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I wanted to share a fun anecdote, especially because it involves a domain name I hand registered.

As my domain registrar account managers can attest, I don’t hand register many domain names. Annually, I might hand register between 20-50 domain names. It’s such an irregular occurrence these days, I don’t really even track the number of domain names I hand register.

On July 9th, I hand registered 5 domain names in the same vertical (they are international geodomain keyword domain names). I own similar domain names, and I bought these to increase my holdings in that space. I don’t think they are exceptionally valuable, but for hand registrations, they were worth the gamble, especially since one of the 5 names has received a couple of offers in the past.

On July 11th, I received an offer for one of the domain names I hand registered. I hadn’t sent out any emails, and the buyer found the domain name was for sale via the Domain Name Sales landing page. The buyer is legit, although the offer isn’t a home run (under $1,000). It would be a solid ROI if I sold it all things considered, but it’s not worth the effort to sell it for his offer.

Since the domain name can’t be transferred to a different domain registrar within the first 60 days of registration, it’s not worth the hassle of transacting at the offer price.

In any case, I thought it was pretty neat to get an offer so quickly after hand registering a domain name. Have you experienced the same thing where you received an inquiry so shortly after registering a domain name?

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 sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (32)


    Of course!!

    Since I am a PRO at hand registering domains , I got a couple solid offers and it always happen within 2 weeks.

    I play tennis and I talked to one of the wilson rep and that how they gonna make tennis racquets now.

    and many others.

    Best of all, I use coupons like 99cent to reg those babies.

    July 16th, 2013 at 12:59 pm


      I hand reg’ed and hand baked the domain name DURIAN-TENNIS-123.COM

      I hear that Wilson and Prince and even John Macaroni will be getting into the market of making tennis racquets and apparel out of the durians, the King Of Fruits(tm).

      In fact, the market is so hot for durians tennis domains that I received 15 offers for durian-tennis-123.com the same day that I hand reg’ed and hand fondled it.

      Right now I am negotiating several NDA (that’s non-disclosure agreement for those not in the know) for the sale and transfer of my great domain name. Maybe the best domain that ever existed.


      July 16th, 2013 at 4:24 pm


      Jackfruit is delicious—–and the stickiest slime I ever encountered.


      July 16th, 2013 at 5:43 pm


    I mainly sell hand regs or drops.
    What are your thoughts of the Google AdWords tool going away and those people that have based their domain values on it?
    Any comparable tools that people will use or does that niche go away for the most part?

    July 16th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Haven’t given it much thought. Like all tools though, its only a part of the equation when it comes to domain values.

      I would assume something else will take its place.

      July 16th, 2013 at 2:35 pm


      Isn’t Google Planner taking it’s place. I’m using it.

      July 17th, 2013 at 7:16 am


    As an artist I had been designing and designing but have not sold one domain name. Then undo pressure started coming to renew them and the expense was not worth it. Looking back those 200 hand-regs I dropped were like going to a carnival pitching for goldfish. It really was fun.

    If I were to consistently work in this business, which I’m not, I would be going to businesses who do not have domain presence and hand-reg names for them….and upkeep their site as well. Many mid-aged or older small business owners are still clueless about business web-presence. artistpatti.org

    July 16th, 2013 at 2:20 pm


    I had two lowball offers on 2 dot coms
    within 12 hrs of registering.
    GirlsTwerking…..Love to watch!

    btw, I sold a “Cloud” domain last week on Sedo for $750 and there seems to be, imo,
    a resurgence of interest in “cloud” names.

    July 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Congrats on the sale!

      July 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm


      Thank You!

      July 16th, 2013 at 3:53 pm


      You really ought to stop selling domains for under $1K as it pulls downs the market for the rest of us domainers.

      As a general rule now, the minimum price for my domains are $4500. My last two sales averaged $6K/each.

      July 16th, 2013 at 4:29 pm


      Just curious, what names have you sold lately?

      July 16th, 2013 at 4:55 pm


      Sorry I can’t do exact reveals. Too much info “out there”. Just ask Edward Snowden.

      But one was a graphics related domain to a French based company that has clients worldwide.

      Another was a restaurant related domain. The buyer of this domain negotiated via an anonymous email and I only learned after the fact that he is a broker specializing in acquiring domains for other companies. If I had know this, I would have asked for a much higher sell price. Alas, I bought the domain for $21.


