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Having Too Many Inactive Domains.
what to do with them?

 11:56 pm on Nov 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Today I realized I have just too many idle domains which I pay 20 bucks per year. (9.99 as advertised everywhere and then another 10 dollars for privacy)

I always buy the .net .org along the .com but just realized having over 30 domains (a lot inactive) costs me about 600 dollars/year.

I deleted a few of them and am thinking of keeping the rest for the next 2 years which I already paid for but canceled the RENEW option.

Anyone in a similar situation?
Do you guys buy the keyword.com with and without the "s" if applicable? Do you buy the .net and .org version?



 12:36 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I only buy if I am going to develop the domain name...I have a few names parked but would not rely on that income to pay for my Koi hobby. Buying all variations of a domain name may be wise if you are actively developing a concept but if it is for pure speculation I wouldn't say it's worth it.

I have a small stable of domains and they are mostly dotcoms and only the dotcoms...if I'm not prepared to take one dotcom into the endzone I don't see the point in having several variations.

But that's me!


 12:41 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have tons of domain names I'm just not using. Whether it's .com or .net, I've got lots. I haven't bought any .orgs yet, no reason to IMHO. I'm wondering what to do with all of them too. I scooped up some good (product specific) domain names but have no plans of developing sites.


 1:32 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

If they are any good put them up for sale or auction. If they dont sell you can always let them just lapse...KF


 2:43 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

If some of you don't know what to do with domains that you bought, why'd you buy them :)


 4:42 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I bought them because I thought they were good names using popular keyword combinations however, I bought more and more domains and fell a bit behind on developing websites and making use out of them!
I also bought a few plural domains in case of typos such as mykeyword.com and mykeywords.com

I agree, I shouldn't have bought the .net and .org version of domains that I did not use.

I would recommend buying only .com domains to park and use for later.

i.e. the best use I had for the one listed on my user profile was to fill in the box for my W.W. profile!


 8:17 pm on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've never been a gambler. But buying domain names is addictive - I know how a gambler feels. :-)

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" - I fully intend to use all my inactive domain names. Really, I do. Promise. I mean it. This year even. :-)


 9:34 pm on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

rocknbil, it is addictive but once you start paying over ~ 1000 dollars/year with all the hidden Privacy fees, you realize youre better off going to Mohegan Sun or buying 1.5 Google stock!


 12:30 am on Nov 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'd remove the "Private Registration" options -- what if someone wants to buy some of your domains -- they wouldn't be able to find you to make an offer -- (plus you'll save 1/2 of what you're spending).

Whenever I get a lead for a web development job, one of the first things I do is a WHOIS on their domain. As soon as I see "private", it raises the, "what does this guy have to hide" flag.

...just my $0.02


 1:50 pm on Nov 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

but once you start paying over ~ 1000 dollars/year with all the hidden Privacy fees

I'm starting to think my registrar is the only one who offers free private registrations.

I have a few that are private, either though a conflict of interest at work (nothing against my work NDA or a competitor, but something they wouldn't like being the evil corporation they are) or I just want privacy.

Others, I proudly say it is me and I don't care who sees it. Some, I think non-private gives me better credibility.

I'd remove the "Private Registration" options -- what if someone wants to buy some of your domains -- they wouldn't be able to find you to make an offer -- (plus you'll save 1/2 of what you're spending).

Don't registrars who have private registrations allow automatic forwarding? With mine the email address is

domain.tld@registrar.com or something like that.


 4:32 am on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

some give free privacy when you register 3 or more domains. But when you want to renew them, thats where they get you!
I would always buy 3 domains at a time even if I didnt need the domains just because they offered free privacy during registration.
Wait til you have to renew 30 domains....Thats where you pay about 20 bucks for each of them/
Can you share where you buy your domains?


 8:58 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I checked w/ mine and I cannot find anything about renewal fees for private registration. They also give it for free w/ 1 domain or 100.

I think it is against the TOS for me to specifiy which registrar I use, but I can send you a sticky.

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