Domainers vs Cyber Squatters

The term Domainer has been in the news a lot lately and since I seem to have a growing collection of domains, I thought I would explain the difference between a Domainer and a Cyber Squatter. Since most people wrongly believe that they are one and the same, I will start with the definitions of what a Domainer and a Cyber Squatter are.

Cyber squatting is a derogatory term used to describe the practice of registering and claiming rights over Internet domain names that are, arguably, not for the taking. The cyber squatter then offers the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price, an act which some deem to be extortion. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting ]

A domainer is an entrepreneur making his or her fortune in the field of domain names by offering domain-name related services to clients; or by investing in individual domain names for resale or development (domaining). [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domainers]

Now that we have an understanding of the differences between a Domainer and a Cyber Squatter, we are better propared to discuss how to make money in the domain market.

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