      Like I’ve said many times, domaining is a golden opportunity for those who know how to do it right.

      Buying “sh*tty” domains like 3DRacquets.com will only make a fool of you.

      July 16th, 2013 at 6:02 pm


      BetterBullS–if you cannot provide facts we can see and check them out, then you are just wasting our time. We do not need to hear your BS…

      July 16th, 2013 at 7:29 pm


      This is making me think about certain registrars who steal ideas when hand-regging.

      July 16th, 2013 at 7:55 pm


      Thank you! I am having this conversation with @MHB – it’s called front-running. My impression is, you have to be careful where you check availability. Do your research.

      July 17th, 2013 at 4:34 am


      Like I’ve said many times, domaining is a golden opportunity for those who know how to do it right.

      Buying “sh*tty” domains like 3DRacquets.com will only make a fool of you.

      What do you think of QRShelf.com?

      July 17th, 2013 at 4:35 am


    I had the following hand regs sell after a few weeks.


    July 16th, 2013 at 3:14 pm


    Maybe it’s a product of me getting old or perhaps it’s a result of not giving a d*mn because domaining has made me financially comfortable, but I’ve taken up the habit of giving all domain solicitors 8 hours to decide. In fact, I tell ’em straight up to not bother knocking if they can’t say yes/no to my price in 8 hours.

    It really weeds out the b*llshitters from the serious ones. I’ve actually increased my sales this way. Don’t be afraid to offend people. It’s business. Not personal.

    Try it and see.

    July 16th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I don’t mind that you’re posting, but you’re going to have to change the url you use. You aren’t “BullS” and it’s confusing me to see his url and you username.

      I recommend changing the username because it’s not really all that funny or useful.

      I am not that strict when it comes to usernames, but I would appreciate it if you could go back to using a different one from now on.

      July 16th, 2013 at 7:56 pm


    Ok Elliot. You’re right. I’ve been a bad guest of your humble blog. Your house. Your rules.

    I’ve always been a rebel rouser or “a bit off” but it’s all by choice.

    Or as Gordon Ramsay would say “If you can’t stand the heat, git outta da kitchen.”

    I’ve been in this domaining game too long to worry about peanuts anymore.

    But geo domains…jump on dat!!!

    July 16th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    JamesDRight now I think that name would struggle to sell at

    I’ve been approached within about 3 days for a hand reg’d name. I declined then didn’t get another offer for it for probably a year or so.

    My record for selling a hand reg’d name is 17 minutes for flipping a .co.uk for £150 – the sale was on a forum and I knew I could’ve held out for more but got a kick out of the timeframe involved…I made a profit and gained a story! From registration to money in my bank, 17 minutes. Right now I think that name would struggle to sell at any price.

    July 17th, 2013 at 3:50 am


    Recently I owned wiigo#com by hand regged and sold in a short period from Godaddy

    July 17th, 2013 at 1:04 pm


      That is very impressive, Snowbird. GoDaddy is such a great company. I learned many many things about corporate business through dealing with them.

      July 17th, 2013 at 8:46 pm


    Last spring I registered a voucher related domain name (to go with a series of other related names I owned), and three weeks later a Godaddy broker contacted me stating that he had a buyer for it (priced as a BIN for $9k) and did I have other similar names. Ended up selling 5 domains to the buyer for close to $25k

    July 17th, 2013 at 9:52 pm


      Hey, Fiddlestix—-if BullS isn’t using his name and if Elliot allows, I’ll say you’re an even BetterBS’er.

      July 17th, 2013 at 10:45 pm


      Actually, it’s completely true. I went from never having had a proper sale in my life to holding my nerve and turning down offers of 10k, 15k, and 20k.

      July 18th, 2013 at 5:39 am


      And they put laughers in the audience to make people think the show’s funny, too. But I’ll tell you Fiddlestix, I’m glad Danica Patrick isn’t planning to bare all. No one could out grip her grip on the Jay Leno show two nights ago! Well, happy domaining to you.

      July 18th, 2013 at 10:01 am



      July 18th, 2013 at 11:50 am


      Financial names are popular – I believe you!

      July 19th, 2013 at 1:15 am



    from which market place you get most inquiries?


    July 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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