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Do you believe in hand-registration?

Labeled as poll in General Domain Discussion started by Arpit131, Mar 16, 2019.

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Do you believe in hand-registrations?

  1. Yes. I frequently register

    35 vote(s)
    50.7%
  2. I prefer aftermarket but also hand-register SOMETIMES

    18 vote(s)
    26.1%
  3. I only do hand-registrations and NOTHING ELSE

    10 vote(s)
    14.5%
  4. No. All good domains are gone.

    6 vote(s)
    8.7%
Total: 69 vote(s)
  1. Arpit131

    Arpit131 Top Member VIP

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    Do you believe in hand regs?
    As for me, that is the only way I invest in domain names. I never bid on auctions or buy from reseller market(unless it is for self-development).

    What is your opinion on hand reg?
     
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  2. Hypersot

    Hypersot Top Member VIP

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    I'd find the poll to be more informative if it was something like 'do you hand-register AND have a profit out of it?' cause, it doesn't matter what people believe, it's the outcome that counts and has value.

    thanks for the poll though
     
  3. NamePrime

    NamePrime The Godfather VIP

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    I do believe that you can make money via hand registration but you got to be very picky. Just like any other way to acquire a domain, it all boils down to quality.
     
  4. Arpit131

    Arpit131 Top Member VIP

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    I'd consider your advice! Thanks!
     
  5. Domains - Wanted

    Domains - Wanted Top Member VIP

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    Hand registering every day!

    Take a wild guess whom handregistering.com belongs to? :ROFL:
     
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  6. infosec3

    infosec3 Upgraded Member Gold Account VIP

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    I’m a firm believer in hand-registration. But you have to really know what you’re doing.

    After nearly a decade of hand-registration, I have developed a methodology that is profitable, based on research and experience.
     
  7. NamePrime

    NamePrime The Godfather VIP

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    Lol!
     
  8. Furquah

    Furquah Skipper VIP

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    I mostly/only hand regg names, so far it's profitable for me but now it seems getting difficult to find a sellable gem.
     
  9. lolwarrior

    lolwarrior Founder, Brands.International VIP

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    When it comes to names I invest in, new gTLDs, hand reg is ok for me, but usually only when it was already previously owned by someone.

    So it is more of drop-catching really :)
     
  10. Domains - Wanted

    Domains - Wanted Top Member VIP

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    Agreed! You've hit the nail on the head. My hand registering is mostly hand-drop-catching, too. Although I concentrate exclusively on .com's, the ones I'm interested in almost always turn out to be previously owned ones, too.
     
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  11. dande

    dande UNNATURE.COM VIP

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    Hand Registration is the easiest way to burn money. Don't make it a hobby
     
  12. stub

    stub Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I answered #2 I prefer aftermarket but hand reg sometimes.

    My thoughts about hand-reg is that this only occurs when you search for a domain and find it has not been registered, and you register it. I would not call DropCatching handreg. You are paying more than regfee to drop-catch a domain. But if you are calling waiting for a domain to drop, and then hand-regging it, I would call those hand regs because you are only paying regfee.

    I think the majority of my bidding on expiring auctions, like at GoDaddy/DropCatch, are not hand-regs. I'm not often paying full reseller prices on the open market either. But I do pick up some bargains, sometimes. I probably never buy any domains at full retail pricing either. But I have done that on occasions, if the domain has been for my use.

    Sometimes, I might get inspired by a domain, and see if I can reg a similar domain. Which I will usually hand-reg. But it's not something I do on a regular or repeating basis.

    IMHO. Aftermarket domains, although more expensive than hand regs, do have some pluses over hand-reg. Because at least somebody else has seen something of value in the domain, other than me. But both can go wrong or right. But I do feel some validation, if the domain is already registered over unregistered.
     
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  13. johnnie018

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    Voted D, hand reg is bad.
     
  14. henrypcyeung

    henrypcyeung Established Member

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    Hand regs can be hugely profitable if investing in something that is not popular now but will be hot in the future. But it needs great investment sense, extensive research and several years of holding period.
     
  15. briguy

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  16. Arpit131

    Arpit131 Top Member VIP

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    Any more views on this one?

    Share some insights into it if you can! I think there could be a lot to learn from a decade long experience!
    What are your sweet sale spot? Mid xxx?

    How is it going thus far? Any significant sale?

