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Double hyphen domains dominating search results!

Posted on 31 March 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Biggest ccTLD sales of all time / MChain.com sold for $17,250 / New .HOMES Domains for $9.35 / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

keyword .com domains – Budget: Up to $800.00 – Are you sitting on any keyword .com domains names that cost you at least $300.00 to acquire? If so and you want an opportunity to double or close to triple your investment, check out this buyers specified criteria.

Buying brandables ending with Vowels | .Com only- Budget: Up to $300.00 – If you are looking to liquidate some of your brandable .com domain assets ending in vowel, be sure to check out this buyers guideline.

Looking for short .COM ending with «LEX» or «DEX» – Budget: Up to $60.00 ea. – Be sure to check your portfolio for a .com ending with lex or dex. If you are tired of them collecting dust and willing to take a wholesale price on them, this might be an opportunity.

MChain.com sold for $17,250 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a six-letter, surname, .com domain for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

New .HOMES Domains for $9.35 – If you are or have been thinking about investing in the new gTLD .homes, this new registration promotion might come in handy.

Biggest ccTLD sales of all time – What are some of the biggest ccTLD sales you ave seen over the years reported? Take a look at some of the breathtaking sales other investors are talking about.

Double hyphen domains dominating search results! – Have you been seeing more double hyphen domain names in the top of search results like other domain investors have been noticing? Do you think it means there is more value in today’s market for hyphens or could it just be their particular SEM/SEO campaigns?

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Domaining and… Split Testing?!?

Posted on 30 March 2019 by Andrei

As someone who also frequently wears his marketing hat rather than just his domaining one, I can tell you that the two most important words in the world of marketing are SPLIT TESTING… also called A/B testing or, generally speaking, just remember the word TESTING.

The main reason why split testing is such a dominant term among marketers is represented by the fact that you just never ever know what ends up working.

A lot of times, split testing reveals all sorts of weirdness.

I’ve analyzed landing pages which were amazingly beautiful but had depressingly low conversion rates and, the same way, I’ve come across landing pages which were cringeworthily bad but converted very, very well.

At the end of the day, as a marketer or domainer, you ultimately care about the bottom line. Not about how shiny your strategy is but rather about results, results and… results.

I truly do believe domainers will end up being grateful in the long run if they develop the habit of embracing split testing when it comes to pretty much anything related to investing in domains, including but not limited to:

A) “domain for sale” landing pages

B) negotiation replies

C) prices, anything from the last digits your prices end with to specific pricing methodology/strategy

D) domain auction bidding strategies

… the list could go on and on.

It may sound simple enough but most people just don’t do it. Be honest, how many landing page variations have you ever split tested? Or negotiation replies, or anything else related to domaining, for that matter? Based on my interactions with fellow domainers, I’ve come to accept the fact that split testing is one of those things which seem so obvious that you’d think talking about them is a waste of time… yet practically nobody truly internalizes the concept and split tests in a meaningful, sustained manner.

If you’re a data junky, I guess split testing seems natural and what I’ve just said probably doesn’t apply to you. If however you aren’t (again, a lot of people tend to call themselves data enthusiasts but don’t actually walk the walk), then you truly do need to perform a bit of domaining strategy assessment and figure out which improvements you can make on the split testing front.

I can pretty much promise that testing will reveal FACTS about your strategy that seemed anything but intuitive… but that doesn’t make them any less accurate or useful 😉

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You know you have too many domain names when…

Posted on 29 March 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Real Estate Related Domain Names Wanted – Budget: Up to $10,000.00 / Tirox.com sold for $5,502 / Savor vs. Savour domains – Niche / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Is “sweet spot” domain investing a viable strategy? – Have you used the sweet spot domain investing strategy yet? If you have, how did it work for you? Do you agree with this investors analysis of the sweet spot domain investing strategy? Check out what some investors said.

Looking for pronounceable 4L .com domains – $100 + – If you have any four-letter domain names you would be willing to liquidate for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity. Take a look at the buyers guideline.

Buying .com domains at 2-10% GD Value – Budget: Up to $500.00 – Do you have any domain names with a good Godaddy automated appraisal value? If so and you want to make a up to $500.00 in fast cash, be sure to check out this buyers guidelines.

Real Estate Related Domain Names Wanted – Budget: Up to $10,000.00 – Be sure to check your domain portfolio for one of these real estate related domain names. This buyer is ready to invest if yours meet’s their specified criteria and they fall in love with it.

Savor vs. Savour domains – Niche – Are you investing in either spelling of savor or savour? Have you seen any difference in inquires between the two? Check out what some investors are saying about the words.

