Domain Squatting Explained
The one thing that annoys me most about the topic of domain
names is when trying to find a domain name for a new site only to find most of
the names I come up with are already taken. Even more annoying is that these
names are not being used for a site that relates to the domain name.
Domain squatting or cyber squatting is the term used for
someone who registers a domain with no intention of using it, that would
otherwise be used for a site relating to the domain name.
Let me give you an example, recently I came up with an idea for a site and
there was a couple of domains that were ideal, keyword1keyword2.com and the
plural version, so I checked to see if they were available. I found that both
the names I thought would be perfect were taken. Both domain names were directed
to a generic search page whose sole purpose is to make money off of direct type
Now I haven't given the names as I don't want to give away my idea and I
don't want to give the sites any free advertising. This is not a one off
incidence but something that happens quite often, especially with domain names
with good or popular keywords. This activity is not illegal unless you use a
trademark name, but it is against the ethics of what the internet is about.
There is a difference between domain squatting and domain parking and that
difference is intent. If you register the domain with the intent of using it in
the future for a purpose relating to the domain name then you have just parked
the domain. If you register a domain with the sole intention of making money
from reselling it or getting revenue from people typing in the domain name then
that is domain squatting.
As I have explained it is not illegal it is just unethical, it is a free
market economy and people are motivated by profit. I do not agree with domain
squatting as it forces webmasters like myself to use domain names that are far
from perfect, take this site on
domain names, this
name was far from my first choice. It also misleads internet users as the expect
a site to be related to the keywords in the domain name making the internet less
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