I have been involved in the running of a technology-oriented business for some years now and I guess you can say that one learns a couple of tricks along the way, one of such tricks is what I would like to share with you today.
In this article, I hope to educate you on how to get a personalized domain name i.e. www.yourname.co.nr (Sorry, www.yourname.com comes at a fee and if you would like that you can shoot me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and I’d be glad to hook you up with a great package from Crenet Hosting)
Okay! Back to the subject at hand, in recent times we have seen a rise of independent content publishers through online blog channels such as;
However, when you set up an account with these services, you usually end up with a domain name like;
This tutorial will be an 11-step process, so you’re stuck with me for a lil’ while longer, so let’s jump right into it.
Step 1 – VISIT THE WEBSITE OF OUR BENEVOLENT DOMAIN PROVIDER
Once you get to the homepage, you will be presented with a search box to confirm availability of your domain of choice
Step 2 – CONFIRM YOU WANT YOUR FREE DOMAIN
After your search is completed, the next page will present with an ad to purchase either a .com, .org etc domain that you specified in your search, ignore this ad and just click on the button beneath it. [Image of button below]
Step 3 – AGREE TO THEIR TERMS & CONDITIONS
At this point, you need to specify the following;
- Agree to link back to their website
- State whether you have a blog/website/forum you want to forward the domain to or not
- Click on the Agreement button to use their service
Step 4 – ARE YOU HUMAN?
At this point, you will be asked certain questions, which is designed primarily to ascertain that you are a human being and not a bot programmed to stress them out
Step 5 – YOU REALLY NEED TO GET THIS
At this stage of getting your free personalized domain, they need to outline all the rules that you need to abide by, failure to abide will result in you losing the domain.
Step 6 – MAKE IT TRULY YOURS
At this stage of the process, you need to create your account and thus tie your new domain to your account. Details you will be required to fill out are;
- Country of Residence (If your country isn’t listed, select OTHER)
- E-mail Address (Has to be valid & one you can access because your activation code will be sent to this account)
- The URL for your blog e.g. http://whenivolunteer.wordpress.com
Once you have provided all the information above, just hit the NEXT button which brings you to a page to confirm your information, giving room to edit any information that is wrong.
Step 7 – WHAT DETAILS DO YOU HAVE?
You will now be required to fill out certain details about your blog/website/forum that the domain is being forwarded to in order to aid search engine indexing & in plain english that means, ensuring your blog/site/forum comes up when a related search occurs online.
Once you submit the data by clicking on the “Next Step” button, you will be taken to a page that has all the information you have filled in as a final confirmation of your information
Once you hit the complete button, you will be presented with the information that you have registered your Personalized Domain & that an email has been sent to the specified email account with the Activation Code and URL to activate the domain. After you click on the link, the screenshot below will allow you input your activation code & start using your domain.
And there you have it, just a few minutes of your time and Zero cost to you and you now have a Personalized domain to rock and utilize for driving traffic to your blog/website/forum.
I hope this tutorial was useful. Please share it with your friends and comments are very much welcome.