Archive for the ‘Domain Metrics’ category

Contact end-users

January 19, 2011

Now is the best time to sell your domains. I’m receiving replies back to buy my domains. I have to remain anonymous on a pending domain sale, though I assure you the domain and the end-user are closely aligned.

Because I decided to invest into this niche, I was able to sell two domains in that category. I can’t name the domain that is pending a sale, but the company is gathering steam. Never back down on the price you want to sell a domain.

Show confidence in your sales approach. Communicate with the buyer to build trust. Don’t be afraid to ask a high amount, especially if you know the domain will be worth far more in
the future. Trust your instinct to find a buyer. Share the price once the buyer requests the amount.

I knew from the moment I acquired the domain that it would sell. I always find domains that are highly marketable. Some may question the domains I acquire, but they will understand the
purchase after a completed sale. The domains don’t have to be highly searched keywords.

Search for domains that contain an exact keyword match. Companies use these particular products or services to
promote their brand.

Out of respect, I won’t name the domain, the sales amount, or the company who is buying the domain. The sale complimented my intuition that a particular niche would make me
successful.vJob domains have already produced several nice sales. Taxi domains have returned a profit. Education domains are doing well with ad clicks.

This is the best time to contact end-users. Many companies are evaluating their past year to determine what is
needed to be successful this year. Their need to acquire domains definitely falls into their business plan.

I’m not surprised I sold this domain name, or another that will close in the next two days. I know these domains are excellent marketing tools, which I’m glad I invested into them. To find buyers, contact websites through their ‘contact us’ link to offer your domains.

Be confident, professional, respectful, and persistent. You will find a buyer
soon enough. I’m a confident seller. I learned to sell well through my past mistakes. Experience matters most.

Reading blogs that reported on rejected offers showed me that I could also make big sales. My sales are not high profile, but I think I’m successful as a domain flipper because I understand the market well enough to generate results. Once you grasp the selling
side, you can control your fate.

Buy names that are specific. Don’t look for nothing more than the exact product or service. It may be hard at first trying to find good domains, but you will have success in finding the best name to interest a buyer.

Selling domains is not as hard as it seems. You don’t need to go out and win auctions, or watch drop lists to find valuable domains. There are plenty of quality .com domains still available.

Don’t rely too much on blog posters, or
even blog owners to give you advice. I share my experiences to inform my audience what I think works. Take good advice to heart. Domain valuation tools and price suggestion systems are not the industry standard. A domain is worth what an end-user will pay for it.

I see many new domainers asking blog owners to evaluate their domain portfolio. They may be biased on what is good and what is bad. Trust your ability to develop your own buying and selling techniques.

Your intuition can help you to find the gems, and to make sales. Domaining is all about flipping domains in the shortest amount of time at the best possible price. Good luck.

Random Thoughts on Domaining

December 23, 2010

I usually read the DN Journal’s weekly sales list. In my opinion, I feel their weekly sales are prepared to brag about domain companies and private domain investors. Many domains on that list are not as appealing, and are over valued. I wouldn’t pay 10%
of the cost to acquire any domains on that sales list.

In the past, a few worthy domains changed ownership, which I believe were well worth the cost. I don’t how companies can afford to pay high
prices, and then let such domains do little to make them revenue.

One lady, in particular, purchased a domain for mid 5 figures. She
now points the domain to a site that generates less than 900 unique
visitors per month. I can prepare a sales report with graphs to
prove the benefits of using a web directory to reduce advertising
costs. It takes skill to determine the price of a domain.

Whereas, several domain tools exist online, a broker has to weigh many
factors to set a good price. I had conflict with posters that assumed I was a random person who never made a sale. You’ll be surprised on how many domain posters will fight with you on ways to determine value. They discredit domain stats as an appraisal
indicator, but then build value into organic searches. How else can
a price be set without factoring-in the age, keyword results and
monthly results, and backlinks?

