I decided to check out this service because they tout domain naming contests and other web service related contests that award cash prizes. Even though they started off on the wrong foot with me, I signed up because I saw a couple domain naming contests that I thought I could win with with a quick entry or two. I spent about 10 minutes entering two domain naming contests. If one of my suggestions is chosen, I could win up to $50 or $75 per name. The site seems legit, with several members posting contests (some repeat) and a handful of active contestants entering domain naming contests. The minimum you can start a domain naming contest for is $35 USD. I have not yet completed a transaction there so I cannot verify the integrity of the site or it’s members. If you have any info, please feel free to share with a comment.
One thing struck me odd about their domain naming contests, you must choose to make the entries private. This lets anyone see suggested names in contests that are not private entry, on top of that there is a box showing the availability and a check box for you to register it through their registrar if you want to buy it! That seems a little underhanded as well, host a naming contest and then encourage the participants to buy a name that is suggested in the contest … LOL. There are many good names suggested in the contests that were completed.. Here are a couple winning entries (available domains that contest holders chose) and the amount $$ awarded over the last few days: HerbOasis.com $50 (contest – herbal site name) Zublio.com $75 (contest – brandable, online regtrations site) MeshLoop.com $125 (contest – social media site) WalletSave.com $100 (contest – bargain hunting site).
I decided to write about SquadHelp.com not because they paid me or I want to promote a site that spams us domain bloggers (I’ve seen their spam get thru some domain blogs) but because I see an opportunity for domainers who have a little extra time to make a some money with these contests, oh and there are some good available domain suggestions to browse through too 😉 It seems like they are really finding people interested in starting a domain naming contest for upwards of $100 on a regular basis which is good for our industry. If anyone has info (good or bad) about SquadHelp.com share with us please.