3 Reasons to Buy A Domain Name Today

I like to think of the blogosphere as a web of streets where each street has a distinct address that belongs to a specific blog owner. This street address is your domain name and it acts as the destination where visitors will come to. For instance, this is browngirlbloggers.com, but if you wanted to visit my street (or my blog), then you would go to thedreadaily.com.

I’m of the belief that if you want to be taken seriously as a blogger and if you want to set yourself apart the newcomers, the easiest way to do this is by buying a domain name. Below are three reasons why you should invest in a domain name today.

It Looks More Professional

Whenever I come across domains like accordingtodrea.wordpress.com, instantly, I think the blogger is new to the game.

If your plan is to become an established blogger, then I highly recommend investing in a domain name as soon as possible. It sends the message that you’re serious about blogging and that you’re looking to be around for awhile. Besides, who’s really going to remember accordingtoandrea.wordpress.com or accordingtodrea.blogspot.com? That’s a lot to type in!

It May Not Be Available Forever

About a year ago, I read an article wherein Claire Sulmers, founder and editor-in-chief of Fashion Bomb Daily was interviewed. In the interview, Claire shared the story of how she waited too long to invest in a domain name and then when she finally wanted to buy thefashionbomb.com, it was unavailable because someone had already purchased it.

What sucks is, the person who bought thefashionbomb.com is not even using the domain, but they’ve offered to sell it to Claire for thousands of dollars to make a quick come up. Which is why, if you’ve noticed, most of Claire’s social media handles are @thefashionbomb, yet her blog’s domain name is fashionbombdaily.com.

The moral of this story is, buy and claim your domain name as soon as you think of it because it won’t be around forever.

It Will Be Yours Forever

This year alone, I’ve changed my domain from therealmissdrea.com to therealmissdrea-daily.com to thedreadaily.com. In hindsight, it’s fair to say this was irresponsible of me, but I made these changes as I rebranded my blog. I no longer wanted to be “The Real Miss Drea” on the Internet and I also wanted a shorter, more memorable domain name, so the change felt necessary.

The benefit of owning your domain is that once you pay for it and maintain the annual payments, it’s yours forever. For instance, I haven’t blogged at therealmissdrea.com in over a year, but because I still pay for the domain, I still have ownership of it and no one can use it and try to pose as me.

Do you have a domain for your blog? If so, how did you decide what yours would be? Leave a comment below.

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She’s obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she’s not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.

  • The exact reason I haven’t bought my domain name yet is because I still haven’t figured out what I want it to be, and just like you I don’t want to end up buying 3 different domains, since I do change my names often. However, I am definitely tired of writing .wordpress so I think it’s time. It’ll be apart of my blog revamp this year lol :)

    ~ Sanaa Brooks ; http://www.sanaabrooks.wordpress.com

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    I’ve struggled with the chioce because, I believe the interaction ie comments, reblogs, shares can be disenfranchised. To comment here I have to sign up etc. To follow the blog I have to sign up for a subscription vs on blog sites I’m tapping into their infinite number of readers all someone has to do is click Follow… you’ve made some good points

  • I had a similar issue when I was trying to buy a domain using my real name just to have. Since my name is quite common (An’Drea Hall), I had to include my middle name.

  • Good to hear, Shanta! I got so tired of typing in “.blogspot.com” so I moved to WordPress and then I had to type in “.wordpress.com” and that just got tiresome. I wanted a URL that was quick that I could easily type in and that others would remember.

    Drea | http://www.thedreadaily.com

  • I bought my domain because I wanted my blog to feel professional. Even though I’m not self-hosting it says I’m invested in this space.

  • I bought my domain name for the same reason… I was worried that it wouldnt be available when I was ready to use it.