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How to Stop Low-ball Offers With One Counter

Posted on 22 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: The power of “NO RESERVE” when promoting a domain auction / Please Don’t Contact Potential Buyers Like This! / JinTie.com Sold for $5,039 / And more!

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

Pronounceable LLLL.com wanted – Total Budget: $5,000.00 – Do you have some four-letter .com domain names that meet this buyers specified criteria? If so, and you are wanting some quick cash, this might be an opportunity.

Borderline.com – Check out what I saw in the top domains section today. Do you think it’s a borderline domain domain or a premium (pun-intended)? I wonder what it will sell for…

Helioware.com – What, exactly is a “Helio” and how do you wear it? Are any of you familiar with this niche? What would you appraise this domain name for?

JinTie.com Sold for $5,039 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a six-letter, two-word, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Please Don’t Contact Potential Buyers Like This! – Have you ever received a contact like this one from someone trying to sell you a domain name, or anything else for that matter? How did you handle it? Take a look at the funny approach this investor took.

The power of “NO RESERVE” when promoting a domain auction – Do you use catch-phrases to attract potential bidders/buyers like “No Reserve”? Does it work better? Take a peak at what some domain investors think.

How to Stop Low-ball Offers With One Counter – Have you ever had a problem with low-ball offers from direct contact buyers? How did you respond? Check out the counter this domain investor used.

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Domains you let go for nothing that you wish you had now

Posted on 20 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Creating social network accounts for domain assets / Selling Advice, Valuation, Brokering… / RatePoint.com sold for $5,100 / And more!

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

Looking for Blockchain and Crypto related .com & .io – Budget: Up to $200.00 – Do you need some fast cash and have a crypto or blockchain related .io or .com domain name asset in your portfolio you would liquidate? Check out this buyer guideline.

Do you buy domains because of its backlinks profile? – There is a lot of talk still regarding domain assets with backlinks. Are you investing into backlink domains or do you even check?

What causes a “run” on bids for mediocre domains at auction? – What do you think causes buyers to go into a bidding war over a mediocre domain name asset in an auction? Check out what some investors think.

RatePoint.com sold for $5,100 – That’s not bad domain name sales report for a nine-letter, two-word, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Creating social network accounts for domain assets – Is this a strategy that you practice? Does it help? Share your experience and check out what other investors have already said.

Selling Advice, Valuation, Brokering – What advice would you offer a new domain name investor? Check what some investors are saying and share some of your own experience.

Domains you let go for nothing that you wish you had now – What domain name assets did you sell in the past for a fraction of what it’s worth today and wish you never sold it? Take a look at the nice domains that once sold for way below market value today.

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Developed .ORG for-profit websites

Posted on 18 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: How to get affordable premium domains / Domain Battle Round #14 – Thunderdome Contest / PmcaOnline.org sold for $12,500 / And more!

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

Logo Design for an Oceanfront Hotel $50 – 3 Day Contest! – Hey! Do you have any design skills and want to take a crack at winning $50.00 to spoil yourself with in 3 days? Hurry up and submit your design entry to see if you can win.

Sell me your brandables (Read my criteria) – Budget: Up to $100.00 ea. – Be sure to check your portfolio for any brandables that meet this buyers criteria. If you have a few collecting dust and want to liquidate, this might be an opportunity.

Domain Parking, is it worth it? – Have you been parking domain name assets a while and have experience with with this revenue model? Share some tips and check out what other investors said.

How to get affordable premium domains – What strategy do you use to locate a premium domain asset for an affordable investment? Take a look at what some investors are saying works and compare notes.

PmcaOnline.org sold for $12,500 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a ten-letter, acronym + word .org domain for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Domain Battle Round #14 – Thunderdome Contest – If you haven’t been following the domain battle rounds, you’re missing out on the action. Check out the domains entering the arena this round and vote for your favorite one.

Developed .ORG for-profit websites – Have you ever come across any for-profit websites on a non-profit .org before? How did it or does it work out for them? Check out what other investors have said so far.

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Domains with concepts

Posted on 16 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Identifying a trend – “Trans + word” Domain Assets / Unregistered Trademark. The death of domaining? / Species.tv sold for $2,500! / And more!

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

Buying casino domains with traffic – Budget: Up to $2,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these casino domain names receiving steady traffic. This buyer is looking for a smooth transaction.

MoneyVox.com sold for $10,000 – That’s not a bad eight-letter, two-word, .com domain name sales report for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Horeca.tv sold for 6,565 GBP! – Wow! Another four-digit .tv ccTLD sales report. These .tv’s just don’t stop, or do they?

