Domain Names

As an addendum to my previous story about my stolen GPS, I checked some local pawn shops and had no luck. I realized after I made that post that the thief also stole a bag of mints from my car. Let’s see here. I’ll steal a $1,000 GPS device, not bother to take the charger, and looky here! A bag of mints! Score!

Who’s the bigger moron? The guy who stole the GPS or the guy who left it in the car? I’m starting to wonder.

Anyway, the point of today’s post is that today, I went to register a new domain name and found that it had already been snagged by someone else just yesterday. I checked into it about two months ago thinking it would be great to snag and post articles about how to start your own company and offer moral support for those taking the leap on their own. Unfortunately, it was just registered by someone else.


This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. For example, this is how I ended up with instead of I think that by now, I’ve learned my lesson. From now on, whenever I think of a good domain name, even if I don’t have any time or content to put into it right away, I’m going to register it immediately and figure out the details later. For a mere $10/year, that seems like a no brainer, but I guess it takes getting burned a few times before you learn.

I think I’ll learn not to leave the GPS in my car after just one lesson though. Otherwise, it could get pretty expensive.


  1. Hates_ on May 21, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I’m convinced a lot of these domain search companies just register domains a few days after people search for them in the hope that when a user comes back they’ll pay through the nose just to get it.

  2. Mike Taber on May 21, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. It seems like a lot of the domain names that I search for end up being registered fairly quickly after they come up as being available.

    That would make for a great research article to see what domain registrars are doing that sort of thing. Seems very shady, but very plausible as well.

  3. jweldin on May 22, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Every time I think of a good name to register I find that it’s taken by one of those link-farm sites.

  4. Scott Preston on May 27, 2007 at 4:40 pm


    Hey, great minds think alike. Please send me an article or two. The site’s evolving and hopefully in a few months it will have a bunch of useful info.


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