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A few positive things to take from 2010 into 2011

January 16, 2011

My 2011 domaining is off to a good start. I have one negotiation which is close to ending soon. A high traffic company replied back to express interest in a cover letter domain specific to their services. These two cover letter domains are going to produce sales in the next week. Furthermore, CollegeDegreeDiploma.com scored 6 ad clicks in the past few days. The clicks produced $25. Education and resume domains are performing well.

Because of the anticipated cover letter domains sales, I will be able to cover the cost of registration for all my resume and cover letter domains. I consider the cover letter purchases to be a positive decision. I still have dozens of resume and cover letter domains available for sale. The two cover letter domains are quality domains that I’m sure the end-users will use to improve their performance. I’m not worried about selling the domains because I own many more.

CollegeDegreeDiploma.com is the biggest surprise of 2011. According to Estibot and Valuate, the keywords are only searched 170 times per month. When I first purchased the domain, the averaged 400,000 keyword results. Since then, the average keyword results are now at 1,690,000. The CPC is at $7.12, which is highly competitive in its category. I always knew this domain would perform the best.

You don’t need to find domains with more than 1,000 local monthly searches. Frank Schilling own DegreeDiploma.com, which I’m sure he scores some nice parking revenue. The difference between the two parking platforms is that Why Park has content, whereas DegreeDiploma.com operates on the parking account. Those who claim domain parking is dead are not trying hard enough to find the right domains. You have to assess the market to determine what is popular.

My most popular domains are resume, cover letter, education, and jobs. I stocked up all product and service domains, as well. Find highly competitive CPC domains in the fields I mentioned above, and put up quality content to generate traffic to your domain. Why Park is an excellent platform that gives you many options to make revenue. You can build a web directory, use shopping apps, music apps, and generate ad clicks based on the domain’s keywords.

I’m amazed that my cover letter domains are generating attention. Many resume domains are performing good, but are not as successful as the education domains. Education domains are competitive because there is high demand for online education. Why Park provides you with the tools to find traffic. All you need to do is keep visitors on your website. Don’t share too many links that will reroute them to another location, unless you’re using an affiliate program, or another website that can make you revenue. The goal is to keep your visitors coming back. It is well worth your time to write education articles. Share your personal experiences, or conduct research on various degrees and programs.

Resume and cover letter domains are going to be very popular this year. I sense I will make a dozen more sales. I plan to prepare additional content and build more web directories to make revenue. Domaining is essentially buying and flipping domains in the shortest time possible with incurring registration fees. 200 of my domains are expiring in two weeks. However, I don’t mind if they do, but I will continue to look for buyers. If I have to sell the domains cheap, I will to at least make back the cost of registration.

The domains that are going to expire are mostly NYC-related. I sold 11 taxi domains back in the Summer, which targeted New York City. I made enough to offset the cost of these domains. I have the NYC domains and a few others that I don’t plan to renew, but then I have others that I will need to assess to determine their performance. I know that I will probably renew DeliciousThaiFood.com, BelieveInEnergy.com, CakeGalore.com, RingsDb.com, NYCSinglesClubs.com, DripPainting.com, DripPaintings.com, EnglandNew.com, PursesCoach.com, ScriptReader.net, and a few others. These domains have performed well enough to keep.

I will tough time trying to determine which domains to keep or let drop. It all comes down to performance. I won’t have any problems with my job, hotel, Suisun City, education, and resume/cv/cover letter domains. This is the first time I faced a decision with renewals. I recently renewed Venezia-ABC.com, which is a domain I won on a Go Daddy auction. I couldn’t let the domain drop because it is the only one I won in an auction.

I paid $175 for Venezia-ABC.com. The domain once produced nearly 2,000 unique visitors per month, had a Google Page Rank #2, 2,000 backlinks, and 17 sites that link in. Sedo’s price suggestion recommended the price to be set at $2200. I have no idea what type of website it once was. I had little experience with domains at the time. However, I did purchase various domains that enabled me to make future sales. I thought WebsiteOutlook.com provided me enough information to make a good investment. I assumed I could make $3.50 per day on ad revenue.

As I learned more, I knew that maybe I should have let others beat me in the auction. In my opinion, Website Outlook is a quality tool for an established websites, but the appraisal platform has some difficulty with appraising keyword domains, as well as newly registered domains. The appraisal platform is only a tool, and not a means to determine a domain’s worth. I don’t regret purchasing the domain, especially when it’s the only one that cost me above registration prices. 7Zoom is a similar domain valuation tool that provides quality performance stats, including unique visitors which is retrieved from Compete.com.

