When I first got into “domaining”, all I read was how bad the idea of hand registering domain names was. It felt like if you didn’t get a domain name in an auction or catch it on the drop through various companies like Snapnames, Namejet, Dropcatch etc, then the domain name was worthless.
I guess I get it…
Most of the good domain names never make it to the end of the domain name life cycle. But I also noticed that several people talk about sales that they’ve made through hand registered domain names.
How is this possible if only the crappy domain names make it to the end of the domain name life cycle?
Well, I did some digging and noticed that even though there may not be super premium domain names available for hand registration, there are some nice ones that a business may want to use.
I actually bought a few courses on the subject and found it rather impressive how someone is able to buy hand registered domains for $x and sell them for low $xxx to mid $xxx, sometimes even within the same week or day.
A thing to remember is that I am NOT making up phrases or registering names that I think are cool. That’s another approach to registering domain names that I completely suck at. What I am doing is finding domains that dropped and were registered for several years prior, whose owner for some reason or another let the domain go.
So some of these domains are from businesses that may have potentially failed or whatever the case may be.
Also, a lot of them are niche focused that pertain to specific cities, which are also known as “Geo Domains”. They are not all geo’s though but the point is that I think if you put some time into looking for dropped domains and tighten up your filters when scanning through the names, you may be able to find something of value.
What are your thoughts? Do you ever attempt to hand register domain names? Let us know in the comments below!