What is a “Domain Hack” and Examples of Domain Hacks

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Domain Hacking

First of all what I am going to discuss here is not illegal

Just because this term contains the word hacking it doesn’t mean we are going to break into someone’s computer here the word hack or hacking is to considered as a clever trick (purely ethical)

The domain names we have today were introduced in 1983, now you must be wandering what were we using before that

Before the introduction of domain names we used to remember a long string of funny numbers called as IP addresses and if we wanted to visit any site let’s say google then instead of typing www.google .com we had to type

That was just a small introduction to domain names, let us come back to the point

The internet is rowing everyday

At this moment there are some hundred million websites on the web

Each one has its domain name

You want to start your website

You have a really awesome name in your mind which you are going to give to your site

You go to any domain registrar

Search for the domain name you wish to have

And WTF! Someone already has that

This thing will surely blow your mind, you need to think of any other name which means all the plans you made for your site using that name will now be changed a bit

Today this incident is quite common because there are millions of websites and it is quite possible that someone else also had the same idea like yours but he registered the domain before you

But what if you want that name only?

You would either try to buy that domain if it is up for an auction or you will drop that name and start brainstorming other names

In the case of Inside Tech Tricks I had to drop the previous idea because at that time I didn’t had a thousand dollars to spend on purchasing a domain luckily, no-one else had this name already registered and I got www.insidetechtricks.com

Now there is small tweak to help you out in getting your favorite domain in this huge crowd of common domain names

That tweak is called a domain hack and according to Wikipedia it is defined as

A domain hack is an unconventional domain name that combines domain levels, especially the top-level domain (TLD), to spell out the full “name” or title of the domain.[1] Examples include del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/), goo.gl (http://goo.gl/) and fold.it (http://fold.it/). In this context, the word hack denotes a clever trick (as in programming), not an exploit or break-in (as in security).

Similarly you can also get your domain registered with such extensions

If you domain name ends with  “ag” then you can register a domain like “newsm.ag” which is also a trend now a days,

Delicious, post.it, goo.gl, dlvr.it and other giants used this tweak so why can’t you?

And let tell you there are a lot of extensions you can get for your domain and all are country specific so you would need to work on your SEO and marketing if you are going to target global audience

What do I mean?

I mean to say that, if you are using the “.in” extension as a domain name which is country specific domain (geographical domain) for India then your target audience automatically becomes Indians and search engines will send you more traffic from India so you will have to optimize your site to reach your target audience

Yeah, so let me start with the core of the topic,

Now when you know about domain hacking I think you should also know about the extensions which can be used for domain hacking

Here is the table which lists the extension and what the extension stands for

NOTE: I’ve not added domains like .com, .org, .net or .edu because they are quite popular and everyone knows about them


What Does it Stand for?






American samoa










British indian ocean territory












Northern mariana islands








Sao tome and principe


United states


South Georgia and south sandwich islands






Federated states of Micronesia


Democratic republics of the congo














Bosnia and Herzegovina




Trinidad and Tobago








Isle of man




















These were the unrestricted domains which can be used by the general public but there also exists one more category of domain extensions which are restricted and only a specific category of people or company can have them for their sites
Here is a small list of a few restricted domains


Reserved By


 Air transportation


 Internet architecture board


 Asia pacific region


 Co-op organisations


 Post secondary educational institutions (only US)


 Government level

International organisations established by a treaty


Employment sector


United states military


Mobile devices based






Telecom and internet sector services

 .travel Travel agencies, airlines, hotels etc.

Though, most of you can’t register every reserved domain but you can try out the unrestricted ones and you will find out most of these domain extensions with every international domain registrar

But I always recommend Godaddy to my reader because of their international brand names and awesome domain service, my domains are registered with them and I haven’t faced any problem with their service

Make sure you check them out

Click Here To Check Out Domain At GoDaddy

Register your domain before someone else does :-)

and in the let me share with you some amazing facts about domain names which I am sure you will find interesting

  • All 3 letter possibilities are gone on .com
  • All 4 letter words are depleted on .com
  • The most popular registered domain name length is 11 characters
  • There are 255,000+ domain names that are 32 characters or longer
  • All of the top 10,000 family names are registered as a domain name
  • The most common letter to start a domain with is S
  • More than 270,000 domains contain the sequence SEX

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  1. says

    What an informative post Nishant, you actually made me feel that adding Inside Tech Tricks to my bookmarks was one of the best decisions I ever made 😀

    • says

      you can register it using any registrar which supports the extension, I recommend go for godaddy thy have most of the mentioned extensions available for registerations

    • says

      Hi Mukul, Glad you liked it

      Well, the reason I prefer Godaddy over others is their brand name, the flexibility in making payments (i can via via netbanking, debit card or direct deposit) and their cheap prices

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