The calendar on my iMac recently reminded me it was time to renew the ownership of my blog’s domain name.
All right, then…
Wouldn’t want ‘At Home with Tech’ to suddenly disappear.
(I know you would all feel a disturbance in the Force.)
So I jumped onto GoDaddy to renew my ongoing pledge:
- To help frustrated citizens live in harmony at home with their sometimes not-so-helpful technologies
Would You Like Fries with That?
I’ve always found shopping on GoDaddy’s website to be something of a circus.
(though I’ve noticed their TV advertising of late has moved back from that cliff)
In every nook and cranny, there’s an attempt to ‘upsell’ you.
(It’s like walking into a department store to buy a pair of shoes and walking out with a bulletproof tuxedo.)
Not that all the bells and whistles for your website aren’t a good thing.
It can just be a bit overwhelming.
That said, I did notice one ‘opportunity’ that peaked my interest.
I was presented with a ‘bundle offer’ that would extend my ownership of the
At Home with Tech name beyond the .com world to other top-level domains. (TLDs)
Now, I could also own the matching .net, .org, and .info suffixes.
And the low, low price for this ‘massive’ jump in web presence beyond my blog’s current .com existence?
- $17 per year.
So I thought about it a bit.
I already owned the URL I wanted.
And I wasn’t really sure why I needed to corner the market on the name using other suffixes.
(When was the last time you used a .info address?)
The Brand, the Brand, the Brand…
So I called up GoDaddy to see what they had to say about their offer…
I spoke with a very down-to-earth customer service rep and explained my situation.
And even though I knew it was his job to sell more ‘product,’ he gave me a simple, well-balanced answer:
- It’s all about protecting and building your website’s brand.
You wouldn’t want some other parallel universe ‘Lester Barrett’ blogging about his little tech woes using .org. That would get really confusing.
(And then I’d have to meet him in some Star Trek-like Lazarus/Thunderdome Nexus to work out our differences.)
Also, what happens if the occasional reader gets your URL extension wrong and can’t find his way back to your blog? Owning a broader market of the possible URL suffixes will help her find you.
So theoretically, this $17 investment will increase readership.
And isn’t that the endgame?
The entire At Home with Tech team immediately held a party to celebrate this important moment of expansion.
(Translation: I went to the kitchen to treat myself to a chocolate chip cookie.)
Then I sat down again at my computer.
How to Forward your New Domains
It was time to forward my new URLs back to
the mothership – athomewithtech.com.
Because at the end of the day, remember, I’m still writing only one blog. I’m not trying to duplicate my content across the new URLs.
(Google spiders actually frown on that kind of practice.)
And I’m not trying to confuse anyone.
(That can happen easily enough on its own when I go off on some tech rift.)
So how exactly do you forward your new domains back to your main one?
Well, I figured GoDaddy should easily be able to easily explain this.
I called GoDaddy back and spoke to an equally friendly customer service rep.
And he explained the simplicity of domain forwarding on GoDaddy’s interface:
- On the Domains page, select the domains you want to forward
- Click on Forward
- And then click on the drop-down Forwarding Domains
- Type in your main domain name
- Click on 301 Permanent
- Click on Forward Only
And that’s it!
Now, when someone types in .org or .net, it immediately goes to the .com address.
GoDaddy’s website said it may take a few moments for updates to take effect.
My GoDaddy buddy admitted it could take up to 2 hours.
(I liked the honesty.)
But then I felt like my three-year-old son staring at his Valentine’s Day cookie jammed with M&M’s on top. I just couldn’t wait that long…
Ten minutes later, I tried on one of my new URLs.
There it was!
There were the other two!
(Quite Easily Done!)
The More the Merrier
So there you have it.
Or rather, now I’ve got them…
Three more top-level domains to help you find your way to
‘At Home with Tech.’
(should you ever get lost)
And everyone’s happy!
- GoDaddy is psyched, ‘cause they’ve got more of my money.
- I’m excited, because I feel I’ve done something good for my blog’s health.
- And maybe you’re happy too?
Well, two out of three isn’t bad…