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Warning: The New Pope Has His Domain Stolen!

The new announce of the Pope this week got me thinking of one of the semi viral, famous, and maybe just memorable domain stories.  Do you remember hearing about this story of a guy back in 2005 right before they announced Pope Bendict XVI and of a guy by the name of Roger Cadenhead who registered BenedictXVI.com, and then there was Chris Dunaway trying to sell a nice portfolio of domains such as PopeBenedict.net, PopeBenedict.org, PopeBenedictXVI.net.


So who says History repeats itself…


Maybe you would have thought that the Catholic Church would have learned from History, maybe the Vatican City does not care, or maybe they just like the buzz.  Whatever it is…it’s back.


The day of and after the frenzy of domain bidding, buying, and registering of domain names with the new  “Pope Francis”  is going on.   I guess hearing stories like the one going back to 2005 of trying to become famous for a day and what turned out to be a pretty smart investment of $20 turning into a $5,000.


With all the commercials that I see put up by the Catholic Church I feel like they have really tried to create this new brand.  I would have really thought they would have learned some lessons from 2005.  Here are just some of the most recent commercials I have seen.

It was reported that within the first 10 minutes of the announced that over 100 domains were registered, and then in the hour it was up to over 600 domians from the announce of the new Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the Head of the Catholic Church.  Just a few of the domains are:


Though interestingly enough the Catholic Church did pay $180,000 to own .catholic.  They even had the Chinese version of the domain selected as the first top level domain to live in to the world.  So how does the Catholic’s and this new Pope drop his domain so quickly?  That is my question.

What are your thoughts on this kind of domain purchasing?  Please share your honest comments below.





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3 Responses to Warning: The New Pope Has His Domain Stolen!

  1. Paul Friar March 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Well with those kind of prices you cant blame people for trying!

    Turning $20 into $5,000 for a days work (if you can call it that) sounds very tempting to me, so it is only really a surprise that we don’t hear a lot more stories of this type Eric. People who do that sort of thing are turning a much faster profit than most other things online – and dare I say it, I would almost class that as a get rich quick scheme (if they find enough domains at the right times to match similar events, that is.)

    Anyway the reason for my returned visit is to let you know that I am working on my own Do Follow list, as I was inspired to do so by visiting your site last week. It is very much a work in progress at the moment, but I think you might like it, and possibly some of your visitors might get some good use out of it too.

    • Eric March 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      Hey Paul,

      Thanks for the comment and I would agree that a $20 investment that returns $5000 is not bad at all.

      Also, please add my site to your dofollow list.



  2. Paul Friar March 17, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Hi Eric.

    I have already added your site to the list because it’s well worth visiting and interacting with.

    The way that the tool works seems to make it find sometimes rather obscure links on a domain rather than the main domain URL itself, and so your link was already present on the list, however I also added your main URL so people can go straight there if they wish.

    Once at a main URL obviously they can just navigate through the list of posts until they find the ones they are interested in, and so everything works out in the end.

    As I say it is very much a work in progress, but I expect to make it better as time goes on, and even today I have improved it further by spreading it out a bit to make it easier to see, and making the links open in new windows so people can just work their way through all of the sites they want to connect with.

    I am also working on a huge list of backlinks that people will require if they want to get to the number one page for a keyword phrase like Make Money Online, however because the list of links required for each of the results on page one of Google for that keyword phrase is so big it will take me many days to finish it. I will of course let you know when it’s complete, because I think that there will be a lot of people interested in that research.

    Thanks again.

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