Apr 282011
 

Last night I read the latest sales reports from DNJournal and noticed that another booze related CO Domain was sold.

Vodka.CO was sold at Sedo for $10,000. Vodka is a very generic keyworded CO domain and I thought that it would have sold for more than $10K. According to GAKT, Vodka has 3.35 million global searches and 1.5 million local searches with a very LOW competition. The site is currently parked on sedo – and I wonder how many traffic and money it makes. The domain is also registered to a fellow in Poland which is pretty funny and ironic.

A few weeks ago, Tequila.CO sold for $14,500 – and guess who owns this domain? The SAME person who owns vodka – talk about owning the booze market. Both domains are parked on sedo and I wonder if the owner plans on developing them or is using this as an investment.

Remember to check out my CO DOMAIN SALES for the latest CO DOMAIN sales (over $1,000)!

Apr 212011
 

The lastest SEDO Great Domains auction is up and running. There are 202 domains that are currently on auction and a few of them have some very nice starting bids.

I finally got accepted into the auction with my domain: HDTelevisions.TV. I set the reserve low and am anxious to see if it will sell. There are currently 2 other domains that contain the word “television” which is rare since sedo has very strict acceptance policies.

Anyways, if you are interested you can place your bids right here:

Thanks!

Apr 192011
 

Yesterday I wrote a post about my parked domain at SmartName – CircusNuts.com. I wrote the post at about 11:30 AM and when I noticed an email written at 11:40 AM (or right around there) about that same exact domain! I was simply stunned and thought it was some sort of joke – but it was not. You can read the original post HERE

I got an email from someone who is seriously interested in the domain. I have NEVER gotten a domain inquiry within 15 minutes ever! This just goes to show you that with the right marketing and proper exposure anyone can make a domain sale. The potential buyer and I are currently undergoing negotiations for the domain. The domain is priced right and should be an easy sale but only time will tell.

Apr 182011
 

I have been parking my domains with SmartName for about 5 months. I had some customer service problems initially, but those were taken care of and they offer a good parking service with a decent payout – when compared to other parking services.

I also enjoy being able to customize my parked domain which has led to a top 5 spot on google for some of parked domains. One of my domains – Circus Nuts is currently parked at smartname. I initially bought this domain from goddady as an expired domain. My goal is to create a funny/stupid video site but I don’t have the time at the moment (but liked the domain) so I bought it and parked it.

Trying to optimize parking would not be easy since the domain name does not relate to stupid videos at all. I decided to use a theme that smartname offered. They have hundreds of different themes to choose from – more than any I have ever seen when it comes to parking domains.

I chose the “circus” theme since it fits the name extremely well. I did not add any keywords, I let smartname optimize them and I was surprised when I seen the results.

circusnuts 1024x558 Funny SmartName Parked Domain

Yes that’s right! GAY BAR! It made me laugh and I thought it was quite amusing. This changed my perception on this domain completely. Instead of trying to make another stupid video site – there are thousands of them already – I should take this as a message from SmartName and optimize the whole “gay bar” thing. This would be an awesome name for a bar or even an online dating site strictly focused on the “nuts” part. So thank you smartname for changing my outlook on this domain name. Now lets hope clicking on that result wont yield any negative results, for the children’s sake.

Apr 132011
 

Not everyone can say that they sold SEX.COM for $13 million or even come close to saying that they TURNED DOWN $500,000 in potential domain sales before lunchtime. Most of us will never be able to flip a $10 domain for anything remotely close to $xx,xxx – but one thing that every domain investor can do is price their domains realistically and properly promote. Pretty optimistic intro, wouldn’t you say?

The years of hand registering a domain and selling it for hundreds is long gone if you are just getting into the domaining world today. This was possibly 10 or 15 years ago. Today domain sales have reached an all time high and many people make domain investing their careers. One thing that every investor wants is a ROI – return on investment. There are those that succeed and those that die trying. So what is the key to success? Finding good domain names (obvious) and pricing them accordingly.

