How do domain names work?

Registering a domain doesn’t automatically make your Web site appear when visitors enter your domain into a Web browser. You have to upload your Web site to a computer that hosts the site and assigns a numeric address, called an IP address, to your domain. Your domain and associated IP address are stored in a database with every other domain and associated IP address. When visitors enter your domain into a Web browser, your domain works like an address forwarding service by forwarding visitors to the IP address where your Web site is stored. We use domain names instead of IP addresses because most people find it easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.

When you register a domain, you do not have to create and upload a Web site. You can also:

Sell it. Domains can be a great investment. If you have registered a domain that you are not using, maybe someone else can. Log in to your Account Manager and set up a For Sale parked page for your domain. Don’t forget to include your contact information.

Protect your brand online. The more domains you register, the better. Prevent others from registering a similar domain to yours—just to steal away your customers. What to do with all these names? Forward them to your main domain.

Hold on to it. Maybe you haven’t decided what to do with your new domain. Don’t worry – there’s no rush. You can leave it parked with us for the length of your registration.

For new .COM and .NET domains and updates, it may take up to eight hours for changes to become effective. It may take up to 48 hours for changes made to all other domain extensions to become effective. This is because of the number of networks and agencies involved. Delays apply to all domains and registrars. Please allow for this delay when planning Web sites or configuring a domain to work with your email.

(Source from LuckyRegister Frequently Asked Questions/ Learn About Domains)

100 Domain registration tips

Hi,
I walk around the web and find interesting tips about domain names. I put them here for your information:

1) Create brandable domains by replacing the first letter(s) of a common word.

2) Don’t start work developing an idea around a domain that you don’t yet own 
thinking you can grab it when you’re ready!

3) Don’t use hyphens in the domain if you can help it.

4) Does the domain look good in upper and lower case?

5) Say the domain out loud before registering it, is it easily pronounceable over the phone?

6) read up on new and emerging terms and register domains around them

7) Don’t register domains while under the influance of drugs or alcohol. (just say no)
8) Keep the domain length down don’t over do it. On Average get 10 char domains.

9) Keep the word count down in the domain name. 3 is pushing it, 4 is overboard.

10) Match your domain name with a proper TLD (or TLDs).

11) Check Google and/or Overture search results for the exact term.

12) Search through lists of expired domain names.

13) It’s a good sign if PPC advertisers are bidding on the exact terms that make up your domain name.
14) don’t register too many at once – spread the renewal times !

15) Limit yourself. Don’t register everything that looks good, but only a select few, the best of the domains that look good. Selling domains is not as easy as it seems, even for those of us that have some success with it. Domains that are simply decent can easily get lost within the millions of listed domains out there.

16) If all your research and domainer intuition point to a successful sale at a certain level with a domain you’ve purchased, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the level of bids you want right away. Be patient!

17) Research various different domain markets and find the one that suits you best, whether it be brandable made-up .com names, top keyword ccTLDs, or something inbetween.

18) If you really want to feature a domain at a particular marketplace, make sure it’s a high-quality name that otherwise would not easily be found. Check the listing visits on your best names, pick the one with the least amount of listing views, and feature that name.

19) When you believe you have a good understanding of high quality domain names ($x,xxx or higher) and feel you have 1 or more of them, make an attempt to get those elite names into showcase/top names at the domain marketplaces you have then listed at. It’s always free and can only mean more traffic to your listing.

20) Do NOT search for domains unless you can IMMEDIATELY register them once you find a suitable domain.
If you find a great name, chances are it will be gone the by the ‘next’ time you want to reg it.

21) Use acronym searchers to discover additional meaning to a domain.

22) Domain ‘hacks’ can add additional value if done in a clever way and matched with an appropriate extension (e.g. del.icio.us, click.it)

23)Dont use reg fly

24)Dont be afraid of ccTLDs

25) Buy trademarked domains At Your Own Risk and be prepared to drop it at any time.

26) Try to buy one good domain rather than to register 10 domains with the same money

27) Do PPC research before you buy a name.