I tried to relate to these domain
investors who shoot down the preceding stats as irrelevant
indicators to set a domain’s value. However, I have enough
experience with chatting with elite domainers and selling domains
to know that their advice is one-sided. Organic searches is not the
only factor that makes a domain valuable.

A month ago, I challenged
a domain with only a hundred searches a month. The blog owner is an
industry leader that owns thousands of quality domains, but many of
the posters are clueless, or locked into their own domain.

More than likely they probably sold domains, and understand the domain
industry very well. I sense the posters don’t want new domainers to
learn because domaining is like a pyramid scheme. If newbies don’t
know what to buy, they waste thousands upon thousands on acquiring
bad domains.

Stats interpret a domain’s value. If keyword results and searches had no meaning, then Sedo would not have a price suggestion tool, and appraisal platforms would be nonexistent on
the net. Many aged domains that don’t have sites linking in, backlinks, a Google Page Rank, and unique traffic depend on keyword stats.

However, your domains don’t need performance stats to be
successful. But, domains do have major importance when they
generate unique traffic. I don’t own any domain that generates 1,000 visitors a month. It’s not easy to build that type of
traffic. I can write 1000 articles on this blog, and will never produce more than 500 unique visits a month.

Many companies are not
going to purchase a domain based only on its organic value. If domainers listen to these posters, they will walk down the wrong road. I rarely find good advice on blogs. On the contrary, Elliot’s Blog is a quality blog with professional domain tips.

When I started to ask more questions, many domainers scolded me, assuming
I was trying to gloat. On Domaining Mojo, I share information to help people become successful. I also have an opportunity to promote a few new domains and affiliate programs.

To date, I have never scored any affiliate deals or leads. It’s not easy making money with domains unless you know the right people and have
persistence to battle through obstacles to make it past hardship.

I presented 5 figure domains to companies that could afford them. I
didn’t get as much attention as I hoped to make a sale. These domains are owned by another elite domain investor.

I also look for buyers on domains that others want me to sell. My goal is to find the right person that is interested in a particular domain. I can assure you that if you keep failing at selling, you will find your groove in domaining.

Every time you fail, you will make adjustments to deliver better results the next time around. Selling is the
hardest part of domaining. Once you conquer the selling aspect,
then it will be smooth sailing.

Buying domains is not as hard as
many make it out to be. I’m finally getting clicks on a few domains
that never generated any traffic. NYCDatingWire.com (worthless in
appraisal value) earned $1.60 off 1 click yesterday.

You never know which domain will produce the next big click. Back in the Summer, student loan domain got a few $10-$20 clicks. Go Daddy determined that my traffic was not organic, so they close my parking account down. If you list your domains on selling platforms, people are
going to visit the site. In my opinion, I feel that Sedo and Go Daddy’s parking accounts restrict you from building traffic.

However, I never had any problems with Sedo’s parking. I never made
much using their parking account, and feel that landing pages with
ads will never attract repeat visitors. I boosted my traffic using
Why Park’s domain apps. People find my domains through my shopping
apps, the business listings, You Tube videos, games, articles, and
hotels.

In essence, the DN Journal’s weekly sales report is interesting, considering that many domains on the list are not
worth a fraction of the final sale. The three domains I presented to many companies are just as good as any on the DN Journal’s sales
list. I haven’t attracted any attention to the domains.

I debated one company on their response to one of the domains that is 1000 times better than their business site. They suggested that any domain can’t be developed into a site that is better than the entire niche category. I challenged the owner with a slough of
information, and he then finally agreed with me.

I lacked selling skills back in February, but I understand the domain market enough to make a sale. It will only take me 45-50 domains to make back the
cost of purchasing 810 domains. The domains I sold are not even my best. People are actually typing-in the exact name of my .com domains.

For example, customresumeservices.com,
resumecoverlettertemplates.com, taxischools.com,
leathermanbags.com, and empirestatehotel.com are typed-in exactly as they appear. A company would benefit from having such domains that people will type-in directly in their search bar, or as keywords in search engines.

