[METHOD] Making a killing with IDNS

Dr Doomain

May 29, 2015
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Hey Blackhatters,

This is my first post as a Junior VIP, but I've been on this forum since 2008 (with a different profile), and now I would like to give back to the community. I want to share the method that made me money online for the first time more than 10 years ago. Although many things have changed, it could still work today.

What are IDNs?

IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Names, which can mean hyphenated (á, é, etc) or special (Chinese, Korean, etc) characters. Not many people know, but actually these kind of domains exist for a long time now, but they are not very popular. Using Punycode, host names containing Unicode characters are transcoded to a subset of ASCII consisting of letters, digits, and hyphens. For example, München (German name for Munich) is encoded as Mnchen-3ya. You can try these out for yourself at https://www.punycoder.com/

How to find and register IDNs

You can find and register IDN domains just like regular domains. Most domain registrars accept IDNs for many domain extensions. Although to search for available IDNs, many times you will have to insert the punycode. The best thing about IDNs is that they are like the Wild West of domaining, at least it was like that 10 years ago. Usually the price for these domains is also the same.

What kind of domains I registered

I started registering Hungarian IDNs, as that's where I'm from. At one time I had a portfolio of more than 300 hyphenated domains in many categories. Basically every kind of electronic and home appliance you can think of, I had as a domain. (For example microwave oven but in the Hungarian version.)

You can register and earn from IDNs even if you don't speak the language! Once I went through the Swedish dictionary to find possible words I could register as Swedish IDNs. My Swedish portfolio was about 70 domains, and although I only sold a few, it was still worth it.

How to sell IDN domains

If you're not new to domaining, you know that selling your full portfolio is almost impossible, but you can still earn well selling only some of the domains. I sold maybe 20 or 30 of these names, and I could earn a good living for a full year. About half of the time, buyers contacted me directly, so that was an easy sell. I sold the rest through cold emails, contacting companies who could be interested in one specific domain.

How much can you earn?

Well, that depends a lot. My average sales price was $300, that was 10 years ago in a relatively small country. My record was when I sold 3 domains in one day for $1300 in total! I guess for more popular extensions you could earn much more for selling IDNs.

Now to you

I hope you enjoyed the method and if you decide to use it, good luck! Did you have or sell IDN domains? What was your experience? Do you have questions! Share in the comments!
Lol, I guess this is your contribution to raging inferno worldwide.
What parking advertisements do you use for all your domains, or do you put a for sale, and contact me form on all of them?
I used to park these domains but it didn't bring me a lot, as people won't directly type in IDNs normally - they don't even know they can. I had a website just for selling these names, and I linked that to the individual domains.
Its really awesome information that you have shared us although I did not think like this before. I have still three-game niches domain and I hope I will looks your suggestion.
Solid share and working well for over a decade. Thanks for this new perspective in money making :)
It works, I have been doing something like that (not exact the same method), for many years.
PD: I'm back :)
Sounds great but would you recommend someone who has limited budget like 50$ . We can't obviously make sure the domains sell . But just can promote the way you mentioned
Hi! Please can you send me a private message i'm from Hungary too! :)
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