Are People Really Caught Out By This?

I’ve received a few emails recently about buying expired domain names, now whilst this is a very valid way of getting a domain name you specifically want, the emails I’ve been getting are very misleading. And, while I’m thinking about it, where did they get my email address from anyway?

The emails

Here is an example of the emails they have been sending out:

“Time is approaching for domainx.com to become available, with a minimum amount of time left, we want to ensure you that you can receive domainx.com at a responsible price.
You still have time to express interest: (their web address goes here)

The benefits you will receive by owning this domain:
1.    Organic Placement within search engines.
2.    Generate more clients by more control over market.
3.    Better Company Branding and Name Recognition.
4.    Makes your prospective clients feel more secure.
5.    Offering more resources and information to your Target Market.”

The Problem

My issues with this email are as follows:

“The benefits you will receive by owning this domain:
1.    Organic Placement within search engines.”

Where in the search engines? Every domain, unless banned, has organic placement in search engines, it may be in position 999,999 but it has a placement there.

“2.    Generate more clients by more control over market.”

What on earth does this mean? It’s a non-statement in relation to a domain

“3.    Better Company Branding and Name Recognition.”

Well, the domain names they have been trying to sell to me have no bearing on my company name whatsoever.

“4.    Makes your prospective clients feel more secure.”

Why would any domain name, other than my company name make my clients feel more secure?

“5.    Offering more resources and information to your Target Market.”

But surely that’s nothing more than the content which is on the site, so again, the domain name has no bearing on that whatsoever, I could offer as many or few resources on this domain or the one they want to sell me.

I suppose this post is half rant, half warning to others. I’ve not given them the pleasure of clicking their links to see what price they want for them, mainly because I don’t want them anyway, but also because they undoubtedly track clicks and will start sending even more spam, but I’d say it’s a fair guess that it’s over priced.

The Solution

If you want a domain name, go to one of the registrars like 123Reg for .co.uk’s or GoDaddy and see what’s available for a few pounds (or dollars) per year, don’t get caught up in the hype of buying a worthless domain for a lot of money!