Archive for the ‘Domaining Tips’ category

Please follow me to DomainNameMojo.com. I’m no longer going to write on Domaining Mojo

January 30, 2011

A reader pointed out that one blog will be better. I’m taking his advice. I decided to move my blog to DomainNameMojo.com. I don’t have the time to deal with Word Press’s bug issues. I don’t have a “submit” button to publish the posts. I can’t revise the posts on my computer.

I constantly make revisions on my WordPress app because the sentence structure is displaced. WordpPress.com doesn’t allow any plug-ins, unless you use system as a plug-in to host your blog. I will keep DomainingMojo.wordpress.com up for future visitors. I will not write any future blogs on the site anymore. DomainingMojo.com will forward traffic to DomainNameMojo.blogspot.com. I don’t have any problems uploading blog posts on Blogger. I never lose any posts due to system failure.

Thanks for your support on Domaining Mojo. I welcome you to DomainNameMojo.com.

Advertisements

Letting 300 domain names drop

January 30, 2011

I made the decision, well actually, my finances decided that 300 domain names must be dropped between the last day of this month and well into March. Many of these domains could have sold if I wasn’t tricked into believing domain valuation systems. I learned the hard way, but I quickly picked up on making adjustments.

In my opinion, NameBoy influenced me to register many NYC hyphenated domain names I overvalued. Their system set high values .com domains, even if they have a hyphen. Estibot is responsible for me registering reverse order domain names that appraise for high figures. Should I let 5 .com domains drop that Valuate and Estibot suggest are worth between $10,000-$35,000?

Sedo even hand a role in my registrations. In my opinion, their price suggestion system is ineffective. It is responsible for me registering many reverse order domain names they say are worth thousands. After making many mistakes, I managed to recoup the investment on good names I decided to buy on my own. I managed to purchase a few marketable names at the same time.

In the early stages, I purchased job, movie, and taxi domains. I also registered NYC domains. Whereas, I’m more into domain flipping, I don’t incur the annual registration fees. I can easily browse the list of 300-400 domain names, I can choose which to keep, and which to drop. It takes time to gain that knowledge. I can send a list to an elite domain investor, and their investment mind will tell me to drop all the domains. There are many gems that I plucked out of the bunch to sell to buyers.

The motivation behind this post is to inform you that I don’t renew domains that I determine are not worth the risk. One reader asked several months ago how I managed to afford the renewal fees. I only renewed one domain this past December, and one domain last January because a buyer contacted me to purchase the domain a week before the expiration date.

I don’t regret buying the domain names. It’s like buying 100 lottery tickets, and winning back your money on 5 tickets. You can look at domaining as a gamble, but I consider it to be a strategy. I made back several times my investment on resume domains with 2 sales. I have 88 more to sell. You have to buy domains in order to sell them.

My younger brother made the mistake of listening to others. He believes what he hears and reads. He only purchased 8 domain names, which gave him no chance to make a sale. I coached him to purchase a job, an education, and another domain that hold good value. He never succeeded last year because he waited on the sidelines while every other domain investor made a profit. You can’t wait for results.

I’m letting 300+ .com domains drop to save money. I’m not losing $2,400, instead I’m gaining $2400 to invest in domain names that I know can sell later. Some people may disagree with my resume purchases. However, they would change their mind if they knew about a recent sale, or even my planned sales. There is major demand for good resume domains. I have many of the good keyword domains.

When you purchase domains, you have to know who you will be contacting once the 60-day transfer ends. It is important to know which registrar the company uses. If they use Go Daddy, then I can transfer the domain name the same day I register them. It’s considered more so an account change than a change of registrar. I didn’t take a gamble on resume and job domains. I always knew that I could find buyers.

I did gamble on domain names in the past. I have notebooks filled with what domain names I planned to register, and which to avoid. I made a good decision on job domains. For the most part, I sold a majority of the job domains. Now I own GEO job .com names that I know I can sell. I own 5 GEO .com hotel domains that will find a buyer. I have dozens of education .com domain names.

When you are domaining, you take a risk to speculate on domain names. However, I don’t take too many risks with buying domain names. I buy domain names that I will keep if I fail to find interest in them. Think of domaining like purchasing groceries, clothes, and electronics. I don’t go out and buy every new electronic device, or toss a dozen packs of the top steak in my shopping cart. I don’t buy 50 pairs of jeans, or a dozen blazers to impress others. I make calculated purchases.

