Free Domain Names – How much are they worth?

Today I present a guest post about free domain names, written by Samuel Bartlett.

After a first quick read, I didn’t think much about the topic, but later I realized there may be a great source of targeted traffic inside this free domain names article.

That’s why I decided to publish it.
Here goes.
Enjoy.

Imagine the web started all over again, and you could have any free domain names that you wanted.

I mean absolutely free.

What free domain names would you register first? Google? Facebook? MSN?

Free domain names
Photo Credit: Bert K

The truth of the matter is that many domain names which are paid for (.com, .net, .info, .edu) are also available for free.

Sure, you will get an injunction slapped on you if you start ripping off the big players and many of the free domain names sites will close your account if you try to register a Trade Marked site (they are pretty tight on spamming as well), but the opportunities are still extraordinary for getting a name that will get hits.

Taking just one of the free domain name providers (www.freedomain.co.nr), look at some of the sites that are still available (at least until this article gets published!):
– www.telephones.co.nr
– www.freepoker.co.nr
– www.booksforsale.co.nr
and, of course,
– www.affordable-internet-marketing.co.nr.

www.dot.tk is a similar free domain name provider which offers alternatives to your desired name if it is already taken.
For example, if you tried to register www.telephones.tk, it would tell you that the name is not available and then proceed to list 40 alternatives (www.telephonesonline.tk for example).
These sites allow you cloak a really long domain name or IP address to your new, free domain name, so irrespective of how you are hosting you web pages it will appear just as the name you want.

So, how much are these names worth? Nothing on the resale market – free domain name providers will not allow you to sell them on, but invaluable in terms of traffic that the sites generate.

How many opportunities have been missed this year for quick witted internet marketing? Here is just a sample of sites that could have, and should have, been used:

  • www.oscarwinners.co.nr
  • www.superbowl44.co.nr
  • www.earthquake.co.nr
  • www.winterolympics.co.nr

It is important that you read the ToS for each provider.
The co.nr sites all require a linkback to the domain name providers´ site, but they provide a choice of animated links via HTML code which would not look out of place on many internet marketing sites.

They also demand that your site is active over a thirty day period and that you do not promote drugs, hate, violence etc on your site.
There is quite an active forum and good customer support to get you through any questions you may have, and they have a section dedicated to other “free stuff” that will help you generate traffic to your web site.

The days of internet snobbery, where you had to have a dot.com address to be credible, are fast disappearing.
Opportunities are opening for (good) internet marketers to market their products and services without the cost of having to buy a second-rate domain name because that is “all that was left”. By taking advantage of these free domain names, and optimizing them well, they are worth a fortune in their own right.

Samuel Bartlett writes about bachelor degree online and can be reached at bartlett.samuels AT gmail.com (replace AT by @).

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So, what is your opinion about free domain names?
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8 thoughts on “Free Domain Names – How much are they worth?

  1. Mr Bearly says:

    This is a thought provoking post. I agree with the concept of ignoring the .com .org .info etc. type web domain name. I’m not sure about a free domain name though. What’s the chance that they’ll just grab it back later?

    Well worth a look as the search engine robots don’t seem give much credence to the tld as much as they give value to the keywords in the domain name.

    This may change in the future but for now, go gettum tiger.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget .co.cc as well! The problem is two fold. 1 – Google see’s a lot of these domains as more much spam prone and so is more likely to penalize them in the ranking. And 2 – You never really own the domain name, if you started making a profitable site and then it got taken over by the provider you would have absolutely no foot to stand on!

  3. Sound good but I never see a free domain in top search engine result even in first 5 page, that means you going to lose most traffic generating area.

    • Case Stevens says:

      They may not score very high in search engines Arafat, but they still may get heaps of traffic, especially if you use typo’s as keywords.
      Mind you, I’m not a fan of free domain names (and don’t have any myself), but for some niches who knows it may work.

  4. Islamorada Charter Boat says:

    Perhaps I’m missing the point here but IMHO buying domains other than .coms is a waste of money and time.
    First of all I totally agree with an anonymous poster, further above, on the fact that if your free domain starts getting good traffic you have no guarantee it won’t be taken away from you.
    Second, I also agree with Arafat, I’ve never seen worthy free domains ranking high, and the ones I’ve seen are just ranking for some very obscure keyphrases.
    I’d prefer going for a dashed domain or a “conceptual domain” (let’s suppose I sell widgets, widgets.com won’t be available so I’ll get widgetizeyourlife.com).
    Also, what happens if your site gains value and you want to sell it? Wouldn’t it be easier to sell a .com??
    And, finally, I think .com comes always first to people’s minds, del.icio.us sounds cool, but they have delicious.com now. Just my 2 cents.
    http://www.catch-em-all.com/

  5. Andrea says:

    … tough one, in my opinion. I agree with the post saying that “…if your free domain starts getting good traffic you have no guarantee it won’t be taken away from you.” and “I’ve never seen worthy free domains ranking high, and the ones I’ve seen are just ranking for some very obscure keyphrases.” So it is sort of within the mercy of the domain registry / selling company to change your traffic stats to your disadvantage, without you being able to do a lot about it.
    Naturkosmetik

  6. AG Property in Greece says:

    Whilst the number of .com’s is shrinking everyday, there is usually always something out there to grab.

    Best to stay away from the free domain names… although the .co.cc that the last commenter posted does look inviting!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Instead of investing time in creating a website/implementing a strategy using such free domains, I would try to make the most of my time by thoroughly brainstorming and researching available .com or CC TLDs that are memorable, have as few syllables as possible and that help to build more trust with my audience.

    Using an unfamiliar .co.nr might help bring some traffic, but trying to convert that traffic might be a little bit harder. Likewise if you did manage to rank well in the search engines, you need to remember that searchers are becoming more savvy and so CTRs could be less than websites that are lower in the SERPs due to the searchers’ unfamiliarity/lower trust level of co.nr

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