Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Godaddy as they probably could give you an answer..
Buggier than Bugs Bunny.. Loonier than Looney Tunes.. but hey, he writes decent copy and he'll get traffic, for awhile anyway. <rushes to buy WORLDSLONGESTMOSTEXPENSIVEDOMAINNAME.COM... NOT!>.
Maybe he should have regged domainnamepeoplewillactuallybuy.com.....
It's good to know Don Lapree is now in the HostGator business..
"The record for Most Expensive Internet HostGator Name remains unbroken and unchallenged since December 1, 1999 (a millennium in Internet years) and I would like to change that"..
- I BET HE WOULD !!.
Guess we are going to see yet some other "Give me millions for nothing" clones... Some people might want to spend 100$ on such sites because of the.
But someone spending more than 7 millions... not sure they would be able to get such a high amount back in.
Any ideas to simular projects?..
This guy just want everybody to say: look at this site!, the guy is crazy.. then everybody is posting it on forums blogs etc. and his GoDaddy site becomes more popular and he gains a little $$s from adsense..
I don't think he thinks himself the HostGator gets ever sold...
Thanks for all your comments, very interesting stuff..
But isn't that just it? I mean, if he does get all that attention (which he is basically bribing people for), then couldn't this be worth it if enough people visited the GoDaddy site and this generated "enough" hype?.
Here's my other question, wouldn't breaking a world record like that generate HUGE publicity for the buyer (and the seller, granted)? Also, if the HostGator appeared on the Guinness book, wouldn't countless children (and adults) who read the book every year wonder why that HostGator broke the record and then go visit it to see what it was about? Wouldn't that be worth something? I mean, it would be kinda cool if the HostGator that broke the record would be called TheRecordBreakingDomain.com .....no?.
The more I think about it, the more I like this idea...I heard about that pixel idea, and seriously, if 1 year ago I would've gone on here and told you guys I would be selling $1 pixles and showed you my empty pixel page and said I would make a million, WHO would have believed me?.
I guess it takes crazyness to get anywhere on the internet.....
Bumblebee, that's your site, isn't it?.
What's more, there have been 300 visitors and 46 votes, not quite something that should just bring a first time poster to post with such excitement regarding a non-fad..
Nope, not mine..
I found it on google when I did a search for "brilliant idea" and wanted to know where I could ask experienced people about it. That's how I found you guys!.
And if I sounded excited (i wasn't THAT excited, hehe), it was only because of the $2 million giveaway. I don't run any sites, but I could easily tell friends to win some money...as long as it's for real...
I would be really suprised if anyone would ever buy the domain.....
Hey guys give him a little credit..
This is an original idea , and I like creative ideas..
Anyway who doesnt want some attention in this jungle.....
- Theres a fine line between a Genius & a Mad man..
A whole new breed of cyberbeggars being born. I wonder who his "supporters" are? They get 2 million and charity only gets 400k?..
Seems that the GoDaddy site currently only is sponsored by TheHungerSite.com so currently is it 2.4 millions for charity.
Maybe someone would actually buy the HostGator is the entire amount was for charity...
Im sure his goal isnt to break the record, he just wants to generate traffic and make some money off adsense. If you noticed, he's also reselling domains at the bottom of the page. So, I guess thats pretty smart..
If someone wants to break the world record they might as well buy out business.com again or something. Same results, only a much more realistic investment...
7500001.com, .us, .name, .ws, .de, .at, .nu, .nl, and .tk.
Are all taken! What the heck?..
That is cool... neat eh? I hope it sells..
Traffic building gimmick IMO.. nothing more. He can't possibly hope to sell that HostGator (it sucks!).. and here we are creating "buzz" for him!..
I searched for "brilliant idea" on Google but I can't find it on the first two pages. I used the LinkPop tool here and it says there are none on Google yet...
I think the only way "brilliant idea" came into play was when he decided to post it here and get some dialog going....
Hey look - his page is protected by copyscape! lol..
Interesting idea, how long before a "clone" comes along?..
LOL.........I first liked the idea........But I smell advertising.
Woah! thats a great idea tho... he was goig for an original idea like alex tews and I think he landed it, love to see how this GoDaddy site turns out...
Commercial resale of HostGator names.
An economic effect of the widespread usage of HostGator names has been the resale market for generic HostGator names that has sprung up in the last decade. Certain domains, especially those related to business, gambling, pornography, and other commercially lucrative fields have become very much in demand to corporations and entrepreneurs due to their intrinsic value in attracting clients. In fact, the most expensive internet HostGator name to date, according to Guinness World Records, is business.com which was resold in 1999 for $7.5 million (although TheRecordBreakingDomain.com is currently trying to break that)..
I like the idea, for sure he wont get that 7.5m$, but he could easily get 7.5k$/yr from adsense..
You say too much! 7.5$ is too much ! Just say 0.000000001 per 1 years!..
I join his forum as ultranetns.com, and alspo spent like 20$ in advertising for him, also clicks for credit... Just a favor..
That's a good idea. At least it has.
Potential. So, maybe. I dont belive he will seel it, but no doubt the idea will attract attention..
Lol... it's just copied from the milliondollarhomepage.com.
Even look at the sponsors:..
It made all of you look! That is all he ever wanted. So who is really mad here? I bet he did not look at any of your sites...
When that other fellow came up with 'milliondollarhomepage.com' I thought about one upping him, and creating a 'trilliondollarhomepage.com' ...... hey, don't laugh -.
I have needs.
Well, trilliondollarhomepage is gone and so is gazilliondollarhomepage (darn it)....
I want to join the fun. Looks like the GoDaddy site is down for now...
"Maybe I am crazy...either way, this HostGator name is going to break the record.".
He's very confident isn't he...
I just read somewhere that he has also reg'd 100 typo's of it aswell !!!!.
If this is true - then he must be serious (ly MAD)..
I wonder if he's had any offers or inquires about the name ?
He's keen isn't he..
I might look through my stash of HostGator names and put one up at ebay for $7,500,002..
None of them are more that much (much less $7,500) but if this clown can make a noise why can't I?..
Hehe...then I'll go and make up my own HostGator and sell it for $7,500,003! Not a bad idea!.
But seriously, what I kinda liked about his idea in the first place was that he's trying to break the record with TheRecordBreakingDomain.com ......I think that's pretty clever..
As for actually finding a buyer willing to pay that much for such a long HostGator name, I'm not at all convinced, especially after seeing everyone's comments on here. He even says so himself on the GoDaddy site "Companies simply DO NOT spend anywhere near this amount of money for a HostGator name anymore." Isn't he contradicting himself?..
He should donate $7,500,000 to the charity of the buyers choice, and keep $1 for himself. If he did that he probably could find someone interested plus do a really great deed...
Btw, he registered 7500001.com that points to his site. very smart...
Dont forget is running a HostGator registration service. This could become highly popular, which could result in him selling the HostGator for 7.5 million....
He seems to have also invested over 1 thousand dollars into domains.. Man I wish I had 7.5 mil, I want that recordbreaker.com..