Apr 27, 2010  •  In Blogging, Personal, Web

Protecting My Domain and Moniker

I recently discovered that a blogger has taken to using the “Geek in Heels” moniker for her own site. (Thank you, Google Alerts, for giving me the heads-up!)

The blog is relatively new and does not seem to have many readers. However, the writer is Asian like myself and our blogging topics are bound to overlap sooner or later.

It is precisely for these reasons that I began to wonder if I should protect the “Geek in Heels” name by grabbing all the popular top-level domains (.com, .net, .org, etc). Currently, I only own geekinheels.com.

I don’t think my site is that popular, but it has been featured on popular sites such as BoingBoing and Neatorama. I hardly ever get many comments, but I do get a decent amount of visitors and have a Google PageRank of 3. I receive at least one email per week regarding advertising and/or promoting products people would like me to write about on this blog.

I don’t know if this site will ever become very popular, or if I’ll make decent money from it. However, I do know that I love the “Geek in Heels” moniker and plan on using it for a long time. I also plan on blogging for as long as possible.

Based on this information, do you think I should invest the money in buying new domain names with different top-level domains? What about variations of geekinheels, such as geek-in-heels.com?

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8 Responses to “Protecting My Domain and Moniker”

  1. Shell says:

    If you can swing the cost, I would definitely get the .org and .net names. Other variations….I’m not sure. Again, cost would play a big factor to me.

  2. Moll says:

    I agree. It’s a very good idea, but it would depend on the cost.

  3. Audra says:

    I’m a reader from Weddingbee and have been reading your blog for a little while, but this is my first time commenting because I wanted to say, Go for it! Better to do it now while you can, then regret not doing it later when you possibly can’t.

  4. Ella says:

    Sorry for straying, but did you find out the sex of the baby???? 🙂

  5. Amy I. says:

    I agree with all of the above.. And I know you already have the twitter handle, but it’s worth looking into snatching up the name on any other major social networking sites where you don’t have the name already. I was just putting myself in your shoes. I love my blog name and would definitely feel protective of it if I found out someone else used it for their blog, even though I obviously have no ownership over the title. Good luck! And yeah, did you find out about boy or girl? How exciting!!!

  6. Geek in Heels says:

    @Ella & @Amy — My appointment is at 5:45pm, and after that J and I are going out to dinner so I won’t be back home until late tonight. But I promise I’ll make an announcement once I’m settled back home!

  7. echan says:

    If cost isn’t an issue, go for it.

    But, you may want to think about also trying to get the domains that use your actual name. For years, I was "Geeky Chic," and I would track other people who used that name. But then one day, I woke up and realized that "Geeky Chic" didn’t fit me anymore. Times had changed, my interests had changed. But I think that your actual name isn’t likely to change, hence, I think your strongest brand is yourself. Hence, I always try to register my initials, my full name, or first initial and last name for sites now.

  8. Instafreak says:

    I need the password to this RAR file but i dont know it and i dont have an RAR password cracker. Its an instagram bot if you can help it would be greatly appreciated.

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