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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
The working title I have been using for my product (and planning to release soon) was BlahWhiz. I got the domain name registered as well. But, today, I came to know about the existence of another software named Blah Wizard in the same domain. I am now wondering whether I should bother about changing the name of my product. Of course, I haven't been influenced by that software at all and honestly haven't even seen it except for the description I found on the web.
Perhaps try a bit of empathy here? If you'd spent the time developing and launching an application and working on name recognition, how would you react if a competitor in the same niche released a product with the same name?
I find it bewildering that you are even considering this. Consider for instance the SEO problems you are going to have competing with an established product with the same name?
Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
There is no web page at blahwizard.com
A search for "blah wizard" yields junk, in fact this very thread on BOS got 3rd ranking in my search
This sounds more like a case where there are similar sounding domain names already registered but no current viable business, no trademark etc to worry about. This is the problem we all face when looking for domain names because nearly all combinations of 2 english words are registered.
Also, a "Whiz" is somebody who is good at something, while a "Wizard" is somebody who does magic, they are different things, the problem is that they sound the same. But even if there were a business using "wizard", you should be alright to use "whiz" if your product/business is in a different area, your logos etc are different and you are not trying to "pass off" your business/product as theirs.
I would be worried that internet searches for your product will not initially work because the search engines will say "did you really mean 'black wizard'?" and show the search results for "black wizard" instead.
Also the word "blah" has negative connotations, its almost like "rubbish whiz", perhaps you will find a name that is more descriptive of your product and positive/cool?
> I meant "Blah" to be a placeholder for something else
That's what "foo" (or "foobar") is for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foobar
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