Estibot has helped and has impaired my judgment when searching for domains. If I never used Estibot, I would not be in the domain industry today. I found so many good domains on the drop. I located domains that I assumed would never be available. Name Boy tricked me into believing that hyphenated NYC domains were worth thousands. I registered a hundred NYC and Hollywood names because of that appraisal system. I don’t regret my mistake. I managed to register a few domains in the bunch that produced good sales later on. Because I valued jobs, movies, NYC, travel destinations, and taxis, I made a few good sales that kept me in the domain industry.

ResumeServices.co inspired me to register many resume, cover letter, and cv domain names. I found many that are searched more than 1,000+ times a month. Don’t avoid the domains that have less than 1,000 month searches. CollegeDegreeDiploma.com is now making good parking revenue. EmpireStateHotel.com, TicketNUB.com, LeatherManBags,com, and many others have made back the cost of registration. I feel that 1932Quarter.com was a great find. I value ResumeCampus.com, CoverLetterServices.com, ResumeCompanies.com, NursingCoverLetters.com, PhotographerResume.com, TherapistResume.com, VideoGameWriting.com, ScriptWritingJobs.com, and dozens of other domains.

I really don’t have a favorite domain yet. I wouldn’t sell CoverLetterServices.com and ResumeCampus.com due to my plans to develop them. The moment I land a one word generic domain, I will definitely put work into building the domain. I really believe Maniki.net and DeAnza.net will produce good sales. DesignerGloves.net, OrganicCandles.net, DesignerBras.net, and MagnifyGlass.net are good domains to score a decent sale. My hotel domains and job domains are going to do good, as well as all my Suisun City domains.

Parking is not dead. CollegeDegreeDiploma.com shows that a good education domains can score quality clicks. Why Park has a awesome platform to build domains into functional websites. If you haven’t used Why Park yet, you should give it a try. I’m definitely satisfied with the results. My domains will continue to produce traffic and revenue as long as I put work into uploading quality content. Even domains I put little work into are making revenue. You never know when you will find a good domain. It’s hard to make a decision to renew or drop a domain. I’m confident that I know what to do when the time comes in two weeks.

In retrospect, 2011 is going in the right direction. It’s only a matter of time before I find a good generic domain to build into a brandable website. Until that time, I will work with the hand I already have. I plan to bluff my way into winning a future domain jackpot. Education, resume, and job domains are good verticals to operate within. Focus on those areas, and also look for some .net product domains at the cost of registration to flip for a small profit. Never assume the good domains are gone. I find many that are unregistered. I don’t use drop tools or sites. I put in the work to type-in all the names I think will be popular. Good luck on domaining. Thanks for reading.

Sold a dozen job domains as a package

December 7, 2010

My last sale was a job package deal a few weeks ago. This time around, I packaged a dozen job domains together to make another sale. I took less than the appraisal value, but I still made a good ROI.

Appraisal value is not the standard to setting prices. A domain is only worth what an end-user is willing to pay for it. The main reason I make sales is because I build a rapport with past buyers. Past buyers already know who you are, so they can trust that a deal will go through smoothly, without any complications.

Most of the time I retain the buyer’s information to speed up the process the next time around. Of course, these are buyers that I communicate with on a regular basis, and ones that trust me enough to buy from me again. The hardest part of selling is trying to find a buyer. Once you receive a reply back that states interest in a specific domain(s), there is no reason you can’t strike a deal.

New domainers struggle to make sales because they attach high prices to their domains. When a buyer makes an offer, determine what price will entice the buyer without scaring them away. I would send an offer back that is double the amount they offered you for the domain.

For example, a $300 offer will have a counteroffer of $600. You can set your expectations at $400, but don’t be too quick to lower the price to $400. When I need money, I usually avoid negotiation to ruin a potential sale. I managed to negotiate on the package deal with increasing the price and adding in another site.

I learned many times before that setting high prices and not knowing the market well enough will ruin a deal. I don’t call my sales luck because I put in a lot of work to contact people, as well as to push the domains to the new owner. My best domain sales are job domains. They’re easy to sell, especially to people that operate in the job industry.

Recently, I turned low traffic sites into good traffic sites. I researched what products and services are most popular, and then refined the content to reflect the demand. Many sites now show up on Google Page #1 for specific articles and videos. I also apply shopping apps on the domains to gain traffic when people search for laptops, resume paper, software, and nursing scrubs.

The .com domains are the best extensions to generate traffic and search engine positioning. However, I noticed that .net domains are pulling up on Google Page #1. And .net domains are actually producing ad clicks.

