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Some Recent Acquisitions


This seemed to be a pretty popular type of article last time I posted it, so here goes again. Below are some of my recent acquisitions (private purchases and auction wins) and hand registrations. Feel free to share yours as well if you’d like.


I also bought a name I would normally be hesitant to purchase: The concert/sports arena in Lowell, Massachusetts was named after Senator Paul Tsongas. Last year, UMass Lowell purchased the arena and renamed it Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. The previously used domain name,, was not renewed and went to auction last week.

Prior to this auction, I contacted the director of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell as well as the University’s director of communications, advised them of the dropping domain name and strongly suggested they renew it. They weren’t  interested  and I let them know I was going to try and win it at auction. It cost me a few hundred dollars, but I am going to redirect it to my Tsongas Center page on At least it wasn’t bought by someone else who would park it.

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Comments (66)


    Very nice names, especially these four:

    April 9th, 2011 at 1:50 pm


    I like the, a lot of development potential…….
    About my acquisions, i am concerned on development more than acquisions.
    In the past one month i have bought only one domain name that is

    April 9th, 2011 at 1:54 pm


    Nice acquisitions indeed. I’m a big fan of ‘CityHotels’ domains (I own that, although not being a .com, is still an exact match domain).

    Congrats Elliot!

    April 9th, 2011 at 2:02 pm


    Damn nice domains.


    April 9th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Keldon

      Thanks… and of course they’re all for sale 🙂

      April 9th, 2011 at 2:17 pm


    Been reading your blog for awhile and just got most of these yesterday, I am very new to domaining and these are my first purchases. Please tell me what you think!


    April 9th, 2011 at 2:16 pm


    They might not be interested then, but–they will come after you NOW $$$$

    This week I hand reg GardenOfRiches and LongAndHealthy

    I contacted the director of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell as well as the University’s director of communications, advised them of the dropping domain name and strongly suggested they renew it. They weren’t interested

    April 9th, 2011 at 2:19 pm


    I like geoHotels domains. I bought
    It’s .info, but I’ll take it 🙂

    April 9th, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    Is swiftrank taking a test drive on or did you sell that one ?

    April 9th, 2011 at 2:54 pm



    For a newbie your list of names is pretty good for a first time go-around. Most people starting, out register bad, I mean really bad names.

    I can look at them and know what I’m gonna find on each name.

    Did you hand register or purchase them elsewhere?

    April 9th, 2011 at 3:27 pm


    Great domains. Plenty of keywords.

    I got these the other day:

    April 9th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Federer & are both excellent and will attract 2 high end buyer prices if you are patient enough and get out of the quick-flip mindset.

    A few of my recent investments include:

    April 9th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Federer

      Thanks… turned down $4,000 already.

      April 9th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    April 9th, 2011 at 4:11 pm


    I have an “ikeyword” one, which I think will do really well once developed with what I have in mind:

    Next one has been earning some money while parked:

    This next one has given me lots of positive signals and could be a real money spinner with the appropriate content on it, but I can’t go ahead with that just now for a reason which cannot be mentioned here:

    April 9th, 2011 at 4:16 pm


    @John Thank you! They all have decent key word matches from google especially (over 12,000 per month I think) hand registered most of them after watching some drop lists so they were only 7.87 a piece 🙂 and I purchased for $99 each, they were my first ones untill I realized people let some really good names drop

    April 9th, 2011 at 4:18 pm


    Nice pick-up on Boracay was just named a top 3 beach by one of the big travel sites.

    I actually own for the vacation rental market. If you find a buyer for, please let ’em know is available for the right price as well.


    April 9th, 2011 at 5:46 pm


    Seen everything left of the dot in print ads.

    April 9th, 2011 at 5:55 pm


    April 9th, 2011 at 6:21 pm


    Those are great acquisitions… has huge potential. These are my most recent acquisitions:

    April 9th, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    @nostraskoos – not too bad for a first bunch of names, as said earlier – most people’s (including mine) 1st regs are really really bad.

    I like , that is one I could see definite dev prospects for. The others are a little awkward imo, tho some are obviously great for their little niche.

