Why I decided not to own “AirTel.com”

Why I decided not to own AirTel.com

Domaining is a process of earning money through buying, selling and monetizing domain names for a profit but at the same time as E.L. James says – ‘There’s a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.’ Same way, you have to be very cautious as you don’t know when you will be slipping onto the other side of the coin.

On our one side is always pure Domaining and on the other side is Cyber Squatting. I remember preparing my own scripts to find the high traffic domain names way back in 2008. It used to search for high traffic .com domain names which were about to expire and then give me a list of the top ones which I will place on Back Order in bulk at various websites.

This process was pretty automated, and I would had upto hundred such domain names in my list every day. Sometimes even more than a 100 too. Then I used to check the next day which ones of my back ordered domain names, I was able to secure or which ones are put in an auction.

Once such domain name attracted my attraction and that was no other than – AirTel.com

Airtel is an Indian global telecommunications services company based in New Delhi, India. It operates in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa.

If you haven’t heard about it, ask about it from any of the 1500 million mobile phone users in India (estimated through Wikipedia), and there is hardly any Indian who uses a mobile phone or landline, and doesn’t know about AirTel.

As I remember, the time was some day of February 2010, around 7 years ago (from the date I am writing this article).

I just opened my Inbox and I found an email which said you are in an action for a domain name called AirTel.com

I simply looked over the spellings again and yes, it was AirTel! At first moment I saw it I was happy, and at the very second moment itself I became afraid that how come I or someone else can acquire a domain name of such a famous Indian company.

It was clear to me in the very second moment that I don’t want to own this domain name. I am a Domainer not a Cyber Squatter.

I had Three options:

1. Try to get out of this auction (which the site owner would not let me do, or the back ordering company will suspend my account with them forever)

2. Buy the domain and gift for free to Bharti Airtel, the parent company which owns AirTel trademarks and copyrights (they may give me some appreciation on press media, I won’t ask for any money ofcourse)

3. Wait and watch till what price this Auction ends up (I was not alone in that Auction ofcourse and I have back ordered this domain without proper checking of Trademarks, so I thought this is the best way to recover from my mistake – don’t bid at this domain name again for any further upgraded bid amount)

So like any other wise man, who wants to play clean, I selected Option 3.

The bid went on for some days, and I remember the last amount I saw was some high five figures in USD$ and the username of the person who bought was hidden and later the auction went on to become a Private Auction and I could not see the ending details of this Auction.

I researched further on AirTel.com and I saw that before 2010, when anyone would type Airtel.com, you will be directed to www.vodafone.es. Now Vodafone is another major competitor of Airtel in India.

So was Airtel.com hijacked by Vodafone.es before it became free in the open market for anyone to fetch it ? Or did Vodafone not want to hand over the domain name easily and directly to AirTel and rather opted to not renew it and let it release in open market so Airtel can get it if it wants. I found on Google that this is because Vodafone bought out Airtel’s Spain operations. Airtel had won a license to operate in Spain. I don’t know any further information but if you want to know more details, I think you can further search on Google about these details. By the mid-end of 2010 I could easily see, Airtel.com becoming the main primary website for Airtel company, earlier it was Airtel.in. So I was happy as a domainer, that the Airtel company got its own cyber asset that Only Airtel deserved and nobody else.

One thing I learnt from this Auction of AirTel.com – don’t place backorder on a domain name without researching at its legal presence globally. You can get good Stats and Figures, but the actual name itself is something the Bots are not able to annalyze, atleast for Copyrights in All the countries in the World.


What makes a “Domain King”

Rick Schwartz - The Domain King

You might have over 100,000 domain names in your portfolio but thats a Domain Stockist and not a Domain King. Domaining is about Quality, not Quantity. That is what the Domain King proves to us.

Today we discuss what makes Rick Schwartz the Real Domain Name King for last Two decades, Now and Forever.

Sense of Quality Domaining is a skill that is used passively and it reveals some information on sight and may reveal more information as you carry the skill around. Since it is used passively and trains your perception, it is an excellent skill to learn early in the domaining game.

Look at these names:





Moreover, look at these:




Rick Schwartz purchased his first domain name in December 1995 when he paid $100 for LipService.com. Eight years later to the month he sold one, Men.com, for $1.32 million in a deal that was reported worldwide.

He was one of the very first people to see that domains had the same potential in cyberspace that real estate had in the real world.

He started his domain name business with a total investment of $1,800 and earned around $20 million over the next 8 years, thats one of the reasons why he is the Domain King.

Can we even think about registering or owning such names, in today’s world ? Probably Not. But this guy is Inspirational. I have been reading at domainking.com/ricksblog.com for the last 10 years, and all I gain from him and his lifestyle is – Inspiration.

Some of Rick’s milestone sales:







Acquiring a One Word domain name is inspirational, but knowing about its Sales story is more fascinating than any thing else.

Quoting from the Rick’s blog: Domains would go up faster in value than any commodity or asset ever know to mankind.” No stock, no land, no gold, no jewel has ever gone up faster and further in value. Since that sale Rick has sold Candy.com for $3 Million plus royalty and retians 10% ownership, Property.com for $4 Million with an equity stake and ebet.com for $1.35 Million cash.


Yahoo! Geocities – The First Website

Yahoo! Geocities

How many of us can recall the first website we ever made or a blog we published Online ?

First impression might not be the Last impression, in case of your first website.

The first website is rather the Motivational factor. You learn from your mistakes, you tend to make things better the next time you make a new website or upgrade your existing first website.

My first website ever Online was on Geocities.com. The year was 1997 when I first published a website Online. The Domain Names could be registered at $35 per year, or as a great discount for $34.95 🙂 at Register.com or NetworkSolutions.com or MelbourneIT.com.

Bob Parsons with GoDaddy.com Super Bowl Commericals Team

Bob Parsons with GoDaddy.com Super Bowl Commericals Team

It was way before Bob Parsons started directly promoting GoDaddy.com and the GoDaddy.com girls started impressing on TV commercials.

$.99* .COM Domain! Get going with GoDaddy!

Bob Parsons with GoDaddy girls

Bob Parsons with GoDaddy.com Girls

Well its not due to the Godaddy Girls, Godaddy.com grew by being quicker, cheaper, offering 24/7 customer support, and creating an upsell system that offered services to significantly increase revenue.

Geocities was Free Website, Free Hosting, No Domain Name, but a good web presence with the Best SEO results, remember the Search Engine was also Yahoo! at that time, not Google.

Yahoo acquired GeoCities in 1999, near the peak of the dotcom bubble, in a stock deal valued at roughly $4.6 billion. But the rise of alternative services quickly spelled the end of GeoCities’ prominence.

Geocities had tools and many assisting plugins available and they were pretty decent if we compare to what we have even today.

A posting on a Yahoo Help page for GeoCities on April 2009 said the service was no longer accepting new customers and that it will be closing later this year, with more details about how individuals can save their data coming this summer.

In a statement Yahoo had said:

“We have decided to discontinue the process of allowing new customers to sign up for GeoCities accounts as we focus on helping our customers explore and build new relationships online in other ways,” Yahoo said in a statement.

“As part of Yahoo’s ongoing effort to build products and services that deliver the best possible experiences for consumers and results for advertisers, we are increasing investment in some areas while scaling back in others.”

Add this to the deal Yahoo made with Mark Cuban to buy Broadcast.com, also in the late 1990’s, and that equals about $10 Billion that Yahoo gave away.