I find that I’ve done well with domaining because I turn a new site into something I can sell in the aftermarket. I never purchase domains in auctions or make offers to owners to acquire domains. I’m confident I can find good domains through hand registering them.

Selling domains is fun when you find buyers. Nevertheless, there are many times you will experience a selling drought. You never know when you will receive a reply back to purchase one of your domains, and if someone will make you an offer without you knowing ahead of time.

Never cold call a business unless you have premium domains. I called a business today to offer a top domain to them. The domain belongs to another, but I can make commission if the domain sells. The owner was excited about possibly acquiring the domain. He told me that another one of his associates would call me back regarding the domain. For the most part, he has beginner knowledge on domains and computers.

I notice that good domains worth more than $20K attract interest. Less valuable domains are much harder to sell to end-users. In the past 10 months, I only received 2 email offers to buy my domains. I sold two domains because of advertising on Craig’s List. Another two domains sold on Bargain Domains. And the rest of my domains were sold to end-users I contacted, or to past buyers.

It is possible to make sales. You have to put in the work to get results. Persistence is the key to selling. Know how to price your domains to sell. Practice negotiating. Sell your domains in package deals to move many at one time. Lastly, be confident about your domains because a buyer will sense when you’re passive, and they will use that weakness to reduce the price. Thanks for reading. Good luck.

Registered a few domains

November 7, 2010

My recent domain registrations continue to be geared towards resume and cover letter domains. I assure you that there are plenty of quality domains available for registration. I registered the following domains a few days ago.

EmailCoverletters.com
NursingCoverletters.com
NursingResume.net
TherapistResume.com
ResumeCoverletterExample.com
JobResumeExample.com
CvResumeExample.com
CvResumeExamples.com
ResumeStepbyStep.com
CvResumeSamples.com

Most of the domains above have good keyword metrics. I make it a point to keep “top” “best” “amazing” “good” and any other adjectives away from most domains. As you can see, the domains are specific names that are commonly searched for in most search engines.

A few domains are not as valuable as the two word domains, such as ResumeExample.com and ResumeSamples.com, but they do produce a good amount of monthly searches and average keyword results.

NursingCoverletters.com should’ve been registered long ago. However, I was lucky enough to find the domain. The average keyword results are close to 700,000 and the average monthly searches are near 1,500 per month. NursingResume.net is another quality domain with huge potential.

With demand for nurses, and nursing shortages across the US, there are an abundance of nurses searching for resume and cover letter services. The target audience for the nursing domains above are new nursing graduates, nurses that plan to relocate, and nurses seeking higher positions or higher paying health care jobs.

I try to avoid registering GEO domains unless they target hotels, jobs, and rentals. However, any domain name targeting New York City will be popular, especially keywords which include tickets, Broadway, hotels, jobs, tours, apartments, visit, and etc. I managed to do well with taxi domains in NYC.

I have over 60 NYC domains in my portfolio. Domain names such as NYCsinglesclubs.com, NYCwicked.com, NYCYes.com, NYCfeel.com, and a few others produce many keyword results. NYC-singles.com, NYC-date.com, NYC-shows, NYC-news.com, NYC-business.com, and many hyphenated domains attract visitors. Even NYCsocialnetworking.com and businessjobsNYC.com have generated some decent traffic.

When February arrives, I have to make a decision on which domains I plan to keep, and which ones I plan to let drop or to sell to a potential buyer. I have to start working on selling the NYC domains to make room for more specific domains. I found some really good .net domains such as nursingresume.net, deanza.net, resum.net, and many others.

There are .com domains that are shocking to find. ManicureServices.com, PedicureService.com, and PedicureServices.com are a few that should’ve already been created long ago. In addition, professionalhairservice.com and professionalhairservices are two other domains that can be moved in a complete package to a NYC salon, or to a business in Los Angeles and or the UK.

These keyword terms are quite popular in the search engine for companies advertising their services, but are rarely searched for often enough to produce high appraisal values. The manicure and pedicure services are searched for at least 500-600 times a month in the US, while 1000+ in global searches.

Since I have been extremely active in purchasing domains, I developed a skill to find domains that many others pass up because they want $1,000+ domains. DegreeFields.com and LeatherManBags.com have been popular domains that make money. Education sites produce high CPC, as well as loans, insurance, law and mesothelioma and other competitive keywords.

My best advice is to find .com domains in education, resume, jobs, products, services, and hotels. I located several GEO .com hotel domains a few months ago. The GEO hotel domains target cities with a population of less than 100,000 people.

