Is hand-regging 4,600 .com domains going too far?

Maybe he meant for this title to read 460 or 46 .com domains hand registered instead of 4,600.

No I didn’t. The title is not a typo. It’s as real as a $2 bill, and the person that regged 4,600 domains is Ali Zandi.

You’ve likely encountered or heard of Ali by way of NamePros, DomainSherpa, or simply ZandiBot, now forwarding to

I personally don’t know Ali, but from what I can tell, he’s a good hearted, high-energy, optimistic and opportunistic type a guy.

In his latest news, he’s shaken and stirred up quite a conversation over at

Why would someone hand register 4,600? After all, haven’t ALL the good domain names been long registered since the mid to late 90’s?

Regardless of your opinion on either of those questions, it’s safe to say that sound arguments could be made from all sides.

At surface level, one might say Ali has lost his cotton-picking mind. Ali’s actions could be viewed as nothing more than him simply wasting money in an effort to scratch an attention-grabbing domain itch.

Or from another perspective, Ali could have made one of the most profitable land grabs and flips for 2017. Then again, it’s a bit early for that talk.

Without knowing ALL the facts, which I know I don’t have, it’s really hard to know with great certainty as to whether or not Ali’s domain spending investing spree produced a profit.

Could this be a pump and dump scheme for the naive to push all the chips to the center of the domaining table in hopes of hitting it 5- or 6- figure BIG? It could, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Then again, Ali could have very well planned for and execute this lucrative domain investment, albeit a calculated risk, scouring through reams of technical data.

He said, she said, they said and no one knows the truth but Ali. Whether he makes it big or loses his shirt and more is none of my business (yours either). 😉

I’m of the camp that there is much to be learned from everyone, even when someone takes a path that you or I wouldn’t ever dare thinking of taking.

Quite honestly, the industry needs a few Ali’s in the ditch willing to risk it all. The industry also needs folks in the other ditch not willing to lift a finger hand regging domains. And last but not least, don’t forget the folks in the middle who are as about as predictable as either ditch on both sides of the road.

There is much to learn with much room and many ways to improve upon what the industry teaches each of us daily should we have open, objective minds.

Take what you can glean from Ali’s experience and use it to your advantage. And the parts of Ali’s strategy that don’t resonate with you, leave it be for another domain investor. It’s just that easy.

Oh and by the way, Ali was courtesy enough to leave a long list of valuable names available for hand registration that he was unable to register due to the FastHost .com promotion ending. 🙂

Written by Alvin Brown
He's an experienced and passionate serial entrepreneur, founder and publisher of Kickstart Commerce. Alvin possesses a great love for startups dominating their market using profitable digital strategies for greater commerce.