you are...i know guys who have over 3,000 niche sites, so yes they are going to have a couple hundred failures...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Alves
    Some people don't mind using trademarks in their domain names. However, I'm against using them. I don't think it makes sense to build a website and have the potential for it to be taken by the company whenever they want. You are better off building websites that don't have trademarks. It is going to be a little harder to rank if you are trying to rank for the brand name. However, it can still be achieved without the brand in the domain. It is better in the long run to have a site that you have full control over. Just make sure to create high quality content often, and build links to the website.
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