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A Guide to What All These Abbreviations Mean in the Domain Industry

There are a lot of different acronyms and abbreviations used in the domain industry, and it can be hard to keep them all straight. We’ll explain the most common domain abbreviations used in the domain investing industry and explain what they mean. Knowing these abbreviations will help you understand domain investing and make better decisions when buying and selling domains.

BIN – Buy It Now #

BIN is a very important abbreviation in the domain investing industry, and it stands for Buy It Now,which represents the opportunity for buyers to purchase a domain immediately at a predetermined price. It is used to refer to domains that are listed for sale at a set price. They offer buyers the chance to secure a domain immediately without the risk of losing it to other bidders.

Buyers can choose to accept the BIN price and purchase the domain immediately or negotiate with the seller for a lower price.

DN – Domain Name #

In the world of domain investing, DN is one of the most commonly used abbreviations. It stands for Domain Name and refers to the name of a website or a web address. It is essentially the address that people type into their web browsers to access a particular website.

DN is often used in domain auctions and sales listings to refer to the name of the domain that is being sold or auctioned. For example,dnforum is the meaning of domain forum.

WTB- Want to Buy #

In the domain investing industry, WTB stands for “Want to Buy”. This abbreviation is commonly used by domain buyers when they are actively searching for a specific domain name they want to acquire.

If you are looking to buy a domain name, using WTB can be a useful tool to find the right seller for you. By using this abbreviation in your search, you can easily communicate your intentions to the domain industry community and potentially receive offers from interested sellers.

When using WTB, it’s important to be clear and specific about what you are looking for. Provide detailed information about the domain name you want to buy, including its keyword, extension, and any other specific requirements. This will help ensure that you receive relevant offers and avoid wasting time on unrelated domains.

PM – Private Message & DM – Direct Message #

PM and DM are the same word. PM me or PM sent. You know that communication for domaining is key. And often, conversations need to be kept private between buyers and sellers. This is where the abbreviation PM comes into play, standing for Private Message. PMs are a form of communication on platforms like Twitter and NamePros, where members can send each other messages without the need for a public platform. It’s a useful way to communicate with other domain investors without sharing information publicly.

PM and DM are interchangeable terms in the domain investing world, and both are essential tools for buyers and sellers. By keeping conversations private, it allows for negotiations to take place without interference from other members. This ensures that both parties can discuss the details of the domain transaction without any outside distractions.

Just remember to be respectful and courteous in all your communications. By doing so, you’ll build a strong network of contacts within the industry, which is invaluable when it comes to buying and selling domains.

REG – Register #

One abbreviation you may come across is “REG,” which stands for “register.” Essentially, this term refers to the process of registering a domain name. In other words, if you want to purchase a particular domain name, you’ll need to go through the registration process.

One important term to keep in mind when it comes to registration is “REG FEE,” which stands for “registration fee.” This refers to the amount of money you’ll need to pay in order to register a domain name. Depending on the registrar you’re working with and the specific domain name you’re interested in, this fee can vary widely. If some domainers say your domain is a “reg fee”  ,then they think the domain is useless and just worth a “reg fee.”

Dropreg: register a deleted domain.

Handreg: register a fresh domain.

IDN – Internationalized domain names #

An IDN is a domain name that includes at least one character outside the ASCII character set, such as Chinese, Cyrillic, or Arabic characters.

The introduction of IDNs has revolutionized the domain name industry, making it possible for businesses to create web addresses that are easily recognizable to people who speak different languages. For instance, instead of using the English word “books,” German businesses can use the word “Bücher” as their domain name, making it more familiar to their German-speaking audience. 

However, IDNs have posed a challenge for domain investors, particularly those who don’t speak the language. When purchasing an IDN, it’s essential to verify its translation to avoid the risk of getting scammed. The domain marketplace will tag the domain as an IDN, and you should know that is not an English word. For example, “” may be just an IDN domain that sold for mid-four figures. It is not the real “” that you type in English.

Company Abbreviations #

SN – SnapNames / NJ – NameJet

GD – Godaddy

NC – NameCheap

DY – Dynadot

AN – Afternic

SH – SquadHelp

FT – (Afternic) Fast transfer

NP – Namepros

ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

IANA – International Assigned Numbers Authority

Others #

EMD – Exact Match Domain

TLD – Top-Level Domain

TM – TradeMark

TY – Thank You

LLL – 3 Letter domain like

NNN – Number Number Number domain like

CVCV – Consonant Vowel Consonant Vowel

UDRP – Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy

rep added – Reputation added

TDNAM – The domain name aftermarket

Low xxx – low 3 figure price

Mid xxxx – mid 4 figure price

URL – Uniform Resource Locator

SEO – Search Engine Optimization

DND – Do Not Disturb

FYI – For Your Information

IDK – I Don’t Know

IMO – In My Opinion

lol (LOL) – Laugh Out Loud

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