And what the heck if a vanity domain? I have halblog.com, thresholddigital.com, threshnet.com, and flightsoffancyfilms.com, all names I specifically picked out. How much more of a “vanity” domain can one get?
Unless you’re dealing with a need for back-end software on a website, I just can’t see paying $10 a month for a domain with email. In that case, I’d go through Directnic, which I’ve been using for years (maybe as long as a decade by now). I can register a domain for $15 a year, which is a fair price, and I can host it there for $15 a year. That’s $30 a year for a domain with multiple email address, including hosting so I can put up a web site compared to your $120 a year.
I think I’ll use the extra $90 a year I save to buy a few good bottles of wine so I can have a glass at night before I go to sleep.
So why should I pay an extra $90 a year and give up the wine? That’s 9 pretty decent bottles or 6 better bottles, or 4 higher quality wine bottles. (I’ve found that once you go above $15 a bottle, the wine quality doesn’t go up as much as the price does.)
You wanted to be talked out of it (as you say below). This should do it. And the argument about paying more gets more service is void. See below where I discuss that. My advice: drop it. It’s way overpriced.
Multiple streams is a good idea. It’s how I make my income, but I also make sure I provide a product that is either competitive in price or an exclusive product. You’re dealing with selling an item that many people don’t want and a lot of people that do want it know how to get it for only 25% of the price.
There are much better affiliate programs out there offered by web hosting companies. I’m one and get $95 for each referral that signs up with my hosting company. Actually, that’s more than 50% of what the hosting company will get in the first year for many sites – bad credit for payday loans with 100% guaranteed approval!! Oh, yes, a hot chick will check out your email address before she checks out anything else. That’s the one thing that she’s looking for that’ll make sure you get lucky.
I’ve been using my own domains and custom email addresses for years. Sure, it’s nice to have it when you hand out the first 5-10 business cards, but, honestly, it’s not a big deal after that unless you don’t have much else going on in your life.