Both presidential campaigns are releasing attack websites.
Yes, that’s a .biz.
The .com ArtOfTheSteal.com is taken, and you can bet the owner is getting a ton of traffic today. (Unfortunately for misguided web surfers, the domain is forwarding through zero click to a scam page.)
Was it smart of the Clinton campaign to go with the .biz?
I guess “biz” is the correct connotation here since the site attack’s Trumps business acumen. But I imagine Donuts CEO Paul Stahura was fuming today about how his company’s .exposed domain was tailor made for sites like this.
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that Trump’s team is responding with LyingCrookedHillary.com.
It may plan to respond with a site at this domain, but the domain was actually registered before Artofthesteal.biz, way back on June 3.
The domain uses whois privacy. I would say the campaign made a mistake by not also picking up crookedlyinghillary.com, but that domain was also registered under privacy on June 3 at Godaddy, so I suspect the Trump campaign also owns it.
CrookedHillary.com was registered in April.
Has one of the campaigns won with their domain name strategies around attack sites? I’m not sure…but I bet there was some cheering over at Neustar’s HQ today. Neustar runs .biz.