28) Be ready to drop if need be

29) Don’t spend more than you can afford

30) Don’t make this your primary business.

31) When partnering with someone, get your agreement in writing. Get clear agreement statements from all parties, regardless of your affiliation(s) with them. At the least, save a screenshot of all chat sessions and/or save all email discussions.

32) Don’t regret a sale for longer than a few seconds. If you find out later that the name was worth much more, the buyer would’ve/could’ve paid more, etc., consider your “loss” as money well-spent on a lesson well learned.

33) ask questions from those who know more than you and respect their answers

34) Don’t buy names that you don’t intend to renew, unless they are for a specific occasion.

35) Work out your budget and stick to it.

36) Keep a reserve for bargains that may appear.

37) Don’t spend big on types of names that you have little experience with.

38) don’t fall for appraisal scam

39) Remember to use any discount codes when registering or renewing, this will save you lots of money 

40) Check the name is not blacklisted

41) Invest in the future, the past has already been bought 

42) It is MUCH easier to find a sweet Domain in drop list than develop a new one by yourself

43) If you start registering lots of domains get yourself a domain reseller account to lower the price per domain.

44) Use domain searching software for advanced domain hunting.

45) Choose your registrar carefully. 

46) Register domain names for more than one year to get better ranking in Google

47) Be careful with combining words, they might create unforeseen meanings for your domain

48)… Don’t transfer/push sold Domains prior to receiving payment from the buyer.

49)… If you find an available name check to see if the plural or singular version are also available.

50)… If you find an available name check to see if there are other similar names available, for example, I regged GreedyCash.com but prior to regging it I looked up GreedyMoney.com and GreedyBucks.com, both were taken.

51)… If possible search for end users, selling to domain resellers usually isnt the best way to get the max for your Domain.

52)… If your interested in a domain which looks like its going to be dropped, contact the current owner and make an offer, once the name does drop you might end up paying alot more for it in the end.

53)… Find yourself an online domainer friend which you trust and discuss the domains your interested in prior to regging them, always nice to get a second opinion.

54) brand your name give it a tshirt or something

55?) Become a member of domain forum web sites

56) Stear clear of ebay unless you have a solid name

57) Sales threads with the word “premium” in the title rarely offer premium names.

58) Use a domain monitor to watch your domains (dns changes, transfers, locks etc…) and domains you are interested in.

59) Use a mark monitor to watch for when certain keywords are registered as domains, e.g. something using your trademark or close to your brand.
60) Watch for news about new TLDs (Top Level Domains) being launched

61) Late night registrations are a no go area. You will wake up in the morning and wish that you had never bought it.

62) If creating a websiteregister related names in all different extensions to cover yourself as it will save money in the long run on Dispute Filings or having to buy them in the future for $100 a piece, when you could have just got them for practically nothing in the first place.

63) Cheapest isn’t always best, the registrar may have hidden charges which may otherwise be free on another registrar.

64) If you have a domain name which has a trademark associated with it, unless you are in a “nothing to lose” (apart from the crummy domain) situation, do not offer it to the company with the registered trademark as this will give the company evidence of an “abusive registration”

65) Before you register a domain specifically for resale, think… would I buy this domain off someone else?

66) Using l33t speak in your domain name limits it’s scope and can make it harder to read/promote.

67) Use private domain registration to hide your contact details from the world, otherwise it’s available as public info.
68) Use The Wayback machine to view old versions of sites at a domain, they may even have put a price up or other interesting info.

69) Before grabbing a domain, check if it’s been taken in other extensions already.
70) When you are expecting domains to drop, check their availability at more than one registrar. While some show a domain as still taken, others may be showing it as available!

71) All other things being equal, a fairly good .com is better than all but the very best .net/.org/.info, etc.

72) Compose your email messages to potential buyers in a word processor; edit them; and then paste them into your email program. (If you compose in the email program, you might accidentally hit “send” when the message is half written. Sadly, I speak from experience!)

