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How to Buy a URL

Here are 5 tips on finding and obtaining the rights to a good domain name.

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  1. See whether a name is registered by using a service such as GoDaddy.com, NetworkSolutions.com, or DomainTools.com.
  2. If someone owns the name, go to the site Whois.net to find out whatever information is publicly available about a URL's owner.
  3. Use a personal e-mail account to contact the owner; sellers tend to expect a business to pay more than an individual for a URL.
  4. Pricing is tough. For a niche term, don't pay more than $5,000. Names with obvious commercial appeal will cost a lot more.
  5. Hang tight. To replenish the supply of URLs, ICANN, the governing body of domain names, plans a series of industry-related suffixes.
Last updated: Dec 1, 2008




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