EA Games Buys 20 Domain Names

EA Games Buys 20 Domain Names

Yesterday, we talked a bit about buying up domain names, and how to make money selling these names. Here's a perfect example of a company that buys up logical domain names: EA Games has just purchased 20 different ‘Battlefields' domain names. Why? EA doesn't want to sell these names, but the company doesn't want to buy them from a third-party either.

EA GamesEA's Battlefield game is a popular one, so the company has just decided to snatch up all the domains that could lead gamers to the wrong gaming site. Now, if you go to any one of the domains that EA has just purchased, you'll be directed to the Battlefield game. See how that works? You can also think of this in terms of dollars.

EA Games Buys 20 Domain Names: Cheap In the Scheme of Things

For a company like EA, domain names are cheap things. Since none of the Battlefield domain names have been purchased, yet, EA scooped up a whole bunch of them for a steal. If the names had already been purchased, EA would have had to purchase those names from another person — don't you wish you had bought some battlefield.com domain names?

Some people who want to try and chase this pay day might start buying up battlefield domain names, but it's likely too late. EA Games has probably chosen all the names that it will need. But, I do have a crafty tip for all of you domain resellers out there.

EA Games Buys 20 Domain Names: A Domain Name Tip

Hot off the presses: EA is set to take over where Disney left off with LucasGames. If you're into Star Wars, you know that this could mean big business for EA. So, a savvy domain reseller might think of possible upcoming Star Wars gaming titles, or existing titles, and scoop up those domain names. Tricky, right?

Why bother? Because EA will then have to pay you for that Star Wars game domain. Whether you decide on shared or dedicated hosting for your new sites, you might be able to rake in a decent amount of cash if you pick the right domain names.

EA Games Buys 20 Domain Names: Research First

Before you set out and purchase a bunch of battlefields domain names or any that have to do with Star Wars, do some research. I'm betting that the gaming domain name playing field is really hot right now, if you play your cards right.

Find out which games each perspective company is planning to release, which domain names have already been purchased, and try to speculate as to which domains might be needed in the future.

Who knows, you just may get a big fat check from EA soon. Wouldn't that be great? Anyone have any other domain name suggestions? Comments are always appreciated!

Tips On Selecting A Domain Name

Tips On Selecting A Domain Name

Tips On Selecting A Domain NameYou know that choosing the perfect domain name for your website is crucial. You don't want to end up registering something that reflects poorly upon your company although it seems innocent enough at the time (see our list of horrible domain names for some examples), or something that is hard for customers to remember.

Here are some tips for you so that when you register your domain name with your web hosting company upon setting up your shared hosting or dedicated server account, you won't regret your decision in the future.

Domain Name = Website Name

If at all possible, try to match your domain name with that of your website. It seems obvious, but there are actually plenty of sites out there that don't get this. The webmaster might own that domain name, but for some reason, the site is not named after the website in the end.

This allows people to simply type the name of your website into the address bar to pay your site a visit. It provides users with a foolproof way to find their way without having to Google it or search for your business card. They like that!

My Desired Domain Is Taken. Now What?

The first question you need to ask yourself: am I committed to this brand? If you are well-known already, you would be foolish to re-brand because the desired domain name isn't available. The time and money you've spent to make your brand reputable shouldn't be wasted because of it.

If you simply cannot re-brand your company, you can always obtain the whois information for the domain you want. Contact the person, and see if they would consider selling it. Be aware, however, that they might sell it for a bit more than you would expect, especially after finding out you want to get your hands on it. Also, prepare yourself for the event they do not want to sell it at all.

If you are a startup who isn't really well-known at all, you might approach things a bit backwards: obtain a domain, and name your brand after that domain. This is the best way to assure you get the name you are looking for, and that visitors associate that website with your brand without question.

The Generic vs. Brand Debate

There are those that feel a domain name, to make it even simpler for the masses, should be some form of generic name. For example, you sell cloth diapers and diaper covers and choose the domain “diapers .com.” Is this really effective and smart?

Yes, and no. Maybe it will work for your diaper business if the person entering the domain into the address bar has no idea of names of diaper brands. But what if you are selling cars? Most people have some idea of what they are looking for, and will type things such as “ford .com” or “volkswagon .com” into their browser rather then “cars .com.”

This is why a domain name to reflect your brand name is the best option, especially if you expect to be well-known and reputable. A person will be more likely to type your brand into the address bar rather than some generic word.