Don’t get discouraged if a company
declines your domain. Most businesses are tight with their money during the end of the year, as well as around the holiday season.

If own generic domains, or two word domains specific to a niche
such as ____jobs.com, ____hotels.com, ____degree.com,
_____degrees.com, and other names, you will be able to make a sale. You will have the same success with niche markets, and GEO domains. I will be looking to sell LasVegasEscortService.net in the upcoming
year.

I plan to push the following hotel domains with more than 1,000+ popular monthly searches: NewhallHotels.com
StevensonRanchHotels.com CanyonCountryHotels.com GilroyHotels.net
QueensHotels.net SuisunCityHotels.net SantaMargaritaHotels.com

Domains with 1,000+ local monthly searches are eventually going to
attract attention. It’s only a matter of time. You can always sell domains in lot deals. That will give you a chance to move more domains.

Good luck on making sales in the next year. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Word Press is frustrating. The missing button makes it hard to revise posts or to publish posts. I have to revise posts using my IPhone. Any tips would
be helpful. Thanks.

Cover letter domains

November 27, 2010

Why do I continue to buy domains that others consider to be worthless? For example, I purchased many resume and cover letter domains to tap into a market that complimented my education and job domains.

I never purchased resume and cover letter because I discovered that Frank Schilling owns the best resume and cover letter keyword names. Sedo’s resumewriting.com, resumewritingservice.com and resumeservice.com sales didn’t inspire me to buy resume and cover letter domains.

The main reason I continue to buy cover letter domains is because there are still many good names available. I located a few good names that produce more than 1,000+ local monthly searches. 1000+ popular searches are important to me, especially since I know that people are looking the specific terms in the search engines. Furthermore, the high number of searches gives me a better chance to produce an ad click.

Most people will never click on icoverletters.com. That is because the domain is nonexistent in the search engine. If I decide to brand the website, I can make revenue with displaying cover letter samples, examples, templates, writing service, and tips.

Cover letters are extremely important. The term is searched for thousands of times per month. The owner of CoverLetterService.com is asking $2,000 for his domain at Go Daddy. Cover letter services are popular outside of the United States.

Cover letters are identical to the setup in a film. Employers want to know more about the background of an applicant beyond the resume. Any person that provides a summation of their resume in the cover letter will jeopardize their chance to secure an interview.

I know that for a fact because I attempted to use a generic cover letter to apply for multiple positions in the past. I made a few adjustments, but the theme remained the same. I never landed any job based on my education and experience.

The cover letter includes four paragraphs – the opening with how the job position was located and state of interest, education, personal experience, stories, connections, and conclude with scheduling an interview. The cover letter represents the opening act to building interest in the job candidate.

How will an employer choose one person out of 200? Every resume looks the same, 90% of the applicants have college degrees, and many have a strong work history. The cover letter is what will win over the employer. People treat the cover letter as a small part of the job search process. However, a job applicant has to rise above their competitors to show that they deserve the position.

Writing query letters to entice studios to read a spec script has just as much value as a screenplay. If I sent my screenplay into a studio, they would probably toss it in the garbage can. On the contrary, sending an excellent crafted query letter first, and then following up with a cold call will get attention.

I don’t register just any cover letter domains. I determine which keywords are important to the industry, as well as study the keyword stats to find the small gems. The following domain names are searched for over 1,000+ times a month locally:

SampleJobCoverLetter.com
NursingCoverLetters.com
EmailCoverLetters.com
ResumeCoverLetterSample.com

CoverLetterServices.com is a good domain name that produces nearly 1 million average keyword results. Some may think resume and cover letter domains have no value, but I generate consistent traffic, and produce clicks on many of the keyword domains.

I prepared the previous post at a time when I felt undervalued. Many people in the past judged my portfolio based on a few domains, but they never looked at my entire list. I don’t pay yearly fees because I only started getting serious about domaining this past Jan. Before then, I only spent $140 on 20 domain names.

