Please congratulate me.
Today I registered my first domain name www.denagottlieb.com.
Watch out world!!!!
I'm not totally sure yet what I will do with the site with my own name, but one of the reasons I got it (besides "branding") is that it is a good idea to "cloak links". If you use your affiliate link people can steal your profits by replacing your affiliate code with their own. Also, sometimes when someone sees an affiliate link they would prefer that you not get your commission and will go access the site without using your link. It also just looks a heck of a lot nicer and more aesthetic to have a short, professional looking link.
Here is an example of an ugly affiliate link:
Here is an example of a nice short link:
Isn't that so much nicer?
If you are interested in a whole article and audio about the importance of link cloaking leave me a comment and I'll send it to you.