How About a Domain Name Revolution?

by SMD 

Have you tried looking for a decent .com domain name lately?

Overall Domain Name Registrations at 76.9M Names
Global Registrations Rise Eight Percent Over Q4 2004; Growth Driven by Strong Global Economy, Growing Base of Internet Users, and online Advertising; China, Japan and South Korea Among Leaders in Worldwide Domain Registrations. [You can read all the stats on]

It’s getting pretty slim picking, let me tell you. You have to be lucky to come up with a three word domain name that has one or two keywords that match your target. I’ve seen people doing things like: or widget– Silly. But it’s either that or something like, and who’s going to remember that.

What I’m proposing is a gentle revolution. A mechanism whereby if you can prove to an independent party that you’re going to put the domain name to a better use than the current owner, then by paying that owner the value of the name, you get it. I mean it must be 50% of all decent domain names are spam sites and link farms. Let’s recycle those into useful cyberspace. Internet gentrification?

Okay so yes, I know I’m being silly, what I’m proposing ain’t democratic and all. Here’s a little treat for those of you still reading: while searching for others who feel similar to me [real journalists call it...uh...research...I...think] I discovered the expired domain list. Enter your keywords and get the list back…I actually discovered a couple that matched what I was searching for. Good—luck-to–you–too.
Update: There may be a 12 – 14 month banned from Google for previously registered domains so please do your own do diligence.

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One Response to “How About a Domain Name Revolution?”

  1. Mike on June 13th, 2007 8:47 am

    Gentrification…. had to look that one up. Webster says: “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.” Hmmm… it fits like a glove. Outstanding wordsmithing on this site. Keep up the good work.

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