Domain name speculation has to be one of very best ways to make money on Internet. It's easy, fun, takes a very low investment and has a huge profit potential. Businesses and webmasters are always looking for high quality, marketable domain names and will pay you big bucks if you have name they want. Many people are making a good living buying and selling domain names. And you can too.
Below I will tell you everything you need to know, including where to find good domain names that are still available for registration (for as low as $14.) This used to be one of hardest and most frustrating parts of domain investing. In past to find good domain names you would have to search, one by one, until one came up that was available. But now there are research tools and compiled lists that do this for you! You can also get lists of domains that have expired, due to non- payment, and have been put back into available pool. More on this below, but first lets discuss what makes a good domain name.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD DOMAIN NAME:
The suffix is most important factor. .COM, .NET, and .ORG are by far most popular. Other alternative domains like .WS, .TV, .FM, are becoming more and more popular because they are wide open. For example where you couldn't get DW.com you can still get DW.ws (well maybe not anymore). For now, I would stick with .COM because they will be easiest to sell.
Would a webmaster or business want it? Ask yourself that question and if you can't instantly say "Yes!" than don't buy it. Also more generic domain name better. And remember it is illegal to register a business name or trademark that you do not own. This is called "cyber-squatting" and tough laws are now in place to protect against this.
The shorter name better. These are most memorable and easiest to market. At time of writing this, there are only about a thousand three character domain names left. To find out how to get a list of these and four-character domain names see below.
What names are selling? Do some research on Ebay.com or Afternic.com (popular domain auctions) and see what names are selling and for how much. Below are what some domains recently auctioned for or have current bids at Afternic.com:
Internetbank.com $92,800 E-Privacy.com $35,080 eloans.net $6,060 Ez-HomeLoans.com $4,725 venture-capital.net $14,510 officetravel.com $2,625 qalaxycafe.com $1,890 a1restaurants.com $730 stormnews.com $765 SkinCleanse.com $2,885 LADoctor.com $15,000 MrAirline.com $15,000 Engineering.org $198,895.00
HOW TO FIND HIGH QUALITY DOMAIN NAMES:
There is a myth circulating cyberspace that all good domains are taken already. And although it is true that thousands of new domain names are registered everyday, there are still good names to found. The best way to find great domains is to subscribe to expired domain lists. These are compiled lists of thousands of repossessed domain names that have been put back into domain pool every day. They are available again for anyone to register and contain some really great names; recently race.com appeared in one and was snatched up by a lucky subscriber. As a subscriber you will get first pick at registering these names. There are two such lists that I know of: