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:

twitter.com/aerundesai2009 (tecwiki.com)
staceyleephotography.com
baypharm.com
twitter.com/jdgrayconsult (jdgrayconsulting.com)
twitter.com/blueawesome (blueawesome.com)
twitter.com/qmvic (qmvic.com.au)
twitter.com/LitSpirit (destinyislife.com)

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

twitter.com/cfolk25 (DugoutServer.com)
twitter.com/brandrich (brandrichmedia.com)
twitter.com/biossential (biossential.com)
twitter.com/nicogarcia (viveamor.com)
twitter.com/LatitudeIS (latitudeis.com)
twitter.com/isunscape (thesunscape.com)
twitter.com/robzinade (spacehost.info)
twitter.com/mitten (webmitten.com)
twitter.com/mattmandell (CityCentric.com)
twitter.com/domainimal (vitalinternetventures.com)
twitter.com/vintage_images (vintageimagecraft.com)
twitter.com/emmickboutique (emmickboutique.com)
twitter.com/kingfortunez (cdchinastar.com)
twitter.com/justpoppin (justpoppin.com)
twitter.com/twitchhostnet (twitch-host.net)
twitter.com/foodbanksa (foodbanksa.org)
twitter.com/kirkscards (kirkscards.com)
twitter.com/midwestphotopro (midwestphotopro.com)
twitter.com/ksccg (tuitioncast.com)
twitter.com/KristenShepherd (SunnyDownHome.com)
twitter.com/nursing (careermarketingonline.com)
twitter.com/AffiliateFamily (internetMarketingGeeks.com)
twitter.com/arizonabsd (lovingservicedogs.org)
twitter.com/David_clayton (fxvisiongroup.com)
twitter.com/jimmassey1 (mimrix.com)

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!

Happy 25th Anniversary .COM!

That’s right, one of the original and most recognizable TLDs turns 25 this month and Name.com is celebrating with $8.25 .COM/.NET registrations with the code “MARCH825“.

Already have your COMs and NETs covered?

Give your site an extra personal touch and use that same code to register yourself a .ME for only $8.25!

Either way, cheers from Name.com and here’s to another 25 years.

Nab even more names with Domain Nabber!

We recently announced that we added support for .TV and .CC in our beta domain backorder tool Domain Nabber. Well this week we added .US and .BIZ into the mix, so now you can nab even more names! Both of these extensions cost $29.99 to nab.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber, we have some details here. If you’re ready to jump right in, you can head on over to the Domain Nabber page and get started. Happy nabbing!

Your Name is Your Brand

Since we ordered a bunch of copies of Crush It! for our Name.com Loves Small Business contest, Gary Vaynerchuk himself was kind enough to put together a personalized video about the importance of domain names in regards to your brand. We’re huge fans of Gary and his book here at Name.com and we’ll admit, we geeked out a little when we watched this video. Awesome stuff.

The contest ends on 2/28, so don’t forget to enter your business for a chance to win a copy of the book and other great prizes!