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    Earlier on, advice was given to defensively register your name as well as possible variants, if affordable.

    Shortly thereafter, it was reported that Jeb Bush may now be paying the price for not registering and maintaining a portfolio of domain names, with his name. Although he hasn’t put in an official bid for the Republican nomination, it is very likely he may. This comes after Mitt Romney said that he will not be running again.

    You would think that JebBushforPresident.com would have already been secured by Jeb Bush after the Bush Sr. and Jr. reign.

    However, it was not.

    The domain name was purchased by a private party in 2008. It is now owned by a gay couple out of Oregon that is promoting LGBT rights. The website has a taunting message of “more to come…” on the front page.

    Owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater have received several offers for the domain name. However, they refuse to sell it.

    There is no word from a spokeswoman of Jeb Bush if they attempted to purchase it utilizing a proxy service, quite possibly being the ones using an excuse that they’re buying it for a friend’s birthday.

    Although Jeb Bush’s stance on gay rights has changed in the past 20 years to be more liberal and to let the states decide, it is still evident where he stands. How this site would affect the numbers is unknown and could only be speculated on, but it’s something that no one would want up during a presidential race.

    By now, it should be clear to you that you ought to register your name in the dot com space, before someone else does.
     
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  6. S-B

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    Good find! It is always funny to hear about who owns and operates these types of websites.
     
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    Just curious, do you own this_username_was_banned.com?

    How about other members, how many of you have registered your own name yet?

    I didn't register my name yet, since it is relatively long and judging from a Google search, theres nobody else out there the same name (at least not with an online presence), so I didn't rush to reg it. Will reg it soon though, just in case.
     
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    Good question @Arca . It appears that someone has already registered that name and had it for quite a while now.

    The next best option would be to go for davidjwalker. However, it is taken by an author.

    Doing a search on my name, it's more common than I thought; there was even a David J. Walker that was a Canadian parliament member.

    So, I went further down the list and purchased my initials in dot net space: DJW. As I sign all legal documents this way, it only seemed right, and up there on the list-in my opinion at least. I could have gone for the dot com, but I wasn't about to pay $60,000 for it when the .net was 4.5% of that.
     
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    I have all name names important to me...
    I get alot of requests for people's names research...
    I generally put those in eight extensions over on DG
    but recently I also started posting them in .ORG over on
    expireds dot org -- I was surprised so many female individual first names were available...

    Sometimes I just go looking around on the net to see how
    different folks use their name domains... if you all run across anything interesting -- share here...

    ~Patricia
     
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    David-Walker.com dropped about 2 weeks ago. I almost registered it for you.
    Rajat Kapoor did. He probably has an interest in 19th century abolitionists.
     
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    I own Slabaugh.org as well as info and net. Maybe in the future I can do more, but for the full name, I had them before, then I dropped them, and a politician that was mad at me registered it. I registered his at the time. Jimallen.info.
     
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    If I saw it, I would have bought. :)

    Looks like someone took it already though.

    If I did own it, I would redirect it to /about-david on my main page though. I think my initials are stronger than my full name. Maybe I should just get a legal name change to DJW DOT NET. ;)
     
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    My son's initials are DJWS. Desperado Jax Willis Slabaugh.
     
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    I picked up my kids names back in 2003. There is a politician that shares my oldest some name. I really, really hope he runs for president one day!
     
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    Speaking of politicians, I registered one of a guy that says he is going to run in 2020, but it was dropping and I backordered it. Then I pushed it to Namecheap, and after a year, I wanted to renew it for 6 years, but it kept failing, so I chatted with their support, and they renewed it, saying it was not in their registrar correctly. I then contacted the guy and he asked me to forward it to his current site. I did.
     
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    I own a couple family and friend's names, since they don't know what a domain name is, but I have faith in their success and the name may end up playing a crucial role in it.

    I get 49% of the companies that they form though. ;)
     
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    I knew a guy that had several firstlast.coms and parked them with "background search" as a keyword. No one wants that as it makes them appear like a bad person with a bad history. I thin his focus was to get those people to want to buy the name. He said it worked.
     
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    @David Walker , domains such as TheJohn(.)com, TheDavid(.)com, TheTiffani(.)com, etc.. are good for personal branding / website?
     
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    There are many that like "the" as a prefix on domains, such as Michael Berkens. I am not one of them, unless it has an outstanding keyword. An example of this would be The Source. Having a first name doesn't quite hit me as much as something like MrWalker or WalkerLLM (I wish) would as a last resort.

    If you are trying to personally brand yourself for something on a resume for instance DJWalker would be fitting (FMLast) and is most likely available, in my case, not.

    Though, one must think about the email address they're going to use. Since it essentially has your first and last name, who @ fmlast.com?

    That is why I stick to my initials, they are fitting, but vague enough where, without divulging my email address, can have my name at my initials.

    In my opinion, personal branding is much like personal selling.

    To be honest, I get quite a few organic hits a month to my biography and people end up connecting as well.

    I think that through my initials, I have achieved more influence, than if I were to go with a mediocre name and brand on that.

    Yes, it is a lot of money, but take this into consideration: I had unsolicited job offers. Can I attribute that to my presence on the net or people taking me more seriously because I branded just right? I go with the later, as I'm not a famous person, but business people can read about me and see what else I can do.

    I think others may have varying positions on TheFirstname and how strong my initials are on dot net is if you look at the aspect that I am an end user, so to speak, and I sign my checks like that as well.

    If that is your budget, then go for it. It is better than ARandomNameIBrandForPersonalUseOnly.

    FYI, I never responded as in "I'll take it" or "tell me more" to offers, because I'm comfortable where I am. However, I responded tactfully as I knew they were serious requests.
     
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