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chettvq24
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domain trademark search

If I search using a trademark search for say "get fit" - It show specifically someone has trademarked getfit. Yet there seems to be lots of domains about with getfit as part of the domain. How on earth can someone even trademark get fit - it is such a generic phrase. Maybe I am not understanding how to look at the results of the trademark search correctly.
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cecille.l
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Hi chettvq24,

You'd be surprised at what people and companies have trademarked. I ran a similar search but didn't see a trademark for "getit" though. Could you share the link to your search results here? Are you thinking of a domain name to use?

Hope to hear from you soon.
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chettvq24
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I just went to the trademark search and typed get fit :
http:// tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4009:kif2df.2.2

I think that I may not be looking at the results correctly.
Yes I was looking at a domain with get fit included.

Thanks
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cterao
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I once heard that Apple tried to trademark the letter "i" (and they failed...)

I would not worry about a phrase like "get fit" myself since that's basically just a common thing that tons of people say every day without referring to a specific brand or product.

"Dude! I'm sick of being overweight. I think it's time I get fit!"

However, terms that have more of a branded feel like "Ab Blaster," "P90x," "Thigh Master" and so on are probably more shaky and I would avoid getting a domain with these sorts of terms.

My two cents (from a completely non-legal background...)
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chettvq24
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Thanks cterao,
I think I am just interpreting the results I am getting back incorrectly to be honest.
I was looking at a keyword domain but I just decided to go with something else.

I would never use a domain with terms like ab blaster in it. It's quite surprising to me at times some of the
domains you see in the the search results - I would never be brave enough to use some of them.
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cecille.l
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Hi chettvq24,

Yes, I see what you mean now:
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f= ... 3p3c38.2.3

Like Clayton I wouldn't be too worried about using the words Get Fit in my domain. I suppose, if you use getfit.com you could get in trouble, but having a domain name like getfittoday.com or the like is safe enough.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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phillip.hammond
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Hi, I have just started out learning about affiliate marketing and wanted to know, is the domain name the most important thing? If say i wanted to have a website that have numerous links to various products on, then my domain name could not be associated with all of them. Is this the wrong way to go or can this still work as an effective website?
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cecille.l
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Domain names are important because this is the name of your website. Your site will be known through the domain name first and foremost. You would want the domain name to be something " brandable" . The domains name shouldn't be too long. It should be catchy. Also make sure to use a .com TLD and if you can have your main target keyword in your domain name, that's great! :)

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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phillip.hammond
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Thanks Cecille,

What if my domain name has a generic keyword such as "how" or "try" ? Can the products that I want to promote still be picked up through links within the site?

Phill

Cecille L wrote:Domain names are important because this is the name of your website. Your site will be known through the domain name first and foremost. You would want the domain name to be something " brandable" . The domains name shouldn't be too long. It should be catchy. Also make sure to use a .com TLD and if you can have your main target keyword in your domain name, that's great! :)

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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cecille.l
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Hi Phill,

Can the products that I want to promote still be picked up through links within the site?


Do you mean if you can still rank for these products if you have a domain name like howtogetfit.com? My answer would be yes. The domain name has nothing to do with ranking for the keyword. It's the content of the page that you're trying to get ranking that has more weight. Keep in mind that you are trying to get your individual pages to rank for their keywords, not your entire site.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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