First Catch

As mentioned earlier in the week I am now registered with Nominet and have my own TAG which cost £587.50 to setup and then £100+VAT per year, as a registrar I can register domains directly with Nominet making them slightly cheaper, it also gives me access to their DAC (domain availability checker) and with a TAG it means I can query/check and try and register domains that have not been renewed or have been cancelled.

This improves my chances of getting a nice one word domain for £5, some interesting things to know about the DAC are:

The DAC is limited to four simultaneous connections per member, or group of related members.
Queries can be sent to the DAC without waiting for the previous query to return. 
The DAC will just queue the queries.
The maximum query rate is 1,000 queries per rolling 60 seconds recalculated every 5 seconds and a maximum of 432,000 per rolling 24 hours, recalculated every five minutes.
If you exceed the query limits a block will be imposed.

There are so many people trying for the same names some using techniques or judgement to try and improve their chances by using their allocation at certain times of the day, still looks like a bit of a lottery. Yesterday there was an which dropped early, the only other decent domain I knew of that I was interested in I managed to register, my first catch on the drop! …

‘Happy days dad’ as my son would say 🙂
A nice one word domain that describes a manner of things, a period in time, furniture, good name for a hotel or organisation. Possibly the only decent domain I’ll ever catch but the governed board of elected gods were smiling on me yesterday and in that millisecond made sure my fees to date have been more than covered.

About Scott Jones

Scott hails from the north east of Scotland and started earning online at the end of 2000 building websites for local businesses during which time he won an award from Lord Alan Sugar for Excellence in Enterprise. After having quite a bit of success with domaining Scott mainly runs educational evergreen websites which generate over 3 million visitors per month but is always on the lookout for a fresh thinking out of the box way to turn a buck. Follow on Twitter.


  1. You cannot find single word domains in other TLD’s isnt it?

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  2. You are lucky!!

  3. Very nice catch. That one’s a keeper.

  4. Hi Scott.

    Thats a great catch, can I ask where you find out about the names that are going to drop in advance?



    • I use a few different lists, there is which is £50 per month, if your a member at and login there are drop lists and also sites like

  5. Guys, any advice on finding out common typos/type-ins of urls?

    • Typo’s are not something I have worked on myself Siberia, there’s no way to actually know how many type-ins a domain gets as far as I am aware unless you own it.

  6. Hi Scott

    Do you use a drop catching script for the domains you are after or are you doing it by hand? How would you suggest you go about developing a drop catching sript if you are a non techie?

  7. A nice tool to find typos in domain names is

  8. So in retrospect then, was it worth the money it cost to get that one domain?

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    • Absolutely Justin, within 15 minutes of registering the domain I received a sob story about how someone used to own it and then a 4 figure offer so if I sold it I’d be well up.

      • You keep surprising me Scott. I see what you’re doing and I believe that I understand it but yet I am still amazed every single time you buy a new domain and get great offers from people wanting to either buy it or lease it from you. If you would have asked me whether or not I wanted to buy Regency I think my answer would have been “No, I don’t know what to do with it”. But I guess that is why you make more money than me doing this 🙂

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  9. Scott, do you accept other peoples sites for your lease-a-domain site?
    For example you act like an agent, list a site for lease, advise on the transaction, legals etc (depends if you have time) charging a fee based on the monthly rate, if the fee was an ongoing one it could be built into a nice residual income.

    Great site by the way, the first one I ever read about internet marketing when I first got started (about 3 weeks ago!!!)

  10. I’ve not heard of the DAC before (well, I’ve read up on it now!). I’m assuming that DAC is used by sites like domdat to provide users with expiring domain searches or is this a different tool?

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  11. Hey Andy – no that isn’t something I do at present, I need to get my feet wet a bit more before I started pretending to be an authority on the matter. It would e an option next year seeingas ranks well in the UK for it’s main keywords.

  12. nice catch. Was surprised when I saw the name on the whois… another new one on the scene!! 🙂 My first catch was… ah those were the days. Less competition!


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