Domain Terminology

When you first start in the domain investing world, you may be a bit overwhelmed with all the terminology. Below, I have created a guide with some of the top terms you may come across.

Registrar: The registrar is the company that you will create an account with and hold your domains with. There are many registrars available. The most popular are,,, and just to name a few.

TLD: Top Level Domain. Examples: .com .net .info .org.

ccTLD: Country Code Top Level Domain. Examples: .us ca .co .io .mx.

ngTLD: New Generic Top Level Domain. Examples: .bio .blog .site .xyz.

Domain Name: Any combination of words, letters or numbers ending on a TLD, ccTLD, ngTLD.

CVCV: consonant, vowel, consonant, vowel. Some examples: DIVI, FATE, HARO.

CCCC: 4x consonants. Example XTGH, BHJK, BJXT. These domains in the .com extension are extremely popular among Chinese domain investors and developers and can fetch upwards of $1500. The letter V is considered non-premium and will bring down the value of THE domain considerably.

LLLL: Any combination of 4 letters from the English alphabet.

NNNNN: Any combinations of 5 numbers between 0 and 9. Again these are more popular among Chinese investors. The numbers 0 and 4 are considered non-premium and will reduce the value of the domain.

CHIPs: Chinese premium domains. Usually 3-4 letter .com domains not containing a, e, i, o, u, and v. Or a combination of numbers not containing 0 or 4.

Register: This is where you have searched a domain name at your registrar and it’s available for registration. All registrations are for one year minimum and vary in price.

Backorder: Backordering is a service used by registrars in an attempt to help you acquire a domain you are looking to buy that is already registered.

Drop/Dropped: This is when a domain has not been renewed and the owner has allowed it to drop and it’s now available to register.

Push: This is when a domain name is transferred from one account to another with the same registrar.

Transfer: This is a process of transferring a domain from one registrar to another. A transfer code is required and will be sent to you by the current registrar when requested by you.

Transfer Locked: When you register a domain it is locked to that registrar for the first 60 days and cannot be transferred to another registrar. It can still be moved to another account within the same registrar though.

ICANN: “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” To learn more on ICANN you can visit their site and download this small PDF booklet here.

UDRP: Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy. These are used in trademark cases and are resolved by mutual agreement or in court. Example of one UDRP can be found here and involves The World’s Greatest, Mohammed Ali.

Park/Parked: When your domain is parked, it points to a landing page with adverts on it. Money can be earned through parking but many people are of the opinion that there is no money to be made in parking any more. Some of the most popular place to park domains are ParkingCrew, SEDO, Afternic, Bodis and Voodoo.

If you find any other terms out there on the web that I have not covered, then please feel free to contact me and I can update this list.


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