Inside the brains of expiring domains

While scanning through lists of expired/expiring UK domains you get a real insight into the weird and wonderful thought processes some people go through when registering domains, the list below details some of the real domains that had been registered 2 years ago and now are coming up for renewal and for some reason are not being renewed.. go figure 🙂 – What? I have seen some weak directory ideas in my time but a shampoo directory? – I think this was always going to be a long road – made me laugh – now that’s what I call a small niche market – your telling me this business idea never worked out? – ooh morbid one – I’d hate to see their delivery charges! – I’d rather not  – Is my pleasure..Trainspotting – this one didn’t take of either? – you know what they say, fail to plan and you plan to fail – hmm now that would suffer in the radio test wouldn’t it – I’m sure the NHS could have done with this service – {shrug} – sometimes the hand isn’t enough – almost quite clever in a way, but no.

There are hundreds of expiring UK domains each day and the better one’s are competed for by a large number of people, you can still get some nice brandable names and 2 word products can be caught using drop catchers.

I joined Nominet at the end of last week, by becoming a registrar I can renew my’s for £5+VAT each saving £1 per domain.

Some of the better domains that have expired and dropped in the last week or so are:

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. Edible landscaping is a popular eco-friendly gardening method. Nobody calls it “edible landscapes” though so type-in traffic would probably be low.

  2. Thanks for the info, it’s a new term to me Jacob, all I could think of was Willy Wonka.

  3. Same with edible photos. People commonly get photos printed in ink that can be put on the top of a cake, such as at an anniversary party.

    This is an awesome idea for a business, if it could be run online!!!

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  4. Personally Spud’s site is the best… 🙂

    Btw, is there any chance of a more in depth tut on catching dropped/expiring domains? I THINK you haven’t done that yet, as I read your blog religiously, and don’t remember reading something about it yet.

    I’m curious to see what information you actually see as a registrar, and how long a domain is held before being bought by somebody such as yourself. (It seems that in South Africa it takes about 6 months before an expired domain is released back into the wild).

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  5. Thanks for the list. was especially funny. I was also suprised by how many good domains expired.

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  6. I recently developed a nasty dropped names addiction. I’m hooked on They have a great interface that lets you tailor your search through the dropped list. Unfortunately they don’t track, but I’ve picked up one or two nice domains, like

  7. – What? I have seen some weak directory ideas in my time but a shampoo directory?

    Someone tried to encourage me to start a blog about gravy the other day – it happens. – made me laugh

    That’s what I always call them! I wouldn’t mind that one just for the fun of it *g*

  8. every one of us might have regged some funny domain at least once and thinking why we did that at the time of renewal.

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  9. Lol i was the numpty who regged It was suprisingly regged after a weekend of heavydrinking so please forgive me! I couldnt believe it when i saw it in the list today as im a regular visitor to the site. Just shows how bad it was to be flagged out of the 1000’s of expiring domains.

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  10. I have reg’d my fair share of drunken domains Curt, usually on a lighter note than that one mind 😉

  11. I avoid reading these dropped lists or i just come up with too many new ideas. Better to actually work on the ones i have =)

  12. I’ve tried to change the title om my link because it seems that Akismet is filtering my comments (VRE Blog doesn’t seem spammy does it??)

    I just wanted to thank you for the great laugh Scott. My personal favorite is definitely What were they thinking?


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  13. some really great domains that have expired there – I trust you got some of them

  14. I’ve bought some dreadfull domains in the past, and I even have some now which I’m letting expire as they are a bit naff. I’m too embrassed to let you know what they are 🙂 Sometimes it seems like a good idea at the time…

  15. no preused domains- this is my main principle!!

  16. If you’re on top of it you can really scoop some gems. Some of your initial examples are really crazy good. It makes me wonder what went wrong with some of these ideas. I do not mind picking up the pieces at all, as thewre are gems to be had!

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