4 Reasons You Should Have Registered A Personal Domain By Now

These days I think it’s important for everyone to at least register (if not use) a domain that is personal to them. Not only are domain names under current top-level domains running out, but it’s often near-impossible to reclaim a domain once it has been taken. This means you should act fast and grab your domain now.

A personal domain name is one way of registering your own small slice of the Internet. For a nominal yearly fee (or one, larger outright sum) you can loan or own a .com or similar for use with a website and email address, among other online activities.

These days I think it’s important for everyone to at least register (if not use) a domain that is personal to them. Not only are domain names under current top-level domains running out, but it’s often near-impossible to reclaim a domain once it has been taken. This means you should act fast and grab your domain now.

Because Someone Else Will

You don’t want someone else getting their hands on your domain name, do you? The fact remains that for as long as your desired domain is available, someone else is able to snatch it. If it’s your FirstnameLastname.com, then stop what you’re doing and register that domain right now – who knows what you might need it for one day.

If you’re lucky enough to have an unusual name consider it a blessing as there will be far less competition for your domain name. In addition to the usual FirstnameLastname.com you might want to check FirstinitialLastname.com as well if you’re serious about personal representation online.

The Best Email Address

If ever there was a good reason to purchase your FNLN (first name last name) as a domain, it’s so you can have a CV/resume/info/offer/job/hello/nickname…[email protected] It really doesn’t get much better than that in the email world, but any “professional” looking email address is better than the scrappy @gmail.com or @hotmail.com accounts everyone else uses.

If you’re on the job hunt, are a contractor or freelancer or simply want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack, class or field then a “smart” email address might just help your cause. It’s not going to get you a job, but it might just make your application that little bit more memorable. It will also make the address itself a little more memorable, and that’s never a bad thing.

A name-based email is also ridiculously easy to quote on the phone or face to face, particularly if the person already knows your name. “My email? Oh it’s me at my FNLN dot com.”

Personal Branding

Businesses need little introduction to the world of online trade and marketing – most new businesses now have websites before they have offices, but just because you’re not necessarily a business owner doesn’t mean domain names shouldn’t still be important to you. 

Even if you’re not thinking of doing anything with the domain now, in a couple of years it could form something as important as an online resume, and you’ll thank yourself when you remember you have a personalized domain name ready to use when the need arises.

Don’t forget that if an employer (or potential employer, past educator, law enforcement official – and so on) happens to Google you, having FirstnameLastname.com is definitely going to work in your favour when it comes to the SEO value. If you want to be found by search engines, this is the easiest trick in the book. You can effectively control a search result, and in this day and age that’s like playing God.

Because You Can Use It Everywhere

You can use one domain name in a vast number of places using subdomains. Your registrar should be able to help you set up subdomains like blog.FirstnameLastname.com for your Tumblr, photos.FirstnameLastname.com for your Flickr and even redirects for Facebook or Twitter. You could even set up simple redirects for all your online personas, like yourname.com/facebook so that new acquaintances can quickly find you