Frequently Asked Questions
  • Domain Names
  • Domain Investing
  • Registry Premium Domains
  • Marketplace

What are domain names?

  • Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name represents about a dozen IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL, the domain name is

What's a TLD, gTLD & ccTLD?

  • TLD is an acronym for Top Level Domain. It is the part of a domain name to the right of the dot. For example, .NET is the TLD of the domain name NICKED.NET.

    ccTLD is an acronym for Country Code Top Level Domain. For example, .US is a country code top level domain for the United States. .CN is China's.

    gTLD is an acronym for Generic Top Level Domain. For example, .BIZ is one of the original generic top level domains. Thousands of new gTLDs (or ngTLDs) have recently been released, such as .XYZ, .CLUB, .REPAIR and .MANAGEMNET.

What's the difference between a registry & registrar?

  • A registry is the entitiy responsible for maintaining a TLD's zone. For example, Verisign is the registry for .COM.

    A registrar is the authorized reseller of a TLD. NICKED.NET is a registrar for several TLDs like .LA, .PW, .CX, .MK, .IO and many more.

What is a typical domain's life cycle?

  • Domain names can typically be registered for 1-10 years. It's the owner's responsibility to renew the domain before the end of the domain's registration term. Normally, there's a grace period to pay for a renewal after the domain has expired. The grace period, or redemption period, lasts anywhere from 5-90 days - depending on the TLD. If the domain is not renewed within that period, it ultimately gets put into a pendingDelete state and is then released back to general availability within 1-5 days.

What's the difference between Dropcatching & a backorder?

  • Domain name dropcatching, is the practice of registering a domain name once registration has lapsed, immediately after it is released and available for registration.

    Many websites incorreclty use this term in place of "dropcatching", when in fact, it's NOT the same as dropcatching! A backorder is made at the registry level. Backordered domains do NOT go through the full pendingDelete process, where they ultimately get released back to general availability. Instead, the registry backorder is a way to take over registration of a domain. There can only be 1 backorder, per domain, but some registries auction the backorder off to the highest bidder. NICKED is a dropcatching service - not a backorder service.

Why invest in domain names and how does one make money?

  • People have been investing in domains since at least March 15, 1985 when was registered. This is THE oldest domain name in existence. Investing in a domain has many more benefits than traditional investments, like real estate or the stock market. Unlike a house or condo, there is no upkeep to do, you have access to your investment 24/7 and can liquidate it any time you want - from anywhere in the world. The monetary benefits can be ENORMOUS - unlike any other investment available.

    One of the highest recorded domain name sales, was It was brokered just 10 years after it was registered for $14,000,000 USD. At that time, the registration fees would have cost the owner no more than a total of $500. (That's a 28000x ROI) Of course, not every domain sale makes that kind of return, but MANY do result in a larger return on investment than most anything else you have access to.

    Domains are sold every day. Transactions are done on public market places, auctions and many are done in private. Domaining is not limited to one generation, race, country or location. It is a truly global, open and completely legal form of trade. The key is indentifying market trends, making smart buys and knowing how to negotiate the best sale price. If you're not into being a salesman, many brokerage firms, like names+, will handle transactions for you or you can simply list your domains on domain name auction marketplaces.

All domain names are not equal.

  • Let's compare "" with a hypothetical, "". It should be blatently obvious which is the premium name here, but what does each name say about the business? says "we are the leader in this category", while say "we were late and this is all that was left". A good domain is like opening a store on Chicago's Michigan Ave. You get a built-in reputation, organic traffic and a lot of visibility.

What makes a domain "Premium"?

  • There are many characteristics that could make a domain be considered as premium. They include being keyword-rich, short, memorable, generic, descriptive, a proper name, geographic, category defining or brandable. The most coveted TLD is .COM, but other TLDs are also highly coveted depending on the niche that the domain will be used for.

Domain names signify strength in your brand.

  • Your domain name is absolutely unique. Once you own it, nobody else can - but if you don't, somebody else will. Major corporations own premium domain names. For example, CNN owns, Ragu owns & intel owns Compare the cost of advertising to owning a premium domain name. The difference can be remarkable.

How do I list my name on the Marketplace?

  • Listing your domain names for sale on the Marketplace is easy. Just log into your account, go to Domain Manager and toggle the Marketplace switch. You'll be prompted for your Asking Price and Floor Price. The Asking Price is what you want to sell for, but the Floor Price is the abosolute minimum you'll take for the domain.

Can I list domains not currently with names+?

  • Since we provided a guaranteed escrow service, all domains must be registered with names+. You do have the ability to either push or transfer your domain to names+. Please contact us for more details about doing this.

Are there any fees to list my domains on the Marketplace or Auctions?

  • It does not cost anything to list your domain on the Maketplace. names+ takes a 10% fee when your domain sells and this includes any payment transaction fees. You can list and re-list domains an unlimited amount of times.