73)When you register a domain, don’t try to “flip” it immediately for a small profit. Park it and wait for a while (at least a week or two) to see whether it’s getting traffic, which could increase its value.
74) Reward people who help you. (For example, if someone posts an available domain that you grab, or gives a thoughtful appraisal to your domain, give them some rep / NP$ / actual $ / etc.)

75) free online appraisal systems very often give inaccurate (often inflated) evaluations of domains.

76) On some occasions if a great domain is about to drop, it might be worth while contacting the owner directly before it does – because it will almost certainly be snapped up and go to auction for the highest bid.

77) If you have graphics design experience creating quick logo concepts for the domains you are selling can help potential buyers to share in your vision for the domain, and increase the chance of a sale.

78) When considering a registrar, find out whether you can cancel (& get a refund for) domains within a few days after you register them. Some, but not all, registrars offer this option.

79) Don’t steer clear of eBay, just price your names correctly.

80) Don’t get greedy when responding to Sedo.com offers unless you really know what you are doing.

81) Don’t post ANYTHING on Namepros unless you’ve read about FLUMP

82) If your name gets listed on GreatDomains.com, you cannot sell it anywhere else for 6 months.

83) If your name isn’t accept by GreatDomains.com, don’t complain to them, just post about it 

84) Be very careful to not buy low value IDN domain names, from people who previously registered them, when you may think that you were getting a very nice and valuable one, specially .COMs.

85) If your reason for registering a particular domain is to sell it, then make sure your who-is info is accurate and up to date, so buyers can contact you quickly and easily.

86) Check domains with DN Analyzer. If a name shows as taken, go to whois.net and confirm that it actually is. Using several registrars to check for available names will result in the name being stolen by a registrar, a taster or a squatter.

87) Be diligent in renewing your domains. Don’t procrastinate. If possible, consolidate your names to one registrar to make them easier to keep track of. 

88) Avoid current event domains. Today’s news is next year’s junk domain. 

89) Learn the basics about trademarks, contract law, and the UDRP process.

90) Your domain is worth whatever someone’s willing to pay, NOT what someone else says it’s worth. 

91) Appraisals are an educated guide price, often a total guess, NOT a final price.

92) Don’t hold on to your whole portfolio in hopes of getting high $$$$$$ for each name, renewing hundreds of names per year at high expense. Instead, hold on to some gems, sell the rest for lower prices, move the goods

93) When you sell 10 names for $50 each, instead of using that $500 for regging 50 inferior names, consider buying a single high quality dotcom for $500

94) Make sure you take into account the expenses of regging, renewing, broker fees, software purchases, transfer costs, whois privacy costs etc when planning your budget. If you don’t, you might end up losing money in the long run even if you do make some sales

95) take domian parking seriously. It’s set it and forget it but most people fail to set it.

96) Repark your bottom 20% – some names just do better elsewhere but give them time.

97) List your names everywhere.

98) get a good portfolio site.

99) promote your portfolio site with viral marketing and free sites

100) consider free private label storefronts for some of your names.

(source from namepros.com member posts)

Popular domain names prefixes – “E” and “I”

In addition to a domain placing value on the shortness of the word, ease to spell, commercial appeal, and organic capacity to generate natural traffic, today’s domain names are being valued for the branding potential. The domain name sale iReport although not an organic or dictionary term alone, is actually preferred as a highly brandable term, in that it is has a popular pre-fix “i” which indicates the “report” to be online.

The prefixes and dashes between words were once considered second, but now due to brandability, if the term is a commercial term, a prefix is often preferred. Example eLoans markets with an e to indicate to its potential customers that a loan may be obtained online.

The two primary prefixes are “E”, for electronic, and “I”, for Internet. Both indicate the word or phrase to be accessible online. Because of that, in terms of branding, an i or e combined with a commercial term are highly desirable. In domain sales typically an e has been preferred, and i slightly less in terms of demand. eBrooklyn sold for approximately $2500 whereas once it would have been available to register at the price of a domain name (which ranges from $8 to $30 us dollars depending on the registrar). The rapidly increasing use of prefixes in conjunction with main dictionary and or commercial terms is here and for some predominantly internet based companies, or high technology, high profile companies, the prefix is now preferred.