Identifying a trend – “Trans + word” Domain Assets – What are your thoughts about this trend happening right now? Is it just reseller hyped or could it be end-users buying up that much in such a short time span?

Species.tv sold for $2,500! – That’s not a bad .tv ccTLD sales report for a seven-letter word at four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Unregistered Trademark. The death of domaining? – What are your thoughts about unregistered trademark holders going the legal route because a domain reseller approached them first?

Domains with concepts – Do you present yor domain name to potential buyers with a concept or theme to help bring awareness? What are your techniques? Check out what other domain investors do.

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Let’s Talk About “Street Smarts”

Posted on 15 April 2019 by Andrei

Frankly, I always thought it was a shame that the importance of “street smarts” in the world of domaining tends to be underestimated… can you consider yourself a good domainer if you have close to zero real-world experience?

In other words, if you’ve let’s say never run a business or even been near someone running a business. Or, generally speaking, if you don’t have the right balance in your life between reading and actually executing.

Can you call yourself a good domainer under such circumstances?

Well, I guess you can. Nothing in this world is impossible, but even if you are doing okay-ish or even very well as a domainer without getting your hands dirty, blissfully living in your little bubble… it’s still sub-optimal, to put it mildly.

I mean, look: I’ve written two 400-page books, went after my PhD and frequently devour books (primarily non-fiction), I’m anything but the type of person who would hold a grunge against the “white collar” dimension of life. On the contrary.

But I’ve been through enough to know that while living in your very own little ecosystem that’s as disconnected as possible from the many less than glamorous problems of the proverbial real world might give you (temporary) peace of mind and seem comfortable… your comfort zone tends to be your #1 enemy.

Maybe you’re smart, fair enough. Maybe you’re good at acquisitions, great. But if you get stuck in your comfort zone, it’s only a matter of time until others who are just as smart as you and just as good as acquisitions but went beyond their comfort zones will do better than you.

So while not necessarily a deal-breaker, street smarts are definitely something that could and SHOULD give you an edge.

Great… but how can one make improvements in the street smarts department?

In a nutshell, I’d say it’s all a matter of being willing to put yourself out there. Try new ideas, connect with other people, launch a project or two. Fail embarrassingly. Then get back on the saddle and try again, rinse and repeat.

In my case, I had no choice but to develop street smarts, because life in Eastern Europe tends to demand that. So, yes, the street smarts of some people might be context-related. To others, it just comes natural, for example people who have impressive emotional intelligence. Fair enough.

But for most individuals, street smarts are acquired willingly and systematically. Kind of like training a muscle. You set a goal (improving your street smarts), develop a game plan and executing, one failure at a time 🙂

I hope this post wasn’t too abstract and don’t want to hit the “Publish” button without making it clear why I’ve decided to write it. The #1 reason is that anyone can try to do it. And by trying to do it, you’re actually doing it, because that’s the entire point: trying, putting yourself out there.

While it may not be the most comfortable experience in the world, it’s one of those things that will generate benefits indefinitely once you set things in motion. Your improvements in the street smarts department will become more obvious once you notice that you’re now seeing negotiations with end users from an entirely different angle (being able to actually empathize with the end user and his/her business struggles), that you’re more confident in the decisions you make (when to accept, when to counter, etc.) and the list could go on and on.

Try it… you’ll most likely hate me initially but thank me in the end 🙂

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Why is your domain worth your asking price?

Posted on 14 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Butterfly.net sold for $9,700 / The nations of the .Amazon want the name back / Domain Battle Round # 9 – Thunderdome Contest / And more!

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

Wanted: 2 Word .Com domains – Paying up to $20 each – Need a quick $20.00 (twenty-bucks) and have some two-word .com’s laying around collecting dust you could wholesale? Check out this buyers specified criteria if you do.

Brandable .COM wanted for term Grow/Growth – Budget: Up to $300.00 ea. – If you have any grow or growth related domain name assets in your portfolio and need some quick cash, this might be an opportunity for you.

Buying Exact match Social media marketing related Domains – Total Budget: $1,000.00 – Do you have any exact match social media marketing domain name assets in your portfolio you want to liquidate? If so, check out this buyers guideline.

The nations of the .Amazon want the name back – If you thought France.com was last time you would see governing body come after a domain asset or a new gTLD extension, don’t miss out on this one. The domino effect is bound to start happening.

Domain Battle Round # 9 – Thunderdome Contest – It’s time for the domain battle round #9. If you haven’t voted for the one you think has the best value yet, take a minute to click the vote button.

Why is your domain worth your asking price? – How did you get to the asking price on your domain name asset? Take a look at what some domain investors are saying about how they evaluated their domain asset and compare notes.

