Kevin Ham is one of the world’s most successful “domainers,” or people who have profited from buying up internet domain names. His websites get over 30 million hits a day and are worth over $300mm in aggregate. Kevin is also a Christian, and wants you to know he’s a Christian. Kevin is so Christian, that many of his most valuable domain names are rooted in Christian mythology (god.com, satan.com, christianrock.com (Jars of Clay is mythically bad)). Kevin is so Christian that he steers most business conversations back to the Bible. Kevin is so Christian that he’s made a fortune through teaming up with the government of Cameroon to exploit the “cm” instead of “com” typo and registered most of his domain names using registration spamming software and by exploiting a free registration loophole. It is god’s work, after all. From CNN Money:
Working mostly as a solo operator, Ham has looked for every opening and exploited every angle -- even inventing a few of his own -- to expand his enterprise. Early on, he wrote software to snag expiring names on the cheap. He was one of the first to take advantage of a loophole that allows people to register a name and return it without cost after a free trial, on occasion grabbing hundreds of thousands of names in one swoop.
And what few people know is that he's also the man behind the domain world's latest scheme: profiting from traffic generated by the millions of people who mistakenly type ".cm" instead of ".com" at the end of a domain name.
The difference is that hardly any .cm names are registered, and the letters are just one keyboard slip away from .com, the mother lode of all domains. Ham landed connections to the Cameroon government and flew in his people to reroute the traffic. And if he gets his way, Colombia (.co), Oman (.om), Niger (.ne), and Ethiopia (.et) will be his as well.
The man who owns the Internet [CNN Money]