    Some recent acquisitions of mine:
    drm .tv drmtv .com tvdrm .com
    dvi .tv
    usb .tv
    usb .fm
    ivf .la 🙂

    short names rock 🙂

    April 9th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    CarDataRecorders (re: insurance discounts)

    April 9th, 2011 at 8:16 pm


    how could I forget –

    only £3.99 each, get yours now lmaooooooo!

    April 9th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    BFitz – Cool, very social.

    I think domains are in a valley and buying now is great. Here are some of my recent investments: (every song on every apple device is a M4A, amazon cloud player only supports MP3 & M4A)

    Like any investment, always for sale..:-)

    April 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    BFitz – Cool, very social.

    I think domains are in a valley and buying now is great. Here are some of my recent investments: (every song on every apple device is a M4A, amazon cloud player only supports MP3 & M4A)

    Like any investment, always for sale..:-)

    April 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ BFitz

      Thanks… was a hand registered name. seems like a good one.

      April 9th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Scott Neuman

    Elliot as for the arena name, not sure if I’d have picked it up. Almost screams cyber squatting and I wonder if the two people had the write to say they are letting it go or does it go higher up the food chain to the board of directors. Personally, they are insane to let it go. Hope I don’t see a lanham act come out of it.

    Appreciate the chance to talk about names bought this week.
    Picked up (just too many look ups of the word to pass on it even with the .mu extension
    also at $9.00 cpc (hope I don’t get a UDRP on that one) (was a dead site, used and I’m tracking 350K uniques a year right now after a few months of working on it. (another udrp issue but I’ve been using for 10 years without a udrp and for $10.00, it was a no brainer) Huge cpc number and traffic. $10.00 purchase (I’ll give it one year to sell, they you guys can bid at expiration.
    and just yesterday: (thought of two people that could use it from my business dealings) (I love the play on the .nu extension)
    Last: (roofing company or radiation fall out, I don’t like .me’s for normally but it works here plus Sedo’s .me auction seems to lean to it’s use also.
    Scott Neuman

    April 9th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Scott

      I spoke to the person who is in charge of the center and its operations (including website). He knew they were letting the domain name expire and had no interest in renewing it. Should the University want the domain name, they can have it for the price I paid, which is significantly less than the base cost for a UDRP.

      As soon as the name is in my preferred registrar’s account and I can forward it to the page on my website, I will let my contacts know that I won it and the cost. The University does not pay to advertise on, but I promote its events and news, and I am sure they look at as a helpful website. They will know how to contact me, and if anyone at the University complains, I will show them my emails with the person who manages the Center.

      April 9th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Scott Neuman

    And my apologies for the grammer and spelling. I’ve got a bad head cold. :>

    April 9th, 2011 at 9:22 pm


    Lots of wonderful names in this thread. I look forward to seeing them in end users hands or developed!

    April 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    David Williams

    Very nice. is obviously my favourite but I also love the hotel names. They can do well if developed properly.

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:19 pm


    Really like….And, I think could do well with the global craze in Celebrity Chef stuff everywhere on TV….

    My only purchase this past month is:

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:23 pm



    The Whois has not been updated on: BORACAYHOTELS.COM

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (edited by Elliot – see next comment)
    Domain name: BORACAYHOTELS.COM

    however, it’s getting good appraisal from Valuate, which means very little, still is better to have a good valuate than not:

    Domain for sale:
    Appraisal value: $36,000

    Some of my recent ones:

    ROUL8.COM stands for (steht für Roulette)
    HOCHZEITSMO.DE Wedding Fashion in Deutsch) steht für Brautmode

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Uzoma

      I didn’t realize the transfer hadn’t finalized yet, but I edited the seller’s personal contact information on your comment out of fairness to him. I assume the name will finish being transferred by tomorrow or Monday. is interesting…. any idea who owns the 800 number or how it’s used?

      April 9th, 2011 at 11:39 pm


    Thanks for all the domains but they all fall under my signature BullS

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:34 pm


    I work with third party outfits to secure the vanity numbers, but in the case of England, I haven’t checked. Probably a person that may be interested in the domain, or they can sell me their number, I hope.

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Anthony David

    The benefit of buying the Arena domain and then setting redirects to his own page which is also about the Arena is all of the link juice that was going to will get passed to Elliot’s page. From the search engines standpoint they will think thats the new home of it on the web.

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Kevin Davis

    Always like reading your stuff Elliot.Here is what I have aquired lately.


