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    Hello I have one EMD domain and I am wondering if it is possible that this type of domain attracts traffic on a basis outside of the search engines just typed directly into the search engine?
    Importantly the site does not exist. There is a WP installation and two words on the home page, I will certainly never put a site on this domain.

    I have had several sites and never had this situation but I have a domain for fairly strong words and there is nothing on this domain yet there are daily hits.

    Quite a few of them do not look like bots (some are blocked by Wordfence etc)
    The traffic is from countries where this niche sport is popular.
    It is not search engine traffic but simply direct traffic.

    Have you had anything like this with these types of domains?

    As for the "power" of EMD, it is entered in G is in the US about 1000-2000 times/month. In several other countries too but I don't know how much.
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    Simply registering the domain it ends up on lists that are indexed and spidered.

    If it is an EMD it will end up on more lists of potential gaming sites.

    As for traffic outside of indexed traffic, if it is an emd it could be a person typed in the emd to see if it was available.

    And a lot of bot, spider, scraper traffic tries to appear as not bot traffic.

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    In the old days, type-in traffic was a big deal. A big deal.

    Nowhere near so much now, mainly because of changes in the way searches are delivered - auto- complete, better results etc etc.

    So, a brand would get real direct traffic and that obviously makes sense. But because it’s a brand, before the searcher even gets to typing the . Whatever, in many cases they might already have what they want in front of them to click.

    with non brand search terms, it was only ever the very high level terms that got any real volume ( one worders or top level two word combos maybe), and then only if a .com or possibly a cctld at obviously lower volume, and likely only a .co.uk). I’d say that unless your domain is in those ball parks, then any traffic is either as Rick says, or possibly it got some mention somewhere important and some searchers are acting on that. There are a few other possibilities, but in the main they’re not ‘real’

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    You are probably right.
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    Those were the days, weren't they?

    I always wanted to be a domainer, but I was just never good at it.

    Quote Originally Posted by chaumi View Post
    In the old days, type-in traffic was a big deal. A big deal.

    Nowhere near so much now, mainly because of changes in the way searches are delivered - auto- complete, better results etc etc.

    So, a brand would get real direct traffic and that obviously makes sense. But because it’s a brand, before the searcher even gets to typing the . Whatever, in many cases they might already have what they want in front of them to click.

    with non brand search terms, it was only ever the very high level terms that got any real volume ( one worders or top level two word combos maybe), and then only if a .com or possibly a cctld at obviously lower volume, and likely only a .co.uk). I’d say that unless your domain is in those ball parks, then any traffic is either as Rick says, or possibly it got some mention somewhere important and some searchers are acting on that. There are a few other possibilities, but in the main they’re not ‘real’
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Ray View Post
    I always wanted to be a domainer, but I was just never good at it.
    Timing was crucial. Most of the good keyword domains were registered in the 90s and early 2000s so if you entered the industry later then that you either had to purchase a domain from a domainer and hope to flip it for a profit or focus on new and emerging markets. My best flip was buying a $100 domain in a niche I was interested in and sold it a few weeks later for $1k. But that was nothing compared to domainers with a portfolio of premium domain names with type-in traffic that was monetized. Typo domain names were also a thing.
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    I checked some of the IPs and indeed about 50% are definitely abuses of various types. The others are hard to say, probably too.

    I wonder why exactly on this site it is like that as for all of them I use the same hosting and security architecture. There is no such traffic elsewhere.

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    Very difficult to say what all the factors are that affect it without knowing the domain.

    It could that someone linked it on a page that people actually click that strips out the referrer.

    Or the url is close enough to a site that people visit often and type in your domain instead.

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    Domains bets.hockey

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyx View Post
    Domains bets.hockey
    I think you answered your own question there, Dannyx.

    Aside from anyone in the domain industry, and an infinitesimally small part of the general online population, no one even knows that .hockey exists.

    So, if anyone 'real' is typing it in directly, they're domainers, curiosity-seekers, possibly the odd webmaster, maybe heard it somewhere (although that's unlikely, too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Ray View Post
    I always wanted to be a domainer, but I was just never good at it.
    Seem to remember you picked up one or two useful .org's though, Randy

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