Today I present a guest post about free domain names, written by Samuel Bartlett.
After a first quick read, I didn’t think much about the topic, but later I realized there may be a great source of targeted traffic inside this free domain names article.
That’s why I decided to publish it.
Imagine the web started all over again, and you could have any free domain names that you wanted.
I mean absolutely free.
What free domain names would you register first? Google? Facebook? MSN?
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The truth of the matter is that many domain names which are paid for (.com, .net, .info, .edu) are also available for free.
Sure, you will get an injunction slapped on you if you start ripping off the big players and many of the free domain names sites will close your account if you try to register a Trade Marked site (they are pretty tight on spamming as well), but the opportunities are still extraordinary for getting a name that will get hits.
Taking just one of the free domain name providers (www.freedomain.co.nr), look at some of the sites that are still available (at least until this article gets published!):
and, of course,
www.dot.tk is a similar free domain name provider which offers alternatives to your desired name if it is already taken.
For example, if you tried to register www.telephones.tk, it would tell you that the name is not available and then proceed to list 40 alternatives (www.telephonesonline.tk for example).
These sites allow you cloak a really long domain name or IP address to your new, free domain name, so irrespective of how you are hosting you web pages it will appear just as the name you want.
So, how much are these names worth? Nothing on the resale market – free domain name providers will not allow you to sell them on, but invaluable in terms of traffic that the sites generate.
How many opportunities have been missed this year for quick witted internet marketing? Here is just a sample of sites that could have, and should have, been used:
It is important that you read the ToS for each provider.
The co.nr sites all require a linkback to the domain name providers´ site, but they provide a choice of animated links via HTML code which would not look out of place on many internet marketing sites.
They also demand that your site is active over a thirty day period and that you do not promote drugs, hate, violence etc on your site.
There is quite an active forum and good customer support to get you through any questions you may have, and they have a section dedicated to other “free stuff” that will help you generate traffic to your web site.
The days of internet snobbery, where you had to have a dot.com address to be credible, are fast disappearing.
Opportunities are opening for (good) internet marketers to market their products and services without the cost of having to buy a second-rate domain name because that is “all that was left”. By taking advantage of these free domain names, and optimizing them well, they are worth a fortune in their own right.
Samuel Bartlett writes about bachelor degree online and can be reached at bartlett.samuels AT gmail.com (replace AT by @).
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