I’m starting to wonder if there shouldn’t be some kind of use-it-or-lose it rule on domain names.
Before I consolidated my blogs onto the Sparkplug 9 domain, and moved off my old gilgamesh.ca domain, I looked hard at the alternatives.
Something that had some kind of connection to my name would have been nice. So I started going through all the combinations:
- jk.ca: parked at 1 and 1
- jak.com: taken by a legit company
- jk.com: taken by a squatter
- koetsier.ca: who can spell koetsier?
And so on … until I had racked up a list of probably 10 or more domain names that would have made sense given my name – most of which were not actually being used for any particular website at all. Just parked, with ads on them, pop-unders for the unwary, and offers for online gambling, etc.
Apparently there’s gold in squatting on domain names. I just wonder if allowing that business is worth the inconvenience any company or individual has to go through these days to get a website.
Because so many domain names are taken by squatters, legit sites looking for a home on the web end up with names like Ookles and 37blah, 92whatevers, and 4somethings. Or orange monkey (OK, I made that one up).