YOURSTORY.TV – How to start your own video blog

So you’re thinking about starting a video blog, huh? Well these days it’s incredibly easy to start posting videos. Where before you needed a camera and editing software before you could even get started, now you can upload video directly from your phone or livestream right from your computer. Since the technical barrier is almost non-existent, where do you begin? An idea is always a great place.

Pick a topic you’re passionate about

What are your hobbies and interests? Maybe you think beer is the greatest thing man ever invented. Or maybe you’re an expert on the benefits of sustainable cooking. Whatever the topic may be, pick something you know and something that you enjoy talking (and learning) about. The more interested you are, the more that will reflect on to your viewers.

Choose your method

How will you record your video? Right now there are a number of inexpensive options available, with Flip Cameras starting at $150 and a number of HD camcorders coming in at $500 or below. But if you have a smartphone that does video or a laptop with a webcam, you can skip the extra purchase and just jump right in. It really doesn’t matter what type of camera you use, so don’t let your budget (or lack thereof) discourage you, the quality of your content and consistency are far more important than video quality.

Upload your videos

Speaking of content, where are you going to post these awesome videos you’re making? Well, before you can post a video to your blog you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to upload them. The three sites we use are Youtube, Vimeo, and Viddler. Youtube is kind of the obvious and most popular choice, but Vimeo and Viddler are pretty darn cool as well. If you want to take the time to upload to all three, that gives more eyeballs a chance of finding your videos. Once you have your video uploaded, you can go ahead and post it to your blog.

Choose your blog platform

The three free blog platforms that we tend to lean towards are WordPress, Posterous, and Tumblr — and really it just comes down to your needs and preferences.

Posterous is the easiest of the three, allowing you to post your video via email by simply pasting the link to the video in the body of your email. All of the embedding is handled by Posterous and they support just about every major video site out there in this regard.

Tumblr is another great microblog option that gives you more freedom with the design of your blog, but requires a little bit more effort when posting your videos. Instead of emailing, you will actually have to log in to your blog and embed the video yourself when you post. They’ve also recently announced a video upload option, which allows you 100MB of video per day and you can skip the whole Youtube step and host it directly on your blog.

WordPress, being a full-fledged blog platform, will allow you complete freedom with the look of your blog. Like Tumblr, you will have to manually embed your videos in your posts, however you don’t have the option to upload directly to your blog. If you’re not a shoot from the hip type of person and like a little more control, this is probably the type of blog for you.

What’s in a name?

Now that you know what you’re going to shoot, how you’re going to shoot it, and where you’re going to upload/post it, it’s time to talk about a domain name. If you’re on a budget, any of the free blog options above will work just fine for you. The only catch is your URL will look something like ilovebeer.posterous.com, which works but doesn’t do much for you in the way of SEO and it just doesn’t look as cool as having your own domain.

If you go the Posterous/Tumblr route, you just have to worry about the cost of the domain, no hosting required. So for as little as $9/year you can have a .COM for your blog. Or, if you want to spend a little bit more and really scream “video!” when people go to your site, you can snag a .TV for $20 for the first year and $35/year to renew. We have some more info here on how to set up a custom domain with Posterous.

If you go for WordPress, you’re going to have to pay for your hosting as well. At Name.com we offer hosting plans for as little as $5.99/month and up to $24.99/month, so depending on what you’re doing you can find a plan to fit your needs. And if you need help setting anything up, our support team is here to help.

Now start posting!

Hopefully that’s enough information to help get you started in the wonderful world of video. We’ve had a lot of fun with our Beer Fridays video blog and we hope you have just as much fun with yours!

Domain Nabber Grows Up and Leaves Beta

As of this morning, our Domain Nabber backorder service is officially out of beta! We’ve been working hard on our nabber for the past few months and we’re excited to say that it is now ready for prime time. Huge thanks to all of the customers that provided feedback during the beta period — you helped us make the service even better!

Nabbing .COM and .NET domains now costs $49.95 and, as always, there is no risk in placing a backorder. If we don’t nab the name for you we’ll give you a full refund or account credit, your choice!

Speaking of choices, we’ve recently added .INFO into the mix, making it a total of seven extensions that you can backorder through Domain Nabber. Keep an eye out for even more extensions in the future as we continue improving this service to help you nab even more names!

April is all about ME..err..YOU!

This month we’re focusing on you. Name.com is offering .ME registrations for just $7.99 and renewals for just $14.99 with the code ALLABOUTU !

.ME is becoming a more popular TLD and we’ve started to notice it gaining some traction. In the social media space, two new services have popped up fairly recently that have embraced this extension to help make things a little more personal.

Flavors.me is a slick service that lets you put up a website easily and add all of your content from other services like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and many others. We dig it. Plus if you get their premium service you can use a custom domain name, and we always like to see that.

Formspring.me is a really clever way to interact and get to know people through random questions. So if you’ve just been dying to ask your friend how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, now you can without feeling like a weirdo.

.ME can be used for regional purposes as well, helping to create a sense of community right off the bat. A great example of this is Boulder.me, a startup resource for our Colorado neighbors. From a community perspective, there is a lot of potential for .ME.

Now for the domainers out there, there’s currently a .ME auction going on over at NameJet and there’s a great opportunity to snatch up some first name domains. The personal names auction ends some time next week, so you’ll need to act fairly fast to get your bids in.

Cheers and happy bidding!

Save Money on Your Custom Posterous Domain With Name.com!

