Find Your Unique Domain with a Domain Hack

Domain Hack Scrabble

Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved word games like word searches, Scrabble, and Boggle. Perhaps that is why I like domain hacks so much. We all know it’s a challenge to find a great domain name, but with a domain hack it’s not just about finding the right domain. A domain hack requires you to come up with a clever word or phrase that works with the available domain extensions (and is available itself). Well, that sounds like a fun word game to me!

For the un-initiated, a domain hack is a domain that combines the domain name with the domain extension to spell out a word or make a phrase. There are several great domain extensions that work with domain hacks such as .ME, .AT, .IN, and .US. If you’re looking to establish your website on a unique domain name, look no further than a domain hack.

One thing to think about when deciding on your domain hack is how you feel about establishing your website on a domain extension other than .COM. The popular .COM does actually work with a few English words (intercom, sitcom, and telecom to be exact), but it’s obviously not ideal for a domain hack. Not owning a .COM is not a death sentence – as the popular About.me and DontEat.at have shown. However, depending on the domain hack you choose, you may be able to own the .COM version as OffersBy.me has done. They have completely branded themselves on their domain hack, OffersBy.me, but also own the .COM version, OffersByMe.com. They simply redirect any traffic it gets to their domain hack.

Having a unique domain name, whether it’s a domain hack or not, can be a great way to set your website apart. Your domain is a big part of your brand, but when you choose a unique domain name it becomes your brand. Choosing the right domain name can be tedious. Challenging yourself to find the right domain hack is a great way to add some fun to the process. And if you need a little help with this domain “word game,” I recommend ScrabbleFinder.com, which is also great for cheating, er, I mean helping with Scrabble.

Robyn Norgan is on the marketing team at Dynadot LLC, a domain registrar and web host. She is a regular contributor to Dynadot’s blog, which features a mix of domain industry news, tips and information, sales, and, of course, some fun!

Afternic Weekly Sales: August 12, 2013 – August 18, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of August 12, 2013 to August 18, 2013

Afternic’s sales totaled $1,425,642.
This total included a $500k+ private transaction.

The top public sale for the past week was hjx.com, which sold for $29,000.

The Society category came in first, accounting for 12.5% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Shopping at 10.6%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

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Afternic Weekly Sales: August 5, 2013 – August 11, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of August 5, 2013 to August 11, 2013

Afternic’s sales totaled $1,106,700.

The top public sale for the past week was xylem.com, which sold for $47,100.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 12.8% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Business at 9.7%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

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Afternic Weekly Sales: July 29, 2013 – August 4, 2013

Domain Sales for the week of July 29, 2013 to August 4, 2013

Afternic’s sales totaled $1,294,035.

The top public sale for the past week was MicroBusiness.com, which sold for $10,165.

The Business category came in first, accounting for 10.3% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Specials at 9.7%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

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Afternic Weekly Sales: July 22, 2013 – July 28, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of July 22, 2013 to July 28, 2013

Afternic’s sales totaled $1,058,026.

The top public sale for the past week was DrugPrices.com, which sold for $39,500.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 12.8% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Family and Business at 8.4% each.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

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.PW Offers Single Character Domains

Join the Professional Web namespace with a new .PW domain.

As ICANN continues to approve and release new gTLDs to the market, the opportunity to purchase new domain names is ever growing. With the introduction of the .PW extension just a few short weeks ago, the Professional Web has now announced the auction of single character domain names.

Until ICANN’s approval of new gTLDs, single character domains have long been purchased, registered, and hard to acquire. With the benefit that a single character domain presents, now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity that the .PW namespace presents. Single character domains have already sold, including P.pw, W.pw, and U.pw, providing companies with a chance to expand their web presence.

The .PW registry has already experienced over 250,000 domains being registered within the first three months since it has been available, making it the most successful TLD launch since .co.

Starting tomorrow, July 12, 2013, the auction will run on Namejet through July 16, 2013. In order to participate in the .PW single character auction, please register on Namejet.

From Auction Houses to Wholesale Solutions: Premium Domains Always Fit In

world hosting daysThis spring has been very busy for us at Afternic with a number of new distribution partnerships launching around the world. Fixed-price domain listings now appear at NameJet, one of the world’s leading domain auction platforms. Expanding distribution channels further, Afternic is actively promoting premium domains through reseller-oriented domain platforms, now including SRSPlus and the wholesale division of Register.com. In fact, domains listed at Afternic.com now appear on 9 out of 10 of the largest registrar sites in the world, including BigRock, the retail brand of Directi, a $300+ million group of businesses. This is the first stage of a full Premium Promotion integration that will enable ResellerClubLogicBoxes and BigRock customers to buy and sell premium domains through the Afternic network. We extend a warm welcome to all our new partners, and look forward to successful domain sales for years to come.

.PW case study: Maximizing TLD Launch Potential

world hosting daysLaunching a TLD is a significant investment, and registries are increasingly tapping into premium domain revenue to improve ROI early in the launch process. As the new gTLD program gets closer to launch, we will see more TLDs follow in the footsteps of .MENU and .BUILD, which have partnered with Afternic to define and distribute the most valuable names in their namespaces through Afternic’s global distribution network. Expansion of Afternic’s inventory through addition of new gTLDs should help registrars choose to promote those TLDs that would bring them the most revenue through premium domain sales.

The horizon is already widening with this year’s launch of .PW, “the professional Web.” This TLD is an undisputed success, having secured over 250,000 registrations in the first months of General Availability. The .PW premium domains are flying off the shelves at PremiumDomains.PW and through direct sales of Afternic’s brokerage team. It is fascinating to see which domains are invested in so early in the lifetime of a TLD, from lucky numbers like 88.PW, to short 1-and 2-character strings, to generic keywords like ‘girls’ and ‘beauty.’

To take this early success to the next level, Afternic has enabled Fast Transfer of .PW domains for its distribution partners, many of which are already accredited to offer .PW registrations. It’s now easier than ever to start offering premium .PW domains at no extra cost. If you are interested in selling .PW premium domains, please get in touch with your account manager at Afternic.

Now Available – Employable.com!

Employ your next best investment today!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has experienced a small decrease in percentage since January, and currently resides at 7.5%. In the last month, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 165,000, indicating a growth trend for overall job opportunities. With the slow growth of the U.S. economy, and the projection that it will reach full employment by 2021, now is the ideal time to take advantage of Employable.com.

High Search Volume
When purchasing a new domain name, incredible search potential is a must. With over 126 million searches for terms related to “Employable” each month, Employable.com promises healthy traffic, indicating strong potential to generate a return on investment.

Growing Future Potential
As job openings grow in numbers and job seekers refer to increasing online postings to start their hunt for new career prospects, Employable.com presents the perfect opportunity to develop the next hub for job listings or helpful tips and advice on how to get hired. Although there are several established job sites, Employable.com offers a unique, keyword-rich domain name that with the proper development is sure to take off!
For more information, please contact Josh Martin at 781-839-2821 or by email at jmartin@afternic.com.

Afternic Weekly Sales: April 22, 2013 to April 28, 2013

Weekly Domain Sales Breakdown
Domain Sales for the week of April 22, 2013 to April 28, 2013

Afternic’s sales totaled $1,212,847.

The top public sale for the past week was Seeq.com, which sold for $33,000.

The Specials category came in first, accounting for 13.9% of all domains sold in the past week, followed by Society at 10.8%.

Below please find the list of highlighted public domain sales.

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