I will let 300 domain names drop at only the cost of registration. I didn’t lose the money. I made back the money selling the gems in the bunch. One domain sale led me to purchase another domain in the same niche. If I sold 1 movie domain, I knew to buy another 3 to present to the buyer. If I sold one job domain, I then knew to buy more job domains to sell to the buyer. When I look back at my past purchases, I realized that 1 job and movie domain, and 2 taxi domains helped me to stay in the domain industry. I know that purchasing one .info site helped me to keep buying domain names.

Every purchase that wasn’t related to determining an appraisal value, or a price suggestion value, benefited me. If I took my experience now back to the past, it would stall my success. I had to struggle, make bad decisions, and to buy many domains to determine what buyers wanted. I have a buyer reserved for job domains. I know a few buyers that will buy resume domains.

I don’t have any regrets letting 300 domains drop, which I paid $2100. It is part of business. Gaining the knowledge to make better buying decisions is valuable to my future. In addition, the sales experience I gained in result of the crash course learning helped me to succeed. I stayed up many long nights, read many blogs, commented on dozens of blogs, got ridiculed many times, had conflict, purchased hundreds of domains, sold dozens of dozens, and trusted many different domain valuation systems. I learned to trust my instinct.

Estibot and Valuate may be responsible for me purchasing many overvalued domains, but their system is responsible for me not making bad purchases. I usually save domain names on the iPhone’s Go Daddy app. I appraise the domain names, not for value purchases, but to analyze the keyword stats. That helps me to determine which domains have some market value.

The 300 domains I’m letting drop in a few days helped me to remain in the domain industry. We hope to sell every domain name. But, our goal is to look at the bigger picture. Many people don’t wait around at the movies to watch the end credits. They don’t really care about the grip, the script supervisor, the costume designer, and the set decorator. All they care about is whether a movie is good or bad, and whether they got their money’s worth. You will find a few moviegoers that enjoy watching the end credits. I’m glad I watch the end credits because I know the value of a production. I also didn’t miss the ending to the Dawn of the Dead.

Never look at what you lost. You will have to let many domain names drop. Buy domains that you know will find a buyer. Furthermore, buy domain names that will not be a burden to keep if you can’t find a buyer. I don’t mind keeping TaxiSchools.com, ResumeCampus.com. I like the domain names. They may not be worth a fortune, but they are cool to look at. It helps me to think back when I used to stare at all my valuable Silver Age comic books. If I owned those comic books today, I would probably not be writing this article. Sometimes not having money helps you to save money. You won’t go out and make unnecessary purchases.

Letting 300 domain names drop will save me money that I can invest into domains I can sell. The domains that are dropping have value, but they don’t define my collection. They don’t produce any ad clicks. Maybe another will find them to be useful. I know now that I have to the skill to buy domains that will find a buyer. Every job, resume, and education domain I purchased will lead me to another popular niche. As for now, jobs and resume domains are long-term gains. Whereas, education domains are perfect to monetize due to having high CPC. I try to look at the positive side of domaining.

It is all too easy to fall into a negative slump. Many new domainers may give up because people tell them they have junk domains. Every domainer wants to make a sale. Some have the money to buy valuable generic domains. Small time domainers buy speculative domains based on popular blogs influencing their decision making.

My best advice is to do the opposite. If the media tells you should invest in one area, choose another. People told me to stop buying resume domains. However, I will be much more motivated when the funds arrive from the completed sales. I also know I have a few buyers I can contact in the near future. If you buy the right domains in the right categories, you will never be considered a failure. Network with people that operate in those verticals. Then, you at least know that you can always sell the domain them. Domaining is about scoring the quick flip. I can’t afford to be a domain investor. I can probably retain a dozen domains for long-term investment, but all my domains are on the chopping block. You have to detach from your domains. Don’t get all sentimental when trying to sell a domain. Your personal connection to the domain will influence a sale. Domainers overprice their domains, which reduces their chance to make a sale.

I’m letting 300 domain names drop. I know I’m making a good business decision. I still own 481 domains, which will find buyers. Keep in mind, I own various extensions. I have .com, .co .net, .org., .info, .us, .mobi, .me, and .biz domains. I only have 8 .mobi, 1 .biz, 6 .co, 1.me, and the rest are spread out across the remaining extensions. I own more .com domains than any other extension. .com domains have produced the best sales. However, .us domains have been good, as well. .net domains are also good. If you are into domaining, don’t speculate on domains that will take 3 years to make a return on investment. You have to look at what is hot now.

