Milking Breaking News Tragedy (Domain Buys)

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Interesting...

After the crash of the Asiana Flight 214 which was en route from Seoul, South Korea.... domains are already showing up as registered.

Granted an NTSB investigation will happen, but take months (and this news story will subsequently be in the news for months, off and on).

So do you find these domain buys as a positive? If they are used for positive?

And, if so... do you think any money can actually be made?

Domains ALREADY registered (as of 5:30pm, crash happened around 4pm)
AsianAflight214.com
Flight214.com

I'm sure there's more... these are the only two I could find quickly.

News story for reference here: Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco International Airport - CNN.com

Edit: Sadly... now 2 confirmed dead with this incident. Makes me hope even more these domains weren't purchased to be monetized.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    I can't imagine how this could be profitable. Either way, it's not something I'd want to be associated with. It's similar to people who buy domains such as RIPcelebrityname.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    It can be a good strategy. I've done it. But it needs to be an event that is also product related and has some legs longer than a day or two - such as a celebrity.

    For most of these domain buys the buyer has no idea what they are doing. There were a rash of threads earlier this year by members wondering what to do with domains they had rushed out to grab. Many such domains are put up on eBay or other places hoping to strike it rich, but all that happens is they wasted ten bucks on a useless domain they let expire in a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I used to do breaking news domains. I didn't feel good about it so stopped. I still do quick domains. Lets say I see something at a trade show not out yet or a commercial that is new for a new product. But I just can't capitalize on somebody's elses misfortune like that, I felt sick to my stomach when I did.
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  • Genuine question: how do you possibly manage to outrank authority sites reporting about the same topic (CNN, NY Times, etc) out of Google top 10 within 1 or 2 days? Those breaking news are usually short lived...
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    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      I didn't try to outrank anybody myself. And I never usually do what is reporting, I usually have a completely different product. See when you buy a domain name that matches google puts you at the top automatically its only later they flatten you out.

      And the programs I use are short lived. So if I get 20 sales out of one domain name I'm happy, if i get a 100 I'm estatic, its sort of doing google hot trends, there is still money to be made there. Find the hot trends put a blog or domain up with as close to the exact match or take a video on your tube and do the same.

      You have to be quick to make the money in trends and its even shorter lived than breaking news.
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      Genuine question: how do you possibly manage to outrank authority sites reporting about the same topic (CNN, NY Times, etc) out of Google top 10 within 1 or 2 days? Those breaking news are usually short lived...
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  • Profile picture of the author AJMontoya
    I think it's a moral thing. I personally wouldn't try this tactic, but others would. Just my personal stance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    I wouldn't want to profit from a tragedy like that. It is reporting the news, and nothing wrong with that, but I am not going to go around looking for tragedy to profit from
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    • Profile picture of the author Lori Winsor
      There are much more GOOD news to profit from....
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    • Profile picture of the author jorgesil
      Unfortunately some people use anything to make a quick buck.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Yes I never used something like that but I did do some stuff I am not proud of. Made me sick so didn't do it again and won't again but I do still do google hot trends and other things with domain names.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    I'm hoping its just people who have no idea what they're doing and hoping they can sell it or "do something with it" but not sure what.

    For instance... thinking on this subject I went and looked for domains related to the Aurora Shooting a little less than a year ago. I noticed a couple registered domains... all without relevant information on their site.
    AuroraShooting.com
    AuroraMassacre.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    UPDATE: San Francisco Fire Department: 2 fatalities and upwards of 60 people are unaccounted for after plane crash landed at San Francisco airport

    Families are looking for their love ones, while others are looking for domains to try and profit from their misery...

    Money is great and helps alot, but not if it's profiting off of someones else's tragedy. I remember my older brother telling me when I was a kid " not all money is good money "
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  • Profile picture of the author Erick Griffin
    I couldn't do it for profit as a marketer but people take advantage of the fact Google looks for information when people start looking for information on a trending topic good or bad. I don't think it can tell the difference yet. As more and more people are looking for information Google sucks up whatever it finds to serve it up.

    Further more the news has been doing this to us for years. Bad news sell point blank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Well news is news, nothing wrong with reporting the news. I think some are doing it for the sole purpose to make money off of it, and could careless about reporting the news
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    It's sad but some people will do anything to make a buck.

    I remember seeing a Facebook group paying tribute to the Boston bombing victims being sold two days after the incident.

