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Help Me Choose A Professional Name For Domaining

Labeled as advice in General Domain Discussion, started by Shaan Chopra, Feb 16, 2020

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Professional Name For Domaining?

  1. nameinvestor.in

  2. nameinvstr.com

  3. nameinvstrs.com

  4. dninvstr.com

  5. dninvstrs.com

  6. invstrin.com

  7. invstr.in

  8. dnp.xyz

  9. shaan.me

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Total: 31 vote(s)
  1. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    So not many votes but pretty distributed in @Shaan Chopra poll, with most choosing NameInvestor.in I think that is because memorability is probably the paramount factor for a startup, and that is by far the easiest to remember of the choices. While TLD, and value of a .com, is not to be discounted, if the only .com available in your price range are hard to remember or not well differentiated, I think choosing a country code is far from a bad choice.

    Bob
     
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  2. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    I'm pretty sure they did! They've never really used the domain the entire time. I originally checked when it was announced however long ago, and it was just some superficial token message from the founders .. I just checked again now and it's the same non-website.

    If Google took it seriously in any way they'd be using it .. at the moment they are not .. it's just a fun thing because the word Alphabet works with abc.xyz .. so it's more of a fun hack unique to them (and despite it being 10000x more suitable to them, they still do use it .. that should tell you more than any stat will).

    I'm not saying .biz is great, nor that people should invest in .biz (I've made money with .biz BTW, but again, we're talking about @Shaan Chopra's usage as an end user, not as a domain investor), but at least with .biz potential users and clients know you want to be a business, so the TLD doesn't need to be as recognised as .com or .net, it just has to be recognised enough for people to know it's a domain, beyond that the .biz is self-explanatory (ironically even more so than .com).

    .xyz the first big hurdle is that there are still going to be percentages of people who don't even know it's a web address .. then an equal challenge is knowing what it is. .xyz just seems like something random at the end of the alphabet .. maybe for fun blogs, or joke sites, or some small nobody who doesn't really have a real purpose or doesn't know what they're doing, etc etc.

    Sure .. any amount of time and marketing could overcome those issues .. but why would you choose to start with such a colossal disadvantage compared to simply getting a half decent .com that everyone recognises and would have significantly less aversion to.

    In my opinion using a .xyz is simply making a statement that you have specifically chosen to be unprofessional .. which certainly could be fine in a lot of cases .. but not when you want to sell domains to businesses.

    Face the truth Bob ... .xyz.sucks ... lol ;)

    Mayyyyybe if he had the killer SLD Domains.xyz, I might think it was an overall strong and clear enough combined domain that it could overcome all the rest .. but otherwise as I said ... .xyz.sucks! ;)
     
  3. Rory Ivey

    Rory Ivey Top Contributor VIP

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    None of the above!

    But if you live in India or specialize in selling .in domains, then NameInvestor.in
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Not true! (sorry) It is their investor relations page and they have steadily used it for that. Click on Investors on the right. It has for Alphabet their investment reports, conference calls with investors, letters from CEOs to investors, etc. It has been consistently used for exactly what they said it would be used for.

    It was never to be the Goolge search page or a domain page. It was for investor relations for the parent umbrella company Alphabet.

    But we should not get further off topic in this thread, that is not about a specific TLD, but rather the proposed name choices. I know that it is related to one of his suggestions, but still.

    Bob
     
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  5. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    lol .. I didn't even see that .. but ultimately it only goes to prove my point ...

    Simply modify what I wrote above to "just some superficial token message from the founders along with some company messages and stats".

    Ultimately "Investor Relations" = not forward client facing = no revenue = so who cares, it doesn't matter.


    Not only that .. but again .. Alphabet has such marketing clout that people will follow them anywhere because Google has the free press of literally hundreds of reporters that report anything and could overcome any obstacles like a .xyz domain.

    Beyond that .. it's a fun domain hack that makes sense UNIQUE to them.


    For anyone else to start what they want to be a serious business on a .xyz is just absurd. It's not even close to being a sane decision. .xyz is total garbage .. sure not all potential end-users might know that or care .. but if you are going to be the end user (as is the case for @Shaan Chopra here), as a domainer, it should be very clear to you that you will lose potential business if you choose a .xyz.
     
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  6. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    Yeah .. .probably because there was no "None of the Above" option. Not including that option ultimately taints the pool itself rendering it somewhat pointless .. as it forces people to vote for the best domain .. which only means the votes in question are for what people felt is the best choice .. which in no way equates to a "good" or "ideal" or "usable" choice.

    Ultimately everybody would choose to get shot by a gun .. if the only other choices were getting shot by a bazooka or a nuclear missile.