Don’t have any regrets. If you drop your domains, and then another domainer registers the domain to resell it at a major profit, don’t worry about it. I walked off a few slot machines in the past, which the next person won enough money to help improve the quality of my life. It sucks to watch these people win. It’s sometimes dejecting to watch others make big sales. On one night several years ago, I could have won enough to make my car payment. In another situation, I changed a set of Fantasy 5 lottery numbers, instead of investing another $1 to buy another ticket. I lost out on getting 4 out of 5 numbers. We remember many mistakes, and learn from them.

I didn’t made a mistake buying these 300 domain names. I was still learning. I depended on bad information, but located good tips to do well. A few blogs and commentors told me to stop purchasing reverse order domain names. I did. I purchased more movie, taxi and job domains. I purchased NYC domains, and a travel domain. Out of my massive registrations, I registered 5 domains that defined my future. As I learned more, I made better buying decisions. I never listened to criticism. I continue to do what works for me. Never drop a domain just because it is valued less than $100. Evaluate the domains to determine whether you like the domain, or if it has the potential to produce a sale. In essence, I’m letting 300 domain names drop to save me money, as well as to invest in better domains to make money. If I priced the domains for less in the past, I probably would have sold many of these domains. I have the experience, so knowledge will help me to operate more efficiently. Thanks.

Sedo rejects ResumeServices.co from their February .co auction

January 28, 2011

image credit: Softpedia.com

As you may already know by now, Sedo is leading a .co auction in the second week of February. One .co domain will not be a part of the auction. Apparently, Sedo determined that ResumeServices.co is not a quality domain.

Sedo has rejected many of my past domains. I expect the same email, which states the “quality criteria is not met.” I find it rather interesting, knowing that Sedo commissioned the sales of Resume-Service.com, ResumeWritingService.com, ResumeWriting.com and ResumeService.com.

ResumeServices.co is a quality domain. The domain inspired me to purchase dozens of resume and cover letter domains. Because of my decision to acquire resume domains, I enjoyed two sales this past week. I expect many more sales to come in the niche, especially after college students graduate this upcoming Summer.

ResumeServices.co will move on its journey to find a home. The Sedo team didn’t find ResumeServices.co to be a quality in a niche in which they commissioned two major sales, both domain names purchased from Frank Schilling’s extensive domain portfolio.

Please share your thoughts and concerns on past Sedo rejections.

Domaining Challenges

January 28, 2011

Don’t let anyone discourage you in the blog forums. Many people try to get a laugh, when half of the time they have no clue what they’re saying.

Don’t throw all your chips into .co, or 3D domains. Continue to purchase good .com names as you have done in the past. Don’t forget about .us job sites. You will eventually make sales.

Target high traffic sites that will not make any excuses to save a buck.
The small traffic sites will try to get the best deal. They will be the ones that offer you $100 for 10 names. Avoid these end-users. They have low traffic because they don’t take risks.

Focus on the top sites. Also, consider contacting companies that advertise on Yellow Pages. They may not have a website, or are looking to upgrade theirs. Advertisers pay Yellow Pages to list their ads. In return, YP reinvests a portion of their advertising revenue into bidding for keywords in a specific category.

I find many irritating people in blog forums. Even some site owners are rude. They’ll try to make fun of you. There are also very good domain blogs with a great team. They are resourceful, creative, and helpful. For the most part, some domain blogs need domainers such as you because results drive success.

Many new domainers are trying to learn about the domain industry. They rely on good information to get results. I find several domain investors that never have any substance to back up their success. The ones that are most discrete have success. They don’t need to gloat. Their sales prove it. Good luck.

Sample Craig’s List Domain Sales Advertisement

January 28, 2011

The image below is a sample Craig’s List Sales Advertisement for the domain name BeachHomeRentals.org

Domaining Mojo Sales Tip: Active Domaining

January 27, 2011

Selling domains may be challenging, but it’s definitely rewarding when you make a good sale. Many domainers give up on domains because they purchase domains they can’t sell or they don’t do enough to attract buyers. Why give up on domaining? There are plenty of sales opportunities.

You can’t be a passive domainer. In order to sell a domain, you have to contact people. How can you sell a domain if you don’t offer it to a buyer? If you own generic domains, or highly marketable keywords, then maybe a buyer will come to you. Passive domaining identifies those domainers who expect to make a big profit with just parking their domains and setting high prices on Sedo, Go Daddy, and on Buy Domains. It may happen, but you wont gain sales experience with that mentality.

Active domaining requires one to send out e-mails, call businesses, read domain articles, leave comments, communicate with industry players and investors, and to remain active in the domain industry. I feel that I fit this category because I use the steps above to make sales.

