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What is a Premium Domain Name?

Premium domain names give business owners new options to build their online brand


When it comes to selecting a domain name for your business or organization, you don’t have to settle for the minimal amount of .com names that are still available to register. A new secondary market of domains has opened up an inventory of over a million domains that might be just right for your business.

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When you are looking for the perfect domain name to represent your brand online, an option that is rapidly gaining popularity is premium domains. Premium domains are domain names that have been registered previously and are now back on the market for resale. Premium domains are often short, memorable names that are made up of simple key words and search terms. You may also hear these names referred to as after market domains, pre-registered domains or secondary market domains.

Premium domain names have been increasing in popularity over the past few years because of the low availability of .com names. Since most of the intrinsic combinations of .com names are taken consumers have found that turning to the premium (or pre-registered) domain market gives them a chance to find a domain name that they could not have registered through traditional domain name searches. Some registrars (like Register.com) now include premium options in each domain name search that consumers execute on their website.

The majority of premium domains have a .com TLD but there are also .net, .org and .biz names available to appeal to various businesses and organizations. Industries that are highly competitive (lawyers, consultants, real estate agents) or businesses looking to register their exact company or product name can really benefit from a premium domain because an intuitive, memorable name can help businesses differentiate themselves in a crowded market.

A premium domain will be more expensive than a new domain (premiums range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) depending on the name. The price is determined based on marketability, spelling, traffic, and economic trends. Highly notable domains have stronger branding potential, are easier to remember, and attract more traffic – so they may bring a higher price tag – but depending on the name and what you intend your site to do for your business, it may be worth the investment.

Here are some examples of premium domain names that have been registered recently.


For a little extra investment, you could secure a domain name, like the above, that will help build a memorable online brand and start your business on its way to making a great impact on the web.

Roni Jacobson
Web Business 101 Expert
Roni Jacobson Uncover the essentials of web business and the basic tools that will help you make an impact with your website.

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