June 10, 2008; 01:45 AM
[ClickPress, Mon Jun 09 2008] Opportunities
are steadily diminishing for domain investors and speculators in the
.com market. All the 'low-hanging fruit' has been picked and the
aftermarket now commands some pretty hefty prices. Even now there is a
busy trade in "LLLL.com" domains (substitute any letter for "L") and
these domain registrations are being snapped up in the hope that their
potential use as acronyms might realise some value in the future.
In fact, the market is currently being opened up for FIVE-letter
domains by the starving 'domainers' - a move that may prove profitable
or foolhardy for the future. We've yet to see. The fact of the matter
is that the prime .com and .net domain space is highly competitive.
Enter Hubbard Media - a UK tech consultancy with expert knowledge
of how the .uk ccTLD domain space operates. They offer a low-cost entry
into the market, with direct access to registering
pre-registered/expiring .uk domain names within just milliseconds of
There are no difficult APIs to follow; no auctions, and no
third-party intermediaries to worry about as there are in the .com
space. You become your own registrar for a small fee for membership
registration and system access (via the 'DAC' or 'Domain Availability
Checker') - fees which are applied directly by Nominet UK. All that's
left to do then is to sign up for the service(s) provided by Hubbard
Hubbard announce their range of services as follows:
1. Complete 24/7 DAC hosting and use of their bespoke EPP catching
script which can poll the DAC 432,000 times per rolling 24 hours and
catch domains via Nominet's EPP server within milliseconds. Price: £300
per month plus £150 one-off setup fee. There is no contractual
commitment over and above a single month.
Nominet membership and DAC access is required. Nominet currently
charge a one-off fee of £400 for membership setup, then £100 per annum
for continued membership and £20 per annum for DAC access, all plus
VAT. UK domains are charged by Nominet at £5 plus VAT.
Total initial cost of entry: Circa £1,000 GBP or ~$2,000 USD.
Nominet membership is available outside of the UK. Hubbard Media has
2. For those without Nominet membership and DAC access, Hubbard
Media offer a 'per name' backordering fee of £30 each, plus Nominet
transfer fees of £11.75 per name, or £25.85 in total for three or more.
Direct registration (no transfer fees) is available to bulk account
customers booking ~50 names per month. Hubbard do NOT double-book
backordered names for hosted or any other clients.
3. The very important 'drop lists'; i.e. lists of names dropping on
a daily basis by date are offered at £50 per month. These .uk drop
lists currently average ~600 names per day.
These three services are bookable through the simple interface at Hubbard Media's web site at www.dropsystem.co.uk
Hubbard Media and www.dropsystem.co.uk are owned and operated by
Dale Hubbard and Simon Hubbard, a father and son team. The company
prides itself in its expertise; long list of satisfied customers and
'extra mile' technical support. Dale and Simon have over four decades
of programming experience between them.
The company is more than pleased to give free advice and consultation upon request via the 'contact us' form on their site.
What will YOU catch today?
Please note: No special affiliation or extraordinary business
relationship with Nominet UK is given or implied. Hubbard Media is an
accredited Nominet Registrar.
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