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BizReport : Domain Names : January 14, 2015

Study: Many turning to personal domains

Websites aren't just for businesses or entrepreneurs any longer. According to one new study personal websites are growing in popularity for everyone from sole proprietors to job seekers.

by Kristina Knight has release a new study indicating that personal websites are key - for job seekers. According to their report about 84% of people have 'received benefits' from a personal website about just over 70% say personal websites are either 'important' or 'very important' for finding new opportunities while nearly three-quarters (70%) say they believe potential employers are seeking out information about workers online before interviewing job candidates.

"This study proves the value of personal websites and the benefits associated. A website is one the most powerful means of personal branding yet only 4% of people currently have one. We created to empower individuals of all generations and skill levels to take control of their personal brand and we couldn't be more excited to team up with .ME to bring the first research of its kind to market around personal websites."

Other interesting findings from the report include:

• 63% believe personal websites are more valuable than personal resumes
• 85% say personal websites will be 'more important' over the next 5 years
• 75% are using Wordpress to build/maintain their personal sites rather than hiring out
• 53% say personal websites are the 'most important' part of their online brand
• 65% host a blog within their website and most (62%) are using blogs to grow their career

Tags: Branded.ME, domain name trends, personal domain names, personal website

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