Josh has left a new comment on your post “My New Blog!“:
awesome name! I’ve not come here for a few months, good to know you got a domain name.
Nobody else expressed an opinion on my domain name. Is it a good choice? Lousy choice?
About two years ago, I did a “domain availability check” on realfreemarket.com, but didn’t register it. Immediately after, someone registered it and started squatting it. I also checked “realfreemarket.net”, and then someone started squatting it.
The registrars sell a list of who does a check, for an available domain. If someone sees something they like, then they register it!
I didn’t do an availability check for “realfreemarket.org”, until I was ready to register it. I figure it doesn’t matter that I have a “.org” instead of “.com”. The other sites are parked placeholder sites. The pages ahead of me for “realfreemarket” or “real free market” have low PageRank, so I should gradually move up. Annoyingly, on a search for “realfreemarket.org”, Google gives an auto-correct to “realfreemarket.com”. That should go away soon, especially since I have a real website and not a placeholder site.
I’m now #1 in Google for “realfreemarket” (with quotes), but I still don’t rank if you remove the quotes. That should improve, since none of the higher-ranking sites have good PageRank.
That’s a useful lesson. Don’t do an availability check on a domain until you’re ready to register! My regular readers will find me anyway. Having a .org instead of .com doesn’t matter to me. It should take me a couple months to get decent Google rank again. Amusingly, my old Blogspot blog still gets a lot of traffic! (I even notice in Google Analytics, when I link back to it and someone follows the link. I gave up and removed the Google Analytics cookie and code here, when it wasn’t working.)