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This fine selection of Pigeon Domains gives IDN investors a bad name

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Cyrillic letters are used in Russian IDN domains.

IDN domains exist for a reason: to utilize the alphabets of countries that use a non-Latin alphabet, or an alphabet with accents.

Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese, Greek and other such IDN domains have changed hands for sizable amounts of money, or are developed web sites.

There is, however, a type of hybrid domain registrations, when a special character from a non-Latin alphabet is included among Latin (ASCII) sets, to make the resulting domain seem as if it comprised of ASCII characters alone.

Not only is such practice confusing and can lead to sales where the buyer is unaware of the special character used, but those domains are downright useless and fall in the infamous “pigeonshit” category.

In a thread at DNForum, a long list of IDN domains were listed for sale; the list contains the following:

hostinɡ.com
ɡolf.com
ɡirls.com
chicaɡo.com
webhostinɡ.com
ɡold.com
marketinɡ.com
clothinɡ.com
enɡlish.com
bloɡ.com
enɡland.com
desiɡn.com
washinɡton.com
sandieɡo.com
maɡic.com
ɡratis.com
fliɡhts.com
cheapfliɡhts.com
earrinɡs.com
parkinɡ.com
campinɡ.com
onlineɡames.com
massaɡe.com
ɡps.com
ɡlass.com
ɡas.com
deɡree.com
weddinɡ.com
storaɡe.com
datinɡ.com
manaɡement.com
ɡarden.com
suɡar.com
traininɡ.com
diɡital.com
ɡermany.com
doɡ.com
technoloɡy.com
bookinɡ.com
proɡram.com
shoppinɡ.com
colleɡe.com
ɡreen.com
druɡs.com
losanɡeles.com
messenɡer.com
flaɡs.com
baɡs.com
psycholoɡy.com
yoɡa.com
lasveɡas.com
ɡay.com
exchanɡe.com
chanɡe.com
emerɡency.com
fliɡht.com
photoɡraphy.com
veɡas.com
rinɡs.com
sinɡapore.com
savinɡs.com
accountinɡ.com
advantaɡe.com
budɡet.com
preɡnancy.com
advertisinɡ.com
beddinɡ.com
loɡin.com
webdesiɡn.com
niɡht.com
ɡift.com
ɡifts.com
orɡanic.com
hiɡh.com
surɡery.com
weiɡht.com
ɡranite.com
flyinɡ.com
movinɡ.com
ɡlasses.com
rinɡ.com
allerɡies.com
ɡet.com
smokinɡ.com
reɡistry.com
fiɡht.com
siɡnature.com
copyriɡht.com
ɡrill.com
workinɡ.com
mortgaɡe.com
leɡal.com
bowlinɡ.com
printinɡ.com
ɡym.com
mortgaɡecalculator.com
maɡazine.com
maɡazines.com
imaɡes.com
swinɡers.com
enɡine.com
ɡirl.com
ɡuns.com
ɡhost.com
nursinɡ.com
backɡround.com
buildinɡ.com
younɡ.com
womensclothinɡ.com
anɡels.com
eyeɡlasses.com
maɡnet.com
ɡallery.com
mensclothinɡ.com
domainhostinɡ.com
3ɡ.com
4ɡ.com
champaɡne.com
ɡod.com
swinɡ.com
freeɡames.com
loɡo.com
onlinedeɡree.com
enerɡy.com
ɡerman.com
morɡan.com
meɡaupload.com
meɡavideo.com
ɡeneral.com
colleɡes.com
doɡs.com
diɡitalcamera.com
diɡitalcameras.com
onlinedatinɡ.com
storaɡeunits.com
weddinɡdresses.com
sunɡlasses.com
massaɡers.com
interiordesiɡn.com
desiɡns.com
internetmarketinɡ.com
hiɡhschool.com
linɡerie.com
hongkonɡ.com
manɡa.com
sinɡle.com
banɡkok.com
oreɡon.com
eɡypt.com
draɡon.com
forextradinɡ.com
enɡineer.com
ɡlobal.com
michiɡan.com
rinɡtones.com
garaɡe.com
solarenerɡy.com
vintaɡe.com
paɡes.com
travelaɡency.com
fraɡrance.com
veɡetarian.com
marriaɡe.com
bankinɡ.com
kinɡston.com
shinɡles.com

If you look closely, the “g” in every domain is not the letter “G” of the Latin alphabet and nobody would actually type such a domain in. Truly a remarkable waste of registration fees!

Such domains give IDN investors a bad name, and perpetuate the impression that domaining is a free for all goldrush. Or is that, “ɡoldrush”?


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6 Responses to “This fine selection of Pigeon Domains gives IDN investors a bad name”
  1. Gnanes says:

    Seller like this should be banned.

  2. G Man says:

    there’s pigeon shit and then there’s idn piɡeon shit
    lol
    i note how every domain has a ‘g’
    what a waste of cash
    got a link to thread?

  3. Lucius "Gunz" Fabrice says:

    Gnanes – There is nothing illegal about it, unfortunately, but the quality is definitely bottom of the barrel.

    G Man – I fully agree. Just search the IDN sales section on DNForum.

  4. Steve says:

    nasty trick. not worth reg fee.
    real idn’s actually get type in traffic so sales threads with junk like that are unfortunate.

  5. It’s just trickery on one hand, worthless on the other hand and a host of other adjectives….all negative and not enough time to go through the list.

    Sorry, I don’t even consider these of “Pigeon Shit” quality which until right now was the lowest form of worthless domains. We now have reached a new low.

  6. Lucius "Gunz" Fabrice says:

    Rick – Maybe “Guano Domains”? 😀 That use of the “G” from some oddball country’s keyboard layout is consistent. One cannot use these domains for advertising or any valid use. Maybe for phishing scams!

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