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Domains and their definitions, background, governing bodies and legal resources...


What are domains?

They are simply a group of numbers and letters (sometimes referred to as a 'web address') that are attached to an IP address (a series of number sequences) on a server that provides a location for people to mount spicific information online.

What is 'Domaining' or a 'Domainer'?

According to Wikipedia: "Domaining is the business of buying, selling, developing and monetizing doamin names. Domain names are the addresses of the web and come in a wide variety of extensions(.com, .net, .org being the most common).

Domainers are professionals who deal in domain names, buy, sell and develop domain names very much like a real estate investor would, often generating income from domain names they own through 'domain parking' and development or through reselling."

The first "dot-com" ever registered was symbolics.com on March 15, 1985.

To ascertain how many domains exist at any given time a great resource is available at domaintools.com to view the current statistics.

When it comes to the largest domain sales some of the largest known include biggies such as bussiness.com at $7,500,000 million dollars in 1999 followed by casino.com at $5,500,000 million dollars in 2003. Recently gambling.com sold for $20,000,000 million dollars in 2005, but note the sale also included a fully developed website, which is valued differently than an undeveloped 'domain only' sale. This is similar to the difference between the sale of raw land and a property that has been developed.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is the governing body controlling domains globally. Talk continues for the formation of a more international governmental agency to be formed through the United Nations, but is still operating in its current configuration. However, the American Center for Law and Justice has assessed the current situation adequately.

When issues involving Trademark and Servicemark infringement or cybersquatting  the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, aka UDRP, via ICANN comes into play triggering court action or arbitration first before "
a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain."

If legal questions arise one registrar, Moniker, recommend the following Domain Legal Specialists:

John Berryhill, Ph.d., Esq.
4 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
(610) 565-5601 Voice
(267) 386-8115 fax
john@johnberryhill.com

Howard Neu
http://www.neulaw.com
1152 North University Drive
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
954.431.3990 Voice
954.431.5113 Fax
Howard@neulaw.com

Ari Goldberger
http://www.esqwire.com
Voice: 856.874.9651
Fax: 856.874.9182
ari@esqwire.com



 
 MediaHeads "Must See" websites for researching the Domaining Industry space.

+ Moniker.com - A great full service registrar that is known for a high level of customer care and security. Because of the human review and controls they have in place no domain has ever been hijacked from Moniker.

+ Fabulous.com - Great pricing structure if you are a big Domainer and want to have all of your domains using some 'parked' landing page monetization scheme. Not great for the average user.

SnapNames - This site provides a commercially available technology for "back-ordering" currently registered domain names? Yes they can and do.

AboutDomains - Backordering Expired Domains - A great site explaining clearly the expired domain marketplace including the process of backordering.
 
 
 

  Domain Purchasing Resources... a quick query will bring results, but here are a few that need to be on your radar

+ Nominate.com - A great Euro Registrar that tregisters and transfers domains smoothly with the minimum of turbulence, tranactionally. The TLD availability and selection is impressive for initial origination on domain aqisition.

Moniker.com - A very well run big registrar with lots of great services to help 'domainers' and smaller domain clients as well. Bulk transfers and other size related services are more than adequate.

+ Dotster.com - Another large scale registrar. Variety is good.

+ Joker.com - One of the early discount registrars from several years ago. Customer support could be better, but overall a decent system.

+ GoDaddy.com - One of the most popular registrars online primarily for their pricing structure and wide range of other services offered. The downside with this one is that it's very easy to get a domain shut down by a competitor by their merely filing a few fabricated complaints of Spam coming from your domain. Not the best registrar for this reason in our opinion. Great for general domaining.

+ Enom.com - One of the biggest registrars as it has several resellers with their own name such as the two listed below.

+ NameCheap.com - A popular enom reseller. Effective, efficient and is competive.

HugeDomains.com - A less popular but a little better pricing than other resellers.

+ExpiredDomains - 1,000's of domain names expire daily. Reasons vary and some forget to renew domains, others just do not want them anymore or have moved on to new and diffferent projects.

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  Expired Domains... these are the sites that list expired domains

Intelium - Some of the most varied and diverse domain name services available today anywhere, expired or otherwise.

+ ClickMojo - Seriously one of the best expired domain services online.

+ How to Snatch an Expiring Domain - Great article at mikeindustries.com of a real world example of the process.

+ JustDropped - A free tool to find expired domains (older expired domains, not recently drops). Nice for searching for brandable domains but not for tapping into domains with backlinks and traffic.
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  Domain Forums and Events... and a MediaHeads' query provides a few that need to be on your radar
+ SEDO - Is one of the leading marketplaces on the web for buying and selling domain names and websites. Very intuitive and easy to use.

+ AfterNic - From buying and selling, to parking and assisted offers, this is definitely a worthwhile set of services to check out when developing your domain business online.

+ NamePros- This is an active community of domain name owners, investors, buyers, and sellers of all kinds that discusses anything about domain names and website development!

+ DNforum - A community of like minded domain industry focused individuals. Services include Domain Sales, Domain Appraisals, Domain Registrars.

+ DNjournel - Is involved in web publishing and domain monetization through several subsidiary companies and their websites, this being one of them. Quite informative and interesting.

EuroDNS - A easy to use and understand site for acquiring RU extentions, with pricing, facts and formatting.

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