Beat Domain Trends

There is no easy answer or secret forumla for selling domain names – there is also no specific price guide one can use when listing a domain for sale simply because no 2 domains are unique. So what can you use? Most people hate using estibot and valuate and say that a website is only worth 1/10 of what estibot says. Other people try to spot historical sales data to price domains, or even trends. Registering a domain BEFORE it becomes a trend is where you make your money.

If a hot trend comes out, and you dont have a related domain, then you can kiss that goodbye. The key is to find a trend before it’s hot. For example – some current trends are 3D, tablets, cloud servers, and online coupons. Just about everyone has at least 1 domain that falls into 1 of these “trends” – especially 3D. Most people keep these domains and hope to strike it rich. If someone registered 3dtv 15 years ago (before it was hot) and decided to sell it now, he would be getting a very nice amount. Now say someone wanted to jump on this trend and bought 3dPaperclip, then I’d probably tell that person to quickly get out of domaining.

Pricing Domains

Once you establish a decent portfolio, the next thing to do is promote the domain and hopefully make a sale. BEFORE you do that, you need to establish a price. This is very tricky and can be time consuming. No 2 domains are the same – every single domain in the world is unique. Let’s use “car” as an example. Car.com is NOT the same as car.net. Car.com is NOT the same as Cars.com – so how do you establish a price? You guess – yes, you guess or make one up. Personally If i owned cars.com – I would look at any and all sales related to cars. If someone sold carparts.com for $30,000 then I would obviously ask for much more.

You need to look at the domains you have, how many words/characters then find a starting point. Say I owned carpartsforsale.com. I would check sales for 3 worded and 4 worded car domains and estimate an asking price.

I know MANY domain investors who do NOT follow any type of a pricing method. They simply buy a 2 or 3 worded domain, park it at sedo, godaddy marketplace, or anything similar and ask an absurd amount of money. When I ask them why, they say “because I know this will sell for $xxxx” or whatever the amount they are asking – guess how many domains they have sold? yeah – ZERO. So if you want to actually sell domains, price them right!

Market Your Domains

Every domain investor knows about namepros, digitalpoint, warriorforum, and the many other forums out there. Do you REALLY think you can sell your domain for thousands of dollars on a forum? If you want to make money and have a good domain you will need to do work. End of Story. Get off your ass and start sending out emails. Make them professional and SELL your domain. You want to capture the reader within 1 minute of reading your email. Make them want it. Tell them stats, what benefit it can have for their company, and tell them why they want it. Also, make sure to add any additional emails as BCC – Blind Carbon Copy – the last thing anyone wants to see is 200 other people that you sent the SAME EMAIL TO!

I usually send out 30-50 emails per domain that I want to sell. Expect people to say NO (or worse) and expect a low response rate. However, there will be a day when someone will like what you are selling and a deal will be made. I am currently working on a deal with an end user for one of my domains. Be patient and you will find someone.

Apr 112011
 

I recently got an email from Sedo saying that one of my domains has been accepted into the upcoming Great Domains Auction which is scheduled to start on April 21,2011 and end on April 28, 2011.

Sedo is very selective and getting a domain approved for their great domains auction is a hard thing to accomplish. I have had many domains that were not accepted even though I thought they would have been. I do not know how Sedo selects their domains, but I am happy to announce that one of my domains finally made it!

The domain that will be on auction is:

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I have been registering generic .TV domains that fit the extension well. I actually bought this domain from someone else because it just fit the .TV extension well. Now, I just hope it will meet the reserve (which is very low) and will sell. According to GAKT, HD Televisions has 9,900 global searches and 3,600 local searches.

So make sure to check out Sedo’s Great Domain auction and place your bids on HDTelevisions !

Apr 082011
 

With a few days left in the auction, it is not looking too great!

As I mentioned in THIS POST, if my domain MP3HD.CO does NOT sell for the opening price of $10, then I will have my very first ZOOPTEST giving away the CO DOMAIN

You can check out the auction here:


MP3HD AUCTION

So check back here soon for more details, if you are interested!