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Should I Hand Register Domain Names Today?

Should I hand register domain names today as an investor?

The simple answer is yes, you CAN hand register domain names today! More detailed answer is that 99.99% of today’s domain name registrations are horrible and terrible.

Should I Hand Register Domain Names Today?

Majority of domain name investors are losing money with hand registered domain names in the hope of making that one jackpot of domain name sale in order to recover most of their investment. However, we also have certain section of domain name investors AKA domainers with a more streamlined and proven strategies who are minting money with hand registered domain names in a certain niche.

If I am hand-registering or acquiring (from aftermarket) a domain name today, It will normally be GEO+ComercialKeyword or an Emerging Future Technology related keywords in .COM extension (TLD).

I’ll also perform the following few steps in order to figure out whether the domain name in question has any worth, and stands a chance to be sold for profit at later date.

  1. English formation and commercial viability (market acceptability) should make sense for, in the keywords.
  2. My experience of 18 years in the domain name industry, and 12 years of selling domain names helps quite a bit in picking up some DECENT domain names. Please note; I have mentioned DECENT because my picks could either be good/bad, as no one (including me) is 100% sure of what domain names are going to sell in the market 🙂
  3. Perform Google Search to figure out your general audience for the keywords in the domain name.
  4. Google search again with inverted commas (“keyword”) to know and compile a list of your endusers for the keywords or niche of your domain name.
  5. Perform LinkedIN search to figure out how many companies or professional entities are using your keywords as their company name. This action helps substantiate your domain name registration or acquisition.

These are just some basic and initial steps which help in deciding whether I should hand register or acquire a domain name. If I’m still not sure, I’ll enhance my research with other social media and commercial platforms to be double sure of the possibilities.

Helpful Tip: Stay up to date on latest news, especially on emerging technology and products. There are endless opportunities to hand-register domains that will become valuable in the future (Example:,,,, etc). Try to combine popular or trending keywords, for example: (The Vape industry is a booming market, and brand names starting with “Magic” could get popular or use some other popular keyword).

Statutory Warning: Don’t expect to sell a hand-registered domain name after few days or months. If it was available for registration, there is a reason behind it! (hint: nobody else wanted it). You have to be patient and probably identify endusers for your hand registered domain name.

Happy Domaining!

Matt Blaze Sold

Matt Blaze has just sold domain name for an undisclosed amount to MCO Technology GmbH who operates Monaco, a crypto project engaged in developing a crypto debit card.

One of the most sought after domain names lately, was hand registered in 1993 by Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. Matt is also a board director of the Tor Project.

He had turned down all the offers and made a public announcement in January 2018 via Twitter that domain name was not available for sale.

Matt Blaze Sold

Within 6 months of making that public announcement on Twitter, Matt has probably accepted too-good-to-be-refused-offer from a Hong Kong-based company developing crypto project.

Everyone is speculating the price of be north of $10 million, however the new buyer and CEO of Monaco, Kris Marszalek politely declined to comment on the details. Kris was reported as saying, “If it was only about money Matt (would) have sold it a long time ago”.

Monaco raised crypto worth $25 million during their ICO, at that time, which wrapped up in June 2017. CEO Marszalek mentioned that the premium domain name has found right home with their firm holding almost $200 million on its balance sheet, huge thanks to a surge in the valuation of cryptocurrencies.

Crypto Debit Card

In a statement to Techncrunch, CEO of Monaco, Kris Marszalek stated, “This is a very powerful identity that we are taking on. It’s representative of the entire category so it comes with a huge responsibility on us to carry the torch. We don’t take it lightly and this is one of the things that I think we conveyed successfully, that, as a company, we do have a higher purpose”.

“Fundamentally, blockchain and crypto will enable [the next generation] to control their money, to control their data and to control their identity, these are the three fundamental things that weave the fabric of society. For us this is the purpose, we want to acceleration the world’s adoption of cryptocurrency,” he added.

Note: Sale price of was never revealed.

Current 5 Categories Trending in Domain Names

So the month of June is over and you are still trying to figure out hot niche or keywords to hand-register in the domain name industry, after six months have gone by in the year 2018?

You are at the right place, as we are about to release current 5 most trending categories in domain name registrations which could be somewhat helpful for you to make relevant future strategies accordingly and profitable, of course.

Current 5 Categories Trending in Domain Names

The domain name registrants across the globe have been registering, buying and selling domain names in the trending 5 categories listed below, for your reference, in no particular order.

Crypto, Blockchain & Bitcoin – Keyword domain names in the Crypto, Blockchain and Bitcoin niches have been hot and happening since last year (2017) and are still going strong. Not sure when the trend will slow or die down, however, make the most of it till it lasts in my opinion 🙂

eCommerce or Shopping – eCommerce or Shopping niche should be of no surprise to anyone as it has been one of the most happening category ever since Internet started taking shape. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and many others around the world are proving the fact that product domain names in this niche are commercially viable and some of the most valuable.

Internet visitors looking for a particular product across the globe normally tends to type-in a <ProductNname>.com into a browser, generating traffic year-round for exact match Shopping and eCommerce domain names, making them all the more popular and valuable.

Sports Gambling or Sports Betting – Gambling has been an ever green niche in the Internet world, however with recent ruling of the US Supreme Court ( published news on may 14, 2018) sports gambling or sports betting federal laws are going to be struck down, making it easy for states to legalize betting on sports in the country.

