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Recently myself and my friend/ business partner have done a couple days worth of research last week to find some keyword rich domain names we could purchase to put affiliate sites up on and later sell them for a little profit.

We went to register them this week, and they have all been taken. We did all our research on who.is. Is there a way that people can discover what you are searching for and then simply register the domains you were looking at?

Another problem was, domains that showed up as available on who.is often were not and were registered with name.com (we discovered this after clicking on the "available" domain on who.is, only to find it is not available on name.com).

Just thought I'd throw a heads up out there. If you see a domain you like, and it's available, buy it. We have learnt a very expensive and costly lesson, but hopefully our mistakes can benefit others here.
#buy #domains #quickly
  • Profile picture of the author Domainate
    I can't speak for who.is since I do almost all my whois lookups on DomainTools, but searches on various whois sites being compromised has been going on for years. The most notorious case was Network Solutions doing "front running" such that they were "reserving" domains for people who looked them up on Network Solutions in case they wanted to buy the name.

    Some whois sites DO often give incorrect results though such that domains may show available there but in fact be taken. That happens often even at the most established whois sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    I wondered about this when I searched and found a domain name and instead of buying there and then left if a day only to find it was gone when I came to buy it. I should not be too surprised considering the amount of domain names that are being searched for daily. That is why when some sells cloned website to 100s and 1000s then all those people are going to look for a suitable domain name.

    It is also a pity when searching for a domain name you find so many parked up or not in use.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

    Recently myself and my friend/ business partner have done a couple days worth of research last week to find some keyword rich domain names we could purchase to put affiliate sites up on and later sell them for a little profit.

    We went to register them this week, and they have all been taken. We did all our research on who.is. Is there a way that people can discover what you are searching for and then simply register the domains you were looking at?

    Another problem was, domains that showed up as available on who.is often were not and were registered with name.com (we discovered this after clicking on the "available" domain on who.is, only to find it is not available on name.com).

    Just thought I'd throw a heads up out there. If you see a domain you like, and it's available, buy it. We have learnt a very expensive and costly lesson, but hopefully our mistakes can benefit others here.
    Hey

    I know what you mean, and theres actually a cool trick to use here. Find an industry you like. Create some keywords and punch them into Googles keyword tool. Take that list of keywords and use a bulk domain registrar to find available .com / .org / .net / .co.uk domains.

    If you create a small site with these keywords and these TLDs, you will get whats a EXACT MATCH BONUS ... and your site will almost certainly come up in the top 10 SERPS for that keyword ... only becaus ethe keyword is in the domain.

    That strategy works, but you need to go through a lot of keywords to find available ones. Works for me and I do make some money this way.

    Any questions, drop me a line!

    Nick
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Yeah ... I never let a domain go if it's one that I want. Find it ... register it or someone else will.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
    Never trust that any registrar or domaining tool won't farm your data.
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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    Thanks for everyone's input.

    It is such a costly and upsetting mistake to make, and I certainly will be buying domains on the spot when I see them.

    Nick, thats exactly what I was trying to do. Get the exact keyword domains to improve chances of ranking etc. Unfortunately, I didn't get lucky this time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Underground SEO
    The best advice is just to register on instinct, you may later end up not wanting it but thats just £6 or so lost, rather that than loosing the profit from your next big idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapsolo
    Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

    Recently myself and my friend/ business partner have done a couple days worth of research last week to find some keyword rich domain names we could purchase to put affiliate sites up on and later sell them for a little profit.

    We went to register them this week, and they have all been taken. We did all our research on who.is. Is there a way that people can discover what you are searching for and then simply register the domains you were looking at?

    Another problem was, domains that showed up as available on who.is often were not and were registered with name.com (we discovered this after clicking on the "available" domain on who.is, only to find it is not available on name.com).

    Just thought I'd throw a heads up out there. If you see a domain you like, and it's available, buy it. We have learnt a very expensive and costly lesson, but hopefully our mistakes can benefit others here.
    I have experienced the same. Researched and found 5 domain names I was willing to register only to check two days later and discovered they were all gone.

    I have since vowed to register domain on the spot whenever I see them available. Once beaten twice shy.
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  • Profile picture of the author BMboyz
    Better lookup at the well known website such as godaddy and instantdomainsearch . . from what i know.. there is a company that store and review their customers domain lookup and if they found it interesting, they will buy it before u
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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    I actually thought godaddy did or had been involved in the same with regards to farming information and buying interesting domains. I could of course in all likely hood be wrong, but it was something that I thought was done.

    I am having to do a lot of persevering at the moment with some projects, but as a few of the posters mentioned, when I see a domain now, I am buying it!
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    • Profile picture of the author EndGame
      I am not sure.ws has the same seo benefits as .com/.net or .org to be honest, and that was really why I wanted to register those extensions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    Had a similar experience with Godaddy. Not accusing anyone of
    anything, but........... Since I started doing my research at a very
    small registrar, the problem seems to have disappeared.
    I still register domains with Godaddy, in spite of all their hoops.

    Hugh
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