I’ve Been Hand Registering Domain Names Recently…

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.

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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!

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36 thoughts on “I’ve Been Hand Registering Domain Names Recently…

  1. You only have to look at the Vr Thread at Namepros to see a bunch of new handreg’s each day. Most will fail but this does not stop them, your approach is as good as any. Some businesses are a little too early for some niches and let valuable “real estate” drop too soon or do not realise their is an aftermarket

  2. I hand register and sell domains daily.
    It’s been my passion for more than two decades…

    I’m moving into doing a new newsletter of the things I find.
    There’s always more than I would ever have the time or energy
    to register and sell myself. I don’t like my work going to waste on
    my leftovers. I have the site at DropGrabs but I have thousands
    more each week that I never have the time to create a WP post
    for and get them up on the site as often as I’d like to…

    I am going to be looking for a good way to handle the newsletter
    creation and the double opt in subscription process. That’s all
    new to me…

    Wish me luck…
    ~Patricia Kaehler — Ohio USA — DomainBELL


    • Hey Patricia,

      Sounds great! Glad to see you have been selling these types of domains daily. When it comes to selling, I assume it’s through emails to end users, correct?

      I’ve never heard of Dropgrabs but since you run it I will give it a look. I was also thinking about some type of domain newsletter or service as well. Maybe we can bounce some ideas around sometime.

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. I completely agree with you as not all hand reg names are worthless and you can still find out gems which you can flip mostly in 3 figs and sometimes in 4 figs too but that’s not usually the case alltime.

    I started the same way when I came into domaining but not hand registering any more. May be 1-3 domains p/year. The reason behind that is I have crossed that level and started buying higher quality names in order to make greater ROI. But I would strongly suggest any newbie to start off their domaining career by buying both hand reg names and GoDaddy Closeout domains to gain experience.

    • Hey Abdul,

      Yeah, when starting out and funds are low hand registering the right type of names to sell is something that makes sense to me. What doesn’t make sense to me is just thinking of a phrase or whatever and then registering it with the thoughts that you could sell it for millions. Obviously, that’s not what I am referring to in my post.

      Glad to see you can achieve the high quality domain names. I agree, auctions are a great source of “higher” quality names. Sometimes they can get pricey though! lol

      Stay in touch.

      • Rightly said 🙂
        Yeah, I am seeing prices are going very high and it’s difficult to get a good domain at under market value. But higher quality names always go for high prices. One has to keep the cash flow going and not get stuck, no matter what price level of domains he is buying.

  4. Nice post. A hand registered domain needs not be completely new. It may have dropped earlier and not re-registered.
    Also, it takes lot of time to find quality reg fee names. I recently hand registered some unmanned keyword names like unmannednews dot com.

  5. Omar – yes I do reachouts… I have a huge, high quality personally created db of contacts and information I use for my targeted reachouts… I don’t do BIG names. I do tons of 4x 3x on various registrars I work with under various names and companies I have throughout the usa and canada. I don’t share details, buyer details, prices, or specifics. I do have alot of repeat customers.
    I do get special requests and I fill those needs. I stay super busy. I love what I do. Alot of things I reg and sell are things I’ve found on custom searches I do for a specific field or niche…
    I do want to start a fresh newsletter for my overflow. I feel like a grandmother wanting to help the younger folks. I am older than dirt.
    I’ve already made my way. I want to do something to give back to others.

    Need suggestions on what Newsletter – eMail – double opt in services I should be looking into…

    here’s the specific link you want Omar:
    I update daily sometimes 2-3x day
    not just drops – lots of custom research lists
    in various extensions

    glad to have found your site (smile)]
    ~Patricia Kaehler — Ohio USA — DomainBELL

  6. Hey Omar, good to read from you again.

    I totally agree about the hang-regs. The way I look at it we all need to start somewhere. Since I learn best by doing, including doing “failing” spectacularly lol, I have no problem trying out that method.

    I too bought similar courses as those you describe; perhaps they’re the same ones. I’ve learned a ton and so far I’m on my way to meeting my goal for sales, trying to hold on tightly to 50% profitability overall.

    Continued success to you!

  7. Nice post! Pls what courses do you guys recommend? I have been reading a lot but the more I read the more it feels I haven’t started. Y’all know the feeling right?

    • Hey Iyke,

      Yeah I know what you mean. Lot’s to learn and I’m still learning all the time. I don’t want to post the course here in public but if you send me over an email (our email can be found on the contact us tab above), I will tell you the course I am referring to!

      Thanks for the comment.


  8. You can certainly find good domains to hand register. You will have to look a LOT harder these days in .com/.net/.org though. Even some of the popular ccTLD such as .UK, .DE, .BR, .AU, .CA etc. it can be hard to find quality domains to register and then to resell.

    Plenty of domains do what I call “recycling” as they get registered, dropped, re-registered. They are not necessarily bad domain names, they are brandable,geo-specific, etc. It depends on what you are looking for.

    You do need to monitor closely and set filters extremely tight. Personally never had luck with Geos but maybe in NJ you guys it’s better. 🙂

  9. I just recently became active in domain sales and I’ve gotten a lot more positive reactions (and sales) from hand-registered domains than those I’ve gotten in auctions (though, I’m a novice and have more than once well-overpaid and registered misspellings – Getting too excited).

    There is definitely something to be said for spending some time and thought on hand registered names versus pressing buy each time an expiring name catches your eye. Good article.

  10. Just a little about my personal experience…

    So far in my experience of domaining which has been 2 years now, the vast majority of domains that I have sold have been hand registered.

    Of course, when I started out my portfolio was 100% hand regs, but now it’s about 60% hand registered, 20% caught on the drop and 20% auction purchased.

    With that in mind, of all my sales to date I’ve still only sold 1 domain that wasn’t a hand registered domain, however the hand registered domains have been available for sale much longer than the more recently acquired auction and caught domains.

    I guess time will tell if my auction / caught domains will overtake my hand registered domains in sales…

    Either way, I do think that hand registered domains do still sell and it’s a great way for beginner’s to get in to domaining.

    • Hey Nate,

      Thanks for sharing this info! Glad to see someone is having success with hand registered names. End users don’t really care if a name was purchased as a hand reg or through an auction. It makes no difference to them.

      Thanks for the comment!


      • Thank you for the reply Omar,

        I have been out of domaining for 7 years and just returned 3 months ago. When I decided to have a website for the winter but things changed. Back in 2005 I use to hand reg all my domains so I stuck with that now again.

  11. There are still potentials in handregs but the chances are getting slimmer. The only handreg I will recommend is emerging trends, keep your ears on the ground and get in early. If (emphasis on if) the trend became popular, then you have a premium. The downside is you must be ready to keep paying for renewals.

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