Inspired by Chris Lake’s excellent article, Stupid URLs and how to avoid them, I’ve been digging around the internet to find some truly terrible domain name fails.

Some of ones I’ve listed are totally beyond belief. I’m frankly astounded that their owners didn’t notice the double entendres happening - and there’s loads of others floating around the web too.

As it also happens, there’s a semi-official name for instances like these: SLURLS, coined by a computer programmer called Andy Geldman who’s actually produced a book specifically around this subject.

The list I’ve put together is definitely not for the faint-hearted. With winter gloomily kicking in, this list is intended only as a bit of fun, and nothing too serious. But take this as a warning: if you’re easily offended, don’t read any further...

1. Scrap, fresh from America...

2. Cccan you spot it?

3. Mr Dover appears to have opted for a childish classic.

4. Blinds, shutters and more...

5. Man and machine love.

6. Who knew a country could hurt you so much?

7. It seems Dicksons wised up to their mistake. The URL now redirects.

8. Don’t make me swear at you!

9. Looking for a change?

10.Google. In the Cook Islands.

11. Mixing art and surgery.

12. Never heard of a toilet?

13. Say it as it is.

14. The best tunes around.

15. An island of pens!

16. More childish humor.

17. When school just isn’t enough.

18. A site of therapy.

19. Web One appear to have now changed their name to iiNet...

20. Who’s managing who? 

[Image credit to: chrisdlugosz]

Jake Hird

Published 12 November, 2010 by Jake Hird

Jake Hird is Econsultancy Australia's Director of Research and Education. Follow him on Twitter and Google+, connect with him on LinkedIn or see what he's keeping an eye on via diigo

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Greg Power

I assure you this is work-safe

My favourite was but they changed it Mole River Nursery :(

over 7 years ago


Sven De Meyere

This is awesome!

We want more.. :-)

over 7 years ago

Mark McGee

Mark McGee, Director at InfoJuice Ltd

Spotted this the other day, how are you supposed to trust their advice?

over 7 years ago


Tobias Fünke

I was a professional twice over - an analyst and a therapist. The world's first "analrapist".

over 7 years ago



friday treats....!

over 7 years ago

Miles Carter

Miles Carter, SEO / Web Developer at Zeland

Oops, has a domain for sale page now - they must have realised their mistake!

over 7 years ago


roddy made me laugh ! some good arguments for the use of hyphens in this bunch

over 7 years ago



You've just got to laugh! Sometimes they just need pointing out to you though! Last night for the first time I think I saw the name Flo Rida written down. I've heard it said many times but never gave it a thought until it clicked what word it is... Florida...

over 7 years ago

Adrian Bold

Adrian Bold, Director at Bold Internet Ltd

Excellent. Some childish humour to lighten the mood! Thanks for sharing. :-)

over 7 years ago



These pale in comparison when compared to

over 5 years ago

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