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In Wake of Disaster, Domain Investor Does Good


I read a story in ComputerWorld about domain speculators buying hurricane-related domain names and parking them or listing them for sale to profit off of this natural disaster. Every time a tragedy strikes, it seems that domain speculators buy related domain names with the purpose of profiting off of disaster. This causes much criticism of the domain investment industry, and it seems legitimate domain investors take it on the chin after every tragedy.

While speculators are still buying Hurricane Gustav-related domain names, there is at least one domain investor who is foregoing profit to make a difference. Fin Lemonde registered and similar domain names on behalf of his church a couple of years ago. Fin saw people buying Katrina-related domain names and wanted to make a difference in the event any of the 2008 hurricanes caused a disaster. Fin’s idea was to create an organization that could lend itself to helping other human beings if the need arose.

Because of other projects that took precedence, as well as a tragic personal loss in the last couple of years, this organization never got off the ground. Fin kept the domain names on the back burner until a few days ago. Upon hearing news of Hurricane Gustav’s potential to cause major damage to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Fin realized he needed to do something with this important domain name to help. Putting personal morals over profit, Fin has decided to forward all traffic from to the American Red Cross.

People in need of services or help in the wake of Hurricane Gustav that type in will not have to worry about clicking on advertisements, relief scams, or being sent elsewhere. Instead, they will be sent directly to the American Red Cross homepage where they can receive help from one of the leading American charitable organizations. Likewise, people who want to help will be able to do so as well. As soon as time permits, all of these protective domain registrations will forward to a single landing page where visitors will be able to choose from several charities that are helping with relief efforts.

This is a story of a domain investor doing the right thing. Instead of the negative stories about domain investors we always see, wouldn’t it be nice if media outlets focused on people doing positive things to help other human beings?

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (4)

    jeff overman


    thanks in posting this….i have known fin for awhile on a forum and doing whats right…wish more domainers could be like fin..

    September 1st, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Marc J. Randazza

    Very impressive. I dealt with Fin a few years ago on a domain matter (I was the opposing attorney).

    He sent me a little gift after the thing was resolved, which I certainly appreciated. I’m not surprised to see that his social consciousness trumps his desire for profits.

    September 2nd, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Smith A

    Good reading. Hats off to Fin.

    Here’s another domainer who’s not just after the money.

    September 2nd, 2008 at 7:06 am


    Hi Elliot…

    Thanks for the nice post and comment over at the article at: Computer World.

    Best as always,

    Owner Of:

    If any legitimate charity or organization wants to put to use one or more of these domains to help the people effected by hurricane Gustav….

    You can email me at: mainstreet @ gmail .com

    As for now….I will keep them all pointed to:

    They do Great relief work work…and have been in NO for the past 3 years…. still helping them after hurricane Katrina.

    AKA “Danno” on Frank Shillings blog

    BTW: I wish Frank would “re-surface” sometime soon…I love Elliot’s blog….but always enjoyed Franks as well.

    September 2nd, 2008 at 9:27 am

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