    But yes .. as I mentioned earlier .. I think given all the choices, going with a solid ccTLD is probably the best option here (although my first should would have been to keep looking)
     
  7. stub

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    I haven't read this thread except for the 1st post. I think all those names are awful. I wouldn't even buy them for resale. Total garbage. You need to buy a domain rather than register one. Needs to be properly spelled and complete. You can do this before having bought any domain. Just list them out on a piece of paper and choose what you like, and negotiate the price with the seller. Be prepared for crazy pricing and walk away. It's very, very hard work. To get the right domain. And it's important for credibility. Trying to sell domains from a crappy domain isn't going to work. IMHO.
     
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  8. koolishman

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    nameinvestor.in sounds awful to you?
     
  9. Samer

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    Yeah.. Com or go home imo

    but was the one i voted for.

    Samer
     
  10. cipcip

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    I would go with dnp.xyz
    Even if it is on xyz, it is 3 letter and fast to remember. But, as you can see, people are still pig-headed about .com so they will not go for something else.
     
  11. koolishman

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    OK.

    India is huge and .in will catch up. But .com rules, I agree.
     
  12. stub

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    If you are only selling in the local indian market it would be ok. But it sounds more like and investor than a seller. If you are not restricting yourself to the indian market, it sucks.
     
  13. bmugford

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    None of the above. All the ones missing vowels are terrible brands IMO.
    They are just way too confusing.

    It should not be all that hard or expensive to find a usable 2 word .COM.

    Brad
     
  14. bmugford

    bmugford www.DataCube.com PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    NameInvestor.in is the only usable one IMO, and then only in a narrow market.
    If you are serious about domain investing, a quality .COM is a lot more versatile.

    I would also never brand on an obscure extension like .XYZ with a questionable history and virtually zero awareness with the general public.

    Brad
     
  15. stub

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    OK. Most people say .com or nothing. I say .com or if .com is taken, .co, or lastly ccTLD/NGTLD. For example. I just in the last few minutes picked DomainSales.Digital for regfee. I think it's direct and to the point left of the dot and respectable NGTLD. You just need to decide on what you want in front of the dot and search for what is available. This was available. So I took it.
     
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  16. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    Nah .. it depends on who your audience and customers are going to be. Ironically people who buy domains aren't experts in domains .. as such you need to stick with simple, well know and understood. In which case .com has a significant advantage over everything else. ccTLDs work if you're ONLY working that particular market. Otherwise I'd actually go with .net over some of the tech-trendy ones like .io or .co (although I'd definitely go with .co over .ai in this context).

    I have TONS (50+) of good to solid "domainer" domains .. they aren't impossible to find.
     
  17. Namesolve

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    At first choice I would go with nameinvstr.com. for personal portfolio I'll go with shaan.me
     
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  18. Abdullah Abdullah

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    One thing I would say is never to limit your audience. It is never good , so it is better you choose from the start if you want the business to be a serious business for you.
     
  19. stub

    stub DNStore.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    As I was writing that I wanted to say a long third last. And I meant, again failed to say, I'd only go with a ccTLD if your primary business is local. But I assumed that as a domain reseller the business is almost always global because you can't get past the fact that everybody potential wants a .com domain. I actually liked the domain I registered. You can't get much stronger in front of the dot, as a domain reseller. And if you aren't exactly against NGTLD's there are still gems to be had. Estibot reckons the .com is valued at $29,000. So there is plenty of wriggle room.

    Some ccTLDs might have interesting branding potential.
     
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  20. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    Well .. I wouldn't have touched that one at any price .. the SLD seems good .. but in my opinion not enough to merit the ngTLD .. however .. it's still way better than DomainSales.xyz would be! ;)
    (Sorry @Bob Hawkes .. lol)

    I'd list a bunch of mine .. but I'm pretty sure we aren't allowed doing that here? If we are let me know .. lol
     
  21. stub

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    DomainSales.xyz is a premium sale by the registry at $2,700 :) That made me feel much better with my registration :)
     
  22. Shaan Chopra

    Shaan Chopra Established Member

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    @Ategy you can not put it here, but you can just DM me the names you have.
     
  23. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com VIP Gold Account

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    I didn't really mean it in a sales way .. more just to show what sort of domains you can get if you're patient.

    But if you or anyone else want a list, PM me your email address .. someone else just asked me as well. I just checked and I actually have well over 100.

    40+ over 15 years .. 80+ over 10 years.

    I work mon+tues .. so I'll try to have something ready for wed.

    Sigh .. I need to get a few of them set up .. I have some absolute gems!
     
  24. stub

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    For the life of me I could not let this bargain go either. I just bought NameSales.xyz for regfee. OK. It's speculative. But someone interested in DomainSales.xyz might look into the NameSales.xyz instead :)
     
  25. Shaan Chopra

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    I am not even thinking of a sales pitch, but it does give food for my brain.
     

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