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Name.com Daily Tut: Forwarding your Domain to Sell Your Home

Domain (aka URL or web address) forwarding has got to be the easiest and least expensive way (it comes free with your domain) to market your home. Yesterday we forwarded a domain to someone’s LinkedIn profile to help them get a job. Today we’ll assist home sellers and real estate agents with the same idea. With Name.com, once you buy a domain, one of the many tools available to you is being able to forward it to the website of your choosing.

Remember, if you don’t find the .COM you want, see if you can get the .INFO, .NET, .CO or even .BIZ.

Name.com Daily Tut: How to use URL Forwarding to land a gig

Now this is pretty basic stuff, especially to you Domainers who have more web addresses than socks, but it’s an important reason why everyone should have at least one domain: using it to forward to your online resume. Instead of “Please, please go to Linkedin.com/mynameandsomerandomcharacters and consider me for the postion,” you can say, “I’m glad you hired me after seeing mysimpledomain.com.”

And thanks Chris for letting us use you and your info!

How to Transfer your Domains from GoDaddy to Name.com

Maybe, just maybe, you’re creeped out by Jean-Claude Van Damme. And maybe you’re not so quick to forgive gross Super Bowl commercials and elephant deaths. Maybe you want to transfer your domain to name.com. If that’s the case, here’s a step-by-step guide.

*Transferring a domain is pretty simple, but there’s a lot of back-and-forth between your GoDaddy account, your name.com account, and your email account. It’s a lot easier to explain in a video than in a screenshot tutorial, so you might want to watch our video tutorial first.

**Read this post for information on how to transfer your domain without disrupting your website or email service.

1. Unlock the domain in your GoDaddy account

  • Log in to GoDaddy, navigate to the domains menu, and then click “launch” for the domain you intend to transfer. If you’ve enabled privacy protection for the domain, you’ll need to turn it off before proceeding.

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  • After clicking “Launch,” you’ll be taken to a menu where you can manage settings for that specific domain. Click the “Manage” link in the “Lock” section, and a dialogue box will open.

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  • Switch the lock setting to “Off,” and then click “Save.”

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2. Get an authorization code

  • After unlocking the domain you’ll return to the domain settings page. Scroll to the bottom, click the “Authorization code” link, and then click “Send” to have an authorization code sent to the email address associated with the domain.

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  • You should receive an email containing the authorization code within a few minutes.

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3. Use the name.com domain transfer page to order your transfer

  • Fill in the appropriate fields for the domain name and the authorization code (which you just received via email), and then click the “Add to Cart” button.

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  • You can then click the “Checkout & Complete Transfer” button to proceed to checkout.

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  • Review your order (one year of registration is included in the $8.25 transfer price), and then proceed to the billing page.

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  • All that’s left is to agree to the terms of service (it’ll pop up over the billing page), and then this step is complete.

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4. Approve the domain transfer at name.com

  • Shortly after completing your order at name.com, we’ll send an email that includes a link to your name.com account. Click that link to go to a page where you can approve the domain transfer.

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5. Confirm the domain transfer at GoDaddy.com

  • Once you’ve approved the transfer, you’ll receive an email from GoDaddy (it may take a few hours). It’ll include a link to your GoDaddy account, where you can confirm the transfer.

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  • Clicking that link will take you to the transfers page in your GoDaddy account. Click on your pending transfers, follow the “Accept of decline transfer now” link, and accept the transfer.

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196. Celebrate! Your domain is now safe and sound in your name.com account.

  • The domain should now be listed in the “Your Domain Transfers” page in your name.com account. The transfer will be completed shortly.

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Name.com Daily Tut: Installing and Using Apple iTunes Match

It used to be difficult to pick which person at Name.com was the biggest Apple Fanboy/girl. Then along came Michael and, it’s clear, none of us can compete. He has every gadget and he knows everything about every gadget. That’s a big step, going from wannabe Fanboy/girl to the real deal Fanboy/girl, as many people use only about five percent of their Apple product’s potential. Michael uses it until he’s in sync, as if he embodies its technology. It’s weird, especially when he needs something and uses your face as a touchscreen. But we get many uses from Michael (I’ve heard his computer say his name like that car in Knight Rider) including incredible web design and these useful Apple tutorials.

As you can see it works!

amazon.com registers multiple domains defensively

More and more businesses are registering web addresses defensively.

DomainNameWire.com reports that online retailer Amazon.com has registered several domains related to holiday shopping. See DomainNameWire for the list.

Looking at Who.Is we found that Amazon’s legal department registered the domains for one year. This gives us reason to ponder something about their future. But first, why should your company register domains defensively?

1. Defensively registering domains can add to your search engine optimization. If you link your peripheral web addresses (domains) back to your main site, you rank higher with the likes of Google, Bing and Yahoo!.

2. It essentially builds a virtual fence of similar URLs around your brand. It keeps competition away from your trademark, while letting in customers from multiple locations.

3. Protects your brand from your detractors. Just ask United Airlines about Untied.com. A simple mistype and your potential business is reading horror stories about your service.

So about Amazon and their newly registered domains: The ones we saw were only registered for one year. If you’re going for SEO on your defensive domains, then register them for longer blocks of time. You’ll get more respect from the Googles of the world. In Amazon’s case, we think they may be waiting it out until they can own Amazon.Amazon, Kindle.Amazon and all the other second-level domains they can attach to their new dotAMAZON. Those pricey new dotBRANDS look to be available in January of next year.

For the rest of us, a good bet for protecting trademarks and brands will be buying the right (and competitively priced) domains.

Advice for your business: make sure your video is keyword Rich

It’s just a rumor, but one that should make us all more conscientious of what we’re putting in our videos. What we’ve heard from some of our SEO friends is that Google uses audio detection of video (YouTube for ie) to find keywords. So instead of being able to tag your accounting seminar with “bosoms” and “fatal crash” and “Bieber” to get more views, the world’s largest search engine will analyze the actual audio to ascertain the content. They do this anyway to seek out copyrighted material, so it very much could be a reality.

However, as a major global company, we’re not shaken by mere rumors.


It’s a good idea anyway to make sure your script and talent is enriched with your message, branding and products.