Mar 042011
 

Godaddy WHOIS Domain Search

Have you ever wondered if anyone is interested in your domain? Or if anyone did a whois search for the domains you own? Well if you use godaddy, there is a very nice feature that lets you check how many people did a whois search for your domain.

I recently read a post on ACRO and wanted to share this simply way to do a whois domain search using godaddy. It is extremely important for everyone to know how many whois queries were done on their domains.

    1. Log into your Domain Manager
    2. Click TOOLS –> EXPORTABLE LISTS
    3. Click ADD NEW REPORT on top right side of the screen
    4. Select all your domains, click next.
    5. Check any box you wish to display, INCLUDING BOTH WHOIS Searches.
    6. Name your file and export it as a CSV file.

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Godaddy will then send you an email once your list is ready to be exported in Microsoft excel. This will give you a good idea if people are searching your domain – most of the time they want your information, or domain expiration date!

Mar 012011
 
LLL CO Domain for sale

Lately I have been on a buying spree with LLL co domains. I am not going crazy but I am picking up LLL domains that I feel have a great chance of being sold to an end user. Every single LLL.COM domain is registered and easily brings in a mid hundreds to a few thousand everytime one is offered for sale, which can be a plus for those of us who have LLL CO Domains. These domains are shorter than its COM counterpart and just about every single LLL.CO domain has already been hand registered.

The CO extension is still being heavily marketed and is trying to reach a “mainstream” status. Many people say CO will fail, and it will never become a .COM – which may or may not be true. It is way too early to tell. All that I know is that if you wait for it to become mainstream you will miss out on many opportunities. NamePros has a dedicated CO Domains section and there have been some posts with users stating that they have been selling LLL.CO domains in the mid hundreds already. I do not know if this is true, since most of these sales probably wont be reported if they are sold privately to an end user, however it does not seem far fetched.

There are thousands of domainers who ALWAYS want to see other peoples end user emails. I have decided to share one that I just recently wrote – I am not going to write the entire letter but will focus on certain key aspects that I feel should be included by anyone who is writing an end user letter. I have been getting replies back for some of the LLL.CO domains I am trying to sell.

As an example, I will use the CO Domain JCJ. Before sending out a letter, you need to know who to send it to. I use Domain Tools religiously – especially the Domain Name Search. This tool is by far the best one for finding EVERY registered domain.

If you are selling a LLLL, or LLLL domain then you want to target all the people who are using those letters + their field of work – For example – I am trying to sell JCJ.CO – using the domain search, I type

    ^JCJ

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This will give you all the domains that are registered that begin with whatever you typed in. In my case, I get over 2,000 results – which I DONT plan on checking individually. The next step is to pick and choose domains that have a real website and are more than likely a company. Dont waste your time sending emails to people who have shitty developed sites – they wont be interested. My rule of thumb is = the better developed the site is, the better chance you have of getting an email back. Another option is to use google and find domains on the first few pages.

After finding domains, you will need to do 1 of 2 things. The first is to go to the website and find a Contact or Email address. If you cannot find a contact us then simply go to domain tools and search for the account info. If the registration is private, then the website will more than likely HAVE a contact section.

Now comes the fun part – writing the actual end user letter. Please note – I will share the majoirty of my end user email, but please dont be a dick and copy this word for word. Use the following as a template for things you should include, or if there are things I missed feel free to let me know. Here is my CO Domain Sample Letter:

    Hello there!