Butterfly.net sold for $9,700 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a nine-letter, single-word, .net domain for a high-four-figures. Do you think it should have sol for more or less than what it sold for?

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Domains and Branding in an App World?!?

Posted on 13 April 2019 by Andrei

We’ve all heard the “apps = the death of domains” narrative. While most domainers probably don’t believe this, a seed of doubt has likely been planted in their minds.

Why?

Well, because domains are not the only game in town anymore.

Up until the social media frenzy started, you *needed* a domain if you wanted to share your message with the world but nowadays… not so much. From Instagram “influencers” to “sensations” on newer platforms like TikTok, there are tons of success stories which prove you can do your thing without even touching a domain name.

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the world of apps.

Sooooo many apps come and go. Today’s hottest app might be tomorrow’s MySpace. Time and time again, people who bet it all on just one platform and built a career on it were not able to adapt. Remember all the people who got popular on a platform called Vine back in the day by publishing short funny videos?

After Vine died, some transitioned successfully to YouTube or other platforms… many others, however, were not able to do it properly. And yes, I was ready to use a corny pun and say their career died on the vine… sue me 🙂

Leaving humor aside though, it should be clear that the social media phenomenon can be a branding blessing (enabling you to reach millions or even billions of eyeballs) but ultimately a curse if you don’t manage to adapt. I could write a gazillion books about social media and in all of them, it would be hard not to mention perhaps the fatal flaw of social media: the lack of any real control over your brand.

Made a mistake? Banned.

Didn’t make a mistake but someone thought you did? Banned.

Appeal? Yeah right!

Only a complete amateur would treat this blatantly obvious threat mildly and I believe brands are already starting to realize this. Social media disrupted the Internet in a very meaningful to the point of being shocking way. While it might have seemed that social media was here to replace everything that has to do with “Web 1.0” and facilitate a glorious transition to a post-domain era… once the dust settled, individuals as well as businesses realized it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

Frankly, any marketer or entrepreneur worth his salt now understands two vital things about social media:

A) All these platforms are goldmines when it comes to (as Gary Vaynerchuk puts it) under-priced attention: whether we’re talking about a video of yours that went viral or a smart paid marketing campaign that leverages the (still) cheap traffic of various platforms, your brand can literally explode if you do things right

… however:

B) If you live by social media, you’ll probably die by social media and you can literally not afford to lose control over your brand. You just can’t. And when it comes to enabling you to do just that, those pesky Web 1.0 “relics” called domains are going to be vital!

Look, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: the #1 mistake domainers make when developing is assuming that an amazing domain will solve all their problems. It won’t. They spend all their money on a stellar name but only add mediocre development to the mix and are then surprised that they’re not making any money.

Therefore, no, the point of this post isn’t saying all you need is love… or in our case, a great domain.

I’m even willing to take things one step further and admit that as a percentage of your overall strategy, the importance of domains has diminished.

So what?!?

Yes, it’s a smaller percentage but a smaller percentage of a much bigger pie!

Please re-read the previous statement until it really sinks in: it’s unbelievable how much more money is on the table today when it comes to the Internet compared to let’s say 10 years ago. Just ridiculous! So even if domains are a smaller piece of that pie, the pie in question is huge enough (and getting bigger) for it not to matter.

Common sense is the operative word.

In 2019 and beyond, domainers cannot afford to embrace a domains-only view of the Internet. We need to get out of our little bubbles and acknowledge that the landscape is changing so that our strategies can be tweaked accordingly.

But if you think social media is here to kill domains… you couldn’t be more wrong! While social media is not here to help domains either, it does so indirectly (and I believe this will become more obvious as the dust continues to settle) by enabling this magnificently life-altering pie that is the Internet to become more and more important!

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.TV reported sales vs development

Posted on 12 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Historica.org sold for $16,794 / Top keyword list / Domain Battle Round # 7 – Thunderdome Contest / And more!

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

Should domain investors have their own portfolio marketplace? – Yes or no? Good or bad idea? Would it help or hurt? There are a few different opinions so far with great explanations. Take a look.

What end-users do – Have you ever stopped to think about what an end-user would do from start to finish that didn’t know about the domain industry behind the scenes? Check out what’s been said so far.

Investing in domains starting with the prefix a and an – Are you investing in domain name assets with “A” or “An” in them? How are they doing for you? Take a peek at what some domain investors have shared about it so far.

Historica.org sold for $16,794 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a nine-letter word .org domain for five-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Domain Battle Round # 7 – Thunderdome Contest – If you haven’t been following the domain battle rounds, you might want to take a minute to check it out. Which one would you vote for?

Top keyword list – Do you invest in domain names based on popular keyword searches? If not, check out what domain investors are saying. If so, share a tip or too and compare notes.

