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Bob Hawkes

Hand Registering Domain Names

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By Bob Hawkes, May 28, 2020
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What percentage of your portfolio is hand registered?

  1. None. I never do hand registrations.

    20 votes
    3.7%
  2. less than 20%

    122 votes
    22.3%
  3. 20 to 40%

    41 votes
    7.5%
  4. 40 to 60%

    54 votes
    9.9%
  5. 60 to 80%

    64 votes
    11.7%
  6. 80 to 99%

    139 votes
    25.5%
  7. All of my names were hand registered.

    106 votes
    19.4%
Total: 546 vote(s)
  1. Recons.Com

    Recons.Com Top Contributor VIP

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    And you are saying your hand regs are first time regs ever?

    I bought about 60 "hand regs" over the past week. When I checked them, all of them were previously registered. Mind you, it was not even criteria for me when choosing them. Just always like to check and understand what I am buying.
     
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  2. elevator

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    All I know is that there are still handregs that makes good monies. But people are so funny of no more hand regs as if one can not find hand reg that could make money at all.
    All that one needs is to have a good knowledge of what makes good names that can sell, I have sold many handregs and I still have old names in my portfolio left there useless. Domain king just dropped thousands of old names recently and very few of them are good.
    Though I may not understand what is the definition of your handreg you are talking about. So many people have hand regged domains that have aged up to 5years before sold. Now what would you call those names?
     
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  3. wot

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    Pretty much.
    Even the recent ones in the niche I referred to,don't think any of the dozen or so had been registered before. But then I am often wrong! :xf.smile:
     
  4. elevator

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    Then what would you call those names? That is why I said one can still find gems among handregs. If any domain dropped and escaped catching machine what would you call those names ? I called those domains New Regs instead of calling them hand regs because those that were caught by machine have expired and dropped and carrying new dates. For any end users that does not have knowledge of catching machine would recorgnise such names as new names becase they are carrying new registration dates.
    Hand reg is just insider among domainers but for end users they are new names.
     
  5. elevator

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    In addition, what about domains that are carrying irregular extensions and those with new gtlds, are those not hand regs?
     
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  6. Recons.Com

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    My focus is .com, because that is where 75% of money is. And the 25% remaining percent for all others is spread of too many options.

    So, thinking from a client's perspective, he is choosing between .com that anyone would certainly love to have and all others that he/she might consider if .com is out of budget or unavailable, but then there is so much confusion and so many choices you with your name have to get in line and get lucky.

    So, I consider for most popular extensions there are maybe 10k to 100k investment grade names at regular reg price (at $1 and one-year-stand it might be different) and all require dog-fight to get, learning curve to learn, more money to renew (often) etc.

    And, yes, few are successful in those niches, but definitely not for everyone and not big enough.

    Another thing: my main focus is branding consulting. I don't feel comfortable giving an essentially bad advice of starting a business on those alternative extensions, because I know it can hurt their business, with few notable exceptions (like cctld for country focused business, .org for social or non-profit, .super prem .net if a clear upgrade from current .net etc.). So 95% of my names are .com, then .us, some .org, handful of .net and .co ... Don't get me wrong, I'd still have inventory of names that are there because there is some demand for them, but still would never recommend it to a client that would care to ask for opinion...
     
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