This is the cheapest way to purchase a domain name (unless you buy something from a reseller for less than reg. fee). It’ll cost you $17.99 per year at GoDaddy to hand register a .com. Or you can join the discount domain club and cut that cost down to $8.25/year (save 22% off the cost of a DDC membership when you join today).
GoDaddy is probably the most popular registrar. But there are other options out there, such as Namecheap. They charge $8.88 for your first year (for a .com), and offer free Whois privacy, which is a nice bonus. (Register a domain today and pay just .99 cents.)
Some go with GoDaddy over cheaper registrars because of GoDaddy auctions. It’s just more convenient if you’re a domain investor/reseller. Less hassle to list domains, and fast transfer when something sells. Also, if you plan on using their web hosting solutions, it makes sense to have your domain registered with them. It just makes setup easier. But we’re getting slightly off topic here.
Back to hand registration. That means, simply, to grab a domain for the cost of registration. The catch is, most of the best names are taken. Especially the premium ones. But don’t let that discourage you from trying – you might get lucky!
You could also try less saturated extensions; there are lots of new ones out there. We prefer dot com, but that’s just a personal preference.
Also, there’s a twist that can be applied to the hand registration method.. A way to increase your chances of scoring a quality name for cheap. But we’ll discuss that in a future post 😉
So that’s our basic intro to hand registering domains.
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