What is a Domain Hack?

Located in Domain Beginners started by ekal, Jan 3, 2007.


  1. ekal

    ekal Play up Pompey! VIP

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    A brief introduction to domain hacks:

    Over the last few years the domain business has profesionalized rapidly with big corporations forming, each controlling thousands of domains. Companies like iREIT and Moniker have led the way using large statistical packages to analyze every feature of a domain and its value.

    However, there's one aspect of the domain world where the only limit is your imagination (oh, and your willingness to deal with obscure government organizations in tiny islands and countries).

    Domain hacks are basically puns. The simplest way to describe them is that they are domain names that actually use the extension as part of the word.

    So for example, is a traditional domain name that might cost you millions of dollars, but is a domain hack available for a much cheaper price. All you need to do to get a .gs domain is to hunt down the registry for the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

    The most famous domain hack of all is which utilizes the .us code for the United States.

    We've compiled a list of the most popular endings used to create domain hacks, but I'm sure that after browsing through the complete list of endings at Wikipedia, you'll be able to dream up many more. The cost of registering obscure domains can vary from a few dollars per year to several thousand, but we find the best place to search for most of these is

    Full list of domains used for hacks:

    .ai Anguilla. Used for cities such as, and
    .am Armenia. Use for radio stations on the AM dial and for words ending in "am" such as
    .as American Samoa. Useful for words ending in .as such as and
    .at Austria. Used for domain hacks such as,, plus phrases ending in .at such as
    .be Belgium. Used for words such as
    .bz Belize. Used as an alternative or typo for .biz.
    .cc Cocos Islands. Used to mean Credit Card.
    .cd Congo. Used for Compact Disc Cook Islands. No more said.
    .de Germany. The worlds most popular country code. Used for hacks in Spanish as "de" means "of".
    .ec Ecuador. I've seen this used for
    .es Spain. Used for English plural words, such as
    .fm Federated States of Micronesia. Used for many radio stations on the FM dial.
    .gs South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands. Used for names such as and
    .im Isle of Man. Used as "I am".
    .io British Indian Ocean Territory. Useful for and more.
    .in India. Used to mean "Internet", Indiana and for hacks such as, English words possible include, plus phrases such as and finally, many French words end with .in, so hacks such as are possible.
    .it Italy. Useful for all phrases ending in "it".
    .is Iceland. Useful for phrases ending in "is" such as
    .la Designed for Laos. Used for Los Angeles and for words ending in la, such as
    .ms Montserrat. Used for and more.
    .md Moldova. Used for doctors and people in Maryland.
    .net A global TLD. Used for words such as and
    .nu Isle of Niue. It can stand for "new" and means "now" in Scandanavian languages. In French, it is used for porn sites as it means "naked".
    .sc Seychelles. Used to mean "source".
    .sh Saint Helena. Used for Shanghai and for words such as
    .sr Suriname. Used to mean "seniors".
    .st Sao Tome and Principe. Used for "Street" (ie. Main.St) and also for words ending in .st, such as
    .to Tonga. Used for phrases ending in .to such as
    .tv Tuvalu. Used to mean "television".
    .us United States. Home to the most famous domain hack of all,, plus lots of domains such as,
    .vc Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Used to mean "Venture Capital".
    .ws Western Samoa. Used to mean "website".

    I'm sure I've missed some - feel free to tell me what they are.

    Original post at:'s_guide_to_domain_hacks/
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2007
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  2. Spade

    Spade Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Ekal -

    Very useful and informative article for Domain beginners.

  3. domainer50

    domainer50 Member VIP

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    Another quality post by ekal. Thanks for the info, rep added!

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