Archive for October 2010

Recent Sales Attempt

October 31, 2010

I keep tabs on which resume domains change hands. I noticed a resume domain that I really wanted was sold on October 29. I contacted the new owner, congratulating them on their purchase and also offering them the opportunity to view my resume inventory.

In a few short hours, I received a reply back. The owner requested my resume domains. I prepared the list, placing 95% of my resume domains up for sale.

Now I’ll be patient. I sent one follow-up e-mail to confirm the receipt of the list. I plan to wait a week before offering the list to another resume company. Always look for other buyers in case a deal doesn’t pan out. Take the initiative to make a sale.

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Unable to make a dime on DomaingMojo.com

October 30, 2010

Most domain blogs make a nice revenue stream with their blogs. They tell their audience that they only write to help them. For the most part, these blog writers make a fortune from generating thousands of unique visitors.

I have written hundreds of articles on various platforms. I answer many questions on buying and selling. However, I don’t make a dime on my blog. It is extremely hard to reply back to e-mails and to coach domain owners on how to buy and sell domains without making any money from affiliate programs and ad clicks.

I’ll accept blame for failing to monetize my blog. I have all my banners in the domain resource section. I know that I can’t make revenue with hidden, inaccessible banners. Beside revenue clicks on my domains, I have no luck with making any revenue using CJ affiliate programs.

Every time I attempt to sell a domain to a company, they convey to me that I can sign up for a CJ account to work as an affiliate. In six months, I have never made a penny from any of the affiliate partners. It’s discouraging to link affiliate banners on hundreds of domains, and not receive any leads.

I’m beginning to think that my luck is bad, or that I’m losing money from having less than beginner website developing skills. I have no clue on how domain blogs are developed using banners and various page techniques.

Many of these blogs generate massive unique traffic. While I may generate 300 unique visitors per month, most domain blogs produce between 10,000-100,000+ unique visitors per month.

These blogs mostly share only enough information to attract repeat visitors, but they will never share how to buy a good domain, or the best strategy to sell a domain. In my opinion, ElliotsBlog.com is the best domain blog on the net.

Because of Elliot’s domain blog, I have avoided the common mistake of buying domains based on value, instead I focused on who will be interested in buying the domains. I sold domains that I bought before understanding the domain market.

At that moment in time, I purchased domains with a business frame of mind. I purchased job, movie, NYC, tourist attractions and various other domains. I sold many of these domains to companies and business owners.

In essence, none of those domains come close to my current domain portfolio. I made it a point to find the best drops, and to find quality domains across popular industries.

I always share domain strategies and techniques. I spend extensive time with helping people avoid mistakes, and to buy better domains. I had to learn from asking questions, which I convey to others. I’m struggling to make a living. My time is valuable to me, and writing on a blog is not helping me to generate any income, or to help alleviate my financial woes.

In the next few weeks, I need to make a decision whether to develop DomainingMojo.com or pull the plug on the blog. I can write on my hosted domains at Why Park, which already receive good traffic and clicks. I invested nearly two years writing on Magic Writer. I haven’t produced an adsense click in over 18 months.

Many people write enough to generate traffic, but hold back the good information to entice visitors to ask questions. I share writing tips, domain tips, and many other learning experiences, stories, and information to inform people about ways to make good decisions.

The time has come to assess this blog, and make a decision to monetize the blog, or to close it down. I like helping people, but I also need help too. Don’t believe many of these domain blogs that communicate to their audience that they have a blog to help people.

If that were the case, then they wouldn’t have so many advertisers/banners plastered across their web page. I assure you they make a ton of money from their blogs. Their blogs also help them to sell their domains, and to buy domains. Their target audience are also domain investors that have an interest in premium domains – whether they want to buy or sell domains.

If I do plan to close this blog down, I will tell you ahead of time. Thank you for reading. Good luck.

Use research to sell domain names

October 30, 2010

Do you read DNJournal’s domain sales column on Wednesday? Some may disregard premium domain sales as irrelevant to their selling goals. However, it is important to browse the domain sales list to determine which trends are popular, and what domains are exchanging ownership.

In order to make a sale, you have to be persistent. If you notice a few domains that similar to yours, use Estibot, Domain Tools, Go Daddy, and various domain tools across the net to locate the new owner. Send an e-mail to the new owner to let them know you’re also selling domain names that are similar to their recent purchase.

You have to be proactive with selling. Another strategy is to use parking services to sell your domains. Make sure that every domain you plan has a for sale link on them. If you generate consistent traffic, a visitor may be interested in buying the domain.

On Why Park, communicate your desire to sell your domain. Write about the domain on the homepage, sharing any stats that you think will generate interest for the domain. Many domain owners purchase domain names, and then park them for a year. When they fail to attract interest, they let the domain drop.

In the domaining world, you have to take the initiative to make a sale. There are times that many interested buyers have no idea you plan to sell a particular domain. Advertise your domains on various domain platforms such as Sedo, Moniker, Go Daddy, and on Why Park.