    My name is Chris (insert last name) and I want to start off by apologizing for sending this email out of the blue. I did a google search for JCJ and came across your email and website. I am sending this email to you with a business proposition. I am the owner of JCJ.CO and wanted to know if you would be interested in acquiring this domain name. I have noticed that your website has JCJ in it and feel that this shorter and easier to remember domain would suit you as well as your company extremely well. Imagine all the marketing potential and how many more people you would attract with this short and simple domain name.
    **Insert some statistics here, for example how many people search for the term, how many other websites have the letters in it, how this would help them drive traffic and increase rankings with the right optimization, etc etc***
    **in the next paragraph, I write about CO domains, and what they are** In case you do not know what a .CO is, it is the newest extension which is quickly gaining popularity. GoDaddy, Overstock, and Twitter are all using .CO domains. Godaddy even did a superbowl commercial, and all of overstocks commercials are now O.CO.
    **Finally, you should make it clear that you are not asking a ridiculous amount of money – most people will laugh if you add an insane dollar amount. DONT PUT A PRICE – interested people will get back to you and will talk business if they want it. Make sure to thank them and put your contact info in the letter – Name, phone number, Email

There you have it! That is the bulk of the end user letters I have been sending out. What are some items you would add or eliminate? Any input is appreciated!

Feb 282011
 
tv domain

I believe that every domain portfolio should be well diverse but should contain only a handful of extensions. It is very important to pick some extensions and stick with them. Everyone should focus on .com along with a few others. Personally, I have only about 120 domains and they are broken down into .CO, .COM, and .TV.

Just about everyone in the world knows “tv” – they might not know the domain extension, but they sure do know that tv stands for television. I have been buying and selling TV domains for only about a year, but have picked up a handful of decent TV domains that have been getting consistent traffic while parked on sedo. NamePros has a section dedicated to TV domains which has become a very useful tool for not only researching this extension but also buying TV domains. I have about 30 domains and 80% have been purchased from namepros. The others have been purchased from end users or hand registered. There are many gems that can be found on namepros – im not talking about goldmines, but it is extremely easy for someone to find a domain auction, win a CHEAP domain and immediately flip it – if it doesnt suit you. I have flipped a very low $xx purchase into a mid $xxx purchase in about 2 weeks.

I feel that 2011 will be a good year for .TV domains and will lead to some $xx,xxx sales – especially if you have a domain that flows extremely well with a TV extension – for example, ANY movie genre – horror, drama, comedy – and domains with the word “show” – for example, I recently sold BridalShow[.]tv after owning it for about a month.

I have a few TV Domains that are developed, or in the process of being developed. Some of my developed TV Domains are:

  • Built – which features workout and fitness videos
  • Vegas Show – still needs to be updated
  • Catfights – Just added this domain – am working on developing it.

One thing in common is that ALL these domains have videos – which is something every developed TV domain needs! I am using free wordpress themes on all of theses and have automatic videos added. I am also noticing that most of these TV sites get type in traffic and are indexed in google.

The domains that are not developed are either parked at SmartName or Sedo. Over the past few months, traffic to my parked TV domains has increased noticeably.

The TV domains that are getting the most traffic are the ones I hang registered for $10 at name. To date, all of these domains have already paid for themselves and some have been making a few bucks each month – but they are getting traffic which is always a plus! and a good way to possibly start a sale. Here are my best performing TV domains:

So if you are looking to start investing in a new domain extension, I suggest you start adding some TV domains to your portfolio.

Feb 152011
 

CO Domain

In addition to all the publicity that Godaddy and Sedo has already given to co domains, I am still trying to spread the world and educate people about this hot new domain extension. ZOOP has a Co Domain section, that gives CO domain owners the opportunity to showcase their developed domains. I am offering this as a way to promote CO domains. If you have any developed CO domains that you want featured, then please contact me or go to the CO Domains page!

I am also opening this post to ANYONE who has CO Domains! If you have a CO domain – for sale or not, developed or not – and want to list it, then GO AHEAD! I will approve any CO domains that are in your list. I ask you to please keep the domains to a maximum of 15. I dont want one person sending me hundreds of domains. Also – once you post your CO domains please do not post more.

Feb 152011
 

Mike Berkens, Rick Schwartz, Elliot Silver – theses are 3 names that every single domainer knows. All three of these guys are kings in the domain industry and know what they are doing. Im sure that each of us would LOVE to know every single domain and investment strategy that these guys make – but we dont – and frankly no one should know that. That is what makes these guys elite. Everyone knows google is the best search engine but no one knows the algorithms that google uses.

