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Ten of the Best Domain Hacks in Active Use

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By Bob Hawkes, Sep 17, 2019
  1. DomainRecap

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    Examples from the past few years:

    WG.DE - $117,876
    RS.DE - $79,000
    IA.DE - $62,150
    IT.DE - $55,370
    NX.DE - $39,318
    WC.DE - $33,060
     
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    I do not recommend domain names in Spanish. The sales business is in English names. I have domains of a word in Spanish and they are not offered. zonal.es, (same word in both languages) preciosas.es (estibot value $ 960) but there are no offers. English is a world language. In Argentina English is taught as a second language. It is used due to technology and business. Good to Know. Also Portuguese, for Brazil, and now less, Frances
     

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    Yes, I agree. The average value if a LL .de over past 2 years is only slightly less (list here) and w is a popular first letter for the high value sales.

    Here is the list of 2020 sales that NameBio identify as hacks, and this is top, but that does not mean that it was bought as a hack.

    Another nice one on the recent list was $5000 sale of targ .et.

    Bob
     
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    Actually, I'd say the buyer got a steal when you compare it to premium letters (not junk like JX.DE for $1K twice or QJ.DE for $2K) as these nicer 2-letter combos definitely trend up. I was surprised it wasn't higher, in the $40-$50K range for a pronounceable and high-end WI.

    I think Namebio categorizing this as a "domain hack" is disingenuous, as there was certainly no premium paid over a similar LL.DE (it was actually below-market), as you would expect if it's not only a 2-letter but a spanned word like WIDE a company was planning on exploiting.

    We'll have to see how it all works out, and if a business pops up on it like Williams Int., then I hope the sales categorization changes, as intent is everything.
     
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    Shameless on-topic plug.

    Happy to announce the launch of Nami.ng!

    Decided to track all the short single-word domain hacks currently in business use. It's still in early stages, so I invite everyone to share active sites!
     
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    Very true here for tech firms
     
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    Good site there, nice and clean and should be referred to by anyone out bounding to potential buyers as a reference. I think it will be growing considerably in the near future. :xf.cool:
     
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    Firstly thank you @Bob Hawkes for another in-depth article as always.
    I think certain domain hacks like cyb.org , vir.us , li.me etc provide a unique aesthetic and what I would consider a sub niche of brandable domains. There may still be work needed for mainstream internet users to be aware that they just need to enter vir.us as it appears without www in front or com at the end and also to remember where the dot is e.g vi.rus and vir.us. Also I suspect they do not have a lot of type in traffic like other one word counterparts so their value would be more aesthetic and one would still need to drive traffic.
    Personally I feel a word split by a dot is a hack ( like vir.us) but two words separated by a dot are not ( like video.game, music.band unless you consider them one word ). So considering hacks like vir.us, I think ccTLDs like .es, .us, .de, .co, .ca, .in etc have contributed a lot to short, memorable hacks. So there is an increase in domain hacks in my opinion.

    As for the term Domain Hack, I like the term as my first thought is the MacGyvering of other TLDs to create something else. Also the original meaning of hack is to chop or cut something hard so I imagine 'chopping' a piece of one word like cyb and then getting org from a gTLD and making a word. But I have to agree that people outside domain industry or online technology related day-to-day activities would likely associate the word hack with gaining unauthorized access and it would be a challenge for the owner of such a domain to establish a website without riak of scaring some potential visitors and potential customers. My choice for another name? I like "Left and right side of the dot" domains but can't think of something catchy to describe this.
    :lookaround::lookaround::lookaround::lookaround::lookaround::lookaround:
     
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    I meant owners of such domins will have challenges as possible buyers of the domain would be reluctant to buy and use such domains as they are associted with 'hacking'.
     
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    I have some hack as well.
    Actu-al
    Flor-al
    Mystic-al
    Plastic-al
    Topic-al
    Veget-al
     
  11. werejack

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    Spliced Domains. :xf.wink:
     
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    "Cognitive domains".

    And that is what my new site will be referring to them as.

    Remember that to 'hack' something is to either wildly chop or roughly cut something, and that is not what cognitive domains do at all. :xf.wink:(y)
     
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    Hi @Bob Hawkes

    I have added "Coinli.st" .....As you know coinlist is big Cryptocurrency company...hope after couple of years he might be acquire this domain.
     
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