Judging by the We’re Not Really Squatting Facebook group and my informal polling, many of us buy up domains with the best intentions but leave them fallow for extended periods of time. We’ve all ran across plenty of intellect-offending domainer squatting pages like this one:
And oh so many who offer in text at the top of the page suggesting they have “(domain name here) – What You Need, When You Need It” only to be followed by a bunch of sponsored links that may or may not have anything to do with anything…like our friend Gongle.com over here:
It’s almost a mass art art form of its own.
I had to use guesswork to find that one. Google doesn’t return any of them when you search for that phrase, so I’m guessing they’re on to that particular script and filter it out.
I’m sitting on several domains myself and have them parked without even a “coming soon” page up. Between the enthusastic and sometimes spontaneous domain name purchase and the eventual build-out of the crazy idea it was inspired by, they sit on the registry shelf collecting dust. If I stop to wait to think of something thoughtful to put on every one of these, it never gets prioritized and I never get to it. It’s not like they are in-demand names or would likely get any traffic, but still, it seems like an awful waste. Why not make the visits of those ten random people that much more enjoyable?
So the thought is — why not create a re-usable page of useful and/or entertaining things to sit on all of my owned domains? Since I’m not a domainer, just a guy who buys domains from time to time, I don’t really need the links to make any money although if there was a way to do that that was truly “what you need when you need it” or of appreciable use to visitors, that might be a nice mutually-beneficial consideration.
Any ideas, sketches, or creative suggestions for what should go there or how the page should be structured? I’d like to make something generalizable that any old domain hipster could grab and use. It would be neat if it pulled in some dynamic information of some kind, but even just a thoughtful message or set of information would be welcome.
[props to Ken for the initial observation about “what you need, when you need it,” and collaboration on the whole idea]