Names I Chose to Develop

I want to thank everyone for their feedback regarding my blog post a few days ago asking which domain investments I should develop. After some careful consideration, I decided to develop four of the names right now, and since I haven’t used the services of before, I am going to use them for these four names.

I like vacation domain names because people generally do quite a bit of research before traveling. I don’t expect people to book vacations through my site of course, but if they are looking to learn about excursions or fun things to do, they can find them on site, and hopefully visit my advertisers’ websites, earning me revenue.

Here are the four names I chose and why:

1) – Having been in Dubrovnik, Croatia last year for my honeymoon, this one is almost a no-brainer for me. Before I went on the trip, I was very skeptical – just ask my wife! People who hadn’t been to Croatia or didn’t know someone who had were also questioning our decision to visit. However, everyone who had been there or know someone who went there told us how great it is. Dubrovnik did not disappoint us at all, and I think I can help create a website that will be reflective of this.

2) – Jerusalem is considered a Holy City by different religions, and millions of people visit the city every year. It’s a special place with so much to do, that people spend a whole lot of time researching before they visit. People from around the world visit Jerusalem, and a vacation in the city has broad appeal.

3) – Just about all of the major cruise companies have cruise itineraries for the Caribbean waters. Most of the cruise companies divide them between Eastern Caribbean cruises and Western Caribbean cruises when people search. This site will specialize in information about Eastern Caribbean cruises, which visit cities like San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. John’s, Antigua; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Labadee, Haiti (Royal Caribbean’s private island).

4) – Someone mentioned about a potential trademark, which I didn’t realize when I bought the name. However, I believe the term has become generic enough to use, and I also believe there are defensible ways to use it. I love to ski, and it’s a big business, especially in the area where I live. I own a pair of Rossignol parabolic skis, and there is a huge difference between them and the non-parabolic design.

I almost chose to develop, with some good advice on building a lead generation site. The clicks are high value and it could pay off quite nicely. I’ve never done a lead generation site, and I don’t really have the time right now to research the ins and outs of one (privacy concerns are especially important to me). There is also considerable competition for decent SE positioning, and I wasn’t sure I could compete with the best sites, making monetization more difficult.

I really appreciate all of the feedback. The other names I didn’t choose are still for sale. If you feel particularly strong about one of them, let me know and perhaps we can work out a deal.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the 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. The two first choices are really a no brainer like you said, both cities are very well known and very visited, specially Jerusalem.

    Besides the travel niche is always appealing, and on high demand, so excellent choices.

    I also like the other two, but my favourites are the two first ones no doubt

  2. I agree the first two are probably the best for development.

    I visited both cities this year and was shocked by the sheer number of toursits especially in Jerusalem.

  3. Very smart! In the next future Croatia will be veeeery “touristically”.
    And there is another new country developing a great tourismmarket: Monte Negro. FourSeasons comp with other jets building great infrastructure, hotels etc.
    Enthusiastic I buyed,,,
    MN is similar with Croatia in a few years.
    Check this country if you have time.
    Vacations at Adriatca sea are coming strong.

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