Long vs. Short

Did you know a domain name can be up to 67 characters long? This is great, as you can go with a name like “TheWidgetAndMoreSuperStore .com” rather than “twamss .com.”

Although short domain names are a plus (they're easier to remember, and less likely to be mis-typed in the address bar), they're hard to come by. Unless the abbreviated form of your domain name is well-known, it might be tough to shorten it without having some confusing jumble of letters that no one will likely remember.

Opt for a longer domain if you just can't obtain the shorter one you're looking for, and if you can, include some of your site's keywords for SEO purposes. Whatever you do, don't use all 67 characters (but that should be a given.) And if you can avoid it, stay away from hyphenated domain names.

I hope these tips help you in choosing your domain name. This is something your web hosting company can help you with before you sign up for that dedicated server or shared hosting account.

Do you think you have a great domain name? Tips On Selecting A Domain Name, Were you stuck with something less-than-ideal upon registering your domain name? Tell us about it!

Startups: It’s All About Domain Names

Startups: It's All About Domain Names

Whether you opt for shared hosting, dedicated server hosting, or cloud hosting, none of these will matter until a domain name has been chosen. If you're thinking: “oh, that's easy!” Think again. Choosing a domain name can be costly in more ways than one.

Startups: It's All About Domain NamesSelect the wrong domain name, and you'll have a hard time competing with the company that got it right. Select the right domain name, and you could be paying up to 7 figures for that name. Startups: before you decide between dedicated server hosting or shared hosting, read through this article first!

Startups: It's All About Domain Names: What An Expert Has to Say

A recent Forbes article titled ‘Should A Startup Spend VC Funding On a Domain Name?' and written by Venture Capitalist David Teten sheds some light on the topic. “It is important to pick the right domain name early, because the penalties for switching can be severe,” Teten writes.

This penalties include changing all company office supplies to reflect the name; paying for another name (thousands); and throwing away all of that marketing and SEO work. Another cost is included as well: the cost of losing some clients.Startups: It's All About Domain Names: The Trouble With Changing a Domain Name

If you've had the same domain name for years, your clients are used to that name. A sudden change might mean a loss of clients, and no startup can afford that cost. The aforementioned article recommends choosing a domain name that's really similar to the one you wanted originally. This way, when you change names, your clients won't be overly confused.

What about spending a large chunk of your startup funds on a domain name? Since the right domain name can go for 7 figures these days, you might have to. But — and this is a big “but” – be sure that you have a market first. If you've invented a pillowcase for a bunch of bananas, you probably don't have a market. If your startup has gained a ton of press and is backed by a reputable VC, spending money for the right domain name is a wise move.

Startups: It's All About Domain Names: Selecting the Right Name

SEp analysts suggest not choosing a domain name that includes a dash. Simply because dashes confuse people. It's also best to keep that domain name as simple as possible. If you're selling carrots, aim for carrots.com. Or, use your company name with a “.com” after it – just make sure that company name isn't too odd or confusing.

Keep in mind that some domain names can be rented or leased temporarily. This might be one way to snag the domain name you want without scrambling for the right amount of funds. Eventually, you can purchase that name. We have a lot more written about cheap domain names here. I'd also like to know what you think. How much should you spend on a domain name?

Domain Name Hosting

Companies specialized in registering domain names, and they provide the facility to check the availability of unique domain name.

.eu domain registration policy of European Commission for organisations, businesses and individuals

To manage the technical infrastructure of .eu and its variants in other scripts EURid is appointed by EU.

  1. an undertaking having its registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, or
  2. an organisation established within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein without prejudice to the application of national law, or
  3. a natural person resident within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Latest News:
UK expreses its intention to leave EU on June 23,2016.
Brexit Could Impact EU Domain Registrants, it is unclear unclear whether UK registrants will still qualify to hold their .eu domains. UK accounts over 300 thousand .eu domain registrations and is 4th biggest market

Cheap Web Hosting with Free Domain Name Traps

Free Domain Name Trap

monoy Free Domain Name TrapDoes cheap web hosting with free domain name options sound like a dream come true to you? There's a reason why thousands of people search for this term! But, before you click on that first site you come across, be very, very, careful!

Web hosting providers know that you don't want to pay much for a host, and that you want a free domain name. Guess what this adds up to? Trouble. Here are some of the five (what? there are that many?) most common cheap web hosting/free domain name traps.

