.ME – The domain that’s all about YOU!

image03064165133For business or fun — this domain has personality

Tell your story on the Internet with .ME — the Top-Level Domain that’s all about you, your product, your world! Register your own name with a .ME extension and you have the ideal Web address for a personal blog, podcast or online portfolio. Promoting products or services to a young audience? Use a fun .ME domain for your niche website. Anyone can register these domains.

Use .ME for business:

  • Personalize your product or service for Internet-savvy Web consumers by launching a .ME Web site with your product name in it.
  • Protect your brand from competitors who might wish to take advantage of the name recognition generated by your popular .COM.

Or for yourself:

  • Carve out a place on the Internet that’s all your own, including an email address with your .ME domain name in it!
  • Perfect for blogs, resumes, and personal pages.

Can you register a trademark for a domain name?

The answer is YES! Read this article by the Small Business Development Center to learn more.

To search for and register your domain name, go to http://www.myinternetwebsite.com/

Understanding Domain Name Extensions

A domain name is the text name that is corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Web. The web users access your website using your unique domain name. Domains can be registered through a number of registrars under various extensions such as .com, .org, and .net. You must check out various registrars, they may offer a wide variety of plans and prices.  We recommend that you use our service at http://www.MyInternetWebsite.com.

Often, there have been scams and rip-offs in the domain registration, so you need to be very careful. You should try to find a legitimate registrar. The legitimate web providers will charge a small surcharge for covering the labor to get the domain registered and set up on their server.

“.com” is short form of ‘commercial’. ‘.Com’ is the most famous extension, and is an unrestricted global domain name. Most of the businesses prefer ‘.com’ mainly because it is a well recognized business presence on the Web. The availability of ‘.com’ names have reduced, so you can also consider the other extensions.

‘.Net’ is short form of ‘network’. This is an unrestricted global domain name that is commonly used by the internet service providers and businesses, which are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Web. You can select a ‘.net’ extension for internet websites.

‘.Org’ is another global popularity winning domain name extension that is used mostly by the non-commercial web sites or non-profit organizations. ‘.Biz’ is a fairly new extension, and is short form of ‘business.’ It is mostly used by the business related websites. .Biz offers a good chance for the businesses that are unwilling for compromising their URL, when the ‘.com’ extension is already taken.

‘.Info’ is short form of “information,” and it is an unrestricted domain name. ‘.Info’ can be used for resource-based websites and brochure sites designed for reaching a customer base with the information about the business. There are other extensions such as .us, .uk, .in, .aus, etc. These types of extensions are restricted use country codes that are used by an individual or organization within their particular country.

Domain name registration is important, easy, and a strategically significant first step in establishing an online presence for your business. A well-chosen domain name can benefit your business in many ways and, I believe, plays a role in your website’s ranking on search engines.

Beware of Scam Domain Renewal Notices

image09271215653Fake domain name renewal notices have been around for a long time.  They are usually received in the USPS mail about 90 days before a domain name’s expiration date.   They look like authentic invoices and companies are fooled all the time.   The charge is usually around $75 which, oddly enough, is a lot more than a real registration.  You would think the higher amount would give people pause, but perhaps the higher amount makes it seem even more legitimate and urgent.   Today, I received one by email which is how legitimate domain registration companies send renewals.  It looked very believable.   Please keep an eye out for these scams.  If you receive any domain renewal notices and you aren’t sure about the legitimacy, please send it to us–we’ll tell you if it’s real or not.

Here’s what my email notice looked like today.