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It’s fun to share some of the names I recently bought and to learn what others are buying. I’ve listed a few numbe domain names I’ve purchased in the last couple of weeks that I haven’t sold yet. All of these names were either bought in private or via NameJet. I don’t think I’ve done much hand registering lately.

I welcome you to list the domain names you’ve recently bought as well if you’d like.


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

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Comments (69)


    great – there is a lot to learn from you. thanks for sharing.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Adi Weitzman

    I recently purchased for very cheap and a number of bed and breakfast names for a business I intend to start. I think is a gem of a name. Just became a citizen of the US

    May 2nd, 2013 at 12:36 pm


    aquamarine is my birthstone… i’m a pisces. it’s a water sign. i don’t know exactly how but you should be able to make money from that one.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    BullS ( will be making my spices soon) a dev site already as I love to bake(see the big crabs I caught!)

    all getting lots of traffic $$$$

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    David Got it cheap and IMHO I think its a great Future Trend domain. 🙂

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm


    I like



    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Louis Capece

    Aquamarine and Trailmaps have some PR and nice 10+ year history. Seems was used for a fish farm long ago.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm


    Bought a few ‘smart-related [dot] com domain names over the past few months…


    Not sure if the ‘smart domain name trend is still a viable invest however, they still appear in the weekly Sedo/Afternic sales reports.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Ramahn…I’m lovin that one. Also SilverFamily for your own personal reasons is a good pick up. nice.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    John Harrison

    Hey Elliot

    I like and the most from your selection.

    I bought Its my industry and it defines a huge sector. If I can’t sell it or partner with people on it at least I have the chance to use it myself as its my area of expertise.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      adi weitzman

      Hi John,

      I think this is a solid name.

      May 2nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      John Harrison

      Thank you Adi! I have a few ideas but I want to look for partners to be able to give the name its best shot. To launch a business on this name that encapsulates its highest and best use. I can’t do that alone!

      May 3rd, 2013 at 7:09 am


    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:02 pm


    Hi Elliot, Thank you.

    I’ve mainly bought UK names recently, including;


    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Kevin Davis

    I hand regged all of these in the last few days.


    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:13 pm


      @Kevin – I like and if you find a buyer, I own and would consider selling.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Kevin D


      May 4th, 2013 at 2:34 am


    Hey Elliot, is available. Can’t believe you dropped the ball on that one 🙂

    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Chris Campbell

    Picked up some names for two projects: and and 10 others in this niche with a couple hundred uniques per week in traffic so far. and 41 others in this niche with 2300 monthly uniques in aggregate traffic so far..



    May 2nd, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Darryl Lopes

    I registered

    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:06 pm


    I got two .com domains:


    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Vincent Jacques

    I recently picked up these:

    Those are the first dot nets that I have bought.

    Great news is I sold a dozen names in the last several weeks! Some names that sold:

    Thanks to all for helping me out!

    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:48 pm


    Last couple of months, just some

    May 2nd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    brian kleiner

    I registered the most domains at a single time since I started domaining.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Adi Weitzman

      Hi Brian,

      May I ask why you hand registered names with hydrographics? I would like to first say that I am not trying to insult anyone. I googled the term and I’m still not sure about what hydrographics is. I applaud learning the market this way and I cannot understand why people would leave dislikes. It seems that you are trying to start a business or sell in one particular niche and I think that is something I am trying to do as well. Good luck

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:23 am

      brian kleiner

      Hydrographics is an emerging business of water transfer printing.

      Check out the youtube videos.

      Many companies are already using the types of domains I just registered.
      two examples of many.

      Here is another interesting link

      May 3rd, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Adi Weitzman

      Thanks for the follow up and good luck with selling these names. I think geo + premium keywords are a great way to go about domain investing. I used to be fascinating by water resources engineering and even bid on the name at NameJet I believe it sold for abotu $3000.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 11:32 am


    I recently registered, already had Could be the answer for clean drinkable water in the future

    May 2nd, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Luke Summers

    Nice acquisitions Elliot.

