Love them or hate them, talent shows can provide massive exposure for their hopeful contestants. Sure, 15 minutes of fame can quickly descend into abject humiliation, and the majority of wannabes just pass through the public psyche without even stirring so much as a cup of tea. But for every wave of deluded divas and misguided maestros we, the lucky public, inadvertently discover a hidden gem.
While watching TV talent shows most viewers simply zone out in a haze of light entertainment. However, some web-savvy entrepreneurial types take the views of ol’ high-trousers and his cronies very seriously indeed. What if one of the contestants really makes it big? The vast majority of talent show entrants are complete amateurs, whose shrill voices won’t have previously troubled anyone other than their budgerigar. This does mean, however, that should a contestant receive the Cinderella treatment – and become an overnight success – you can bet your lunch that they won’t have registered their domain name in preparation.
Enter the Cybersquatters! Cybersquatters prey upon rising stars that haven’t as yet realised their glowing potential. No sooner has the budding starlet endured the hoary glare of Mr Cowell’s toothy grin, and their unregistered domain names will have become the property of opportunist buyers. So when the time to launch a promotional website arrives, the latest singing sensation will have to buy their domain names at the seller’s price.
The latest victim of this predatory practise is Scottish singer Susan Boyle. The unlikely star with an amazing voice clearly didn’t anticipate her rapid ascent into the showbiz elite. Unfortunately, her lack of foresight, endearingly earnest as it may be, has resulted Ms Boyle losing out on a whole host of potential web addresses, including www.susanboyle.co.uk. Ironically, the domain name www.susanboyle.com isn’t owned by a cybersquatter, instead artist Susan K. Boyle must be delighted with the sudden rush of traffic that her site is no doubt experiencing.
The lesson here is simple. If you think that you have even the faintest glimmer of talent, or a profitable idea, make sure you register your potential domain names – before the cybersquatters clean you out! 123-reg offers a huge variety of domain names at some of the cheapest prices on the web.