Free Domain Names: Give Them to Your Visitors and Reap the Rewards – Part 1

Kat’s recent domain give away made me realize the potential hidden in this kind of offer.

After some brainstorming, I came up with a set of tips to help you use domain names as gifts for both your visitors and yourself.

Why would I want to give domain names away?

Your domains cost you money. Your hard earned money. Why wouldn’t you save them for yourself?

Of course you’re entitled—and encouraged—to invest some money in the purchase of domains for your own use. But make no mistake: when you offer domain names as gifts to your readers, they won’t be the only benefited ones. You’ll reap rewards too:

- Traffic (people must visit your site to learn about your offer).

- Increased site activity (depending on what you ask interested visitors to do).

- A good reputation (you’ll be seen as a nice guy/gal).

Remember that site activity and a good reputation lead to more traffic. The 3 items together can help you make more money.

Why would my visitors be interested in getting free domain names?

Domains are very affordable these days. Your visitors wouldn’t be interested in your domain name give away because they can buy URLs for themselves, right?


A minute ago you objected to offering for free the domain names that had cost you (little) money. But if you could grab some free domains for your own use, you’d be very happy, wouldn’t you? Now why would your visitors be any different? Everyone likes freebies, especially when such freebies can help them make more money, as is the case with domains.

You may have guessed that domain name give aways don’t necessarily appeal to all types of audience. In the next installment, I’ll tell you one or two things about adapting free domain offers to various niches. Stay tuned and subscribe to The WebMaster Blog!

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4 Responses to “Free Domain Names: Give Them to Your Visitors and Reap the Rewards – Part 1”

  1. Escoofield says:

    This absolutely true.. I agree to this.. well.. not domain i am giving away in my contests. ^.^I am giving away cash :) but I believe that giving away domains is also a good one.. Nice post you have made there Mate!

    Keep going!

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  2. Excellent Suggestion, This Idea has Potential nd I think I will give it a try on my Blog as Well and see how much traffic and subscribers will I get from this Offer.

  3. Evan says:

    This is a great idea. The actual cost of the domain for you the contest sponsor is likely to be minimal. However, the perceived value to the entrants and the ultimate winner will be much higher. Everyone wins!

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  4. Hudpost says:

    I’ve seen this done several times and it has proven to show success, however it is also important to accompany the give away with some good content already on the site. As some people make the mistake of just having promotions at first without writing anything useful and once the promotion is over, they start to write content but by then most users have left already.

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