Domaining is a business. Brand name companies advertise their products using direct mail campaigns, affiliate programs, commercials, press releases and other marketing formats. You must do the same with selling domain names. Many domainers are not as luck as others that have elite domains that sell without lifting a finger. It must be nice to own quality domains.

That doesn’t mean you can’t sell your domains. Everyone domain investor has to start somewhere. In order to build a quality collection, or even to become a good seller, you have to make that first sale. Most newcomers tend to over price their domains, or reply back with outrageous prices to offers.

We live in tough times. Most people are tight with their money because it is essentially hard to earn income. On the opposing side, there are many businesses that have unlimited funds to spend. They will pay top dollars for domain names that fit their business plan.

You may own a domain names they will purchase. There is no way for them to know this name is available unless you contact various companies. Not every company will express interest in the domain name, but sooner or later one company will ask you how much you want for the domain name. When this moment occurs, try to remain calm.

Avoid using the offer to take advantage of the buyer. Many buyers already know what they want to pay for the domain name. Instead, communicate with the buyer, asking them to make you an offer. Once they make an offer, determine whether it meets your price range. If not, you can ask them to increase their offer. In my opinion, if the buyers make a good offer I would accept it. especially if you haven’t made a sale prior to the offer.

Without having sold any domains in the past, your readers won’t trust your advice. My first sale was by accident, and is the main reason I took a chance on domaining. You never know when you’ll receive an offer. However, you can’t sit back and wait for an offer. Do some research to determine who is buying what, and contact these owners and companies about your domains.

Take advantage of the domain tools across the net. There are many useful websites that offer. I assure you that being persistent on the selling side will produce a potential sale. Good luck.

Check out Why Park. They have custom domain apps, and also a selling link to inform potential buyers that your domains are up for sale.

http://www.whypark.com/?wpr=15918-CC43C

P39.info up for sale

October 28, 2010

P39.info is up for sale. The domain’s keywords produce 4.1 million average results. The domain is short, targets many P39 terms, and even can provide historical information on the WWII P39 plane. The domain can be developed into a site with adsense and affiliate banners.

The main reason I’m offering the 3 character and various domains up for sale is because I plan to focus on building a resume and cover letter business. I have a good resume/cover letter portfolio, possess writing experience and there is demand for such a service, especially in the executive arena.

The job industry is heating up again, so soon enough there will be more job seekers requesting resume services. I wouldn’t give any false promises with making hiring guarantees. Too many resume companies try to entice customers using guarantees, promises and testimonials.

Customized Resume and custom cover letter services will be more along the lines of capturing skills, education, employment history, and writing a quality cover letter addressing the position.

Custom writing allows the job seeker to communicate their goals with a resume writer. In addition, I find that custom writing is better than do-it-yourself templates. I plan to look more into resume writing. I took a few resume writing classes while completing my BA in Film & Media Studies.

If you’re interested in P39.info, please leave me a comment. Thanks.

3 Character .org domains up for sale – EE0.org and BX5.org

October 28, 2010

EE0.org and BX5.org are up for sale. EE0.org is a quality domain with over 1 million average keyword results.

EE0.org is currently hosted as an Engineering Education domain, but there are many alternatives to developing the domain into a quality website. The domain’s characters are letter, letter and number. EE0.org is very easy to remember, and will give you a wide range of possibilities.

BX5.org generates 154,000 average keyword results, and is searched for 1,073 times per month. The domain can be branded with a logo, or pointed to an existing website. The keywords BX5 have many uses. Use your creativity to develop the domain into a popular website.

If you’re interested in acquiring the domain(s) above, send me a message. We can definitely work out a good deal. Thanks.

iQuotes.us up for Sale

October 27, 2010

iquotes.us is a good insurance and auto domain. The average keyword results are 48,000, and the keywords are searched almost 7,000 times per month locally.

I’m asking $210 for the domain. If anyone is interested in acquiring the domain, please leave me a comment. Thank you.

The New Year is quickly approaching

October 25, 2010

October is almost coming to an end. That means we only have two months until 2011 arrives. What decisions will I have to make with my domains? I researched a few dozens of my domains, discovering that several have gone way up in value.

The toughest decision to make is which domains I will keep, and which ones I will let drop. It really comes down to performance. There are some domains that never receive any traffic, and then there are those that generate heavy traffic, but never receive any clicks.

When I first started domaining, I assumed that buying up all the extensions would increase the price of the .com. However, I realized that was a bad business plan. Many domain blogs helped me to understand the reason the .com gain widespread appeal, and not owning every extension is mostly a waste of money.

Because of consistent performance, I will likely keep a few domains that I planned to let drop. I found that changing content on a popular page disrupts performance. I made it a point to leave my popular domains alone, allowing them to continue generating traffic and to receive clicks.

I realize that the New Year is quickly approaching, and I must determine whether to speed up the selling process, or let many domains drop. I own many domains from all types of niches. The most popular categories are NYC, jobs, resume, and education.

My resume and education domains still have some life left on them. I must decide what to do with my NYC domains. I receive traffic on the dating and singles NYC domains. In addition, there are many that have increased in value. However, I have little use to develop these domains. I don’t want to lose these domains, especially when I spent money to buy them.

