Custom email for $15 or less per year

Have you ever received a business card and the contact info has an email that is not personalized?  In my mind this should never happen because of how easy and inexpensive it is to have a custom branded email.  If they can’t invest effort in themselves will they invest their effort in me?
Having a custom email means, you register any domain name that is available at the time and it is personalized to you.  This allows you to have your [email protected].  Once you purchase the domain you own it and no one can take it away.
Here are 5 reasons you should own a domain name:
  • Simple and short
  • Easy to remember
  • Brand recognition
  • Looks professional
  • Limitless potential for growth
Sticking with a generic service like gmail, yahoo, or MSN.  You can only pick what is available as a name as well as it will alway be or  Your options become limited and if you are like me, I never remember if the person said @yahoo or @gmail.  Also, in some cases there is and are they the same or not?  How am I supposed to remember this?  Having this type of email is definitely not always simple and sometimes they can become very long.  An example would be [email protected], in case you are wondering, I have seen this!
For brand recognition, I suggest purchasing a domain name.  The email would simply be [email protected] i.e. [email protected], this is much easier to remember.  Using a domain provides brand recognition that can be tied into your Facebook page or other means of sales communication.  An example would be  When you encounter someone with an email [email protected], how does one know his Facebook page is  Having a domain name can help clarify this confusion and will allow customers to easily find your service.
A tip on looking professional, when given the choice as a consumer to hire with an email of [email protected] and a Facebook page  Vs  Bills lawn care that had no domain name, the email was [email protected], and the Facebook page was  Who would you hire, do you see the connection?
The last reason would be limitless growth.  Here is a story about a woman named Susie.  Susie is the owner of Susie’s sugar scrubs.  Now Susie followed my advice and in advance invested a small amount of money in her business.  She purchased a domain name and had business cards printed that cited it.  Her initial goal was to make some extra money selling sugar scrubs to other moms in her town’s mothers with kids group.  She was very successful at this and mothers from around town would gift these to friends and family that were out of town.  Conveniently Susie also put her domain name and branding on the jars of sugar scrubs.   It was not very long before Susie started received orders from out of town.  Before she knew it her business had grown significantly, would this have happened if she had only an email for contact?
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My latest dilemma

Well I have just encountered my latest smart phone problem.  I have googled for hours countlessly and found nothing.  It seems that most peoples solutions are either to live with it or install outlook.  I would like to do neither. I always find it funny how I seem to have problems that eithers others don’t, or problems that others don’t know are problems unitil I fix them.  My latest encounter involves contacts!

Although I say it is my latest encounter it really goes back to my first phone, my first email account, well basically my first digital address book.  You see I have found that going back well as long as 15 years I have collected some contacts many of which have duplicated or changed throughout the years.  The problem is that it was never noticed until recently when I obtained my iPhone.

You see when I got my iPhone I had to sync contacts from many different places. Google, iCloud, yahoo, old phone etc. in addition I wanted to upload a list of contacts on a regular basis that were contained in a vcf file.

Never before had I had such a diverse set of contacts that all needed to be loaded in one ace. The issue I had duplicates across all of the input data.
My first contacts went back to 1995 or further and I had been adding email addresses since then. When mobile phone became the norm I started a collection of phone numbers greater than anything I had seen in the past. Somewhere around 2005 my worlds started colliding as I got my first smart phone. The collision was not that severe due to it really not being that smart, but in my first switch to an android phone an explosion happened. I went many years living fat dumb and happy that all my info transitioned and existed somewhere in cyber space only to wake up today with three iPhones in hand and an uncontrollable mess!

Cloud computing was it a benefit or a downfall for out society!

Basically now I had multiple phones hundreds of contacts and many duplicates. How did this happen? How had I never noticed before? What am I to do?

The answer write a perl script. I find that anytime I get stressed in life hiding in a room and writing a perl script solves the problem. Now in have not written it yet, but it sparked the inspiration for me to write this blog post and I am sure my audience will keep me honest and make sure I finish.

Now that I have expressed my problems off to start coding! Hopefully I surface in time to take a breath.


Gmail email address tip

Gmail doesn’t offer traditional aliases, but you can receive messages sent to [email protected] For example, messages sent to [email protected] are delivered to [email protected] You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account.