Paranoid About My Domain

Discussion in 'Indie Business' started by Richard Nunes, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Richard Nunes

    Richard Nunes New Member

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    Am I the only one paranoid about searching possible domain names on domain registration sites? I fear that my name will be so catchy, so brilliant that the domain registration site will steal it out from under me. I always use http://internic.net to search for domain names as a precaution. Maybe it's just me.
     
  2. richtaur

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    Open up a bash terminal:
    Code:
    whois domain.com
    No snoopers!
     
  3. totor

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    clever ! i just google it and check against wipo then straight to the register.
     
  4. bantamcitygames

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    You're not paranoid... this happens all the time. +1 straight whois search
     
  5. kraz007

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    I have a problem with plurals (or singles) or people who squat on the .net and .org versions of your domain once you gain some popularity. Not to mention all the country domains!
     
  6. Mike Wiering

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    I finally got the .com for my company name today, which was hijacked back in 2002 after I registered only the .nl. They kept sending me offers to buy it for thousands of dollars, which I ignored. Finally, after 10 years, they let the domain expire.

    The whois information actually had javascript code hidden in the legal notes to open a URL! If you'd look it up from an online whois service, they could probably tell that someone had shown interest in the domain.
     
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    ryansumo New Member

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    Richard, did you mean your name in particular? ie richardnunes.com?
     
  8. Richard Nunes

    Richard Nunes New Member

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    I was talking about domains in general.

    I don't think my name is even taken... I'm clearly not famous enough. I suppose I should register my own name in case I become famous but that is a side discussion entirely.

    It is tougher and tougher to find a unique name that isn't being used or squatted and sites that grab up domains at the slightest interest make things worse.
     
  9. CasualInsider

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    Yes, you should register your name and put a picture of your cat up on it, and then be grateful your name is uncommon. Some of us are not so lucky.

    If you suck at coming up with ideas and your obvious keyword is taken then use something like:
    http://www.leandomainsearch.com/

    Plenty of generic keywords + your idea keyword combinations and some of them won't suck.
     

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