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Hand registering domains

Labeled as discuss in Domain Beginners, started by 4alexia, May 21, 2020

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  1. 4alexia

    4alexia Established Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I am new to domain investing. I noticed almost every
    seasoned domain investor says don’t hand register domains. What I don’t understand is, what if a new technology emerges? For example if there is new technology being developed that’s called 6g. Is not a good idea to hand register 6g related domains? Like 6gcellphones.com or 6ghub.com etc?

    I really don’t understand why veteran domainers say don’t ever hand register.. can someone enlighten me please? Thanks in advance..
     
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  2. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Top Contributor VIP

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    All domains were "hand registered" at one time.

    You would need to understand the factors that influence a domain names value in order to understand why many investors choose to invest in expiring domains versus hand registering new domain names.

    New and emerging technologies present an opportunity to register a new domain name and sell it for a profit in a short amount of time. However, this is no easy feat. Most really valuable domain names are already registered. There are some diamonds...some plays on words that make for a good investment, but most of the best, are taken.

    Probably all domain investors hand register a domain here and there, but for those that have the budget, expiring domains have benefits that new domains don't.

    Try using the search bar at the top right of the forum. You'll find tons of information about your question. You might also find some threads to help you hand register solid names and avoid wasting money.
     
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    4alexia Established Member

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  4. Reddstagg

    Reddstagg Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    Good evening and welcome to NamePros.

    You are on the right track as you are asking questions already. Firstly, let me just say that probably 95-98% of all of my domains are hand registrations. There is much discussion about whether I am wasting my time and money doing so but I see it as a way to get into domain investing without spending too much initially. There are many different factors that are applicable to you only and they are different to everybody else. It depends on how much money you have to invest either as a lump sum or how much you can afford to spend on a regular basis. How good your local markets are for start-ups or established end-users who may want to buy your registrations.If you're planning to only sell to fellow domainers, then to a degree the quality of domain will have to be higher and the prices you sell for will be lower.

    How much time would you be prepared to invest on a regular basis keeping up to date with emerging technologies or trends and how long will you be able to spend on NP reading through all of the posts especially for domain beginners before moving on to the more in-depth threads.

    I've not sold any domains yet but that is my choice regardless of what others think and I have been a domain investor for just over a year so would still consider myself to be a beginner. There is so much to do and so much to learn and there is no substitute for hard work and determination. There are not many shortcuts to success.

    Now, if you are already looking at automated domain appraisal tools, you will see that they should initially be used as a guide to guesstimated values until the technology improves to such a degree that they can be relied on for setting precise values. It doesn't matter if the values are measure in chickens...10 chickens obviously being better than one chicken. They will help you to see that some domain names are more valuable than others and you must learn through experience the levels of domains that are bought and sold on a daily basis and what makes them more valuable than others.

    Hand registrations are not for the feint hearted as they can be only worth a small amount of money and as you get better at researching what sells, the quality of your hand registrations will improve too. However, you may wish to just buy your domain names and this is a whole different ball game but it will still take many hours of study to determine what you should buy and what you should walk away from.

    Good luck with your journey and keep reading, learning and asking lots of questions. There are many people among the community that will be willing to help you but you should also use the search function at the top right of this screen to search through the previous threads on many different topics. Most things have been throughout covered over the years.

    Regards,

    Reddstagg
     
  5. 4alexia

    4alexia Established Member

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    Thank you..I really appreciate it.
     
  6. DigitalRoar

    DigitalRoar Established Member

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    They say that so you don't take them ;) There are still many good & brandable available domains. Don't get scared of "hand regging", I have some very good "hand regs" that I was able to get.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2020
  7. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Top Contributor VIP

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    I've sold numerous hand registered domains for 100-300X my money.
     
  8. ABDELDJALIL

    ABDELDJALIL Established Member

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    Everyday NP members post sales of hand reg domains. Nothing wrong with hand registering just don't over do.

    I do hand reg some domains mainly:

    - Brandables
    - Geo domains or exact match in cctld.
    - Trends

    Good luck
     
  9. NLP

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    I've sold a number of handregs, but I always had a reason for registering the name (that it was a .com where the other extensions were taken + it had commercial value, it had keywords that were the same or alternate terms for domains that had recently sold, etc.).

    As @ABDELDJALIL said, just don't overdo it. Handregging is an easy way to spend too much money.

    A few examples (and why I registered them):

    Bau / Bild / info - "Building and painting" or "Construction photos" in German.
    Reasons for registering: It was a while back; I'm guessing that it's because I saw other "bau" names selling in .DE, and .info names were also relatively popular in Germany. I'm not fluent, but German was my language in high school. The combination of the domain being cheap and available, and having keywords that had sales listed in DNJournal, made it a low risk handreg. (Even if it never sold, I was only out $3.17).
    Reg price: $3.17
    Sold for: $500

    Regain / Your / Privacy
    Reason: People were sharing a lot on social media, and I anticipated that there would be a backlash. Privacy seemed like the next big thing. I searched — "Protect" (obviously more valuable) and other variations were taken, and the name with "Reclaim" at the beginning was owned by a newspaper in the UK. That was enough for me to see that there was some interest in these keywords. One year later, there was a huge scandal related to privacy, so the timing turned out to be perfect (and lucky).
    Reg price: $13.17
    Sold for: $5350

    There are others — my first sale was a handregged .DE (related to "car rentals" in Australia).

    A lot of veteran domainers focus on aftermarket names that have been previously developed, or owned by other investors. It's safer, more liquid, and you stand a greater chance of higher payout. If something has valuable keywords, there's a good chance it's been taken by someone; therefore most of the "available" names that are out there aren't worth very much.

    Handregs can be a gamble, but they're cheap. Just stick to terms that have a proven track record of selling, and more than a handful of potential buyers in Google. Good luck!
     
  10. 4alexia

    4alexia Established Member

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    Thanks bud .. very helpful!
     
  11. DT13

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    I have never bought a domain name, registered all my domain names myself. Just don't register everything you can but focus on trends in all sectors. I sold hand regs in the xx, xxx, xxxx, xxxxx. zone. For a
    .com I received the highest amount, but I earned the most for techtrend domain names in the cctld (.co.uk, .nl, .de, .fr, .be). These are smaller amounts than a .com, but the names are often free and in the long term just worth money. As iiot (industrial internet of things) the .com is occupied, but almost all cctld were still available. Here I have registered a number of them. profit already 3k. Recently I just registered the domain internetofnano.com. Doesn't seem like much yet but google it and you will see that it is appointed. I can assure you that I will sell this for a nice amount. Hand regging is good! Good luck
     
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