In fact, the sports gambling or betting was so popular in month of May that keywords from the niche occupied 6 out of top 10 positions in Verisign’s Top 10 Trending Keyword list for .COM domains in May 2018.

Marijuana or Cannabis – With laws shaping up for legalization of Marijuana or Cannabis in various US states, domain names registrations and sales have been on the rise ever since rumors became rife last year about the legalizing of the recreational marijuana and dispensaries. Similar to crypto and sports betting, this niche has seen a steep rise in the domain names registered using Marijuana or Cannabis as a keyword.

Travel Tourism – With summer around the corner, it is the perfect time to hand-register, buy and sell travel or tourism related domain names. The reason why we are seeing an uptick in the niche.

What do you think about our research on current 5 categories trending in domain names? Did we miss any other hot keyword category? Do you see something other than the niches mentioned above trending as well? Please do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Please note that these popular niches were observed across various sales reports, domain name industry aftermarket platforms, at various registrars along with Verisign’s publicly available data for the .COM extension.

Nominate Domain Name Investor of the Year 2018

You have been in the domain name industry for a while and have seen someone make a significant impact to the overall business environment? Someone who has inspired you the most with his thought process, business strategies, domain name buy and sell skills, awareness activities, etc? Do you know someone from the domain name industry who qualifies and deserves to receive an appreciation along with an award?

DomainX 2018 Awards

Submit your nomination for DomainX™ 2018 Awards and give a change to 4 experienced professionals take home a well deserving recognition along with an award on 5th August 2018. Nominate those 4 deserving professionals separately for each one of the following categories listed below:

  1. Domain Name Investor of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Investor of the year award recognizes the awardee for their seasoned success, reputation & skills that make them a savvy & successful domain name investor.
  2. Domain Name Power Portfolio of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Power Portfolio rewards the domain name investor who blends high-quality names with quantitatively large investments into a diversified domain name portfolio.
  3. Domain Name Rising Star of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Rising Star award is for the domain name investor whose approach, attitude & results show immense promise & potential in the early stages of their domain name investing journey.
  4. .IN Domain Name Evangelist of the year 2017-18: .IN Domain Name Evangelist award has been instituted to acknowledge the domain name investor who promotes the adoption of our very own ccTLD and contributes to the community around the .IN ccTLD

DomainX™ 2018 Awards in association with Domain Name Owners Association of India™ have started accepting nominations for their annual India domain name conference scheduled for 4th and 5th August at Hotel Shangri La, New Delhi.

Please visit DomainX™ website to register a FREE PASS at or submit nominations here:

Apply to be NextGen@ICANN for ICANN63 Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

Important Note; NextGen@ICANN prospects from India should start preparing for the Asia Pacific regional ICANN64 Community Forum in Kobe, Japan scheduled from 9-14 March 2019. How to prepare? Interested prospects should join either one or more relevant ICANN communities as per their interest or background in order to get started.

NextGen@ICANN for ICANN63 Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

On 15th May 2018, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) started inviting applications motivated youth to actively participate at the ICANN63 meeting in Barcelona through the NextGen@ICANN program. Interested participants are invited to submit their application until 22nd June 2018.

The ICANN63 meeting is scheduled from 20th October till 26th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Interested individuals from European Union can submit their NextGen@ICANN application for the ICANN63 meeting here.

Selected applicants shall be notified through email and published on the ICANN website on 30th July 2018.

It’s very important for the prospective applicant to have interest in the Internet Policymaking process, Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, domain names and other relevant topics covered at ICANN meetings to be considered for the program. The applicant should be from the same region of the respective ICANN meeting, between the ages of 18 and 30 and an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student. (Over the age of 30? Learn about the ICANN Fellowship program.)

What is NextGen@ICANN program?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is encouraging youth around the globe to participate at ICANN meetings to prepare and engage in their regional communities in order to shape the future of global Internet policy. These are the next generation of individuals interested in actively engaging with the global stakeholders.

ICANN communities are working on important policy drafts each day. Interested youth can attend an ICANN public meeting as a NextGen@ICANN participant to start their journey in the Internet policymaking world.

ICANN offers full-time coaching during participation and travel support to students from the regions where the ICANN meeting is taking place.

What is ICANN63 meeting?

ICANN63 is an annual general meeting of ICANN scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain from 20th October till 26th October 2018. The 6-day open community meeting shall focus on outreach, capacity building, and showcase work performed by ICANN and it’s stakeholders to a broader global audience. The meeting will be hosted by Network Information Centre of Spain.

ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Meetings are a central principle of ICANN’s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, interacting among members of the ICANN community, including Board and staff and learning about ICANN. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other devices. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Opening of ICANN57 by Samiran Gupta Head of India at ICANN

Mr. Samiran Gupta leads ICANN initiatives in the country as Head of India for ICANN.

Know more about ICANN public meetings here.

Manmeet Pal Singh Asking Question at ICANN57
Manmeet Pal Singh Asking Question at ICANN57 Hyderabad

Editor of this article, Manmeet Pal Singh has participated in ICANN57 Hyderabad annual general meeting and ICANN59 Johannesburg policy forum as an ICANN fellow. He has also participated in ICANN60 Abu Dhabi annual general meeting and currently selected to participate in ICANN62 Panama City policy forum from 25-28 June 2018.

Please feel free to comment your questions or reach out for any help regarding participation in ICANN communities.