Your Online Presence Matters

Many smart people have figured out the importance of domain name quite early, and are now multi-millionaires. They came up with many different (smart and weird) business models with the domain name. Check this fascinating story about The man who owns the Internet. Ok that was for business, but how about the domain name for individuals? There’s no doubt that now it’s becoming critical for individuals too. A recent study showed that one in five employer searches the information about the cantidate in internet and 59 percent of those said it influences recruitment decisions. Fortunately you can have your say in what Google says about you. So, individual’s online presence is more important than ever before.

I remember having a hard time finding an appropriate domain name for this site when I started blogging. Today, I decided to check if there were any leftover domain names for me to nab. All the .com, .net and .org domains with my name were already taken. So, I tried my family name, and was lucky to find kunwar.org free. I’ve registered it and forwarded the domains niranjan.kunwar.org and kunwar.org to this site. Maybe in the future I can provide a sub-domain to each and every member of my family :). Also found niranjankunwar.com free, and nabbed that too.

If you’re lucky enough to still get a domain with your first name or family name you should just grab it. I register my domains at Netfirms, it’s pretty cheap — $4.95 for first year and $9.95 per year thereafter.

What do you think about online presence and owning your own domain name?

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2 comments on “Your Online Presence Matters
  1. I first registered mylastname.org six or seven years ago, but let it expire earlier this year due to simply not using it. About two years ago I registered jeremygaddis.com and moved my blog web site to http://www.jeremygaddis.com/. That does, of course, come up first if someone googles my name, which could be either good or bad, depending on who’s googling. =)

  2. I think when somebody googles your name, and your blog comes first is a good thing, because you’ve the control of what appears on that site :)

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