One of the details that make a domain with a prefix more valuable for a brand, is the ability to simply promote the name without the use of “.com” in the promotion. If a domain owner had report.com he would be forced to use the .com to indicate it was on the net at that address, however to register domain names with a one letter prefix does not need to use the “.com”.

Someone could promote “iReport” as a brand, and assuming it was a world class brand, visitors would know they could find it at “iReport.com without seeing the .com. However if it was a .net, it would be wise to state iReport.net. This option to simply state the name of the company or entity is particularly valuable in that it is brief and clear in indicating that a report can be either made or found on the “i”nternet.

eLoans similarly does not have to state “eLoans.com”. eLoans, in the minds of most is clearly an online entity offering electronic loan applications.

Some alternative domains that avoid the use of “.com” in their promotion are “WebMD” as the word web as a prefix suffice to indicate the information is online and likely at a .com extension.

Source from wikipedia

Why you should register domain names for more than one year?

Google recently filed United States Patent Application 20050071741. As part of that application, Google made apparent its efforts to wipe out search engine spam, stating: “Valuable (legitimate) domains are often paid for several years in advance, while doorway (illegitimate) domains rarely are used for more than a year. Therefore, the date when a domain expires in the future can be used as a factor in predicting the legitimacy of a domain and, thus, the documents associated therewith.” Domains registered for longer periods give the indication, true or not, that their owner is legitimate. Google uses a domain’s length of registration when indexing and ranking a Web site for inclusion in their organic search results. So to PROVE TO EVERYONE THAT YOUR SITE IS THE REAL DEAL, register for more than one year and increase your chances of boosting your search ranking on Google

vodka maker paid $3 million for VODKA.com

The billionaire Russian entrepreneur behind Russia’s biggest vodka maker has paid $3 million to acquire the vodka.com domain, part of a bid to expand into the U.S. market, a broker said on Thursday.
Sedo.com, the Web domain brokering unit that is part of Germany’s United Internet AG, said it had acted as the sales agent in the deal. (domain registration in 1999-09)
Conglomerate Russian Standard Co., controlled by Roustam Tariko, paid $3 million to an undisclosed seller in a deal completed Dec. 4, according to a Sedo.com spokesman. A New York-based spokeswoman for Russian Standard confirmed the $3 million price tag.
Russian Standard entered the U.S. market in September 2005 with its Imperia brand. The recipe for Imperia is said to have been discovered by 19th century 
Russian scientist Dimitri Mendeleev, inventor of chemistry’s periodic table of elements.
Russian Standard Co. controls not only two-thirds of the sales of premium vodka in Russia, but also owns Russian Standard Bank, the country’s largest private bank.
Vodka.com’s price tag is among the highest ever revealed for a generic Web domain. In May, diamond.com reportedly sold for $7.5 million to jewelry retailer 
Ice.com. Business.com sold for $7.5 million in 1999.

Earlier this year, a source told Reuters that Sex.com had sold for around $12 million to a Boston-based company called Escom LLC, although the exact figure has never been disclosed

How to Select a Domain Name for Your Company

 