I evaluate my domains based on their market value, stats, sales, clicks, traffic, and on whether I can develop the domains in the near future. If I allow 240 domains to drop this February, I lose nothing. I already made 80%+ of my investment, and still have many domains to sell.

I did lose out on a potential $1200 deal for two ticket domains due to sharing too much information on their potential use. However, I know these names can sell in the near future. I received a reply back from another big company that is looking to make an offer on the two ticket domains. Since I keep placing my domains up for sale in NYC, instead of moving them around the country, I don’t get the same results as in March.

I want to be more successful, such as selling $1,000+ domains. I’ve already have been with buying and selling. I don’t think there are any unregistered domains that are quality organic type-ins. Even such domains that produce big sales are not commonly typed into the address bar. I never type-in any keywords in the address bar unless these sites are ones that I usually visit on a daily basis.

I’ll never type-in college.com, degree.com, collegedegree.com, cars.com, apartments.com, homes.com, free.com, money.com, loans.com, and etc… I already know who runs these websites, so I don’t a need to visit the websites based on their generic type-in value.

Bank of America paid $3 million for loans.com over a decade ago. This past month, only 177 unique visitors typed the generic name loans.com in their address window. The domain produced 4,000 unique visitors back in March 2010 because the traffic was forwarded to their mortgage section. Currently, BOA decided to forward traffic to their main website address, which I think has impacted their overall traffic numbers.

I want people to return to my website. That’s the main reason I decided to purchase icoverletters.com. I may look into building the domain, so that job seekers have a location to research resume, cover letter, job tips, and other information to help them compete against other job applicants.

I know that I have a few good domains that have future potential.

TaxiSchools.com represents another great opportunity to target people that are searching to attend certified taxi schools. Mostly every big city have taxi schools. The average keyword results are not as high as the singular version, although the keywords will have type-in and search engine value.

1932quarter.com is a good coin website that help collectors to avoid buying fake coins, to educate them on appraising coins, and to find coin dealers in their area.

ProfessionalHairService.com, ProfessionalHairServices.com, ManicureServices.com, PedicureService.com, and PedicureServices.com are all brandable domain names. Beauty salons that are looking to establish a website presence may look into purchasing these domains in the near future.

Experienced web users rarely type-in generic names in the search window. Generic names only receive about 10% traffic from type-ins. Domain owners depend on branding domains, pulling up in the search engine use SEO to build interest in specific keywords, and establishing success in a respective field.

Most people that never heard of Fandango.com would never type-in the address. But, when people go to the movies and watch continuous Fandango commercials, and then go home to watch television commercials, they’ll probably visit the website. Advertising tools have a tendency to entice a target audience to take notice.

Furthermore, Fandango.com works with CJ.com to increase their traffic. Affiliate programs enable companies, blog, and domain investors to push sales leads to Fandango.com for a small commission. Once the general public catches on to the name, they will be curious about visiting a website. Such a process is deemed as branding a website to target a specific audience.

iCoverLetters.com, iResumeServices.com, and iResumeWriiting.com are good names. Maybe not in a sense of appraisal value, or type-in, but as brandable names that are close to the generic name with an “i” leading them. I know for certain the owners of the generic names will not sell them. Even if they decided to do so, they would ask top dollars, probably ranging from $50-150K.

Why not grab a hold of the “i” version? “i” domains are becoming more popular for partnership and branding purposes, which is the reason inewsstand.com sold for $6500 two weeks ago – based on Apple’s inewsstand plan. That particular site doesn’t produce any keyword stats to make it worth a $1. However, the domain probably attracted interest for $6500 mainly because the site will be worth a fortune after inewsstand.com hits the market. High keyword results and monthly searches will increase the domain’s value.

I have plans for icoverletters.com. icoverletter.com’s traffic has recently tailed off. The website used to generate quality traffic.

I always do research when purchasing domains, determining who may be interested in acquiring such domains. Most sellers are having trouble producing a sale because end-users are preparing for the upcoming year. They’re careful on making large purchases, especially when business is unpredictable.

