I read an article yesterday on ‘Domain Name Wire’s Newsletter’ about dangerous domain names. I have written about illegal domains in the past and have in my terms and conditions I do not accept adult theme domain names or ones that can be exploited.
I remember there was controversy about crypto currency domain names a while back and how Google were not allowing advertising for ‘Bitcoin’ without purchasing a licence from them. https://ukdomainbrokers.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk/?p=48
This should apply to all domain names that can be exploited and certain keyword domain names either being banned altogether or closely monitored.
I have had domains that could potentially be used for streaming websites, which I have been asked to sell, so I do a disclaimer in order to protect all parties just in case it falls into the wrong hands. Afterall you need to do due diligence on the buyer aswell as the seller as he/she could use the domain for illegal purposes and you need to protect yourself from litigation disputes further down the line.
I think domain names should be sold with website packages so thus filtering out people who have no clue about website design or seo (Which would eliminate all the crappy domains being registered and saving people money in the long run). Obviously this would be more costly than just buying a domain name and holding it hostage. The amount of domain names I see on a regular basis that I know for a fact will never sell is mind blowing. I always encourage my domainers to stick to one or two domain names that they can develop into SEO optimised websites. I also think by developing the domain and securing all TLD domain extentions you will also eliminate people who will offer you another extension in exchange for money. This also stops people cloning your website.
I did have a couple of domain names that I have since removed from my network of websites, blogs and social media pages www.coronavirus.uk www.worldwidevirus.com and www.revolver.company The reason for my decision is I do not want to promote controversial domain names. So although you may come across previous posts for these names I am no longer actively promoting them.
It’s a shame that there are unscrupulous people in this world wanting to spread hate and fake news and con people out of money. But the world is what it is and you always have to be one step ahead of the game.
You can read the whole article on Domain Name Wires site: https://domainnamewire.com/2020/09/08/digital-citizens-blasts-domain-registrars-and-domainers-for-covid-other-domains/