Sunday, December 7, 2008

In Which I Spend $300 Buying GOP Domain Names

Y'all gather round and see what I got! Don't bother clicking on them, I don't have anything up yet.
RICHARD-SHELBY.COM
JIM-BUNNING.COM
JUDD-GREGG.COM
JIM-DEMINT.COM
TOM-COBURN.COM
ARLEN-SPECTER.COM
RICHARD-BURR.COM
JOHNNY-ISAKSON.COM
CHUCK-GRASSLEY.COM
KIT-BOND.COM
MIKE-CRAPO.COM
JOHN-THUNE.COM
GEORGE-VOINOVICH.COM
LISA-MURKOWSKI.COM
DAVID-VITTER.COM

That's 15 of the 19 GOP Senators up for re-election in 2010. Mel Martinez and Sam Brownback are retiring, bob-bennett.com is taken and he's from Utah so a serious challenge is unlikely, and everything McCain related has been taken off the market already. (Jeb Bush is a likely Florida candidate, but everything remotely interesting on him seemed to be taken.)

At present, my plan is to do these things up more or less like my Saxby Chambliss site. I only got that going in October, so there wasn't enough time to do good search engine optimization and drive it to the top of the Google results. This time I'll be able to start early, hopefully getting my sites even higher than the Republicans' own campaign webpages or their Senate pages. I imagine I'll be able to use some of the same material on all these sites, so having one person do all this is actually a fairly efficient process.

Chris Bowers and a bunch of people at Open Left were buying Google ads against Republicans this time around, and I imagine we'll have even more people doing stuff like that in 2010. It helps you get better ad placement for the search phrase "Jim Bunning" if your ad links to a site that has "Jim Bunning" in the URL. Part of my goal will be to create an excellent target page for our team's Google ads.

I've also played a little defense:
HARRY-REID.COM
RON-WYDEN.COM
BYRON-DORGAN.COM
CHRISTOPHER-DODD.COM
KEN-SALAZAR.COM
BARBARA-BOXER.COM
BLANCHE-LINCOLN.COM
CHRIS-DODD.COM

I'd like to give these away to the senators or the Democratic Party, hopefully with the message that they need to be a bit more aggressive about domain name defense. I mean, Chris, you were running for president, and you didn't buy up chris-dodd.com! Sam Brownback (or somebody) bought up sam-brownback.com, and he's from the 13th century.

Back to the Republicans. I'm probably going to get the real sites on them up in 2010 after the next year has happened. What should I put up there for the time being? Any ideas?
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