Tirox.com sold for $5,502 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a five-letter, pronounceable, brandable, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for

You know you have too many domain names when… – Do you have a funny story about large portfolios getting out of hand or control? Take a look at some of the hilarious things some investors are saying about big portfolios.

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Is Cash or Dot Com King?

Posted on 28 March 2019 by Andrei

Warren Buffett (in)famously said:

Today, people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value.”

… the same Buffett, however, also stated that:

“Cash is like oxygen, you don’t notice it 99.9% of the time, but when absent it is the only thing you notice.”

While the two seem contradictory to the point of some of you wondering if Warren Buffett was off his meds in at least one of those two situations, they’re actually not. Not at all.

Investors in general and domainers in particular need to understand that there’s a time and place for everything, including a nice little asset class called cash and cash equivalents… and in my opinion, we’re currently in such an environment.

I look around me and don’t see a ton of screaming bargains, warning sign #1 if you will. A lot of assets, including many domain types, seem overvalued at this point in time. Aside from this, there’s also the broader economic perspective, with the market kind of “begging” for a recession in light of the fact that we’re in record-breaking territory when it comes to the time that has passed since the last recession. Warning sign #2.

Since there can never be certainties and nobody can predict the future, it’s ultimately on you as an investor (domainer in our case) to choose how you position yourself.

After the Great Recession, for example, I was in full-on buying mode. Domain values had collapsed and I felt like a child with money in his hands in an amusement park. Again, there’s a time and place for everything, with some of my best acquisitions ever having been made after the Great Recession, when everyone was panicking. Before my time as a domainer, the same way, you had examples of people such as Frank Schilling who were snagging expired domains left and right after the Dot Com Bubble, when others thought this Internet thing was close to dead, that it was a fad all along and laughed at the many people who lost money via tech stock speculation.

Nowadays, IMO, the opposite is true.

The best play I see right now is aggressively accumulating a position in cash and cash equivalents. This means working even harder than usual so as to make more money, for domainers it can mean being more willing than in the past few years to accept offers, it might mean liquidating some of your positions in other asset classes that you consider overvalued and so on.

Of course, this attitude is not without risk.

As they say, the market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent and even if you’re not burdened by let’s say debt, the market is remarkably good at testing your patient to the point of wanting to make you give up.

Also, as mentioned at the very beginning of this article, you’re guaranteed to lose purchasing power as a result of inflation but if the market ultimately agrees with you and there’s a deflationary event like a market crash, asset prices will plummet to the point of making it all more than worth your while.

So, as an answer to the question that constitutes the title of this post, I for one believe that at this point in time, cash rather than dot com is king. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m in love with this asset class, on the contrary. I operate with the big picture in mind and am looking forward to eventually turning that cash into other assets.

But, for the time being, I for one am in cash accumulation mode.

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How to find a development partner for your domain

Posted on 27 March 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: .CA To Be Released (TBR) Weekly Pick List / Zic.com sold for $28,001 / Urgent Buying Domain for medical training courses – Budget: Up to $500.00 ea. / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Cumberland.com Sold for $250k ..and some excellent advice – Wow! This domain sold for almost ten-times what some three-letter .com’s have been selling for. Take a look at the advice behind that sale.

Buying one word .org – Budget: Up to $200.00 – Are there any single-word .org’s in your portfolio that you would liquidate for some quick capital? If so, this might be an opportunity.

Insect or exotic/reptile type name – Budget: Up to $100.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these insect or exotic reptile domain names if you’re needing some fast cash. Take a look at this buyers guideline.

Urgent Buying Domain for medical training courses – Budget: Up to $500.00 ea. – Do you have any medical training course related domain name assets in your portfolio that meet this buyers specified criteria that you would sell for some fast cash?

.CA To Be Released (TBR) Weekly Pick List – Are you investing in .ca ccTLD’s and looking for a list of dropping domains? Check this list out to see if there is anything that interest you dropping soon.

Zic.com sold for $28,001 – That’s kind of a weal domain name sales report for a three-letter, pronounceable, brandable, .com domain for a low-five-figures. I would have guessed that one would sell for way more. How about you?

How to find a development partner for your domain – Have you ever thought about developing one of your domain names but don’t know how to do it? These domain investors are talking about how they found a partner. Check it out.

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The Internet Has Changed… and Is Changing!

Posted on 26 March 2019 by Andrei

I found myself spending a bit of time on TikTok today, an app primarily used by kids, tweens and so on… basically a platform through which people publish short funny videos and stuff like that.

