Do you have those stores that you hate going into because you know that you are going to end up spending way more money than you intended?

Blog content is free to the reader right? Well today my RSS feeds cost me.

The Friday Traffic Report had a post on the Big Word Project, which is essentially a tag site. Site owners can buy the tag with a link to their site at the cost of $1 per letter.

Developed by masters students Paddy Donnelly and Lee Munroe from the University of Ulster, the site launched on February 25, 2008. The idea sprang from a desire to create a project that utilized concepts in their Multi-Disciplinary Design program.

The “buy a space” concept gained prominence in 2005 with the success of the Million Dollar Homepage by Alex Tew who, like the Big Word Project founders, was a college student trying to raise money to pay tuition.

Since the launch of the Million Dollar Homepage numerous copycat sites have sprung up, although none have had the success of the original.

The difference between The Big Word Project and the majority of the tag sites out there is that the tag must be an actual word in the dictionary (no phrases) and the tag is priced by the letter.

Another nice little feature is the option to purchase the tagged word as a gift for a friend. I bought the word “Bows” for a friend who designs custom hair bows.

Along with a list of other words. I’ll warn you now, it gets addicting. You buy one word and then think of another that would be good to have.

Should you buy a word for your business? If a related word is available, I don’t think you can go wrong with getting it. Just be sure that you enter the url to link correctly, it can’t be changed later.

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