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    January 18th, 2005
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    [This isn't a spam honest, it just may be of interest to you.]

    I got the following email from SnapNames. Basically there are a million or so expiring domains coming up on 15th December and SnapNames has arranged a (slightly) special deal. I checked them out, and they are mostly compound names, a few look quite good. The only 3 letter domain is already reserved, the 4 and 5 letter ones are basically rubbish.

    Some might be good or interesting (e.g.,, (Quiet are ya reading this?), (groo!), but bear in mind these are gonna cost you $74 so they're not cheap.

    Be warned, there are some big files (at with the names in.

    Oh yes, if you do want to back order any domain names I'd welcome the commission if you did it through this page!

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    Dear SnapNames Customer:

    Over the next few weeks, an unusually large number of domain names will
    become available for new registration. One of the largest sources of these
    names is NameZero, a domain name service provider that will alone release
    over 1 million names.

    At least 800,000 of these names are flagged for deletion on December 15,
    with the remainder becoming available over the following weeks. In a
    one-time opportunity for SnapNames customers only, SnapNames has arranged
    with NameZero to offer fixed-price SnapBack positions on these names, with
    the difference that SnapBack orders on these names are virtually
    guaranteed--a 99% chance--to successfully get you the names you want.
    (Because of modest latency in database synchronization, theres a very
    slight chance--about 1%--that a name you back-order may already have been
    deleted or transferred to someone else receiving this e-mail.)

    Please act quickly. This is offer will be available only through 1:30 p.m.
    Eastern Time (6:30 p.m. GMT) on December 14. These names are not listed for
    sale on any aftermarket sites but NameZero may sell some of these names
    itself at higher prices, so dont delay in placing your pre-emptive SnapBack
    subscription if you are interested in any of these names. SnapBack
    subscriptions, as always, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Because of the considerable size of this Million Name List, weve set up a
    special page where you can download and scan it for names youd like to
    reserve. To download, click on

    Though SnapNames success rate is normally very high, we can never fully
    guarantee that we will be able to capture a newly available name. However,
    because additional benefits will be included and names from the list are 99%
    guaranteed to be captured, processing and pricing for names secured from
    this inventory will be different from our usual SnapBack subscriptions:

    Normal SnapBack
    Success rate for securing deleting names: 70%+
    Registration period included: 1 year
    Price: $49
    Registrar: Choice of registrar

    Million Name List
    Success rate for securing deleting names: 99%
    Registration period included: Between 17 and 22 months, typically
    Price: $49, plus $25 processing fee
    Registrar: NameZero / VeriSign Registrar*
    In addition, all purchased names will be hosted by NameZero and include
    their popular standard service features like e-mail forwarding, unlimited
    e-mail addresses and domain forwarding.

    * At present, these names are hosted and serviced by NameZero and will
    remain hosted and serviced there after the name is registered to you.

    Heres a detailed description of how the process works:

    1) Download the Million Name List from to scan the
    Million Name List for names you would like to own. From that site, link to to place a SnapBack order on any name in the list. (We
    recommend downloading a fresh list each day, as names will be disappearing

    2) Each day we will process all SnapBack orders against this list. If
    youre the first to back-order a given name, you will receive an e-mail
    notification within 24 hours requiring your authorization of the $25
    processing/transfer fee. Your prompt acknowledgement of the charge before
    1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (6:30 p.m. GMT) on December 14 will lock in a 99%
    guaranteed capture of that name and the additional months of registration.
    (If you already hold a SnapBack subscription on any names on this list, the
    next communication you receive regarding those names will be the
    authorization request.)

    If you place a normal SnapBack subscription, but do NOT respond to the
    notification e-mail before 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (6:30 p.m. GMT) on
    December 14, a name capture will not be fully guaranteed, but your SnapBack
    subscription will remain in effect. The name will most likely be returned
    to availability in the following week(s), and your SnapBack subscription
    will attempt to capture the name on a best-efforts basis, as usual. In
    other words, the final confirmation step and processing/transfer fee
    virtually guarantees the name will be transferred to you; otherwise there is
    the usual risk that someone else will beat you to the name.

    3) Once your names are secured, NameZero will provide final confirmation of
    your registration.

    4) Due to the overwhelming volume of orders we are anticipating in December,
    processing of the transfer may take up to a few weeks, depending on the date
    on which you place your order.

    If you have any questions, please link to,
    contact our customer service department by e-mail at
    <> or by phone at 800-385-4075 (international
    callers: 503-241-8547).

    Thank you for your business.

    Sincerely yours,



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    Hmm, I had a look at a couple of the files, and it's like panning for gold. A few could-be-good nuggets in there, and a LOT of sludge. Maybe they're good keywords in another language? It's an interesting read, anyhow!

    My name is Elisabeth and I'm trying to swear off buying junk domain names!

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    ABW Adviser Panel Dynamoo's Avatar
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    Too right! I have lots of ideas for projects to go with them and no time to do it! Trying to cut down the domain name habit can be hard [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    I've got an interesting purchase coming in through Snapnames though, looks like an abandoned site with some decent traffic, which I may just turn into an ODP-powered portal with a little affilate store.

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    99.99% are crap names.

    They're the leftovers from the failed NetZero experiment. You end up with a domain name registered at NSI, which ain't the best news either. If you can find anything decent.

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    My learned south of the border colleague Drewbert

    I really have to take issue with you over snapnames, and you saying 99.99% of the dropping domains were crap.

    I would put it much closer to 99.5%.
    Remember one mans poison is another woman's meat............

    cheers [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    ABW Adviser Panel Dynamoo's Avatar
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    I agree on the Netzero names - there are a tiny handful worth having, but this is basically a closeout sale being done through Snapnames.

    Snapnames itself allows you to get a shot at any expiring domain - I have a few good ones on the go at the moment, basically for conversion to ODP gateways + affiliate stores.

    Umm yeah but someone has reserved already!

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