07|26|2007 08:46 pm EDT
The .cm wild-card project that put Kevin Ham on the cover of Business 2.0 disappeared for a short time after the article ran, has now resurfaced. Speculation abounds on what exactly happened that took the redirects offline and what brought them back.
Since the article ran, popular mistypes of brand names have also apparently been purchased up by other profit seekers, surely taking some of the heat off of Ham about trademark infringement. Some domains appear to be redirecting to their respective companies, but many do not. Some creative entrepreneurs have bought up many of the popular sites that allow affiliate earnings and have simply put a link on the page straight to the intended site. DomainTools.com doesn’t have a whois of .cm and I’m not sure exactly where you can access it.
Here’s a short list of some top brands and what their .cm domain is up to :
Google.cm – goes to a satellite TV seller. (great targeting there . Sheesh! )
Yahoo.cm – goes to Yahoo
MySpace.cm – goes to an adsense page with Debt Consolidation info (another brilliant targeting attempt)
Facebook.cm – A domainsponsor landing page with horrible optimization.
Amazon.cm -A page with a link to amazon.com and someones affiliate code built-in. Good move but I’d wager Amazon wisens up and prevents this.
Ebay.cm – Same thing. Hey guy, enjoy your affiliate revenues while they last. It was a bigger money maker I’m sure than the ppc page, but I guarantee they’ll wisen up to this and stop it.
Apple.cm – goes to a skenzo.com ppc landing page with Apple Computer links.
Sex.cm – Agoga landing page.
Expedia.cm – redirects to afternic with the intention of selling the domain travelsite.name (which doesnt appear to be listed)
Ticketmaster.cm – domainsponsor landing page filled with ticket links
There are hundreds of other examples. I don’t have time to unearth them all, but I’m sure the guys over at Citizen Hawk or CADNA are going to have a field day with this. The Business 2.0 article definetely rattled some cages and brought out the competitive nature of other domainers and internet entrepreneurs. I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface of what’s being done with these typo domains. I’m sure this will be a topic of discussion for months to come.