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A [[Domain Squatter]] site is a web site which apparently exists solely to collect advertising revenue by pointing a popular or likely [[domain name]] at a search-engine front-end, doing minimal customization (often automatic) to make the site's contents appear at least somewhat relevant to the domain name, and surrounding the search functionality with advertising (usually a combination of graphical and text advertising). The domain name itself is also sometimes for sale at a high price.
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==Overview==
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[[category:vexators]][[category:internet terminology]]A [[domain squatter]] is a web site which apparently exists solely to collect advertising revenue by pointing a popular or likely [[domain name]] at a search-engine front-end, doing minimal customization (often automatic) to make the site's contents appear at least somewhat relevant to the domain name, and surrounding the search functionality with advertising (usually a combination of graphical and text advertising). The domain name itself is also sometimes for sale at a high price; sometimes reselling the domain at a high markup (domain speculation) is the primary purpose of the site.
  
The term [[Domain Squatter]] also refers to a person or organization who owns such sites (i.e is engaged in the activity of domain squatting).
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The term [[domain squatter]] also refers to a person or organization who owns such sites (i.e is engaged in the activity of domain squatting).
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===Predatory Behavior===
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Any domain name whose registration expires is likely to be snapped up by a domain squatter, rather than simply becoming available until someone else wants it; they seem to have software which collects lists of registered domains and automatically purchases them if the registration lapses. This means that even relatively low-demand domains can be "lost" by neglecting to renew their registration in time, and can only be returned to their rightful owner by buying them back from the squatter at inflated prices.
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There does not appear to be any obvious solution to this problem, as it is difficult to define an objective distinction between a "squatter" and someone who is simply holding onto a domain name until they are ready to develop. In many cases, common "squatter" templates may actually be put in place by the domain registration company rather than by the domain squatter/owner.
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==Discussion==
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* [[htwiki:Domain Resale Code of Ethics|Domain Resale Code of Ethics]]: a proposal at HypertWiki
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
 
* [http://filmapart.net/ FilmApart.net] (2005-12-28: "what you need, when you need it")
 
* [http://filmapart.net/ FilmApart.net] (2005-12-28: "what you need, when you need it")
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* [http://www.ips.ca/ ips.ca] (2006-01-30: "what you need, when you need it")
 
* [http://www.ips.ca/ ips.ca] (2006-01-30: "what you need, when you need it")
 
* [http://www.ncsmartlink.com/ NC Smartlink] purports to be about traffic cameras and real-time traffic information, but the links go to pages of what seems to be entirely advertising
 
* [http://www.ncsmartlink.com/ NC Smartlink] purports to be about traffic cameras and real-time traffic information, but the links go to pages of what seems to be entirely advertising
* [http://ozyandmillie.com/ ozyandmillie.com] does not appear to be owned by David C. Simpson, creator of the comic [http://ozyandmillie.net Ozy and Millie] ([http://ozyandmillie.net alt])
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* [http://ozyandmillie.com/ ozyandmillie.com] does not appear to be owned by David C. Simpson, creator of the comic [http://ozyandmillie.net Ozy and Millie] ([http://ozyandmillie.org alt])
 
* [http://deadbears.com deadbears.com]: currently for sale at $688 (likely target for people looking for [http://www.vbz.net/topics/0714/all/ Grateful Dead bean-bears])
 
* [http://deadbears.com deadbears.com]: currently for sale at $688 (likely target for people looking for [http://www.vbz.net/topics/0714/all/ Grateful Dead bean-bears])
 
* [http://gratefuldeadbears.com gratefuldeadbears.com]
 
* [http://gratefuldeadbears.com gratefuldeadbears.com]
 
* [http://abekabook.com/ abekabook.com]: no apparent association with Christian textbook printer [http://www.abeka.com/ A Beka Book]
 
* [http://abekabook.com/ abekabook.com]: no apparent association with Christian textbook printer [http://www.abeka.com/ A Beka Book]
 
* [http://churchsigngeneration.com/ churchsigngeneration.com]
 
* [http://churchsigngeneration.com/ churchsigngeneration.com]
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* [http://littledee.com/ littledee.com]: no relation to [[webcomics|online comic]] [http://www.littledee.net/ Little Dee]
  
==Links==
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==Links/News==
* 2005-12-01 [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2005/12/01/8364591/ Masters of their Domains], CNN Money
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* '''2005-12-01''' [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2005/12/01/8364591/ Masters of their Domains], CNN Money
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* '''2005-02-22''' [http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2005/02/22/searchoptimized_domain_portfolio_sells_for_164_million.html Search-Optimized Domain Portfolio Sells for $164 Million]
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==Reference==
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* wikipedia: [[wikipedia:John Zuccarini|John Zuccarini]], a notorious domain-squatter

Latest revision as of 22:33, 12 August 2008

Overview

A domain squatter is a web site which apparently exists solely to collect advertising revenue by pointing a popular or likely domain name at a search-engine front-end, doing minimal customization (often automatic) to make the site's contents appear at least somewhat relevant to the domain name, and surrounding the search functionality with advertising (usually a combination of graphical and text advertising). The domain name itself is also sometimes for sale at a high price; sometimes reselling the domain at a high markup (domain speculation) is the primary purpose of the site.

The term domain squatter also refers to a person or organization who owns such sites (i.e is engaged in the activity of domain squatting).

Predatory Behavior

Any domain name whose registration expires is likely to be snapped up by a domain squatter, rather than simply becoming available until someone else wants it; they seem to have software which collects lists of registered domains and automatically purchases them if the registration lapses. This means that even relatively low-demand domains can be "lost" by neglecting to renew their registration in time, and can only be returned to their rightful owner by buying them back from the squatter at inflated prices.

There does not appear to be any obvious solution to this problem, as it is difficult to define an objective distinction between a "squatter" and someone who is simply holding onto a domain name until they are ready to develop. In many cases, common "squatter" templates may actually be put in place by the domain registration company rather than by the domain squatter/owner.

Discussion

Examples

Links/News

Reference