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  1. A Name With A Dash : don't add a dash to your website domain name. It might seem like a good idea, but dashes are tough for people to recall. Some free hosting sites will provide you with a name-name.com site, but take a pass. It is far better to use “CamelCase” domain names.
  2. The Very Shot Name : is your hosting site offering you a domain name with a limit? This isn't a good idea either. Sure, shorter domain names are easier to remember, but a domain name that's too short can just be confusing.
  3. Free, free, free ! Not so fast. In the domain name world, free isn't exactly free. What do I mean? Read that fine print. Then, call the company to make sure, and double sure, that you own your domain name. Further, make sure you can take it with you when (and if) you decide to move domains. If not, purchase your own.
  4. The computer generated name. Some companies will provide you with a domain name that is computer generated. You don't want this kind of a name. You want to create a name that works with your site and your business. Sure, that name might be free, but that doesn't mean that it's a good name to go with! Be on the safe side, and choose a domain name that is all yours.
  5. Paying a premium. Sometimes, a host will provide you with a domain name that's all wrapped up in a pretty hosting package – a cheap one. Well, the problem here is that you may be paying a lot more for that name that's part of the package deal. Domain names aren't that expensive to purchase, so see where the packaged name weighs in monetarily.

In the end, a domain name shouldn't cost you more than a few dollars, in most cases. Is it really worth falling for a cheap web hosting with free domain name trap for a few bucks? I think not! Not sure if that site is worth it? If you have questions or concerns about a site, let me know here. I'll make sure to conduct some reason for you, and let you know if you are about to fall into a cheap web hosting with free domain name trap!

Domain Name Legalities: The Small Print.

Domain Name Legalities

Choosing the proper domain name is pretty important stuff. You want something that will stick in the minds of the masses, something unforgettable. You also need to be careful that you aren't breaking trademark laws by using a name that might be confused with a famous brand or celebrity. Your hosting provider should be warning you against this practice, called cybersquatting, to avoid litigation. In case they don't, here's why you need to think carefully about the domain name you choose.

The Domain Name Legalities or Domain Law

When a person or business registers a domain name that uses the name of a person or business without prior consent, or chooses to use a domain name in a way that impacts the trademarked person or business, a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding will take place. You might feel that your intentions are innocent, but using the name of another company or person is a no-no. It violates the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) which was enacted in 1999.  resolution policy Domain Name Legalities

For example, a blog designer was sued by Cosco Management Inc. and Dorel Juvenile Group, prominent manufacturers of children's furniture and equipment, for the name of her client's blog, BabyOnBored.net which was registered in 2009. The company makes the  popular “Baby on Board” signs, and company execs felt that the “Baby on Bored” site would confuse consumers by “diverting them from the trademarked brand,” and taking away business. As innocent as this blog was, because it sounded so similar to the product itself, there were grounds for a lawsuit.

Famous Or Not

Even if you think you're out of the water, you may still be copying an average ordinary person or business name. Why does this matter? You may end up being sued. Famous or not, the same rules apply. Your hosting provider should make sure that this doesn't happen — but that's not always the case, so make sure to do your homework.

Don't Sell That Name

Also illegal: the sale of the copycat domain name you registered. Think you can setup up a domain using a trademarked name or brand, and then sell that name back to the originator without consequence? This is called extortion, and it's is one “get rich quick!” scheme that definitely doesn't work!

Don't Be The Victim

What if someone tries to sell your business a domain name they've registered deliberately just to make you pay? Find a lawyer immediately.

What if this cybersquatter is tarnishing your business by posting negative comments and reviews using your company name? This tactic is sometimes used just to entice a businesses to purchase domain names — a mere pressure tactic that doesn't sit well with the domain law. The first step you should take is to contact your hosting provider.

Sometimes, a hosting provider can work out the wrinkles without costing you any hefty lawyer fees.

A simple arbitration can settle things in most cases. Your hosting provider might suggest purchasing the domain name the moment it is due for renewal. Or, you can ask your hosting provider to purchase the name for you.

What If I Am Accused Of Cybersquatting?

Start by contacting your hosting provider. If simple arbitration is out, you'll want to contact a lawyer well-versed in cybersquatting laws, the ACPA, and the UDRP. Don't communicate with the accusing company or individual. Any correspondence can be used against you in court — and, yes, email correspondence is legal proof! It's best to let your lawyer handle this.

Guilty As Charged?

The penalty for cybersquatting is $100,000 per domain name. That's a lot of money to pay if you just made a simple mistake. Choose your domain name carefully, do not try to extort a company or person by selecting a branded name, and always contact your hosting provider in the case of disputes. Otherwise, you may just wind up in court!