I don’t have the BobGray.com domain.
Another Bob Gray, who wanted to run for some political office down in the South Eastern US, beat me to it. And when his political aspirations ended, he sold it to a Norwegian domain broker, who wanted $2500 for it. It has changed hands a few times, and different folks have owned it, and tried to sell it, for more, IMO, than it is worth.
(Now it is going for 3377 US$. Good luck!)
THAT is why I use the BobSongs brand… because I was too late.
(And THAT was 20 years ago !!!)
It surprises me, today, how many people, who are online, still haven’t gotten around to reserving their “name” domains… or their children’s.
I have four nieces, and I reserved their domains, soon after they were born, and adjusted as they settled into what they wanted to be called… and thus, established their “brand”.
For those who haven’t reserved a domain… there is very little cost, ($15 per year for a .com domain, a little more for .ca)
The first step is to check the domain availability using a WHOIS search. This is how you can check whether a domain is already reserved… (which means “taken”.)
TuCows has a free version, on their site:
The next step, if the domain is available, is to create an account with a domain registration company, and reserve the names.
I use Hover, because they are Canadian based, which means they are able to work with ALL domains, including Canadian .ca domains, without having fits.
But you can also use GoDaddy, Register, Network Solutions… there are lots of companies out there.
A few things to keep in mind:
Take the shortest option. www.RobertBuckminsterGray.com doesn’t roll off the tongue the way BobGray.com does.
Don’t use underscores, dashes or numbers: www.Bob_Gray.com doesn’t work well. Neither does www.BobGray317.com
And, finally… Make sure you set up a credit card, and enable the “auto-renew” feature, so that you don’t have to remember to go in and pay for it every year… it just automatically happens.
It isn’t very tough, and it can pay BIG dividends in their futures !!!