Something struck me like lightning: it’s just ridiculous how much traffic this one app that I didn’t even know existed had. You see kids who become instant-celebrities in the blink of an eye. Random quirky funny vids that get millions of “hearts” and the list could go on and on.

I firmly believe that at least once a month or so, domainers should download the hottest app(s) and see just what’s working online these days… in my opinion, it will be an eye-opening experience.

Now don’t get me wrong, there have been “Internet sensations” and “wiz kid” case studies let’s say ten years ago as well… but nowadays, more and more, it’s becoming straightforward. Almost institutionalized, really. One platform after another is giving people the change to tap into a humongous user base and create a career just like that.

Now, of course, as Rick Schwartz points out… if you live by social media, you might just die by social media. And he’s spot on in that there are also very sad case studies involving flavor of the month online celebrities that died along with their platform… remember Vine? Yeah… 🙁

Therefore, this entire equation00 needs to be taken with a grain of salt and I do believe that among other things, this experiment that I’m suggesting (should you choose to try it) will illustrate that domains aren’t going anywhere and that there’s an Internet freedom-defining role that comes with them. While TikTok or any other social media app can ban you just like that with little to no recourse, domains are a lot harder to ban/take down. Not impossible, just a lot harder.

On the other hand though, unlike domains where the burden of carving your own little niche lies exclusively on you, social media sites do enable you to tap into a ridiculously large audience pool just like that and take advantage of the *existing* eyeballs each platform has.

At the end of the day, I believe your conclusion will coincide with mine: that domains and social media can complement one another nicely but that if you aren’t doing your very best to understand the social media phenomenon in a truly meaningful manner… you’re doing your career as a domainer a disservice!

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The day I started domaining – Success in developing domains

Posted on 25 March 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: LVBO.com sold for $10,249 / Tips learned by myself and a veteran domain investor / Buying Brandable & Pronouncable 4L.coms – Budget: Up to $3,000.00 / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Wanted! Two word .com – Budget: Up to $2,000.00 – Make sure that you are not holding one of these two-word .com domain name assets. This buyer is ready to invest if you have the right one.

Looking for domains that gets TONS OF TRAFFIC!!! – Budget: Up to $500.00 – Be sure to check your domain portfolio for any traffic generating domains that are not converting for you good enough. This buyer will take them off your hands if they meet their guideline.

Buying SquadHelp Listed Domains – Budget: Up to $50.00 each – Do you have any HelpSquad listed domain names that you would sell for up to $50.00 a pop? If so, check out this buyers specified criteria.

Buying Brandable & Pronouncable 4L.coms – Budget: Up to $3,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for a pronounceable or brandable four-letter .com. This buyer is ready for a smooth transaction if you have the one they need.

Tips learned by myself and a veteran domain investor – What have you learned the hard way through trial and error versus what a seasoned investor taught you? Take a look at this investors story.

LVBO.com sold for $10,249 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a random four-letter .com domain for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

The day I started domaining – Success in developing domains – Have you ever thought about developing a domain name asset to build more value? If you want to hear a great story about a 6 year investor that made the choice to develop a few, here you go.

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Domains Are More “Portable” Than Precious Metals!

Posted on 24 March 2019 by Andrei

… just let that sink in for a moment because it’s an argument in favor of domains that you usually don’t hear all that frequently.

Let’s assume you live in Country X and things are going well enough: you own your home (zero debt), have a decent car, local stocks valued at around $25,000, precious metals worth $10,000 and a LLL.com.

When it comes to your LLL.com, you’re kind of sad that in 2019, it’s no longer worth as much as it was in let’s say January of 2016… but that’s life, the situation is what it is.

You keep doing your thing, when all of a sudden, massive protest movements start and a revolution is shaping up, a revolution let’s say against private property… needless to say, you’re not exactly well-positioned over there and, fearing that your family might be in danger, decide to leave.

Let’s take a look at your wealth and study the implications of that decision:

A) you have to leave your home behind, your most prized possession, so that probably goes to $0

B) will you be allowed to take your car with you? Maybe… but probably not, it will most likely get confiscated at the border by the revolutionaries… $0

C) your local stocks? Well, I guess you might find someone who buys them for you at pennies on the dollar… although I’m not sure who would want to be holding them at this point in time… let’s assume you manage to sell them but only obtain $2,500 for them, not amazing when you think about how, not that long ago, they were valued at $25,000. Oh and btw, even those $2,500 might get confiscated at the border, no money for you, $0

D) your precious metals? Well, once again, the likelihood of them being confiscated at the border is sky-high, so… yeah, $0

… which leaves, you’ve guessed it, your LLL.com 🙂

Fortunately for you, you remember your GoDaddy login details as well as your email login info. As such, you can leave the country and “take” your domain with you without having anything physical on your person.