For the most part, I made back what I invested into the domains. I don’t find it beneficial to invest time into trying to sell the NYC domains. I used to stay up many nights writing sales descriptions for the domains in Craig’s List, on Sales Spider, and even sent out many e-mails. Many times I never received any replies, only a ton of spam and scam offers.

I don’t have any regrets in buying the NYC domains. Because of those domains, I managed to sell 10 taxi domains and 1 cake domains. I have been receiving traffic and some clicks on various NYC domains, many that are in dating, singles, singles clubs, and a few in shorter version names.

What is the best plan to sell the NYC domains? I put out an ad to sell them as an entire lot deal. Maybe the price was too high. I priced the domains at a fair amount, which if I sold at the time, the buyer would have made a nice profit with developing and selling the domains. There are a few that increased in value, and there are others that have skyrocketed in price.

Many of these NYC domains will expire in February. I have four months to move these domains. I may keep a few, but I want to move the entire collection. Any business that deals with many services in New York City will find these .com domains to be useful.

When that Times Square Ball drops, I will be thinking about the NYC domains. I’m glad I purchased the domains, however, I let my interest in New York City to cloud my judgment with overbuying the GEO domains. Instead, I should have looked into resume domains and purchased more job domains.

In looking back, the only mistakes I made is trusting a few appraisal sites to buy many domains. I only purchased hyphenated .com domains because one appraisal website, one that many don’t use, appraised the domains at high amounts. Back in February, I never assumed I would be selling domains in the same year.

Once I discovered Sedo, I was discouraged when my domains were rejected from auctions. I quickly learned that domains must age, the keywords must have many searches, and there must demand for the name; the domain must target popular niches.

Domaining is a learning game. Since then, I closed the learning gap with asking many questions. I read many domain investing blogs, articles, books, and searched through Google to find the most current domain news. Patience is the key to succeeding in domaining.

I can tell you how much time I wasted making calls, going to meetings, sending e-mails, and preparing advertisement posts. However, I gained a lot of experience, and managed to understand how to choose good names. The domain names I registered in Jan-February are ones that I sold to end-users. At that time, I actually considered domains as an investment.

I bought movie, NYC, job, taxi, phrases, travel destinations, and many other domains. The domains I purchased in February are the reason I made a few dozen sales. Without buying those domains, I would not be successful. I’m not as successful as most elite domainers, but I understand the industry enough to do well.

I know how to use domain stats to determine the value of a domain. I purchased coverlettersearch.com when the appraisal system determined its value at $25. I knew the name would increase in value. Most popular niches that have “search” after them generate quality traffic. The domain is now worth around $300. You can tell a name will be popular.

The keyword results, the sound of the name, keywords that compliment a niche, and the monthly searches are a good indicator in making buying decisions. I’m confident spirituality.me will increase in value. The domain has one of the most popular keywords in the world.

The name looks cool, has more than 44 million average keyword results, is searched for 134,000 times a month in the US, and many times more in the global searches, and is one of those names that has many uses.

I fully understand the domain industry. I know what domain names is good, and which ones to avoid. In the past month, I noticed that resume, job, education and hotel domains are generating interest. Influenza domains are becoming more popular because October is the beginning of flu season. People are searching for these terms in the search engine.

I’m no domain expert. My skills are geared toward hand registrations. I never take part in auctions, or check any drop lists to buy domains. I don’t use any special software to find high search domains. I think of names that compliment various niches. I find domain names the old fashion way. I type in the name in the search window, struck on many occasions.

With trial and error, I found many quality names. The moment you find a quality domain name, don’t snooze on registering it. You have to register these names right away because many others are looking for the same ones. I learned my lesson with waiting on various domains. It’s only a matter of time before another domainer will locate, and then register that name.

If you’re into domaining, only register the domain for 1 year. Your goal is to flip the domain as quickly as possible. It wouldn’t make any sense to pay 10 years registration on a domain that you plan to sell in two months. The main reason I own hundreds of domains is because I only register my names for 1 year. I have a few .co.uk domains that are registered for 2 years.

Unless registrars increase the cost of domains, my plan will be to register domains for one year at a time. Domaining is about making the fast sale. Keeping overhead to a minimum allows me to register additional names. If you’re into domain investing, then it’s doable to register domains for multiple years. The last thing you want to do is loose a premium name.

I have many decisions to make this upcoming year. Will I develop domains, or get rid of some that are under performing? Some domains I registered with no value are making back the cost of registration in a few months, while there are others that have value, but don’t generate any traffic.

I’m confident I can sell the NYC domains. As the New Year 2011 approaches, set new domaining goals. If you want to learn to buy good names, or to sell domains to end-users, strengthen your skills in those area. Focus on that skill until you succeed.

My goal is to find a few premium names at a good price. I plan to build a my hometown domains, which I own a dozen of quality names. I want to build my education and resume domains. More than likely, I will never reach the success of Frank, Rick, Francois, and the elite bunch, but I’m glad that I have a chance to be a part of the domain industry.

Set new goals to realize your domaining potential.