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Even though my primary focus is on buying quality domain names in the aftermarket, I do spend some time researching new domain names to purchase for registration fee. I use Google’s Keyword Tool, personal knowledge about the subject, current events, and the amount of advertisers who pay for marketing campaigns in search engines.

I think I am most influenced by things happening around me for the registration “inspiration.” I had a friend that spent many hours per week looking things up on Wikipedia (at work) during his spare time. He would receive an email from a friend or see a news article on the BBC, and he’d immediately search Wikipedia for more knowledge.

I am sort of like this with domain names. Instead of searching for more knowledge about a subject of interest, I search for available .com domain names that might have eventual value. Although most of my purchases are speculative, it can be more enjoyable than gambling… well maybe as enjoyable as blackjack 🙂

Here are some of my recent domain registrations:

What have you recently registered?

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 (31)


    Recently (2/3 months ago) i’ve registered and

    I haven’t been registering much these days.

    October 21st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I like domains that consist of 2 – 3 keywords at most that deal with very specific topics… E-commerce and biz / service related domains are my favorite.

    Nobody even thought that the domains below were worth reg fee, so we got em for $20 total earlier this month…

    Flipped it for $900 to one company (end user) who obviously liked em and wanted / needed to have em…….

    Plenty of $$$ to be made in the domain biz if you know what to look out for and then what to actually do with the right domains… Yep, gotta have thing this called a “biz plan” too 😉

    October 21st, 2009 at 1:56 pm


    Great post, Elliot. Yes there are many opportunites available week-in week-out > flipping reg fee domains for 50x the price and/or developing them into mini profitable eStores/sites.

    On a daily basis, I also hand register domains. Here are a few from the past few weeks that I managed to land for reg fee:

    … and quite a few more.

    October 21st, 2009 at 2:02 pm


    All dotcom, most have decent search stats, but a few have none at all.


    MonongahelaIncline – Historic and cool funicular in Pittsburgh, where I live (I’ll develop this one).

    SouthernLakeTahoe – I just had to do it 🙂

    October 21st, 2009 at 2:32 pm


    Excellent post…registered these after reading this post:

    October 21st, 2009 at 3:04 pm


    Wow….no offense to all, but I would run as fast as I could from every domain listed by everyone so far here.

    I guess those domains are just not my style, but best of luck to ya’ll on those.

    October 21st, 2009 at 3:06 pm


    I was looking at your list, and wondering about PorcelainInlay, not understanding that it’s a popular dental procedure.

    When I think of inlay, I think musical instruments because I have a good friend who’s a luthier. Knowing that 2 popular inlays for instruments are abalone and mother of pearl, I checked the whois for AbaloneInlay and MotherOfPearlInlay. They were both available, and I grabbed them – so thanks a lot for posting this!

    October 21st, 2009 at 3:14 pm


    Sheeeeeeeeee….I better not give out any ideas on my latest domains…

    I was walking on 1st and Pike (Seattle) and saw this sign …LustyLady.–nice place to relax.

    Read that marijuana will be legalized soon and told them that I will be selling online…I got and

    Now…Let Smoke!!!

    Pass the Peace pipe

    October 21st, 2009 at 3:19 pm


    Although we don’t share the same success, I share your passion for hand registering new domains.
    Some of my recent additions include …

    To paraphrase the NY Lottery tag line, $6.99 and a dream. 🙂

    October 21st, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Jeff Libert

    There’s still a few that might be worth more than the registration fee. Here’s a sample of some geo domains I picked up in the last 30 days.

    This late in the game grabbing the full State name geo (California) is unlikely, but there’s still a few nice State abbreviation names (CA for California, FL for Florida, NC for North Carolina, PA for Pennsylvania, WV for West Virginia, NYC for New York City, WI for Wisconsin, MA for Massachusetts, etc.). :


    Times are tough. The market demands cautious, very selective domain speculation. Everyone has their experience and expertise, which is the best foundation for making educated guesses.

    My best to everyone with your “educated guesses”. 😉

    October 21st, 2009 at 4:15 pm


    Hey Elliot,

    This week my fiancée and I have set up an online store to sell her first clothing collection.
    The main site is (under construction)

    Then I have also bought these domains yesterday and uploaded a really simple site with analytics and photos, then I have linked them to the related product pages on the main site above.

    Would be interested to hear your thoughts and anyone esles? As have only been buying domains for a year, if that.

    Can give your wife Elliot a good discount if she likes any of our products 🙂


    October 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm


    Elliot, I couldn’t agree with you more. Here are a few of my recent hand regs:

    Keep looking, people. All of the good domains are not yet taken.

    October 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm


    I handregistered a few .nets recently, all exact match domains with search volume. Some are to be developed and others to flip hopefully!

    (all .net)


    October 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm


    Right on Elliot! The ones i’ve registered are:

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Aaron (IDNBlog)

    One of my last regs: 映画レビュー (.) com (Japanese: MovieSpoilers . com)

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm


    Elliot, sorry, but i have to correct myself on my last post; The following names are wrong;

    They should be:


    October 21st, 2009 at 6:57 pm


    Most recent speculative hand regs are:

    I liked your post a couple of months ago when you purchased several names and resold them in a specific time period. Great rate of return. I buy one or two and try to resell. Same idea smaller scale.

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm



    October 21st, 2009 at 8:58 pm


    @ Rosco

    My wife loves the Tiffany blue corset 🙂

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:26 pm



    Thanks 🙂 I will pass the complement onto Alice when she gets home from work. (By the way corsets are 100% Natural Raw Silk). + Free Shipping 🙂 Been discussing things with Jamie Zoch today and think I am going to change the domain name where the online store is placed to and use this as her brand name/url.

    Early days…… 1 physical retail store reseller to date.

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm


    If you wife is interested she is more than welcome to use the contact form as its working and can then have a chat with Alice about sizing and pricing etc. 🙂

    October 21st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    AbdulBasit Makrani

    Hi everyone,

    I recently registered

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 am


    Picked up these 60 or 80 days ago.

    Testing the waters at Bido with them.

    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:44 am


    You should check out data on the pending delete domains. Apparently, the registry is working with registrars in providing data on all .com names which have reached pending delete status. really cool stuff.

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:57 am


    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:33 pm



    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:34 pm


    Hey, by the way I wanted to tell you guys that I won the auction on for just $2.

    Is that a good name?

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:36 pm


    I personally would have chosen a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and a Coke 🙂

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Iowa Cities

    My most recent hand regs were, & . I do love the Geo’s!

    October 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 am


    …speaking of Geos, here are a few that I recently hand regged:

    October 23rd, 2009 at 10:50 am


    Regged a couple coms recently:
    *I have some ties to Guatemala, I think my friends and family will be excited about this domain/website..

    and a ccTLD

    October 23rd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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