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Sunday Updates & Tips


Hope you’re having a nice weekend. I’m still in the midst of the move to Massachusetts, living in New Hampshire temporarily until our house is ready and we close on it. Dealing with a home sale and home purchase has made me realize just how much more easy it is to transact in the domain space.

Here are some things I’ve found interesting over the last few days and a few tips. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  • Check out this article on TechCrunch involving a company that recently endured a domain name theft. According to TC, the story “involves crisis management, blackmail, investigative research, payoffs, a clever thief, and points to potential problems with the domain name registry system that could affect anyone with a website.”
  • If you live in the northeast of the US and are expecting the storm named Sandy during the next couple of days, here’s a quick tip. Place your NameJet and/or Snapnames backorders in advance in case you lose power. You may also want to bid in advance (if you generally bid manually) and allow the auction houses to place proxy bids on your behalf.
  • People keep asking if I am concerned about Google’s EMD update. The short answer is “no.” I don’t think the update targeted EMDs in general, but it did target EMDs that were used for minimal websites hoping to take advantage of the keywords. I think targeted EMD .com domain names still hold considerable value, and any weakness in aftermarket sales is related to the economy rather than Google changes.
  • If you don’t have a mastery of a particular language, I would recommend not registering domain names in that language unless you have an expert helping you. I’ve seen many confusing registrations that make no sense, and it’s likely due to language issues. I don’t register Spanish or French domain names because I know that my knowledge of those languages is severely limited.
  • An acquaintance emailed me this past week with a screenshot sent by one of his customers. Apparently, his website was blocked as “mature content” although he specializes in gourmet food sales. One other thing I saw was that Google briefly listed DNForum as “may be compromised.” You should always check for abnormal traffic patterns that may indicate a problem. Customers may not always make management aware of issues, especially if they don’t have a business relationship.
  • When it comes to evaluating others’ domain names on various forums and blogs, I think constructive criticism is far more effective than other type of negative comment. I’ve grown thick skin, but I don’t think other contributors should be subjected to rudeness simply for sharing. Maybe I’ve forgotten this a bit along the way, but I will try to do a better job of being constructive.

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 (15)


    Enjoy your new Mansion Elliot! Congrats! Land of opportunity for anyone to make money in domains!

    October 28th, 2012 at 1:17 pm


    Hi Elliot! is domaining your full-time job/occupation, or is domaining your only source of income?? I am just curious, because Iam not making any money. Can you give me some tips???

    October 28th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Yes, been a full time domain investor since 2007. I operate a few websites, but the vast majority of my income is derived from my domain investments.

      October 28th, 2012 at 1:28 pm


      Vada-I can give you one good tip, read “Bulls”

      October 28th, 2012 at 4:09 pm


    “One other thing I saw was that Google briefly listed DNForum as “may be compromised.””

    Hey Elliot,

    I submitted that notice to DNF. Catching it was a fluke really. For me Google is still showing as the site “may be compromised”.

    Not sure if I’m looking at a cached page though.

    I’m sure they are looking into it and can hopefully resolve it.

    That kind of a link could really hurt a business.

    It’s definitely something people who derive a lot of their online income via a website need to watch out for.

    October 28th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I think Google probably lets website owners know in Webmaster Tools, but I don’t visit it much and could possibly miss a message.

      October 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I think Google probably lets website owners know in Webmaster Tools, but I don’t visit it much and could possibly miss a message.

      October 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Omotayo Sunny

    Hello mr elliot,do you Hotels plus cities domains are hot? Such as,,etc.I need your comment

    October 28th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Those keywords are backwards. is great but not the other way around.

      October 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm


      In some languages 😉 the order of keywords are reversed and thus have to make sense with your targeted audience.

      October 30th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Vegas Lover

    Yes, I do think it behooves us all to act civilly to each other even with our difference of opinions.

    Domaining has certainly gotten bigger on the radar in recent years as more people learn about it.

    Us “old timers” can attest to that. And also to seeing newcomers fall into the pitfalls and traps that we clearly see.

    I’ve upped the due diligence and vetting of new acquisitions recently as my philosophy has shifted from lots of “guppies” to fewer, but bigger fishes. The super shark.

    It’s nice to “shoot the bull” with like minded people around these here parts, so I gotta say “thanks” to Elliot for having this blog.

    October 28th, 2012 at 7:03 pm


    I see that Bing and Yahoo update their search system to get the piece of cake that big Google ‘s just dropped ..EMD advantage …my new web get thousands of visitors even not ranked by G

    October 29th, 2012 at 3:55 am

    scott penton

    It’s key for companies to have a good domain name which is why they will pay big bucks for one, even multiple domain names for forwarding and marketing purposes like or , thanks for the tips

    October 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Vegas Lover

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no one in his right mind would buy “” or “”.

      And I say that with sincerity. You need to really go about your domaining venture differently if you’re gonna make a go of it.

      There is not a SINGLE domain on your list that I would accept if you offered it to me for FREE.

      As echoed by others on Elliot’s blog, domaining is not a crapshoot. All you’re doing by registering these worthless names is making the registry and registrars rich. It’s like a license for them to print free money for themselves.

      October 29th, 2012 at 11:36 am

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