Don’t believe articles that say domains are pyramid schemes, or blogs that suggest your domains are bad, and you’ll never make a sale. I don’t have banners flashing all over my blog, but I wouldn’t mind to keep me writing.

I can afford to invest more time into writing about sales techniques that do work. I never made a sale on the phone. However, I never stop making a few cold calls to find a buyer. I have buyers reserved for different domain niches. I know ahead of time what I will be selling in the next few months.

I can’t determine when you will make a sale, or how much money you will make selling your domains. But, I can write about my personal experiences to improve your ability to make a sale. Active domaining will produce a sale.

Elite domaining will put you in the same category as the best domain players. You will have to attend domain events such as Domain Fest, Traffic, and all the popular domain functions. Master domaining is in a class of its own, such as the domain industry knowing you on first name basis, as people do with movie stars (i.e. Mike, Frank, Kevin, and Rick).

If you sell your domains, develop an active domaining persona to move up the ranks. I believe that if you work hard enough, you can accomplish any goal in life. I want to become a screenwriter.

I lacked the cold call and sales mentality to sell my screenplays. I was too passive to get my work out in the film industry. You have to sell your script, as well as yourself. Domaining improved my sales skills. I can now use my sales experience to take the next step to make it in the movie business – a goal I set 17 years ago.

Active domaining will help you to make sales. If you use advertising platforms, domain sales platforms, parking platforms, cold call, send e-mails, network, and make friends in the domain industry, you can keep up with the domain industry. Read a few blogs a day to keep you informed and interested about domaining. Domain invssting is long-term, while domaining is similar to stock trading – buy, flip, buy, and then flip again.

Blogs helped me to learn not to register certain domains, or to avoid legality issues with domain names. I also learned through selling domains. I always had a business frame of mind to go after popular niches. Eventually, you figure out which domains are most popular, and the ones that are least appealing. I only buy domains I can sell, or have plans to use in the future. In essence, develop an active domaining role to become a better seller. Good luck.

Iphone will be my primary blog option

January 26, 2011

My cable and high services were interupted today. The bill is very expensive, so I couldn’t afford to keep up with retaining the services. Now I will have to adjust to typing blogs on my Iphone until I’m in a better situation. I still enjoy writing blogs and discussing domains on blogs.

Many say that I shouldn’t be domaining when I lack the resources, but I believe that everyone must struggle in life to become successful. The last 17 years haven’t been easy.
Setting goals can really put you in a bad situation.

Because I want to write for film and or television, I made decisions that put in a tough situtation. I missed out a few networking opportunities because I didn’t have my business card with me or for some other reason.

I first began domaining because another person contacted to purchase a domain. The year prior, I only purchased 20 domains as a long-term investment. I never thought much about the value. I sold the domain, and then refined my sales skills to find additional buyers.

I learned how to use domain tools. I figured out how to buy the right domains, which enabled me to master a few niches. I believe I put together a good portfolio, in terms of finding unregistered domains to present them to end-users. A recent sale, as well as another will put me in a better situtation.

Never plan life because you will be disappointed with the end result. I’m spontaneous on making purchases. I know that having access to inventory will improve my chances to sell more domain names. In two months time, I will be in a better situtation to succeed.

You have to make sacrifices in life. I wouldn’t consider the last 17 years to be a sacrifice. I know what I want. It’s just a little hard for me to attain. Maybe it’s not the right time. When is the right time? It really depends. I know it’s not now.

The goal is to buy domains you think an end-user will want now, or you look to make an investment for the future. I decided to be a domain flipper. I can buy domains, without speculating or hoping for a sale.

Even though 300 domains will drop in the next few weeks, I know I don’t have to worry whether I failed. I suceeded. I sold domains. I don’t mind calling or emailing an end-user. My buying and selling skills are good. All I need is a better opportunity to improve my sitituation.

It is never easy to struggle, especially when it affects the quality of your life. We all choose our fate in life. My dream is to write movies. I haven’t deviated off the road. The goal may not be within reach right now, but I know my time will come. I will be ready.

You have you think that way about domain investing. Don’t let others make you feel less. Be persistent, patient and professional. Don’t depend on another to determine whether you have good domains, or if they will sell. Learn to develop those skills to better your chances to buy and sell domains.

My skill is finding domains to make a sale without a shorter time. I may favor a few domains over others, but domains are up for sale. Don’t get too attached to your domains where you let emotion influence a sale. Buy to sell, sell to buy. My finger is getting tired, so good luck. Be confident. Thanks.