Just getting your feet wet in the domain industry and don’t know where to begin? Watch the video below to hear Jeff break down the first questions you should consider when thinking about buying a domain name.


Hi, my name is Jeff Gabriel. I am the co-founder and CEO of  Saw.com. We are the leading domain brokerage on the net. We’re always writing fresh content to help viewers like yourself understand and love the same industry that all of those that work with me at Saw.com have grown to love.

I’ve made a list of common questions and I want to answer each of these questions in 30 seconds or less.

What do I need to know before buying a domain name?

Well, that’s a very hard one to answer. It’s kind of like, “What do I need to know before putting on a pair of shoes?”
Well, here’s the thing that you need to know. You first need to ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish with the domain name. [For example], is it just going to be an email address for you? Are you not going to do anything with it except for personal things? Are you going to use it as a business? I’m just going to say that we’re going to use it as a business. Even if you’re going to use it for personal things, some of the same rules are going to apply.

Consider the History

So the thing you need to know about a domain name before you do anything with it is to ask, “What is the history of that domain name?” Was it used for the right purposes, or was it tied to scams or spamming or phishing or other illegal activity? This is important because that history can come with you.

If you were to build a site on a domain name that has a really shoddy past, being able to rank that domain will be difficult. Also, that domain could potentially be blocked by a lot of the ISPs. If you go to send an email, it could get blocked and put into spam or won’t even get to spam. If they’ve done all kinds of illegal activity and the search engines know about it. Or if it’s done black hat SEO, you could have hits against it or a filter on it. You’ll never be able to rank in the places, or it’s going to take you years. It’ll be an uphill battle to get to where you want to be.

Want to Learn More?

So what I suggest you do if you want to learn more about this answer is you go to our Resource section on Saw.com. It’s a great place where you can find tons of the frequently asked questions that were asked right here. There is also more for you to learn more about what you should expect to do with a domain name.