A good domain name is relatively short. A short name — if you can get it — is important for several reasons. It is easy to fit into logos, makes a better brand, is more easily recognizable, and is harder to misspell. Some companies have 50-character domain names spelling out their whole company name. That’s unwise. Long domain names don’t fit in forms, on billboards, or in Google PPC ads. Keep them relatively short. 
A good domain name is memorable. You remember generic names, such as Art.com and Garden.com. But you also remember more unique names such as Amazon.com, Google.com, and FogDog.com. Putting together strange combinations of words is fun and can be very productive. It helps if it rhymes like FogDog, or repeats sounds such as Google, or is sing-songy like WilsonWeb. Say your prospective domain name out loud to listen to its sounds. See if your tongue gets twisted around any syllables. Whatever your domain name, it should stick in the mind. 
A good domain name isn’t easily confused with others. In their desperation to find a domain name, some grasped at hyphenated names and put “the” in front of a word, as in TheStandard.com. The problem is confusion. Trademark laws are designed to prevent customer confusion. If the holder of a similar domain name is first to trademark his combination, it could threaten your domain name, or at least your ability to use it as a brand. Be sure to check with the US Patent and Trademark database (www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm) or the trademark database for your country. Another consideration is how you’ll need to say your domain name over the phone. If you always have to say “spelled ding-hyphen-doodle.com” you’ll soon wish you’d left out the hyphens. Do your best to find a name that can’t be confused. 
A good domain name is hard to misspell. If people can misspell something, they will. The longer and more complex your domain name, the harder it is for your customers to type it in correctly. Many of them can’t type well to start with, so to type in a long name may lose you lots of business. At the low price of domain names (cheap domain registration), it may pay you to purchase the misspellings of a domain name, too. This way you’ll get the traffic intended for your site and discourage poachers from buying up the variants. Poachers can be driven off by lawsuits if you have trademark protection, but you don’t want that hassle. 
A good domain name relates to your business name or core business. It’s best if you register domain names for your company and your domain name can be guessed from your company name. But in your search for a domain name, don’t give up if you can’t find the domain for your exact business name. Find functional names, names that describe your uniqueness, names that express an emotion or attitude. 
A good domain name sounds solid to your target audience. If possible, get a .com domain or the domain that has the most respect in your country. You can get a .biz or .info, or .cc, .ws, .tv, and .to. (The latter are the country top level domains of the small nations of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, (Western) Samoa, Tuvalu, and Tonga, respectively). The problem is that the general public, in the US anyway, is accustomed to .com, or maybe .net (though .net and .org aren’t nearly as well regarded). Offbeat domain names sound … offbeat and suspect. Your main domain should be the one that people expect it to be. In the US, that’s probably .com. In France it would be .fr. If you want to appeal to an international audience, .com is probably best. Having said that, I think it’s wise to buy up other common domain name endings. They’re cheap. If you become successful you’ll wish you had kept them away from poachers. This helps your main domain name stay unique.
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, Editor (wilsonweb.com)

How do I Make Money with my Parked Domain Names ?

The first step is to make sure that your domain registrar offers “Forwarding” or “Redirection” service. If you do not know what “Forwarding” or “Redirection” is let me explain. Forwarding a domain name means that your domain registrar will forward anyone that types a domain that has forwarding on it to another domain. For example if you set up forwarding on yourdomain.com to yourotherdomain.com, when anyone types in or clicks a link to yourdomain.com they will automatically be sent to yourotherdomain.com. That’s it! ( LuckyRegister offer domain registration with forwarding for Free. )   

Finding the right affiliate program. 

After you determine that your domain registrar offers Forwarding you will need to find affiliate programs that are directly related to your parked domain names. For example, I have a domain name vegasdeals.com. Now I would want to look for an affiliate program that sells tickets to Las Vegas Shows. It is best to find affiliate programs that are directly related to your parked domain name. You will find a higher percentage of affiliate sales will be made that way. If a visitor is already interested in the same subject of your domain, it does not make sense to send them to something they are not looking for. 

I joined an affiliate program…now what? 

After joining an affiliate program you will be given a “Referring URL” that contains your id in the URL. Next you will go to your domain registrar’s site and set up the forwarding of your domain to the referring URL. Continuing with our previous example our fictitious referring URL is http://www.youcanbuyshowticketshere.com/id=me. Remember this is fictitious for example only. So I go to my domain registrar and have BuyLasVegasShowTickets.com forwarded to http://www.youcanbuyshowticketshere.com/id=me. Now when someone clicks on a link or types in BuyLasVegasShowTickets.com they are automatically taken to site they can buy show tickets at, and since my referral id is in the URL, I will get credit for any sales made. It is that simple. 

