Elwood J. Bergman

My .com Was Already Taken!


If you have tried to register a web domain, and it was already taken, fear not! There are options other than .net.

That “.com” part is called a top-level domain (TLD), and many are available to the public. Though prices vary, you can probably find one for $25 per year or less that will be more memorable than, for instance,  http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast.com/

They say Google’s algorithms used to prefer .com. Not anymore, so don’t worry about the SEO. ICANN has put out a ton of new TLD’s in the last few years. Here is a list. Also, here’s a Wikipedia list of TLD’s. It might be missing some on the ICANN list, but it has other TLD’s which you can use. Check the Notes or Restrictions column in the middle, and remember to use Ctrl-F (Windows) or command-F (Mac) to “Find” things.

If you have some time to get into the weeds, I believe this portal gives you all the TLD’s.

Once you’ve found a dot-whatever you like, Google “best domain registrars,” (Registrars are where you buy domains, and the best will change from year to year.) Then see which of those has the TLD you want, and check the price both for the first year and for subsequent years. It can vary significantly. Recently, I used Namecheap to set up Accordion.Show but that might not be the best option for you. If you have trouble finding a TLD, try searching this to see it’s “General Availability.”

(By the way, I have no affiliate links on this blog. It’s just for the benefit of my friends. The ads belong to WordPress. I get no money from this. You’re welcome.)

One last note, it’s easy to set up a URL redirect (check your registrar’s help section), so this can be a short, easy-to-remember address that will take people to your website. Another example: I registered elwoodbergman.com, through my web host, and at the moment, it goes to my LinkedIn profile.

Let me emphasize that I am not a tech expert. I defer to anyone who is. The point of this post is that you don’t need to be an expert, and if somebody already has your name registered, you don’t have to pay the ransom to buy it from them.


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