    I would never touch a tragedy in hopes of making a buck but that's just me.


    EDIT: I would like to add, however, that I don't have a problem with people reporting on or encouraging a conversation about a tredegy. I hate those "Oh my god, it was terrible. Buy my Clickbank Product" type websites/pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

      I remember seeing a Facebook group paying tribute to the Boston bombing victims being sold two days after the incident.
      If people will buy it, then people should sell it, which in turn means people should make it.

      Well, except when it involves the nonconsensual exploitation of other human beings. Child pornography, for example. The children can't consent, so you shouldn't be making that. Although if it were a comic book or CGI animation or something, involving no actual children at any point, I'd support a legalisation drive for that. I mean, if all the child molesters are in the basement whacking off to cartoons, they can't possibly be out molesting children - right?
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      • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
        Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

        If people will buy it, then people should sell it, which in turn means people should make it.
        In case of that Facebook page someone setup a page to pay tribute to the victims of a terrorist attack and thousands of people were liking the page, saying their prayers for the fallen and their families and wishing those affected a speedy recovery.

        There was human emotion and one could see the collective human good in the midst of something terrible. The prayers, the wishes and the sympathies were sincere and not for anyone's gain.

        And then, the page is up for sale. The person who created the page (it would seem) didn't care about the victims and he created this page solely to make money off of a sad tragedy.

        Maybe I'm just too sensitive or maybe I'm just too naive to think human tragedies shouldn't be used to make money. But regardless, my values would never allow me to touch something like this for personal gain. Also, I believe not everything in this would should be looked at from a marketer's perspective and somethings just can't be justified by supply and demand.

        So, there's my philosophical fix for the day . Let's get back to marketing.
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        • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
          Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

          my values would never allow me to touch something like this for personal gain.
          Mine either. But that doesn't mean nobody should do it. Being Jewish, my values don't allow me to eat pork chops. But those are my values, not yours, and you shouldn't have your life choices dictated by my values. Neither should anyone else.
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          • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
            Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

            Mine either. But that doesn't mean nobody should do it. Being Jewish, my values don't allow me to eat pork chops. But those are my values, not yours, and you shouldn't have your life choices dictated by my values. Neither should anyone else.
            Oh definitely, everyone has the right to do what they want. However, my values help me form my opinion and in my opinion no one should conduct in the activity of profiting off a tragedy.

            If someone wants to do something I don't like then hey I cannot do anything about it. I do not expect anyone to live by my moral code, but I do reserve the right to form an opinion and think that people are wrong when they don't share my moral code.

            What I think about a person's activities probably doesn't hold any significance in that person's life but still, it's my opinion and I am entitled to my opinion.

            I'm half asleep so I hope I'm making sense.

            EDIT: Biran, sorry for taking this thread off on a tangent. I'll stop, I promise
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            • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
              Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

              However, my values help me form my opinion and in my opinion no one should conduct in the activity of profiting off a tragedy. ... I do not expect anyone to live by my moral code, but I do reserve the right to form an opinion and think that people are wrong when they don't share my moral code.
              There is a very large difference between thinking someone is wrong and thinking no one should do something, and it's a rather dangerous one. It would be pretty silly to suggest that we should make a law against being wrong, but laws against doing things no one should do are another matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Is it an IM topic ?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Yes, the buying and selling of domains is an IM topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheService
    I look at Google Trends and just get ideas for good/funny news, not tragic news.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCodex
    Originally Posted by Brian Tayler View Post

    Interesting...

    After the crash of the Asiana Flight 214 which was en route from Seoul, South Korea.... domains are already showing up as registered.

    Granted an NTSB investigation will happen, but take months (and this news story will subsequently be in the news for months, off and on).

    So do you find these domain buys as a positive? If they are used for positive?

    And, if so... do you think any money can actually be made?

    Domains ALREADY registered (as of 5:30pm, crash happened around 4pm)
    AsianAflight214.com
    Flight214.com

    I'm sure there's more... these are the only two I could find quickly.

    News story for reference here: Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco International Airport - CNN.com

    Edit: Sadly... now 2 confirmed dead with this incident. Makes me hope even more these domains weren't purchased to be monetized.
    Why not just bid on the keywords for PPC instead?

    Looking back at it, promoting life insurance zip submits wouldn't of been a bad idea.

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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    I think that doing something like that is profitable (at least for a while until everybody forgets about the tragedy) but is it a moral thing to do? It just depends on each person
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