I plan to write more on my resume and cover letter domains. To this point in time, the following domains have produced the top sales for me:

1. Job Domains
2. Taxi Domains
3. Movie Domains
4. Tourism Domains
5. Cake Domains

The domains I sold in the areas above are not even classified as my best. I don’t own any elite domain names, but I have many domains I respect. When you respect something or someone, you will do whatever it takes to promote them. I’m looking forward to selling my education, job, and resume domains.

As indicated on the traffic chart above, I will use the recent decline in traffic to promote a few cover letter domains. I know that keyword domains can push traffic over to a website. Why not try to give a company a reason to purchase a domain? When traffic dwindles, the revenue will follow closely behind. Good luck.

Domain Blog Posters

November 21, 2010

I took some time away from my computer. However, I did have access to my IPhone. On Friday and Saturday, I posted several comments on a popular domain blog. I found many posters there to attack my credibility as a seller.

I find it interesting that posters never read your entire post. They take segments of your post, and then use it to ridicule you. One poster noted that I’m probably a person with no sales knowledge, and one that comments on blogs all day long with no clue about domaining.

Another mentioned how keywords and stats don’t determine the value of a domain. One poster advised me to sell to an end user instead of to another domainer. In my posts, I never mentioned selling to domainers.

For the most part, I never sold a domain to another domainer. That comment was respectable. Regardless, I don’t think posters read the entire comment, or are confused about the content. Anytime they see long posts, they will attack that person for writing a novel.

One poster noted that he received a 6 figure offer and a $100 offer for one of his domains. However, he assumed that I knew little about domaining because I based appraisal value on keywords and stats. And then a poster suggested that backlinks and Google Page Rank don’t entice a buyer.

Another poster used what I wrote to suggest that I should be selling to an end user. What I meant in the post is that price matters, and that no experienced domain investor would pay a huge amount for a domain name with no resell value. I never mentioned I attempted to sell to another domain investor. I simply stated that people expect a fortune for a mediocre domain.

I used to encounter the same people when I first started domaining. There are some people that will give you good advice, and then there are others that try to ridicule you, or criticize your post to gloat about their domain skills.

The majority of the posters on the selling article suggest that keyword and stats have no value in a domain’s worth. They suggest that organic searches are what makes a domain valuable. If you’re a new domainer that wants to learn how to purchase domain names and to sell to an end-user, watch out for posters that only look to make fun of you.

I don’t mind sharing selling and buying information. I feel that people will hold out on information to maintain their success. These people are known as information hoarders, only looking to better their situation.

Visit blogs that care about your success. Beginners are searching for information to improve their buying and selling skills. Nothing is worse than a domain investor ripping off a beginner to make a huge profit. I’m sure it is a common process in the domain industry.

When domainers ask 100 times the value of a domain, there is always someone that comes along to purchase the domain. Shortly after, the buyer realizes the domain is not worth the price of registration. Now they’re stuck with a useless domain.

For the past 16 years, I have worked toward becoming a film writer. I have the education and experience to accomplish this goal. I run into many people that attempt to persuade me to give up my dream. These are people have never looked at looked at my writing samples.

What I eventually discovered is that many people don’t want you to succeed. They will do everything in their power to discredit your work. I believe the same thing occurs in domaining. There are many domainers that give bad advice to new domainers to keep them from learning about the tricks and trades of the domain industry.

I sense that domain companies also use the tactic to entice new domainers into wasting their money. In order to make a profit, someone along the line has to lose money. Since new domainers are easy to take advantage of, there is a huge market in registering worthless domain names with no resell value.

However, domain companies allow domainers to succeed because there is no pressure to purchase a domain. It is up to the domainer to learn how to purchase domain names, and how to sell them to another party. Register names that are generic. These names may be hard to find, but they’re readily available.

