The definition of “domaining” and “domainer” on Wikipedia redirected to “cybersquatter” for a long time. Recently an article has shown up for the term (and has also been proposed for deletion). You can see the article at Wikipedia.org and you can discuss the article (and vote on whether to delete it) here. The article is spammy in places. There is a link to PremiumDomains.biz that appears to be self-serving (and may be counter-productive). Please consider editing and improving this article. I think that we should refrain from such links to our own sites when we do this, however.
Because the article may be deleted I am excerpting below much of the content that appeared on 8/10/09 at 8:30 pm:
Domaining is the practice of monetizing Internet domain names using a variety of methods and strategies. These approaches may include website development, minisite creation, affiliate marketing partnerships, domain forwarding services, domain name sales and leasing, the selling of direct sales lead via customer opt-in, the inclusion of paid business directory listings. A popular strategy to monetize domain name involves creation of websites displaying pay per click advertising. These practices often lead to domain name speculation, but the latter is also a preferred activity in itself for the majority of domaining practitioners. An individual who engages in domaining is referred to as a domainer.
The underlying opportunity for profiting from domaining lies in the limited supply of simple, memorable names within the most popular top-level domains (TLDs), most notably the TLD COM. Major Internet service providers have been known to practice domaining by benefiting from mistyped domain names in web browsers, and redirecting the invalid domain names to advertising sites created for this purpose.
* 1 Domainer
* 2 Distinction between domaining and cybersquatting
* 3 Trade organizations
* 4 Growth of the domain name industry
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
The term domainer has been defined in the various media publications. In a July 2009 article in The New York Times domainers were defined as those “who see buying portfolios of Web sites as a digital form of investing in real estate.” 
Forbes Magazine defined a domainer as a domain trader. The article also discusses some of the practices that domainers engage in, when it states that in addition to flipping, domainers have other ways of making money from their investments. Most domainers post ads on their Web sites, which can generate a decent monthly income.
Distinction between domaining and cybersquatting
As opposed to Cybersquatting, Domaining attempts to register for profit domains that do not infringe on another’s rights. Cybersquatting has been defined as a federal offense in the United States by the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The organized domaining industry claims to oppose cybersquatting, does not register trademark infringing domain names, and has publicly voiced opposition to this practice at international trade conferences, through published articles, participation in online discussion forums, and membership in the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) which represents domain name investors, developers, and the direct search industry.
The distinction between domaining and cybersquatting has been discussed in numerous instances, such as by the site premiumdomains.biz.
New forms of cybersquatting include the registration of ‘trademarks to be’ as most non-brandable domains (consisting of generic terms) in lucrative TLDs like .com are not available anymore. Modern cybersquatters hope that their domain names will someday match the name of a start up company. Because of high costs involved in law cases this new form of cybersquatting can still be successful in many cases. The domaining industry has so far failed to address this matter and does not seem interested in going against those new cybersquatters among them.
The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), founded in 2006 by Frank Schilling, is a non-profit trade organization representing domain name investors and developers and the direct search industry. Its mandate is to improve public confidence in Internet commerce through the promotion of best practices among domainers and the education of consumers, policy makers, law makers and the media.
The ICA’s Member Code of Conduct states:
“Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: A registrant shall follow accepted trademark law and respect the brands and trademarks of others. Members will not intentionally and in bad faith register and use a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark. Registrants shall respond promptly to legitimate disputes relating to alleged infringement of intellectual property rights.”
Growth of the domain name industry
The domain name industry is a multi-million dollar enterprise and has been growing steadily year after year as reflected in the Sedo 2008 domain name sales report. Sedo reported sales of US$77,413,390 in 2008. In 2006, Sedo’s domain sales were US$45,076,536, and 2004 sales were US$11,148,922, showing a significant rise in sales over time. Sedo provides periodic news and articles on domain name investing.
* Domain Name System
* Domain aftermarket
* Domain transfer
* Domain name warehousing
* Domain tasting