Here at Name.com we’re big fans of services like Posterous and Tumblr. They make blogging dead simple and help make people’s jump into the blogging world a much less intimidating one. Now Posterous has just announced a custom domain service that allows you to register a domain directly through their site, making it easy to customize your blog. The catch — you’re limited to COM/NET/ORG and these registrations cost you $24.99 for one year and $19.99 for two. Ouch.

If you were to do the very same thing through Name.com, it would be a fraction of the cost in exchange for a couple more clicks. You also have the option to use quite a few more extensions if you go this route, since the name you want might not necessarily be available in COM/NET/ORG. Take my Posterous blog for example, I decided to go with sproutic.us.

After purchasing the domain you just have to go to your Account and click on the domain name.

Then click on your DNS Management settings on the right hand side.

Create two A Records for your domain that point to 67.207.139.81:

  • one that you leave blank before the domain
  • one with an * before the domain

Add your domain name to your Posterous settings, SAVE, and…

voila! Your blog is now set up with your very own domain.

Not bad, and it can save you a decent chunk of change depending on the domain name. If you’re looking for Google Apps, we can help you there too — you can easily enable and access the Google Apps setup from your account to hook your new blog up with its very own email, calendar, docs, etc!

Have a Posterous blog already? Post a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out! You can subscribe to Name.com’s Posterous here.

Name.com: Your Source for Premium .TV at the Best Prices!

Are you a domain investor looking to expand your .TV portfolio? Maybe you’re just looking to make the jump into video without spending thousands of dollars on your domain. Either way, you deserve the best prices and Name.com is happy to help!

We’ve recently started offering premium .TV domains to our customers, and we’re proud to say that Name.com currently has the lowest prices on most of these domains. That’s right folks, check out how we compare:

We want our customers to get the best names at the lowest prices while still providing the great tools and service that Name.com is known for. So if you’re in the market for a .TV, we hope you’ll think of us — your pocketbook will thank you.

Name.com Proudly Offering Premium .TV Domains!

VeriSign recently announced a re-launch of all premium .TV domains with drastically reduced pricing, and Name.com is happy to announce that we can offer these premium domains to our customers! Premium .TV domains can now be registered for as little as a few hundred dollars for the first year and standard renewal pricing after that. The best part is that Name.com is able to offer most of these names at prices lower than our competitors.

We’re big fans of the .TV extension and we’re excited to see the market opened up to more people. It’s a great move for the .TV community and we look forward to seeing it grow.

Name.com is also offering regular .TV registrations for just $19.99 for a limited time! So whether you’re looking to invest or just start your own video blog, Name.com can help. If you have any questions about .TV don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

Small Business Winners (Part two)

We had a great response to our Name.com Loves Small Business contest and we thank everyone who participated!

The second round of weekly winners are:

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baypharm.com
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And the 25 winners who get copies of Crush It! and Trust Agents are:

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twitter.com/midwestphotopro (midwestphotopro.com)
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twitter.com/AffiliateFamily (internetMarketingGeeks.com)
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twitter.com/David_clayton (fxvisiongroup.com)
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Congratulations to everyone that won and again, thanks for participating! We’d also like to thank Freshbooks and 37Signals for helping us out with this promotion.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, we’ll be having more fun contests in the future. Keep an eye on this blog or our Twitter profile for updates!

Domain registrations close in on 200 million, what this means for the consumer

Verisign has recently reported that TLD registrations are closing in on the 200 million mark. There’s no denying it — this number is huge. It can also be intimidating for the average consumer to hear this. With 200 million domain names registered there can’t possibly be any good ones left. Wrong.

Just about every day we spend listening on Twitter we hear people say how surprised they are at how many good domain names are still available. You just have to start being creative. If you’re not necessarily the creative type, there are tools out there to help you. Take our Domain Suggestion Tool for example. You can type in a set of keywords and not only get related suggestions back, but also suggestions based on popular Google keyword searches. Trust me, you can spend hours using this tool and coming across great names that you weren’t even thinking of, I certainly have.

Another thing to consider is the increasing popularity of alternative extensions and ccTLDs. While sprouticus.com may not be available (something I’ve pouted about for years), sproutic.us is and that’s almost as good, at least in my case. Nowadays more and more people are starting to do the same. For instance, check out Claim.io and Flavors.me, two recently launched services that are embracing alternative extensions.

Some other great extensions that are starting to become really popular are .MOBI and .TV. If you’re looking to cater specifically to mobile devices, a .MOBI domain is the way to go. If you’re doing video at all, .TV is perfect — just check out Name.com’s very own Beer Fridays! Now these are just a few examples, but there are a whole slew of extensions that you can choose from to suit either your personal or business needs. It’s not just about .COM and .NET anymore.

So the moral of the story is not to get discouraged that there are a bazillion domain names being registered out there. There’s still some good names to be found, and great names are dropping all the time. You just have to know where to look.

Don’t get lost in the heat of the moment, register your .ASIA today!

Want to get your business noticed in a region that holds 60% of the world’s population? Your very own .ASIA domain is a great way to do just that. The Asia-Pacific region is incredibly diverse and it is currently experiencing enormous economic and technological growth. Now is your chance to establish a regional presence and identity to help grow your business!

For a limited time, Name.com is offering .ASIA domains at a steal for just $6.99! No promo code is required, but (and this is important) your company must have at least one domain contact who is a legal entity in this region. We have more details on the .ASIA domain here and you can find out more about the legal entity requirement on ICANN’s website here.

So don’t get lost in the heat of the moment and register your .ASIA today!