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Ten of the Best Domain Hacks in Active Use

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By Bob Hawkes, Sep 17, 2019
  1. WatchDogue

    WatchDogue Top Member VIP

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    Well done Bob, an upbeat and engaging presentation of some of the "Top Hacks" in use!

    And, I concur that while "hack" historically implies negative usage, the domain "hacks" as shown herein are IMO positive and eye-catching domains.
     
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    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Here is a little history on domain hacks (extracted from the ICANNWiki entry for Domain Hack).
    • The first domain hack was registered Nov 23, 1992: inter.net It is still in use.
    • One of the early domain hacks using all three levels was del.icio.us, registered May 3, 2002.
    • You can have hacks over many levels, like please.do.not.disturb.me (yes it is active, but I don't think they want you to bother them :xf.cool:)
    • The term domain hack was apparently introduced Nov 3 2004 by Matthew Doucette as "an unconventional domain name that uses parts other than the SLD (second level domain) or third level domain to create the title of the domain name."
    I should also point out that some of the information on the wiki in turn comes from the Xona information source on domain hacks website they cite. Matthew Doucette is one of the coders of that site - Is he active on NamePros? If so would love to have his input!

    Even though I fully accept that hack is used in a positive sense by many in the tech community, and that positive use has evolved more in past number of years, it is in my opinion not a good choice for this type of domain name because in the general public at best it is not descriptive and to many is associated with something they view as negative.

    Bob
     
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    Yes, very true and it's never good when someone says...

    My domain was Hacked!!!
     
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    Also, one of the definitions of hack is...

    INFORMAL
    manage; cope.
    "lots of people leave because they can't hack it"

    So maybe a domain hack can't hack it as a real domain???
     
  5. Domainr (https://domai.nr/) is one of the first tools to ever offer this type of search. It’s a popular domain search tool.

    Hope that helps,
     
  6. phelo1

    phelo1 Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    I love all these tools thanks for sharing
     
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    Mavv21 New Member

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    Just to spark the need for a name change, when this newbie (me) read the title of this thread, I thought, "Oh great, some tips (i.e. hacks) on how to be a better domainer or sell more domains." I was surprised to see that this is what it meant. I always thought of those as clever domains. But I like MacGuyvered and unidot too.
     
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    An area hack is a space name that proposes a word, expression, or name when connecting at least two nearby degrees of that area. For instance, "bir.ds" and "examp.le", utilizing the imaginary nation code areas .ds and .le, recommend the words flying creatures and model individually. In this unique circumstance, the word hack means a smart stunt (as in programming), not an endeavor or break-in (as in security). Utilizing Tuvalu's area (.television) is additionally normal in TV destinations.

    Space hacks offer the capacity to create short area names. This makes them conceivably profitable as redirectors, pastebins, base spaces from which to appoint subdomains and URL shortening administrations.
     
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    The ccTLDs for India ".IN" and ".CO.IN" also have good domain hack possibilities.
    E.g., bullet.in, bitco.in, bit.co.in, jo.in, tw.in, cab.in, doma.in, barga.in, capta.in, vitam.in etc.
     
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    Wonderful article as always much information regarding domain hacks.

    Thank You @Bob Hawkes :xf.smile:
     
  11. sharastar

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    Wow Awesome ones :)
     
  12. sharastar

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    First time coming across it @Eric Lyon Thank You for this wonderful information site.
     
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    I did not know this wonderful stuff was in namebio again kudos and Thank You :xf.smile: @Bob Hawkes

    Valuable stuff totally has great worth for any domainer reading it
     
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    I love domain hacks and I own one...but I have not gotten any interest yet

    sleeveless.top

    could easily be seen as Sleeveless top

    sleeveless itself could be a brandable word
    I have contacted some end user but no reply yet.

    Thanks for these article BoB
     
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    is ØØ7.store domain hack?
     
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    Sadly not. That doesn't mean anything as far as I can tell.
     
  17. VaneZhao

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    have Nurtu.re and fla.sh domain hack
     
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    once i found in.tel Intel is expiring and suspend but the owner redeened it again
     
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    Thanks for the article, Bob. A refreshing dip into to the world of domain hacks. Have always found domain hacks a nice mix of creativity, intrigue and good fun.

    I do own some myself, across new Gs and ccTLDs. Have never sold one, but have received offers. I think owning a hack in a .net or a .org would be the pinnacle, a la fish.net or cyb.org, as they display the earliest examples of these types of amazing domains.

    In response to your question on changing the name from "domain hacks" to something else, personally I don't see a need to, and I think it's already the best suited name for them. Negative connotations stemming from the word "hack" and not wanting it associated with domains is a well-founded concern, but I think we're already making the mistake of blanketing significant terms (not just in domaining) into a single-use rather than appreciating the multiple meanings they may have in the context with which they are used.

    So in other words, just because it's negative in one aspect, ie your computer getting hacked, there are positive aspects that have a long-standing history within another aspect, ie domain hacks. Domain hacks are beautiful, lets focus on that.

    Some great examples on the thread so far, I'll add a couple of mine:
    vapi.ng
    yank.ee
    T-b.one
    nons.top

    **

    This is a great definition, could be slightly refined and added to The Domaining Dictionary
     
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    Thanks for sharing Domain Hacks information @Bob

    Regards
    Deepak H
     
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    Amazing and very informative article, thanks a lot Bob :)
     
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    These are some great domains (domain-hacks), thanks for sharing.
     
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