.TV reported sales vs development – Are you following the .tv usage trends? How many do you think are developed, parked, or redirected after purchase? Check out what some domain investors are saying about it.

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Financial Calamities: Blessing or Curse for Domainers?

Posted on 11 April 2019 by Andrei

I don’t particularly enjoy sharing personal experiences… but I’ll do it in this case. The Great Recession was a life-altering phenomenon in my case, first in a traumatically awful way but ultimately in a game-changing good one.

I was (very) young and sitting on a decent pile of profits that I earned online through various small businesses. Nothing Earth-shattering but decent profits that added up and since I was a cheap bastard who almost never spent anything, it was a pretty impressive nest egg, especially for someone my age.

Unfortunately… life happened and the proverbial you-know-what hit the fan in two ways:

  1. My mom got sick and since the medical system was anything but stellar in my country, I took her to get very good treatment abroad… on the one hand, it was awesome that I could afford it but on the other hand, this made my entire net worth evaporate
  2. To make matters worse, the Great Recession was unfolding as all of this was happening… which took its toll on my client/service-oriented businesses (development-related services)

As you’ve probably realized, this was the “curse” part.

Many excruciatingly painful months later, I got back on my feet and noticed the silver lining in all of this: everything was on sale. EVERYTHING.

Including… yes, domains.

From the ashes of the Great Recession, I built a pretty darn impressive portfolio. A combination between living like a hermit, working like a maniac and investing *everything* in domains enabled me to not only re-build my nest egg but take things to the next level.

While I currently don’t own ten mansions and a dozen luxury cars, I’m financially secure enough to live the proverbial dream by working on stuff I love… from running One Minute Economics to writing books, I had the luxury of doing all this without caring whether or not the projects would turn into something insanely profitable.

I really don’t want this post to turn into a novel.

The only thing I want to do is make it clear just how life and career-defining financial calamities may be.

Can fortunes be lost? Yes.

Can fortunes be made? Yes.

In my case, both things happened… fortunately, in the right order 🙂

Even a random dude from Eastern Europe like myself who lost everything was able to turn things around thanks to the abundance of opportunities that comes with the territory after a financial calamity. Of course, there’s no way to make that happen without hustling, without putting in the work and making tons of sacrifices.

You might end up working and living like a hermit.

You won’t be able to brag to your friends on Instagram about your kick-ass lifestyle, because… remember, you live like a hermit.

But if you do things right, the sacrifices you make when things get tough can enable you to exit the proverbial rat race. To realize that this Internet thing truly can make dreams come true.

From taking a break from college because I was too broke to going after my PhD.

From accepting the most excruciatingly frustrating low-paying client work to organizing my time as I see fit and finding more and more of it to work on stuff that gives my (professional) life meaning.

I kind of hate motivational stuff and this post is beginning to sound like just that, so I’ll put an end to it here by trying to make it clear there’s absolutely nothing glamorous about the entire experience. The smell of success is the smell of sweat and the journey can be lonely as fuck, depressingly hard and with zero guarantees that your work will ultimately pay off. Which is why most people don’t try and I don’t judge them for that.

I’m just grateful that with the right combination between hustle and luck, what started out as a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy ultimately had a happy ending… and with that awkward, sexually-charged as well as anticlimactic reference, I’m hitting the “Publish” button and wishing you the best of luck!

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Afternic’s description field of domains listed for sale

Posted on 10 April 2019 by NamePros Daily

Today: Domainers are Domain Developers by default / NetConnect.com sold for $6,650 / GoDaddy Introduces Bidder IDs in Auctions / And more!

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

Impact of the URS and Unlimited Fee Increases for Registrants in .ORG/BIZ/INFO/ASIA – Are you investing into any of the extensions this is going to effect? What are your thoughts about it and how will it effect you in the long-run game?

Domain Battle Round # 5 – Thunderdome Contest – Did you vote in the last domain battle round? Be sure to check out the line-up in this round. They get harder and harder to choose from.

A tool to check if a domain is premium – Does such a unicorn exist out their in the cyber wilderness? Do you think it’s possible for an automated tool to actually do that?

GoDaddy Introduces Bidder IDs in Auctions – If you’re using this platform to sell or acquire domain assets, what do you think about about this new change? Take a look at what some domain investors are saying.

NetConnect.com sold for $6,650 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a ten-letter, two-word, .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Domainers are Domain Developers by default – Does this sound logical to you? It seems like an interesting and creative way to relabel the word “Domainer” to something that sounds more respectable, possibly.

Afternic’s description field of domains listed for sale – Have you ever used the description field of domains listed for sale at Afternic? What are your thoughts about it? Take a look at what some investors have said so far.

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