To say the presidential campaign in the United States is entertaining would be an understatement. From candidates’ commercials, to their debate attacks, their epic-trolling is spilling over to the dot-com world, much as we predicted.
Last year, we blogged about how domain investors were hoping to cash-in on premium political domains such as JebBush.com (CNN reported it was for sale for $250K). Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s campaign ended up snatching the name, redirecting it to their own website. No word if they paid the full $250K but that would really be a drop in the hat for the multi-billion real estate mongrel.
Call it karma or simply crafty campaigning, Donald has been trolled himself, with the owner of Loser.com redirecting to his Wikipedia page and an ad agency in Sweden making a parody of TrumpDonald.org.
One would think a candidates first move before even announcing their candidacy would be to register at least every TLD of their first and last name and combinations. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case as I picked up TrumpDonald.net and Trump2016.org this month! Both of which are sending thousands of visitors to yours truly!
Mr. Trump if you’re reading, get ahold of my people. We will sell within reason ;).
One of the reasons we developed our Instant Domain Search was to give users the ability to instantly search the most popular TLDs to ensure they register everything to protect their brand. $9.96/year looks much better than having to buy a domain for hundreds of thousands of dollars!
Campaign managers, candidates, I urge you to get on this now and in future campaigns. If not, it’s level playing ground to allow for more epic-trolling!
In the meantime, I’m going to be getting my popcorn ready as the race continues to heat up:
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.