Rest assure, you will learn to become a successful domain investor. Don’t allow these blog posters to ridicule you. I reply back to such comments because these posters pluck out various segments of your comment to laugh at you like a circus clown.

As a writer, I can take constructive criticism, but will respond back when the analysis is misaligned with my viewpoint. Don’t worry about blog posters that suggest keyword stats have no value in a domain’s worth.

Why are end-users purchasing keywords when they already own brandable domain names? End-users are looking to capture business to reduce their advertising cost.

Is it worth paying $100K for a domain names? I think that a company that purchases a quality domain name that is elite in a niche has a plan for the future. They know that owning such a name will give them a competitive edge in that particular field.

Whenever a web user is searching for a product and a service, the company has the opportunity to generate traffic to their website. It’s the same reason companies pay to feature their commercials on major networks and in premiere print advertisements.

Be aware of blog posters that have nothing better to do than to ridicule people that are trying to help others. Only use information that will help you to reach your ultimate goal. There are some good domain blogs out there, but then there are others that attract domainers that enjoy gloating about their success.

Any person can mention they made a big sale, own a $100k domain name, and that they turned down an large offer. There are many online domain tools to educate domainers on the domain industry. I verify random domain sales with domain tools, determining whether sales are credible or a sham. I will discuss various websites in the near future.

Thanks for reading. Good luck on domaining.

Reviewing Domain Performance

October 11, 2010

I have more than 700+ domains parked at Why Park. Most of the domains have various apps that relate to the domain name. I ran a report for the past 4 months, noticing that various domains are generating far more clicks than others.

Whenever I notice a few domains performing better than the rest, I usually add more content on the page. I add another shopping app, a business listing, an article, and maybe another video.

One of those most popular domains over the past several months is mobilemovies.info. I only paid .85 for the domain. I made back 20 times that amount, and still generate traffic and clicks. As mentioned in the previous post, 1932quarter.com and TicketNUB.com are becoming popular new additions to my domain portfolio.

While TicketNUB.com is worth nothing in keyword value, the domain has already made back the cost of registration in a matter of 2 months. I think that the domain is quality enough to develop into an actual ticket site that I can pair together with BoxOfficeTicketSales.com and BoxOfficeTicketing.com.

If you have any domains parked at any of the popular domain companies, review the stats to determine which domains are performing better than the rest. This will help you understand what people are searching for on your sites. You can make adjustments such as changing keywords, or adding more keywords. Thanks.

Alexa traffic versus Unique Visitors

September 9, 2010

I own many domains that produce an Alexa traffic rank. Sometimes I question whether Alexa only bases their traffic on the popularity of the keywords. Should we assume that their system is assigning an accurate traffic rank to every domain?

I own the domain Suisun.org. The domain generates about 6-7 unique visitors per day. A few months ago the domain reached 720,000 on Alexa traffic. When I compare the domain to more established websites, it seems there’s some discrepancy with the traffic ranking criteria.

To be fair, I don’t think Suisun.org deserves to be ranked higher than Suisun.com. City Hall owns Suisun.com, which manages to generate nearly 6-10K unique visitors a month. On Alexa, the website is ranked 1.6 million. My domain is ranked 909,000 at this very moment.

Since I haven’t put up any new content on the site for the past month, the ranking dropped a few hundred thousand spots. Currently, I have nearly 75-90 articles, city resources, pictures, and information on the site. I’m thinking the Alexa traffic rank is based on keyword popularity and on fresh content.

There are many websites that have a 2 or 3 million Alexa rank, but they attract nearly 3-4 unique visitors per month. There are a few websites that were once ranked 750,000 and produced 10,000 unique visitors in a month.

Worpress.org generates nearly 9,900 unique visitors in a month, but only ranks 580,000 on Alexa. Comparing unique visitors and Alexa traffic rank seem to be two different domain metrics.

There’s no way my Suisun.org and Suisun.biz should be ranked higher than Suisun.com, especially when they only generate a few hundreds visitors a month.

What’s your thoughts on Alexa and unique visitors?