    Here’s a few recent ones of mine (.com):


    May 2nd, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Chris Campbell

      Nice one on:



      May 2nd, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Luke Summers

      Thanks Chris. I was very happy to get it!

      I’ve already turned down a few mid-high $x,xxx offers since I bought it, as I’m not looking to sell, but it’s nice to know that I bought at a good price and that it’s seen as a valuable asset.

      I’ve got some big plans for the site, which should be up by the end of the year. It’s a really fun project and I can’t wait to launch it!

      May 2nd, 2013 at 9:13 pm


      good one. is a cooking school

      May 2nd, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Luke Summers

      Thanks Raymond. Yes the cooking school looks great. I’m actually based in Australia and would like to attend one of Luciana’s courses in Sydney one day (when I’m not so busy).

      The term is registered in every extension worth bothering with (and many that aren’t).

      Incidentally, is owned by Marchex

      May 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Luke Summers

      Working link:

      May 3rd, 2013 at 3:42 am


    After several months without buying…(all the most common TLD)


    May 2nd, 2013 at 6:39 pm


    Hi Elliot – completely forgot about the auction. Great price
    Also aquamarine is wonderful name.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Like in most industries, you have the manufacturer (hand registrations in domain industry), then you have middle man ( drop catchers and so on), and then retailers…

    I like to look at our role as Manufacturer, in the domain industry, I believe you call them hand registration.

    Here’s a couple we manufactured recently, Buy or See more by clicking our Name:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Adi Weitzman


      I find your comparison of hand registrations as manufactured goods especially illuminating.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, Adi.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:32 am


    I don’t like hyphens but some endusers buy them, especially in Europe.

    With the prices of tablet devices dropping,
    some in the industry predict that they will
    start offering free tablets with a paid subscription to their packages. Time will tell.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm



    Recently acquired:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 pm


    I own and another local realtor owned and he let it drop a few weeks ago.

    I picked it up from NameJet and developed it into a website using Textbroker for the content and WP Genesis by StudioPress as a theme. I added a slider and learned a few more things about WP.

    I offer a free MLS real estate search and open house look-up.

    I also picked up and started a database for custom builders. I still need to get the kinks out of the website.

    May 2nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm


    My new hand reg from $2 to $5+ godaddy codes

    Brandable names:

    Dovii is a name of a fish……

    May 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Dave Tyrer

    I have absolutely no idea what they think about hyphens in China, but I managed to win this in a Snap auction…

    May 3rd, 2013 at 2:22 am


    Nice pickups Elliot. Here are a few of my buys (private or NJ) last 2 weeks:

    Hand regged & this afternoon 😉

    May 3rd, 2013 at 2:43 am

    PrimerLLoc I’m a synth passionate and could not resist to buy it. Although it’s a .net, still a great keyword product related.

    May 3rd, 2013 at 2:55 am


    Some recent(ish) hand registrations:

    May 3rd, 2013 at 3:36 am


    tablet led dot com

    May 3rd, 2013 at 8:08 am

    rob sequin


    I’m glad you post your recent acquisitions and that you ask to see what other people are buying.

    I like to see what people are BUYING too.

    The only problem is that people don’t understand the difference between BUYING a domain and REGISTERING a domain.

    HUGE difference!

    May 3rd, 2013 at 8:56 am


      Agreed…a hand-reg shouldn’t qualify as an “acquisition”

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Adi Weitzman


      Would you be interested in a guest post explaining in your view what the difference is

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:26 am


      Of course there is a difference, much like there is a difference between milk, yogurt, & cream. But they all come from the came COW…

      May 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      rob sequin

      Thanks but don’t need a long article.

      Acquisition = purchased a domain from the current registrant.

      Drop catch = Purchased domain through auction or drop catcher that was pending delete or pre-release. If there is only one bidder, I would call the domain at “catch”. If there was more then one bidder then I guess it can be called an acquisition.

