I was just made aware of a service for those needing a unique domain or a slogan on a low budget; PickyDomains.com
Here is how it works.
You simply deposit $50 through paypal.com
This starts a creative chain reaction as hundreds of contributors start submitting their ideas.
Once a winning suggestion is found, the contributor who came up with it gets 40% to 60% of the fee via PayPal (anyone can become a contributor, registration is free).
The exact payout depends on contributors rank, which is a measure how good he or she is, based on the number of likes and dislikes received from clients.
If client decides that he or she does not like any suggestions, they can request a refund, so there is no risk involved.
Currently, PickyDomains.com has 1200+ clients, 44,000 registered contributors and 1500+ completed projects (DiskScout.Com, Xutta.Com, NadaPay.com, GymGenius.Com, Simplytics.Com, Coderria.Com, Nogeno.Com, MadConomist.Com to name a few).
You can see the most recently selected domain names by clients on the front page of the site.
The service has been even hired to name Las Vegas strip club and to baptize pitbull puppy for a Detroit rap star according to its founder, Dmitry Davydov.
Once a domain name is chosen the client can register the domain with the registrar of his choice.
“”Looking for a cool name, domain or slogan but can’t think of one yourself? You’ll love PickyDomains.com.
- Our service is 100% risk-free. That is, you pay only if you like our work.
- Unlike naming/branding agencies that charge up to $120.000, our price is $50 per domain/$75 per slogan.
- You’ll receive hundreds of great suggestions.
- We understand your confidentiality concerns, and your order can be set up in a way that there will be no mention that your domain, name or slogan has been authored by our contributors.””
From the contributor side here is what the site says:
“”If you have a knack for coming up with cool, unusual and memorable names, domains or slogans – here is a chance to turn your talents into cash.
Here is how the process works – register as a contributor (it’s free), select orders you want to work on and send your suggestions. If your name, domain or slogan is picked, you’ll get 40-60% of the order value (averages around 25-35 dollars depending on your rank and order type). The money will be sent to your PayPal account, so it’s important that you have one or can get one easily.”
Its an interesting concept and while you aren’t going to get any category killers or exact match domains, its an alternative for those with a very small budget.
(Disclaimer: We have not used this service nor have we signed up as a contributor and while they make mention of a free domain for bloggers we have not signed up for that either)
how much could be the LovingE.co domain value? says
a good idea but I suggest to don’t sell at fixed price
not all the ideas and domains have the same value
scott alliy says
just what the domain name industry needs name whores who give valueable property away for pennies.
ok to give em away if you need the money that bad I guess. Our approach is that we provide busienss and personal solutions in the form of domain names and we believe that solutions should be fairly priced in line with the value the buyer receives.
ask your doctor or accountant or lawyer what their prices are? $50??? I don’t think so!
Zig ziglar said
“Cheap things are seldom good Good things are seldom cheap” (at least they didn’t use to be)
Then again he probably didn’t say that in a depression like economic economy LOL
Message to Washington Nice job keep up the good work you’re right on track to kill capitalism and the entrepreneurial quest for financial freedom!!!
Domainers will always have their niche. DogFood.com is DogFood.Com and generic names will always have appeal (meaning they will be expensive). What we provide is a service (inexpensive) to those who don’t have budgets for bidding on aftermarket. Plus domainers themselves use our service on a regular basis. We have a few bulk buyers who post generic orders like XXX domains (meaning sex-related, not .XXX) register those that they like, pay us and resell those for a profit. I myself have bought UnPrice.com upon a suggestion (it’s for sale now). Cost me $25 (contributor fee). So if you are domainer who specializes in a certain niche, give us a try. Our service is refundable if you decide not to register any suggestions.
Interesting concept, similar to NameThis.com which got plenty of contributors but not enough paying clients to gain traction
Yes, NameThis went kaput. Basically they tried to copy us (we launched PickyDomains in 2007) but they did not have enough paying clients. We made sure we have enough clients to have new orders added daily, so we are doing OK. NameThis aren’t the only ones who tried to (unsuccessfully) copy us – they understood that our idea is great, but they did not get that you have to have clients and contributors in order to make it work.
What is to stop the client from saying no to everything, getting the refund, then going to GoDaddy and registering the domain?
Exactly! So much of the internet is B.S. like this! Where everyone wants someone to do something for nothing and contribute to the growth and development of an idea for peanuts while the platforms gain value due to “contributors” working for a “cheap thrill.”
Facebook, Twitter and all the other “social services” are worth less to the society that comprises them and so much to the developers and advertisers.
Stay away from giving things away for free because it seems fun and work on building something that’s useful instead of a silly game to be played.
Hasn’t really been much of an issue. I think we have 13 or so instances of theft (out of 1800+ orders). This was a concern of ours when we just started out, but I guess we are lucky to get the right audience – we don’t work with starving students, most out clients are real online businesses and $50 isn’t much money for a legitimate business to risk future troubles. Our refund rate last month was either 12 or 14% and most of those were really difficult assignments or picky clients. I can’t tell you when we had our last domain theft – probably last year. We track all suggestions for availability.
how much could be the LovingE.co domain value? says
yes, $50 isn’t so much
bit of envy there @Another99DesignDisaster ?
SO RIGHT ON!!(go read “BullS”)
as I said so many times, the internet is only good for communication , other than that, it is time waster.
Now turn off the internet and go exercise-YOU ARE FAT!!
Exactly! So much of the internet is B.S. like this
Internet is good for communication? You forgot pornography!
is there someplace on the intranets i could go to place a bet that this company will fail?
i even have a name for it.
John Humphrey says
I was a contributor for a while. It was interesting and I kept the best stuff I found. But eventually I was frustrated by the lack of transparency in the system because names I’d suggest would become registered. Sure it could have been, and probably was, coincidence, but there’s no way of knowing.
“bet that this company will fail”
no, but it needs to change a bit its business model
domain investor says
This won’t impact good domainers at all.
Its good in starting out and encourages people more about domain names imo. More awareness imo
The internet is huge. Don’t get defensive.
People say old timers have all the names and only ones making money. I say bull shit. Many opportunities to make money on the internet. Flip, pickydomains.com, drops, whatever.
My point exactly. We are a niche product. While some domainers use our services, our primary audience is startups with bootstrap financing.
Wow, what a great way to generate ideas for picky names to pick them up. Get 100 ‘human thought out’ domains around a concept or idea – sell one for $50 and go register the best of the 99 for $8 behind the curtain.
Do all of the ideas/names get shared with all contributors? Or does one just submit their name and see or hope that it gets picked?
…”Our refund rate last month was either 12 or 14% and most of those were really difficult assignments or picky clients.” … that is a lot considering that it is likely they did take one of the 100+ suggested names.
Anyway, not trying to knock it, just pointing out the obvious.
No, only clients and admins see all suggestions. Contributors can see only their own.
Wow, interesting to see you can crowd source this creative process. I just went through it with my partner and we actually enjoyed brainstorming ideas, but I know plenty of people that aren’t creative enough to do it. Also an interesting way to bring in some extra money on the side (How much does your typical user make per month if they are decent and active?).
Click on my name to see a follow up blog post that I wrote,
We don’t track monthly payments, I think most names picked in a month by a single contributor was 4. Our best contributors have been paid somewhere around $1000-$1500 during ‘lifetime’. So it’s not a career, but it’s a fun way to make money.
I joined in PickyDomains.com, sent my suggestions, one of my suggestions got picked and i received $50.00. This site really works!!!