Most of the time hotel domains can be used as travel domains to promote the surrounding area. You’re not only enticing your target audience to secure hotels, but you can also generate interest to restaurants, tickets, stores, and everything else a city has to offer.

Take advantage of domain development formats such as Why Park. In order to make money like a business, you must think like a business. Develop content rich sites that will produce quality traffic with repeat visitors. Good luck!

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Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants

November 2, 2010

Last night I witnessed the San Francisco Giants win a championship. I have been waiting for years to see them finally earn a ring. The Giants have superb pitching, quality defense, clutch hitting, and excellent coaching.

I made it a point to write a few articles on the World Series on TicketNUB.com. I also put up a shopping app with San Francisco Giants gear on the home page. When you park domains, always look for ways to promote them. Pay attention to current trends, so that you can customize the content.

Sedo and Go Daddy’s parking system have restrictions, which makes it hard me to promote the domains, or I risk cancellation. In result of these restrictions, I decided to move all my domains over to Why Park. I have the ability to write articles, put up links, and to promote my domains.

Take advantage of the market. When you write articles, identify your target audience. Who’s going to visit your website? What do people type into the search engine window? I would suggest that you develop a website. Using parking accounts is cool if you have little money to spend, or lack ample time to invest into building your domains.

Adsense has never worked for me, but maybe you have a better domain to monetize. Don’t pay too much attention to people who criticize your domain names, or disregard your strategies. There are plenty of opportunities to succeed in the domain industry. Essentially, you control your fate.

The San Francisco Giants never listened to the critics. Each time they advanced to the next round, the pundits would choose the other team to win. The Giants continued to play hard. They never gave up, even when the moment looked hopeless. Because of their will to win, the Giants defied the odds to win their first title in San Francisco, and to end the franchise drought of 56 years without a title.

When you buy and sell domains, focus on your target audience. You might find valuable domains with millions of keyword results and searches, but there may be little demand in the market to resell the domain. Look for product and service domains, as well as education domains. Try as hard as you can to locate .com domains. Don’t always go after the .net unless the .com is taken, and there is demand for the keywords.

I own a few .net domains, but never had any luck selling any of them. My recent .net domain acquisitions are:

FreeCoverletter.net
DeAnza.net
Maniki.net
MagnifyGlass.net

I own around 50-75 .net domains. I recently acquired PayPer.org. I believe this domain will generate future interest. It’s a short domain with popular keywords, produces millions of keyword results, and is searched for millions of times globally. Focus on selling outside of the US. The majority of big sales featured on the DN Journal are those that come from foreign companies and investors.

Read DNJournal.com every Wednesday. Research the domains that sell, and determine the reason they produce a sale. Type-in the address, and see where the domain points to, or whether it’s being developed into a website.
Also use websites such as 7Zoom.com and WebsiteOutlook.com to find the backlinks, Google Page Ranks, and monthly unique visitors.

Think about how the San Francisco Giants won their first title. Use that concept to find good domain names, and to sell them, as well. Don’t listen to people that criticize you, unless their advice is good. Good luck!

The .net Dilemma

September 24, 2010

Over the past several months, I discovered that .net domains are an impossible sale. No matter how good the name, companies always seem to want the .com. If you have an opportunity to purchase a .net domain, make sure the all the extensions are taken and the name is marketable.

I own a few .net domains that are quality names. They produce many keyword results and monthly popular searches. The main problem with trying to sell these names are that businesses don’t understand the value of any extension past the .com.

I spend hours trying to convince these businesses that owning other extensions past the .com is just as good. One can assess the TLD extensions like cars. The .com is the top of the line, while the .mobi is more on the low end. The .net represents the second model.

What puzzles me most is the names that I’m presenting to these businesses. I see lesser names sell on auctions sites, and through brokerage departments online. I really want to know how these owners are attracting attention to their .net domain names.

I can assure you that I work extremely hard to make sales. It’s not as easy as some make it out to be. If you factor in the time it takes to sell domains, you may be disappointed after calculating your total investment.

In in no way is it easy to move a .net. All companies seem to only want the .com. I have sold a few .us domains, and a .info. Furthermore, the .com is my leading extension in terms of making sales. I have tried many times to push .net, and it never works.

Hopefully, I have better luck in the near future. I don’t plan to buy anymore .net domains until I sell one. It doesn’t matter how good the name or the market, well unless it’s movies.net or scripts.net. Other than those names, I’m not interested in purchasing any .net domains. The .net domain name extension is a tough sale.