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I have so many domains, (250+) mainly because for every idea that I had in recent years, or anyone brought to me, the first thing I did AFTER having decided if it had any legs at all, was invariably to check out the domain position for it. You can tell how many ideas have just not got off the ground then eh!?
I'm not a classic "domain squatter" ... though I do have some potentially valuable names which I can identify could/should be acquired and by whom.
My stance, if I've inadvertently crossed someone's Brand or IP path, is to compromise with them and pass the domain over peaceably (at modest cost), which sometimes involves them buying me lunch! :-)
My policy on domain-bagging is like this:
If I have an idea, I'll play with words and see what domains are available to cover it. Sometimes its simple and the names are just not available. Sometimes you need to scratch your head a bit.
A good example there would be when I was looking at a Cloud initiative with an ecological slant to it. The obvious ones had gone, so I went Latin and ended up owning Nimbus (Cloud) Viridis (Green) www.nimbusviridis.com is therefore mine. The initiative died, but the domain names lived on until I finally canned them.
I always go for dot.com, then dot.net (and then dot.co.uk if that matters). The dot.com options are increasingly difficile as you no doubt realise. I have a few of the dot.co domains, briercliffe in particular
Occasionally I'll pick up .biz, .mobi, .eu and or .info. Broadly - if I've bagged the dot.com or dot.net I'll go easy on the rest, though sometimes I'll napalm the whole estate ... In the case of nimbusviridis, I'd also got COM, NET & CO.UK I think ...
If any of you have a brand with the .co.uk extension and you're leaving dot.com and dot.net (and many of the others) because "You're only in the UK", let me gently tell you that in my opinion you're bananas. If your name means something, cover it with as much domain protection as you can. Pronto. Typo corrected - thanks Ian Barrs
Trading them. In the past few years I've managed to do sensible sale, swap/barter or participation deals in perhaps a dozen of the names I hold. Cloud and Virtual themes have been good activity grounds, as has Mobile.
But sometimes it's just random.
I registered "LEEDSPEED" for a speed networking event in - you got it - LEEDS - and it ended up being sought by a company in USA who needed for some manufacturing process or other.
There are some that I have current (and/or future use for, despite my great age), and they include:
MikeJulietBravo, Galvanetics, PrecisionPeople, SystimeComputers, FungusComputers, KernelTechnology, Twegals, VirtualArchitects, VoiceOverSocial, Backstop & Backstopp, Leakstopp, All The Briercliffes, Britcliffes Burwains and Brearcliffes that I could lay me hands on, SkiConcierge, Rhossili, OpenCentral, CNXNS.net ... There are more.
People do make money at this game. Overall - it probably has made me a break-even I guess. But I do have a few gems for the future that might tip that balance in favour of profit.
I also buy domains for friends to protect them against others gazumping them and occasionally I buy domains as gifts. For instance my Grandson, Jacob Kiwanuka, has his own email@example.com and .net email address for when he's old enough :-)
So - why did I write this blog piece? I know a little about domains, though I wouldn't call myself an expert. But if I can help you with your thinking, then just let me know and I'll be pleased to assist. If there are any of mine that you want to acquire, you'll find me, for the main part, easy to please.
Give me a shout if you want to talk ...
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