Hand Registration Contest Winner Is…

Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 7.13.13 AMVoting for the best list in the hand registration contest was held last week, and over 260 votes were cast. Thank you all for voting for the winner, and a special thank you to the 6 other participants for being willing to publicize their lists and subject themselves to scrutiny (and positive feedback).

The voting was pretty close for the top 2 lists. In fact, the winning list only won by a margin of 7 votes. The winning list was list #3 with a total of 76 votes. Surprisingly, the owner of list #3 was me. To be fair to the other participants, I am not going to identify who owns each list, but they are welcome to comment here.

I don’t do much in the way of hand registrations. It takes a fair amount of effort to find good domain names that will have secondary market value. I focused on finding a few keyword names I thought could sell for low $x,xxx to the right buyer, and I think there are a couple on there with that potential. In fact, a few years ago, I separately sold 2 -Doctor.com names for around $5,000/each. I don’t think these names are in that range, but I could see a $1k-2k sale.

Aside from my own list of names (I am partial to mine of course), I thought lists #2 and #7 had the most end user value. I wasn’t surprised to see that Frank Schilling thought that list #2 was the most valuable, and I would not be surprised to hear about a nice sale from that list or list #7.

Again, thank you all for participating in this fun contest! It’s neat that my list was chosen as the winning list, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the sale prices for these domain names.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  1. I picked # 3 and guessed that they were your names. Congratulations on winning the poll. It will be interesting to see what they sell for.

  2. Ummmm, Ummm, ummmm I own ummm Portfolio ummm, ummmm, 4……I am the only one to get enough votes to show on one hand! I am not bragging, just stating the facts……. It is safe to say that my triple “double down” strategy was a horrific and fatal mistake in this contest. I generally don’t vote for myself but I felt I could use it after the comments started rolling in.(Thank you for the other two votes)….I will chalk this up as a learning experience and improve. Congrats to the winner and all the other contestants……….. Meanwhile, if there is a Lawyer interested in “Crowdsourcing”, please contact me for some great domain deals….lol……..Thanks Elliot for the fun!….

    • I have tried leandomainsearch.com many times and I have found it to be a big waste of time. I find a name I like and try to register it but it comes back as unavailable. Sucks!!! It has happened so many times I can’t even count.

    • You should also try NameStall as unlike NameTumbler you don’t have to copy & paste your domain list to a bulk domain name checker. NameStall does all the domain name availability checking for you and shows you what’s available or not. (I’ve a short NameStall tutorial on my site which shows how powerful it can be.)

  3. I loved it! it was fun.
    If you are not giving out names on who had what,maybe you can tell us was 2nd and 3rd list ?

    Let’s do it again in the near future

  4. I knew list #3 was yours when I saw those doctor names. There are definitely a few thousand dollar names on these lists and also many not even worth reg fee in my opinion. Fun competition that I will definitely participate in next time if we can figure out a way not to put them under privacy but still compete. I do think that this was a friendly competition and if you’re in a competition the names of those involved should be revealed with their corresponding list. Every reader wants to know this information.

    Here is my order from first to last place.

    1. list 3
    2. list 2
    3. list 7
    4. list 5
    5. list 6
    6. list 1
    7. list 4

  5. @ Elliot said

    I am going to reveal the top 3. I’ll post a screenshot of the PollDaddy results as well. I will let the other participants decide whether or not to share their names

    in answer to Michael’s question

    Are you going to reveal who submitted each list once the voting is over, or just say who the winner was?

    You didn’t reveal who the second two were; you didn’t even state which lists were #2 and #3! That screenshot is a thumbnail that is not legible.
    Would you post a better screenshot? Thanx.

  6. #7 had the most end user value was probably the reason I voted for it too. Overall well done to all who participated, a lot of theses names a quite good. In spite of the belief that some domainers have there does seem to be quality names left to hand reg in this day and age after all! 🙂


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