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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Is it worth $25 to renew ""?

As readers can tell just by looking up a bit on the screen, the domain of this site is "" Now, we would have loved "," but that one's being sat on by a squatter in Canada who wants thousands of dollars for it, and so it will probably never be ours. Last year, "" became available, and we bought it for a year thinking that maybe we'd promote its use. If anything, it would stop some clown from grabbing it and creating confusion with us.

Now here we are a year later, and the domain registrar has its hand out for about another $25 for another year of "" We haven't promoted it, and we're wondering whether it's worth the expense. Twenty-five bucks buys a lot of other stuff. And a lot of our readers get here by entering "bojack," or "jack bog," or something similar into Google, anyway. Should we go for another year of the additional domain?

Comments (35)

I'll chip in for you, Jack!

I'll chip in $1 for and another $1 for the purchase of

Wouldn't changing your domain name ruin your bumper sticker business?

Pass on it. .co domains are dumb.

The .net and .com would be worth it, as people might type those in and you'd want them to end up here. Just as you stated above, the .com would be nice.

Highly unlikely there's many bojack typos for .co, and Google isn't gonna rank it above you. Combine that with the fact they sell for an insulting multiple, and it's an easy $25 to save.

Don't waste the $25.

If you wanted it, I imagine you could get it for $7 or so through godaddy. However, I'm with Flynn on this; the .co domains are a waste.

Well Jack, it depends how wrapped up in your "on-line" persona you are? If it were me I would want to protect my on-line identity, or Brand, for the future. This is a case when you want to put down some roots and make your footprint bigger, to keep from being stepped on sometime in the future.

I' too, will kick in a buck toward the $ 25.00.

Maximize your options for the future; wrap up the darn .co domain name.

Save the money and use it to pay for "" in the future.

If you're gonna spend the $25, step up to the $100 domain.

Bojack After Dark.

Isn't "co" the country abbreviation for Colombia. You'll be competing with the Cali cartel.

Save the $25 for the football pool this fall.

I think you should register the domain at a cheaper place, because I pay $12.95/yr. for domains. Where did you find one that charges $25?

They all start you off at a low rate. But when it's renewal time, the good deals dry up., .info, .biz, and .asia are among the many bojacks available. Why do you need to hog them all? It won't be that confusing if someone else is or Save the $25.

.co, by the way, is the domain for Columbia (the country, not the river). There are hundreds of such country domains, and it is pointless to try to be the bojack for all of them.

Buy a nice bottle of wine instead.

It's GoDaddy who's holding me up for $25 to renew. As I say, the introductory rates go away once they've got you.

I could care less what ".co" is supposed to mean. The suffix ".org" is supposed to mean a nonprofit organization. The point is make it easy for readers to remember how to get here, and to make sure they don't get sidetracked when they try.

Better get it before Creepy gets any ideas.

GoDaddy are the worst!!! Extra bonus! F'em.

P.S.: Use PowWeb!

But not for this. Go with a Rioja or something local.

The .co would just cause more people to accidentally end up at the .com site and give that squatter more cash for nothing.

I would encourage registering a .us, .name, or .info, at least you're semantically correct.

If you're going to improperly use a TLD, at least do because you're getting some kind of neat vanity usage. Like:



And GoDaddy really is terrible, you should transfer your domains away from them next time you need to renew.

No. Domain names are not the big deal of the past. You have such a huge history on Google and other searches a person would be hard pressed to find you at .co .com .us
Yes a person could spoof you. For a very little while. If that $25.00 is burning a hole, send it to me.

Short and simple: No.

No. Also, go to Dynadot for better prices. $25 is way too much.

dman: Google is pretty smart about detecting domain name changes through 301 Moved Permanently headers. The Google-juice should transfer pretty easily.

NO, waste of money. People just google "bojack" and there you are.
.net and .com would be better to have and I bet a bunch of us could chip in for them. But don't waste money on .co

From what I know about these things, from a very trusted source, it would be a waste of $25 to pay for the .co domain name if your intended purpose is to rank higher in the search engines. Obviously, there is no risk of a copycat, and the guy who is squatting on in Canada is an idiot holding onto something that literally has no intrinsic value. People who come to this site are looking for interesting discourse as opposed to fake Viagra and phony male enhancement products.

I like, but note that the Cook Islands authorities don't like any profanity on their websites: that's right out. Stick with .org, and don't worry about alternates.

Hey! Skip the renewal and take me out to lunch!

You are known as Don't muddy the waters.

My vote is to stick with Anything else at this point is a waste of cash (in my opinion).

I'd stick with what you have-plus when I am away from my laptop I can just put in "Jack's blog" and bingo there I am - easy peasy.

I don't see the .co value, but you can usually save a lot with godaddy renewals if you google "godaddy promo codes". There is usually some active cutnpaste coupon that will shave the price.

Don't give "NoDaddy" any dough! And the reasons why have nothing to do with their trashy T&A ad campaigns.

Stay with org. Because I comment on here, I like thinking of myself as part of the

People just type in Jack bog's, as few letters as they can to get here. You're popular, so it doesn't take much.


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