    April 10th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Rich is my favorite from your list.
    I picked some at the auction and most of then i hand register.

    April 10th, 2011 at 3:53 am


    Like your descriptive names @Elliot. But I get a real kick out of the comment sections of these types of threads. Seeing people showoff their random .TV domain names and other cctld’s makes me realize there are still so many market inefficiencies in domaining to take advantage of. Love it ! Lots of market participants but still a large portion of money flowing away from the gold- .COM.

    April 10th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Wonderful day

    Nice names : Biketours and stuttgarthotel are the best of the lot without doubt.

    We have istuttgart(dot)com and its for sale if anyones interested

    April 10th, 2011 at 6:26 am



    Thanks, did a great job with Hybrids and they are over-hauling now.

    April 10th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Elliot Silver

    @ BFitz

    How’s traffic and revenue?

    April 10th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Andrew Douglas

    Not been very active but acquired and within the last month or so.

    April 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm


    Just launched Tuesday, page 2 G. Not a bad start. Bought it at Sedo 2 months ago. Now it’s up to me…Unless you want to buy it 🙂

    April 10th, 2011 at 12:52 pm


    All of these for reg fee today:

    April 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Rafael Castillo

    Great acquisitions!

    The following are several acquisitions that I have made recently: (first hyphen)

    April 10th, 2011 at 3:33 pm



    So what things do you look at to determine if the domain could be valuable?

    April 10th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Drake

      Mostly a gut feel by now, but also # of searches a month, CPC, competition, # of registrations in other extensions…etc.

      April 10th, 2011 at 4:34 pm



    Thanks for the info. I been wanting to dive into buying domains but I have stayed away as I get confused what a good domain name would be. I look at the auctions like on Godaddy and my head spins thinking almost every domain would be good.

    April 10th, 2011 at 4:43 pm


    Here is an example. I have a domain that has the search term in the domain. I look it up in the google adwords keyword tool and it shows the competition is high and has over a million searchs a month for this search term. Would you consider that a decent domain especially if the domain is available really cheap?

    I understand about free advice, just looking to see if Im at least on the right track.

    April 10th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Maybe, but it really depends on the term and if it makes sense as a domain name. I’ve seen plenty of domain names that make no sense despite being a search term.

    April 10th, 2011 at 6:10 pm


    Its a major city with the word hotels at the end so like:

    April 10th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Drake

      If it’s an unregistered, there’s likely a reason for that.

      April 10th, 2011 at 10:27 pm


    nice grabs, Elliot. I see all of em are .coms.

    I like mainly because I’m from the PH 🙂 Do you actually plan on building that or just have it sit there hoping for an end-user to approach you? Cuz I’ve actually thought of purchasing resort/beach-related domains but don’t exactly know what I’ll do with them aside from parking. I don’t have a clue as to how I can develop it into something simple that could probably be monetized by attracting the locals businesses that revolve around such vacation hotspots.

    April 10th, 2011 at 9:49 pm


    I love this thread. It makes you go back and look at what you’ve been up too.

    April 10th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Ken

    Thanks… Will likely re-sell it at some point.

    April 10th, 2011 at 10:16 pm



    The domain was actually called

    Even though its spelled incorrectly the keyword tool for google showed high competition and high monthly searches for that term.

    April 10th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Drake

    I don’t think a name like that is saleable unless it makes revenue. If it’s unregistered now, it likely makes no money. During the days of domain tasting, I am sure that name was registered at least a few times to test.

    April 11th, 2011 at 6:58 am


    In the last few months…

    April 11th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Jim Sickorez


    You have some nice grabs…Recent purchases for me…

    Have a great day!!

    April 11th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Ben Wilks is a cracker Elliot, surely there is an affiliate offering for that somehow!

    I have I picked up a while back, lovely place.

    April 12th, 2011 at 4:42 am


    IslaMujeresRealEstate dot com

    Picked it up after someone let it expire. Nice island off Cancun, good seafood. 🙂

    April 12th, 2011 at 4:53 pm


    I managed to grab today. It’s for sale if anyone is interested.

    April 15th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Joey Starkey

    “I contacted the director of the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell as well as the University’s director of communications, advised them of the dropping domain name and strongly suggested they renew it. They weren’t interested”

    How much traffic do you think they lost because they wanted to save $100.

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:25 am

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