      Hand registration = a registered domain that no one wanted until time of registration.

      MUCH easier to “acquire” hand registrations.

      So, if this article is about simply adding domains to a domain portfolio, let’s call these domains “additions” but they are not acquisitions.

      Just my opinion.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      “Hand registration = a registered domain that no one wanted until time of registration”. – Sequin

      You lied about the above. Not all hand registration is domains “no one wanted”, and you know it, that is why you weren’t just wrong, but you lied.

      The other simplistic definitions by you is, I guess Okay, but hand registration is defined as the way all domains start, period. The drop catching businesses have hijacked the domain industry, therefore, I am against them on principle basis.

      They now even let a few select elites sell domains together with dropped names. I am also against Registrars playing games with expired domain names.

      I believe ICANN should remake the rules where all expired names go to ICANN for 45 days, and thereafter released to first come, first served basis, just like unregistered names.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm


      Agreed with Domenclature. Hand Regs are in a sense purchases or acquisitions, which can come from a variety of sources.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm


      “…So, if this article is about simply adding domains to a domain portfolio, let’s call these domains “additions” but they are not acquisitions.”

      I call it Domain Collection.

      Meaning buying hand reg as a collection purposes, not intented to sell.

      Just like collecting stamps, art paintings, sculptures…..

      May 3rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Frankly, I am most interested in seeing what others bought in the aftermarket. I know plenty of people who register hundreds of names a week, and having all of those posted can be cumbersome. I wasn’t necessarily very clear with what I posted.

      No harm, no foul, and no reason for anyone to get irritated.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 4:06 pm


      You are telling me that you have,,, and so on…

      Those domains ain’t indistinguishable from hand registered domains. Sure you got got, even that can be be a hand registered domain. Now, I know what you are trying to achieve, and you can easily get there by asking for recently acquired domains that have, let’s say, an Estibot value of $xyz. You can’t be as elitist, and frankly stupid, as to mandate people purchase a domain name by a certain tangent. That would be unbelievable, right? Right! I know you wouldn’t go that low. The value of a domain is the value, regardless of how you bought it.

      May 3rd, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Jason Franklin

    Nice list of names Elliot. is one of my favorite from the list. Here are a few I’ve purchased

    May 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am


    Some Geo domains I hand reg’d recently

    Haven’t bought in awhile, so nice to find these.

    May 3rd, 2013 at 12:49 pm


    I’d like to suggest that you put a ball park range figure for the domains you buy.

    E.g. $xxx

    Knowing the types of domains you’ve bought is a great glimpse into what you think you can make money on but without a price range, I have no idea what kind of a deal you got.

    May 3rd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I don’t want you to know what kind of deal I got 😉

      May 3rd, 2013 at 2:12 pm


    An interesting thought……I did some research that sold $2200 in sept 2012 and sold $2200 to the same buyer in medical profession…..

    So, I hand reg. with godaddy codes $2+

    These may be quite a valuable generic domain names……for new technology 3D X-ray Breast Clinic Screening device…….just my thought.

    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I don’t like those name domains.

      They sense don’t make. To me least at 🙂

      May 3rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm


      Yeah, it does sounds awkward, not as good as or

      I can only think that the same buyer may be interested to purchase the reversed version in order to keep away from other competitors in 3D Mammogram business……..

      Probably able to flip between $300 to $1500 each from tiny $2+ capital cost…..still not bad for profit…….

      The 3D reverse version still got some value eg was sold recently for $5839 in January 2013

      May 3rd, 2013 at 10:28 pm


    Just hand reg. using $2.95 coupons :

    May 3rd, 2013 at 10:04 pm


    hi all, pls let me know your thoughts:
    thank u.


    May 4th, 2013 at 12:21 am


    please let me know your thoughts on my domains

    May 4th, 2013 at 4:20 am

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