What are you waiting for? 

I know there are thousands (if not millions) of you out there, who own domain names that sit around collecting dust. Why not put them to use and start to make money with them?

Source from Adem Martin del Campo – Graphic Web Design (graphicwebdesign.net)


How to value a domain name?

4C Valuation Model

4C Valuation Model represents a system of domain appraisal based on four key criteria, or the four C’s: Character, Commerce, .Com and Comparables, otherwise known as Comps.

While each of these valuation criteria is important, all four together more accurately determine the fair market value of a Domain Name. 
To complete the Appraisal, we then compare this value against similar subject Domain Names that have previously closed called Comparables (or Comps), to determine the final value.

Here are the 4C’s:

Characters
The shorter a Domain Name is, the better. Apart from being easier to remember and spell, a short name has more impact and a high recall value. Five characters or less is ideal, and anything more than 20 characters has a substantially lower value.

Commerce
Ultimately, a Domain Name attains its value from its potential to drive traffic and deliver revenue to a business – in short, its marketability. Since branding is key to establishing a strong online presence, Domain Names that are based on well-known phrases, or are closely associated with a business opportunity with a sizable market share, enjoy a favorable position.

.Com
Location is everything, and many want to live in such coveted neighborhoods or cities as Beverly Hills, New York City, Paris, Singapore, or Hong Kong. That’s equally true of premium cyberspace. On the Internet, everyone prefers to dwell in the .com neighborhood. It’s the top-level domain (TLD) that embodies instant branding, and .com names enjoy a premium rating. (*** .com domain registration is the key)

Comparables
Take a look for the domain sold history and utilize these as the Comps for determining the value of a similar subject Domain Name. By doing so, we ensure that our Appraisal reflects current fair market value.

LuckyRegister Model

Domain Appraisals are based on Commercial Use, Brand Recognition, Name Length, Dot Value, Hyphen/Numeric and Word Count. Step up to a Certified appraisal and you’ll also receive a review by industry experts.

Top Domain Names Sales

The following domain names are known to have received over US$1 million in the public domain name aftermarket, lead by sex.com in 2006. There are many more names which have sold in the private market for substantially more. Ninety-eight percent of all domain sales we have tracked since 1/1/2006 sold for less than US$10,000.. 

Amount Year Domain 
$12,000,000 2006 sex.com (est) 
$9,500,000 2007 porn.com 
$7,500,000 2006 diamond.com 
$7,500,000 1999 business.com 
$5,500,000 2003 casino.com 
$5,000,000 2002 asseenontv.com 
$5,000,000 1999 korea.com 
$3,500,000 1996 worldwideweb.com 
$3,350,000 1999 altavista.com 
$3,300,000 1999 wine.com 
$3,000,000 2007 creditcheck.com 
$3,000,000 1999 eshow.com 
$3,000,000 2006 vodka.com 
$3,000,000 1999 loans.com 
$2,750,000 2004 creditcards.com 
$2,500,000 2000 dotnology.com 
$2,500,000 2000 tom.com 
$2,200,000 1999 autos.com 
$2,200,000 1999 coupons.com 
$2,100,000 2007 computer.com 
$2,000,000 2000 britain.com 
$2,000,000 2000 celebrities.com 
$2,000,000 1999 express.com 
$1,900,000 2000 savings.com 
$1,800,000 2007 seniors.com 
$1,600,000 2006 branson.com 
$1,500,000 2000 deposit.com 
$1,500,000 2006 cameras.com 
$1,500,000 2007 tandberg.com 
$1,500,000 2000 fly.com 
$1,500,000 1999 marketingtoday.com 
$1,320,000 2003 men.com 
$1,250,000 2007 vista.com 
$1,200,000 2000 feedback.com 
$1,180,000 2007 scores.com 
$1,120,000 2007 chinese.com 
$1,100,000 2004 mercury.com 
$1,030,000 1999 wallstreet.com 
$1,020,000 2005 fish.com 
$1,000,000 2007 iphone.com 

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