Buy Domain Names for Your Family

I own the matching .com domain names for my wife and kids. Ironically, I don’t own my own first+last .com domain name because it is owned and used by someone else who shares my name. I’ve always thought it was important for parents to try and buy their kids’ first+last .com domain name just in case they want to use it in the future.

I came across these two tweets from Minda Harts about securing domain names for family members. Minda shared that her brother was disappointed when he tried to buy his name matching .com domain name. That feeling changed when he learned his sister had already bought it for him to use:

Not only did Minda buy her brother’s domain name, but she bought other domain names for her family members to use:

I am sure this thoughtful action was appreciated, and it is a good reminder for domain investors, too. Sometimes family won’t appreciate or won’t care about this at the time of registration, but at some point it will likely be appreciated.

Elliot Silver
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  1. Not being without a sense of humor I bought for myself about a year ago for a buck. btw, the asking price for is $251,000:) On a more serious note i’ve recommended to friends who have what I consider to be a cool and catchy name to buy it if it’s available……and the same thing goes for nicknames.

  2. I thought about doing this a few weeks ago because most of my family domain names are available in the aftermarket for cheap prices ($200 etc) but my family are not into creating websites. I would like to register my own name, I tried many times and even looked for alternatives and just cant find anything available. Whats worst is Im named after a famous body builder who dominates the search engine when you type it any way. Its like having the same name as Elon Musk. Even if you were able to register the domain, it may not matter as much.

  3. …it sucks too because I founded some pretty notable websites on exact match domain names and I would love to have all of these websites under one umbrella…which would be under my name. Maybe a .org will become available in the future. Im shit out of luck when it comes to .com. That will never be mine.

  4. bought my first and last name .com in 2011 when I bought my first business url. been wanting to develop for some services but haven’t yet.

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