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Myths you should stop believing about domain names
By Tatiana Bonneau access_time 9 min read

In the rapidly changing world of the internet, domain names stand as crucial digital real estate. Yet, after 40 years of existence, numerous myths and misconceptions about domain names continue to circulate. From the valuation of premium domains to their acquisition and usage, let’s demystify and debunk some of the most common myths that surround these pivotal digital assets.

My business is doing ok, the domain name doesn’t matter

While it is absolutely true that a domain name alone won’t make your business, it surely can help. If it wasn’t the case, then why would pretty much all successful companies switch to their exact brand match, .com domain names as soon as they got their concept proved? Why are we not still on, You have one perfect domain name, the one that matches exactly your brand, that is easy to spell, and you know you won’t have to shout it or spell it 3 times over the phone, the one that people will remember when seeing it printed or hearing it on the radio. The one that will make word of mouth easy to spread. Your perfect domain name isn’t a silver bullet or a golden ticket for success. But it will sure help. On top of making all your marketing efforts more effective, it also builds trust with customers, business partners, and investors. So fooling yourself you don’t want it is like saying: “I don’t want that prime location, I am ok with the little shop over there, in that area far away from everything, where it takes me 3 minutes to explain to each client how to get to me, and there is pretty much zero chance they will just end up on my doorstep unless I spend gazillion in advertising that location”. Yeah, right.

Premium domain names are very expensive, I can’t afford that

That seems true until you actually think about it. Billboard ads start at $1,500 for a month. That’s $18,000 for a year. You can’t measure the effectiveness of those, you are left with nothing as soon as you stop paying and if we are honest — you still need a good domain name to get people walking or driving past that billboard to remember where to find you. Newspaper ads? Similar effect with the price starting at $50,000 depending on the placement, size of the ad and duration. Let’s not go into TV spots where the price starts at over $100,000 for 30 seconds and again — on all those, results are hard to measure and you *still* need a good domain name to direct people towards. More modern advertising methods? Sure. Snapchat different types of ads vary between $50,000 — $750,000 per day (you read that right). Facebook ads? Average of $1.86 CPC (cost per click). 100 visitors per day = $5,580 per month. You get the picture.

The cost of a premium domain? It can be anything from 5, 6 figures up to tens of millions. You can even get a creative deal with the owner, if you can’t pay cash upfront. Once you own it, the renewal fees are usually under $10/year. You can track and measure each click to your site, the activity of users on it, you can build up your customer database, interact with new and existing clients and nobody can take that away from you, no algorithm change, no tech giant falling. 

Companies pay too much attention to the cost of doing something. They should worry more about the cost of not doing it. 

Dr. Philip Kotler

Do your math, and think smart, don’t get easily impressed by big numbers. (Price comparison: Premium domain name VS Advertising cost)

It’s too late to change, everyone knows our domain is this

Henry Ford said: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. That is not to say your audience doesn’t know what they want, they sure do. But it is oh, so easy to get accustomed to something, even if it is not perfect and so hard to think outside the box. But as a business owner, this is your job and this is what will make you stand out and get ahead of your competition. You have to constantly innovate. If your domain name is limiting in any way, you should be changing this. do well…cabs. do food, freight, health, work, and *CAN* do whatever they want with that name.

Don’t put yourself in a box. Everyone knows your domain already? Ask your staff — do they have to explain, spell, repeat it often? Do they lose emails? If the answer is yes, they are likely going to the exact brand match .com version of your domain, you will be surprised at the huge number of those. Run a test with ads and see how many people remember your domain name 30 minutes after seeing an advert with it. That is your money, your marketing budget in the bin for every single person who doesn’t. It’s never too late to change for the best version of your domain name.

This domain hasn’t sold in years, nobody wants it but me

The availability of a premium domain in the market doesn’t imply it’s unwanted. In reality, premium domains are often in high demand. Owners frequently receive numerous inquiries and offers from businesses of all sizes and all parts of the world. In fact, very likely your attempts to contact the owner for a premium domain won’t get an immediate response. This is often due to the high volume of interest these domains attract.

Every premium domain carries a unique story and potential, much like an undeveloped plot in a prime location. Here are just some possible reasons of why a premium domain may not be developed.

  • Part of a Larger Portfolio: The domain may be part of a larger portfolio where its value is in its synergy with other domains.
  • Specific Buyer in Mind: The owner may be waiting for a particular buyer or industry to develop the opportunity.
  • Sentimental Value: Emotional attachment to the domain by the owner.
  • Future Potential: The domain owner has reasons to believe in the domain’s increased relevance or demand in the future.

The unsold status of a premium domain often reflects strategic choices and market dynamics, not a lack of demand.

Domain owners are evil squatters

If someone has registered a good domain before you, they have the full right to sell it, why not? It is very similar to other assets, so since URLs are actually that – addresses online, think of it as property, just digital. Domain owners, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs, value and appreciate domains, recognizing their significance and business potential.

You don’t go up to owners of top-end property in NY shouting at them, calling them names, asking them to give you that luxury office because it is great and they are not using it the way you would, do you? So why do you think that is okay with domain owners? As with anything in life, there are exceptions. But domain owners are generally professional business people who are happy to negotiate and reach agreements that benefit everyone. In fact, you will find that it is often a lot easier to negotiate with an investor, than it is with someone who registered the domain you want few decades ago and will not sell it for anything because it has sentimental value for them. And yes, it is a business, just like any other, and you get what you pay for.

I only need one domain name

Did you know Apple has over 191,000 domain names? How? They own pretty much all the variations you can think of spelling Apple, they own names that are related to products they have, they own names that are relevant to specific advertising campaigns…you can tell how they got to own that many. And, of course, the next logical question — why? Here are just some of the reasons.

  • To protect their brand – avoid anyone else registering their brand name, or those of any of their products.
  • To make life easier for their customers — if they keep spelling something wrong, just make sure it leads them to the right site anyway, why lose that traffic?
  • To make marketing campaigns more effective and fun.
  • To not overload their main site with information for a particular product and make it easy to discover it for their clients.
  • To accommodate their global clientele by offering them their domain name in the relevant country-specific extension.

You can see how they got to that many! Now sure, you are not Apple but don’t we all aim to be, hey! Protect your brand and make it as easy as possible for your audience to reach you. If your brand consists of two words, rest assured, people will swap their place, so get both versions of the domain name. If you have a number (not advisable), would people write 5 or five? Get both. Coca-cola.Com or Whichever you type, you will get to the right site. You may be small but to get big, you have to think big.

Premium domain names are an important investment for any brand. If you’re ready to take the plunge and secure a premium domain name for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We’re here to help you choose the perfect domain name and get it set up for your brand.

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