Dictionary Domain Names: Can you still find and register them?

Written by Charles L. Harmon

While doing research onrepparttar Internet for things that looked interesting and had some moneymaking potential I stumbled across a website dedicated to domain names. There are many, but that particular site had loads of articles and helpful hints. One ofrepparttar 105217 articles caught my attention when it mentioned dictionary domain names.

I immediately started thinking …yes; maybe I could register some valuable dictionary domains and somehow make money from them. That potential bubble was quickly burst when virtually everything I could find about domain names indicated allrepparttar 105218 good names had been registered. It seemed to be true. I spent hours thinking up names, then checking, only to find they had already been registered.

Now, true to all I’d read, I was only attempting to come up with .com domain names since by now I too had come to believerepparttar 105219 best chance of making money from domain names was to own names withrepparttar 105220 much more popular .com extension. There are, however, significant exceptions but that will not concern us here.

After my initial failure to find decent domain names …almost allrepparttar 105221 first two hundred names I thought were good were already taken, I decided maybe I should take a different approach. I had read several articles indicating dictionary domain names had intrinsic value compared to non-dictionary URL’s. I agree, however it still is not easy to sell a dictionary domain name, or any domain name for that matter, in my experience. Even more so, it seemed like allrepparttar 105222 single word dictionary names were already registered, adding to my dismay in trying to find good names to register.

It now became a challenge to find unregistered dictionary domain names, withrepparttar 105223 dot com extension. I vowed to find some, no matter what. Being a researcher at heart, but not totally sold on pure Internet research, I decided to straddlerepparttar 105224 fence. I would think up words and write them down on paper, then check them out on a popular Internet website for correct spelling, then check with a registrar to see if they were available to register. It was rare to find any single word domain name that was not already taken. Exceptions were very long undesirable words.

Ok I thought, back to my college days. I got one of my original college dictionaries, now some decades old, and started looking up words. I started withrepparttar 105225 letter Z since I figured there are fewer and less common words beginning with that letter. Knowing it would be unlikely to be able to register any word I already was familiar with I quickly scanned for unknown (words I did not know) words. Bingo! Almost immediately, when I enteredrepparttar 105226 word zebeck.com to register it I was shocked to find it available to register. I double-checkedrepparttar 105227 spelling andrepparttar 105228 definition. When I was sure there was no mistake I registered it.

Afterrepparttar 105229 initial shock of actually finding a dictionary word I could register I made it a goal to spend several nights a week for a month or more to try to find new words. I triedrepparttar 105230 F’s and almost immediately found floccule. Looked up T’s and found thulia. To make matters interesting I found javary, kamacite, togate and others in my dictionary, but they did not show up inrepparttar 105231 dictionary onrepparttar 105232 Internet. Double-checking for correctness, I verified they were indeed true dictionary words and proceeded to registerrepparttar 105233 .com version of them.

Domain Names: An Unusual and Profitable Characteristic

Written by Charles L. Harmon

Due to my other Internet activities I had relegated my hundreds of domain names to a low priority and seldom gave them much thought. The exception was for some minor research for topics to create websites for a small number of domains. Fortunately, a registrar who caters to those with many domains managed most of my names. Part of their service is providing a number of statistics on each domain name. In addition,repparttar names (URL’s) host a directory website where I can make a few cents (if I’m lucky) if visitors torepparttar 105214 website click any ofrepparttar 105215 links.

A few days ago I decided to take a quick look at some of those domains. I had a new idea for a few possible websites and wanted to see which ones were getting enough hits to warrant further consideration. As I created a report showing traffic on some of my domains I was amazed to find one of my domain names had a lot of impressions (website page views). Where normally that name had a few impressions each day it had several hundred that day along with several dollars of profit where there usually was none.

That wasrepparttar 105216 first time I had noticed such a drastic change in one of my domains in such a short period of time – one day. The previous day there wererepparttar 105217 normal few views and no money to be made from that domain name. I asked my co-worker if he heard anything inrepparttar 105218 news involving video games sincerepparttar 105219 domain name showing unusual traffic was related to video games. He said no, he had heard nothing. Since he was a thirty-something and was usually aware of such things I first thought it might be just an aberration, but it was unsettling nevertheless. As a stock and options investor, I am very familiar withrepparttar 105220 effects of news on those financial instruments so news wasrepparttar 105221 first thing to cross my mind that might changerepparttar 105222 activity on a domain name so fast.

Later that evening, right before turning off my home computer, I thought of that domain name again and took a quick glance at its statistics. Wow! There were a lot more impressions and many more dollars showed as profit off that surge of hits.

About that time my son, nineteen and an ex video game fanatic, who was in Korea (I was in Southern California), came on and sent me a message via Instant Messenger. We conversed a short while then I asked him if he had heard any news about Xbox because by then I was suspecting something big must have been said inrepparttar 105223 news related to that specific video game platform. My domain name XboxStars.com was going wild with hits, compared to its usual half-dozen hits or less each day. He said, “Dad, I think they announced they are coming out with an Xbox 2”. Immediately I knew that was why my domain was getting so much action. It was reacting torepparttar 105224 news! Maybe even over reacting. The news had probably been released that day. I never really sawrepparttar 105225 actual news related to that announcement, but I later checked some ofrepparttar 105226 video game sites and their forums and there was lots of talk about Microsoft’s announcement related to Xbox2 to have some games created in Japan and speculation that some version or prototype of Xbox 2 would be at a well known game conventionrepparttar 105227 next week.

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