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Anyone have any experience with using brand names in domains?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jaxxa, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. jaxxa

    jaxxa Newbie

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    I want to create a forum based around a certain popular software. I can't say what it is, but let's say I wanted to register the domain name that had the phrase "adobephotoshopforum" for example - would that be alright? I was hoping to monetize this site with Adsense. My target keyword gets a few thousand searches a month.
     
  2. Bartman

    Bartman Power Member

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    this question gets asked here a lot. The short answer is no, its not ok.
     
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    s4nt0s Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's probably not the best idea to use a trademarked name in a domain name but I will say I have at least 5 right now that I use for adsense and haven't had any problems thus far. *knocks on wood*
     
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  4. BlackSEOWizard

    BlackSEOWizard Regular Member

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    I'd avoid it with anything you care to keep.
     
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    The Volatile Junior Member

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    Only do it if you like heartbreak. It seems as if they wait for you to start making consistent money, then they take it from ya!
     
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  7. jaxxa

    jaxxa Newbie

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    What about using a domain name that has "Xbox" or "Nintendo"? I see loads of sites which use those!
     
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    It's not ethical to use it, but if you - make sure you register your domain with a registrar outside US laws (don't know of any) and host it with somebody off-shore.

    I've had a couple of domains with brand names in them and one day, the brand manager of that company sent an email to my registrar and hosting company, I lost my domain without the right to appeal in a matter of seconds. I was lucky they didn't sue me, they had all the possible legal rights to do so.
     
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  9. BlackSEOWizard

    BlackSEOWizard Regular Member

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    I never heard of them suing, they usually will send a C&D and request you transfer the domain over to them. If you don't respond, they may or may not sue from there.

    I have a few trademark domains, one of which I do really well with and was registered before the name was really trademarked.
     
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    roamer Power Member

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    What The Volatile said. It's an uncertain thing at best. It may take time, but the longer it takes, the higher the chances are that by then you've already invested a lot of effort in promotion and branding, only to be swiftly taken from you.


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  11. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    I own a domain on a brand name,actually 3 domains...all are like "brandname-blog.com".Just add a disclaimer page on your site and admit that "you are not official" blah blah blah...rest goes well...no problems till now for me..
     
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  12. jblaze

    jblaze Junior Member

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    sup jaxxa, In my experience it totally depends on the company if they care
    if their name / brands are being used. Some are extremely strict, others simply
    could care less. But in general it's not the best practice as said ^^

    I have several domains with keywords that are copywrite protected, and haven't
    had an issue yet, but do have a backup domain just encase, then I'll just redirect
    the old domain to new.

    However, earlier this year I attempted to sign up a new hosting account with
    hostgator and their "security team" contacted me the same day and asked
    me to remove the add-on domain from my account with them. LOL :D

    I just closed the hosting account and moved on.

    jblaze
     
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  13. Jeevs

    Jeevs Supreme Member

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    Best thing 2 do ;)