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You opinion sought on my domain name

I bought the domain podiumtec.com, and will soon deploy an application on it that helps organisers manage competitions.

The podiumtech.com (with an 'h') domain is owned by a company that delivers 'consulting, management and financing services and technological solutions'.

I'm concerned that perhaps my potential customers will misspell my domain name and land at the other site. Do you think that I would be unwise to use podiumtec.com?
David Pinn Send private email
Friday, September 04, 2009
Oh yeah.

You really need to find a different URL.  Anything that diverts traffic away from you is bad, and visitors are not likely to bother figuring out why they ended up at a different site than the one they were aiming for, so you won't get them back.  If "tech" wasn't already taken, you might want to consider getting both versions, but "tec" isn't intuitive (at least in English).
RGlasel Send private email
Friday, September 04, 2009
Don't worry misspelling, nowadays very few people really remember a domain and spell it.
Charles Lee Send private email
Friday, September 04, 2009
I think that most of your customers will find you via Google rather than via your domain name.  That being said, I would not intentionally create alternatives more obvious than my own site :)
Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) Send private email
Friday, September 04, 2009
Many people associate the product name with the same domain name and  when they open the browser, the first thing what they do is go to the www.product_name.com address (at least I do that frequently) because sometimes there`s no time to search your site in Google.
So, using those two names, I think yes, these quick searchers can misspell your name and go to the other site and there`s 50/50 that they`ll return to you later. So I suggest to change your domain and product name to more unique.
ARMSoft Send private email
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I think you'll regret going with this domain.

Have you thought of stranger options, like teq with a Q or even a K instead of a C on the end?

Or podyumtech - I don't know, something really strange?

It's one thing to come up with a strange name like wabblywoo, but it's another to have a name that sounds just like a common spelling people are used to - and NOT be spelled that way.

I usually end up finding my best domains by brainstorming with my wife.  Her mind works so much differently than mine, and sometimes she comes up with the perfect name instantly.  Getting help from non-techies is usually very powerful.
Ben Mc Send private email
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I cannot believe that domain strategy could be based on misspelling - kind of redirecting visitors by accidents.

I mistyped 'goggle' a couple of times in my whole cyber life, that's right. But would you base your domain decision on that?!?

How about
podiumtechnology [dot] com

Anything correctly spelled, 2 or 3 words (<15 characters) without hyphens and under the .com TLD is good.

There are plenty of available domain names.

With that said, the domain name influence on SE is overestimated. So you better think about your prospects and don't put their nerves on the test ;)
MCoder Send private email
Saturday, September 05, 2009

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