Therefore, ironically, that LLL.com might be the only thing you have left to build a new life when all is said and done… in this specific scenario, of course. You travel to another country, sell it and the money you obtain should be enough to get you and your family a shot at a fresh start.

There are of course also scenarios in which domain values can go to $0 or almost $0… the bottom line however is that when it comes to situations such as the one I’ve just referred to, it becomes clear that one of the top selling points of domains is represented by their extreme portability.

I know, there are a lot more: brandability, end user potential, you possibly building a great business on an “instant credibility” domain and so on. Just wanted to bring a less popular selling point to your attention today and hopefully make some wheels spin 🙂

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How to invest $10k in the domain industry

Posted on 23 March 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Indian Brands using Generic Phrases – Domains – .IN and .CO.IN / Altamira.com sold for $5,751 / The appraisal of JobBanks.org / And more!

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

SolarJacuzzi.com – What do you think about a solar Jacuzzi? Would you ever use one? It sounds like an interesting invention. What do you think the .com is worth?

Buying 4 letter .com only – Budget: Up to $150.00 – If you are looking to liquidate a four-letter .com for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity. Check out this buyers specified criteria.

Buying NNN.tv – Budget: $50-$100 – Do you have any three-number .tv ccTLD’s in your portfolio you would sell for a quick wholesale price? If so, check out this buyers guideline.

The appraisal of JobBanks.org – A job bank non-profit seems like a good fit. Do you think it fits enough to have value in today’s market though? What would you appraise it for?

Indian Brands using Generic Phrases – Domains – .IN and .CO.IN – Is anyone else following this new generic brand trend going on in India with .in and .co.in domain names? Check it out.

Altamira.com sold for $5,751 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a eight-letter brandable .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How to invest $10k in the domain industry – If you had $10,000.00 to invest into the domain name industry, how would you go about investing it? Take a look at what other domain investors are suggesting to put the money.

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The “Death” of an Industry

Posted on 22 March 2019 by Andrei

“Is domaining dead?” is probably one of the top 10 discussion topics among domainers of any given week. As someone who has been involved in a few other industries as well, I can say this phenomenon is not just limited to our tiny little corner of the Internet.

Why?

Well, because it’s one of things that’s true but actually isn’t 🙂

Let me explain.

In my opinion, the debate has very solid roots, in that many business models have indeed been disrupted, there have been many disappointments, a lot of people who have done very well up until a certain point ended up on a downward path, legislative dangers lurk behind every corner, etc.

However:

A) this is natural

B) it happens to any industry out there

… it’s called MATURITY. Nothing more, nothing less.

More specifically, of course there’s less and less low-hanging fruit as time passes and of course that blessed with the “wisdom” of hindsight, we’d love to travel back to the good old days (for what it’s worth, we frequently tend to idealize and in a lot of cases, the good old days were actually not as amazing as our memory tells us they were). But just because the good old days exist, does this mean the industry in question is dead in the present?

Of course not.

It does however mean that if you play by yesterday’s rules, the market will eat you alive. In any industry out there, you cannot survive if you don’t adapt and not everyone manages to do that. Perhaps because as of a certain point, it just gets too hard, perhaps because some old-timers have become so financially secure that they lost the “hunger” to go the extra mile and be cutting edge… there are multiple explanations as to why people can be doing worse today than in the past.

But a mature industry isn’t dead by any means, it’s just different.

At the end of the day, there are so many ways to skin a cat online that it’s not even funny. It’s ultimately on you to take a look at your domaining career and decide what you can do next.

Perhaps at this point in time, there are options which give you more bang for your buck and it would be better to stop being a domainer. No problem at all, it’s all up to you. Many domainers have gone down all sorts of different paths. Some quit altogether, some adopted a more passive strategy so as to direct time/resources elsewhere… the sky is the limit when it comes to possibilities.

Also, it’s not like a decision you make today has to be set in stone… not at all. If market conditions change, you can return. If not, you won’t. I guess the only thing I’m trying to say is that domainers would have a lot to gain by adopting a mentality that revolves around abundance, around being grateful that there are gazillions of amazing opportunities to make stuff happen on the Internet.

Domaining may not be as “hot” as it once was, c’est la vie, but it doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere 😉

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