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Business > About Domains, Because Nowhere Else to Post It

About Domains, Because Nowhere Else to Post It

I’d better get back to my writing group and start constructively critiquing fiction, because lately I’m aiming my writer focus on domain bloggers -- who are the very worst writers of all. Their poor writing is not what I need to focus on. But I will mention that they are now patting themselves on the back for … something, I’m not quite clear what, but it has to do with Covid-19 and staying home. Three of them have now started using the word “hygiene” when they talk about curating their domain portfolios to eliminate ones they don’t think they can sell. They are starting to really get on my nerves. Practicing hygiene, indeed.

One of these "hygiene" guys had written recently about his own righteous self-quarantining with his wife, which he took a break from when his brother came to town so they could go out to dinner, then started again. And then he went on to scold other domainers for not taking the epidemic seriously & not staying in. I guess going out to dinner doesn't count.

Domainers have an actual controversy right now; some of them began buying up domains that contained the word coronavirus or something similar. A hot news topic can make a domain increase in value. They were essentially exploiting the need for news about the virus, I guess you could say. And then, one man was livid that a domain he’d registered was seized by the government of Spain, because the domain was Coronavirus.es.

(Unlike the generally available .com, the .es extension is regulated by the Spanish government. And the extension .us is controlled and regulated by the US government. Almost every nation has (or had) its own 2-letter internet domain name extension and they get to regulate how it’s used, as they see fit.) So Spain had every right to reclaim the domain. They may have wanted to use it to put up a public information website.

Anyway, Godaddy and quite a few other registrars are now telling their customers that they may not use Godaddy's marketplace to sell coronavirus domains. They don't like how it looks.

posted on Mar 27, 2020 10:58 PM ()


Domain names are a new world to me but I found your post very interesting. Stay safe!
comment by elderjane on Mar 29, 2020 7:35 AM ()
Yes, I'm taking more precautions now. Have to go to the laundromat again, and that's a dreary challenge.
reply by drmaus on Mar 29, 2020 12:19 PM ()
I have no knowledge of this business, but it was interesting to read. Ther's another world out there besides the dark web that I should explore.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 28, 2020 3:33 PM ()
Dark web??!!! I hope you're kidding.
reply by drmaus on Mar 29, 2020 12:19 PM ()
domain dummy here. I have skills, just not techie ones anymore although, when I was at The Times, I was pretty good. The technology has far outdistanced me. I started a blog of my own but didn't know how to use it, so it lies fallow. I don't know what I was thinking.
comment by tealstar on Mar 28, 2020 2:46 PM ()
I have never really figured out blogger.com for one. Sites like tumblr and others just get me tired.
reply by drmaus on Mar 29, 2020 12:37 PM ()
I have no ideas on how domains work but then I don't do anything special with wordpress and they offer all sorts of domains!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 28, 2020 10:53 AM ()
Nice thing about going through wordpress's domains is they're free and hosting is free, you'd only pay if you were using a name you registered separately.
reply by drmaus on Mar 29, 2020 12:34 PM ()
I always enjoy your descriptions of the business of domain names. I nearly got wordy here in your post, will do my own post.
comment by traveltales on Mar 28, 2020 7:40 AM ()
Yes, it was just I was noticing that exploitation is taking place not only by hoarders.
reply by drmaus on Mar 29, 2020 12:21 PM ()

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