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Domain Name searches with Godaddy

Godaddy is a leader in Domain Name providers on the Internet today. They provide probably the cheapest Domain Name Registration Services out there. Also provided with Domain name registration is DNS hosting. This means that you do not have to pay extra to go in and change say an MX record or your websites A record.

The bad thing about using Godaddy to find domains you might be interested in is that if you don’t buy the domain that is availble right away, Godaddy might snap it up, register it for themselves and put it for sale at a huge premium.

Case in point: I wanted to register a new domain name for doing some consulting work here in Toronto. I checked out a bunch of domains similar to : TorontoITconsult.com which I ended  up registering. Another domain I was considering was TorontoITconsulting.com . That domain is no longer availible. Was registered 1 day after I registered my domain and is on sale now for $850. (By Godaddy nonetheless)

Lesson to learn: Don’t use Godaddy to search for avalible domain names if you dont want to purchase them right away.

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