Website with your own name - is it worth it?

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (16 posts)
  1. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    Almost a year ago, I was reading Lissie's excellent Hubs about her quest to make money online, and she said to be sure to grab the domain of your own name.  So I did (

    It's up for renewal soon and I'm wondering whether to keep it.  After all, we all know "me" diaries don't make money, and on one's going to be typing "Marisa Wright" into a search engine. 

    Right now it's merrily auto-blogging the 60 Day Challenge Hubs, so at least it's good for something.  But what can I use it for after that?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Marisa - absolutely keep it.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    mine is also up for renewal plus I need to find a different host.
    I'm keeping mine.

    you could continue to expand on what you're doing with the 60 day challenge and may want to branch out with it later.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I guess - but what's the point of just reblogging other people's stuff? 

      I'm struggling to think what I could "branch out" to, that wouldn't be better served by a domain name that reflects the subject of the blog.

      1. Norah Casey profile image67
        Norah Caseyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'd keep it, because you never know! I know a designer who let go of his domain name years ago, after he decided he was just going to do print work. Now he is a web designer and that domain name would have been pretty handy now that he is putting together a portfolio. If it isn't too expensive, I'd keep it.

      2. rebekahELLE profile image87
        rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not familiar with everything you're doing with the 69dc.
        so on your site, you're blogging about others hubs also?

        you have such a great knowledge of dance. you could expand on the different genres, where they originated, pics of costumes or famous dancers. monetize it with dance gear, etc. ?

        my own site is currently down, but when I start it up again, I'll continue with basic themes from my hubs and expanding more in a blog style. sometimes I just like to ramble about topics.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Rebekah, what I'm doing is using a plugin to import 60dc Hub excerpts as blog posts.  As part of the challenge we're all supposed to do our bit promoting so it's part of that.

          I already have websites on ballet, belly dance, ballroom dance and flamenco, and all of them have a URL with the dance style in the name.  If I was going to do any more dance sites, I would be much better off with a domain name related to dance. 

          Rambling is fine if you're not seeking to make money - but if you do, it's bad because Google can't figure out what your blog is about because it's all over the place.

          1. rebekahELLE profile image87
            rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            o, I see. hmm. I would still keep it. you never know what the future will bring.

            I've had mine for a while, before HP or google adsense. I don't use it to make money, it's more a creative writing site on social issues and topics of interest. the site name is my pen name. I don't really want ads on it.

            good luck with the 60dc!

  3. waynet profile image73
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    I would just stick to one primary topic on it, if you wanted to keep it going, maybe one of your top hobbies to make it worthwhile, whilst no one may search your name now, but what of the future and plus a domain name with your own name can be potentially shaped into or under any niche and you become the expert in that niche if you be consistent.

    I've got, but I'm in the same situation as I have not used it for anything yet....

  4. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Mw - what plug-in are you using? Did feedburner end up making sense to you?

    Im not sure what your paying but for 7-10 bucks a year, I think its worth holding on to. You never know - Your name could become synonymous with dance info online!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm using WP-o-Matic with the feedburner feed. 

      I had trouble finding one that worked.  This one only imports about 10 posts daily - it's supposed to do more but it ignores me! 

      Feedburner - your Hub said "make it your own unique code" and I had no clue what that meant.  So in the end I just pasted in the feed and it worked so I accepted it....

      1. sunforged profile image71
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        so within feedburner you pasted the generic code, that we have all been using and the feedburner service gave you your own unique code?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Yes that's right - when I read your Hub,I thought you meant I had to make it unique somehow before pasting it into feedburner.  Got it now though.

  5. MyWebs profile image83
    MyWebsposted 8 years ago

    I sure would keep it. I have always thought about buying up and using it as an online portfolio type site to link out to other web sites I own.

    It sure would suck one day to become famous and not own your own name wouldn't it?

  6. Jane@CM profile image59
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

    Your lucky you have your name...mine is already taken!  I was so sad!

  7. Cagsil profile image80
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    I would say, if you already have it, then keep it and utilize it any way, shape or form you can. Thus, this leaves it up to your creativity.

    Just my thoughts. smile


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)