Monday, March 10, 2008 -- Poor writer is such a lovely two-word generic, picked up on the aftermarket.

For newbies who have not registered expired names, you should be aware that even if you register an expired domain name, it's not really yours until it has passed through a "redemption" period during which time the original owner can still redeem the domain (although, from my understanding, the redemption fees can be fairly steep), usually about seven days, depending on when you snag the name in the redemption cycle. If it's reclaimed, you get a full refund and a lot of disappointment, but that's the deal.

I honestly don't know how even reached the fire sale level; when I observe some of the crap names that SnapNames and Pool offer for $99.00, it's all the more amazing that this one wasn't caught by the major aftermarkets.

Is it a $50,000 domain? Probably not.

But consider this: the term "poor writer" (in quotations) gets about 56,000 Google hits. "Poor" gets about 470,000,000 hits, "Writer" about 217,000,000 hits. Granted, the term with both words is not likely to garnish much direct navigation; its strength lies in its inherent ability to hit the search engines organically, a main reason for this post (a test, perhaps). Also, it's a logical term, one used often by writers who are struggling to earn money at their craft.

I also picked up the plural ("deleted and available again") in a regular registration. The plural "Poor Writers" gets about 31,000 hits, "Writers" about 137,000,000 hits). This, too, is an amazing catch, although the singular is almost always the cream.

I figured I might as well pick up the plural and either use or sell the two dot-coms as a package.

I did my homework on these two: no registered trademark infringement (USPTO, United States Patent and Trademark Office) and not used as a business, so no "natural" TM--just a mournful term to describe most writers' financial situation and in academia, where young slacker writers are often referred to as "poor writers" (albeit behind their backs).

But I can also see it as a writer's forum (with ad$en$e), where newbie writers could come to vent and trade ideas. Or it could be the title of a literary magazine or a company that offers self-publishing services and/or book review services.

The days of snagging a direct navigation generic one-word dot-com terms at low prices are probably over forever, but finding good two-word generics is still within reach; it just takes some work and good sleuthing.