    You are either a big player or doing it wrong! There is tons of money to be made!!

    This is also there! I know people who made a killing in hand registration in the Chinese rush. Any particular niche that you target(VR, crypto, AI, IOT etc)?
     
  17. DomainCrystal

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    My reg day
    freecann>com *
    etc....
     
  18. EbookLover

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    The OP wrote an e-book on Geo-domaining (linked in his sig), so of course he will be biased toward hand-regging since there are a lot of profitable geo-domains left to be hand-regged and are profitable if you know what to do with them and are able to do what needs to be done.

    Generally speaking, while I do believe that hand-regging isn't that profitable, there are folks, like @infosec3 that claim otherwise and I tend to believe them even if they don't give specifics. Only 2 types of people give out specifics about money-making endeavors...

    - fools.
    - those that have a get-rich-yesterday "system" to sell you.

    The rest keep their mouths shut tight.
     
  19. henrypcyeung

    henrypcyeung Established Member

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    I target AI, 5G, VR and crypto. Among them I mainly focus on AI and 5G. No rush to sell these kinds of domain names now as I believe they will be worth more as they are futuristic names.
     
  20. EbookLover

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    That could also backfire. As an example, as VR technology gets perfected and evolves, the term "Virtual Reality" could become an antiquated term. BOOM, there goes your VR portfolio. :xf.grin:

    This is what happened to e-cig industry. After a while, term e-cig became a bad word and most vapers and sellers adopted the word "vape" instead. Some still use the term ecig, but not quite as many that used to.
     
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  21. BaileyUK

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    I'm sorry to say, But hand registrations are for the dreamers - yes, go back 10 to 15 years they were still there, staying ahead of technology and focusing on mass-market pick-ups, was good enough. Now everybody thinks domains are easy meat/profit... All the new extensions only feed that belief.

    No No No - today,concentrate on the drop-game. Not the domains that have reached 1,000 dollar bids, look for words that 'you' instantly relate to, then try to understand (or not) how versatile is that market. Try to stick with something/market you understand

    Does it have a 3 to 5 year future - anything less doesn't have a domaining future Is it already here-and-now, then your already way-to-late
     
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  22. Fancy.domains

    Fancy.domains Selling gTLDs like delicious hotcakes Gold Account VIP

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    You might find and hand-reg some ok new gTLDs, but for .com, .org, .net, .de etc? Not really!

    Personally, I never search for .com names to hand-reg. If Dropcatch / Hugedomains have dissed it, it’s for a reason. ;)
     
  23. lock

    lock Startrz.com Starters Your Domains. VIP

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    Everything is hand registered otherwise it is milked for the last of the traffic not always that great of a domain.but targeting same niche..
     
  24. MadAboutDomains

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    Very true. I sold vaping.net and still have vapers.net today, they weren't hand regs. I've also got ecigarettes.co, that was a hand reg... Go figure :wtf:

    I question the point in investing in 5g domains. 4g came and went at the click of the fingers. I can't see the target market for these domains, it's a technology that sits in the background... Unlike VR which has a following.
     
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  25. BrandableDomain

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    I think hand regging is the best way to start when you are a rookie domainer, because making lots of mistakes on $9 domains sure beats making lots of mistakes on $59+ domains.:xf.wink:

    I know this too well bacause I have dropped around 1,000 domains!:wtf:

    But luckily I started with hand regs and ebay auctions maybe 14 years ago.

    However, once you have figured out hand regging and have made some sales in say the xxx range, maybe one or two have hit xxxx, then you might carefully consider whether to simultaneously test the waters in drop catching. Slowly and carefully. The rewards can be higher, but so are the risks.

    The quality and return you can find on the drops is far higher on average, but your acquisition cost is also far higher.

    So after countless mistakes, I now have a high level of skill.

    If you buy a large number of hand registrations and sell them for $500, you can make a comparable income to someone who only sells a few domains bought for say average $350 but sells them for $5,000. Everyone has their own style.

    Search time is a big factor. Imagine you are paying youself a wage for every hour you spend searching.

    This post is also sort of answered by the current NP hand reg competition where I have been surprised that a few domainers have found some very fine and valuable domains:

    https://www.namepros.com/threads/hand-registration-contest-march-2019-dot-com-only.1126476/

    I’m really glad I took up the challenge of entering because I greatly surprised myself by actually finding a couple of good names.
     

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