One thing that these guys ALL have in common is that each of them have their respected .CO domain registered. While reading TheDomains, I came across a comment that stated each of these guys have the CO domains forwarded to their COM. I went to each and verified each CO domain.

CO Domain

TheDomains
Elliots Blog
Ricks Blog

What does this mean? Well it is more than likely related to the fact that each of these individuals DO NOT want some chump hand registering the CO version of the COM domain. Which makes sense, but then the next question I have is where do you stop? Do each of these guys also have the .net or .org domains registered? NO they dont. Thedomains.net takes you to an idex page, elliotsblog.net takes you to a google page, and RicksBlog.Org takes you to a personal blog of a wimpy looking kid. SO WHY register CO?

The only thing that comes to mind is potential. Each of these domain gurus MUST see some potential (aka $$) in CO domains otherwise they would not take the time or even give a crap about registering their CO domain. I would love to know what CO domain trends, or even domains that they have in their portfolio, but I doubt that will ever happen. I know that Elliot has been discussing CO domains and that Mike is very good with keeping up on the latest CO domain news. So if this is ever seen by any of these 3 imvestors or any other well known domaineer, i want to ask you – what’s your take on CO domains? What CO domains do you own? and WHY

Feb 142011
 

LLL CO DOMAIN

Three letter domains have always been popular – especially with .com domains. On average LLL.COM domains sell anywhere from high hundreds to thousands of dollars. With all the CO Domain buzz lately, it only makes sense that most LLL.CO domains are registered.

Personally I think that LLL CO domains can become wanted and have the potential to generate a decent amount of income. They are shorter that COM domains and CO is being heavily marketed as opposed to other LLL domains in other extensions.

If you check forums, godaddy, or sedo – you will notice MANY CO domains for sale and there are quite a few LLL.CO domains thrown in the mix. What you will also notice is the price. MANY people are asking A LOT of money for their LLL CO domain however most dont sell due to the asking price. To date, there have not been any high priced LLL.CO domain sales, but that does not mean anything. CO domains have been around for less than a year and have already generated a tremendous buzz.

I have been buying about 1-2 LLL.CO domains a week for these reasons.

    Just about every LLL.CO is already registered – some will start selling soon and they have a great chance of selling for a good price. If someone cant afford spending $2,000 on a LLL.COM then I am sure they can pick up a LLL.CO for half of that.
    Even if you register a LLL.CO domain and keep it for X amount of years, you will still have a great chance of selling your domain for more than the cost of registration.
    LLL.CO domains are the shortest possible extension – and everyone likes shortcuts.

As mentioned earlier, I buy 1-2 LLL.CO domains a week and I never spend more than $30 – which is the registration fee at most places. If you want to add some short LLL.CO domains into your portfolio, then I suggest you start doing your homework – or read the next paragraph.

Forget godaddy, sedo or forums – these places are filled with flippers that want an immediate return on their investment. Just about everyone in these places asks a ridiculous amount of money or have a very high reserve. Use EBAY Yes – ebay has been a great place for finding LLL.CO domains. I recently purchased 3 domains for about $15 a piece. Some might say thats a waste – but I can care less since people make money by STARTING trends – not following them. The second place to find LLL.CO domains is on Cax Cax.com costs $10 to buy/sell domains but it is a great worthwhile investment. All you need to simply do is apply a filter. First Set the extension to CO. Then set the reserve to: NO RESERVE. Apply the filter and you will see every single CO domain listed for sale without a reserve. This means that you can send any domain to auction for $20. Personally, I think that spending $20 on a LLL CO domain is DEF worth it – and might even sell for $200 or $2,000 in the near future.

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I just recently bought a LLL.CO domain and am bidding on another GREAT keyword co domain – all for $20. Feel free to post any LLL.CO domains that you own icon smile Buy Cheap LLL CO Domains or let us know what methods you use to buy CO domains

Feb 102011
 
sedo premium CO domain auction

Co Domain

Sedo has just launched their Premium CO Domain Auction and a few domains already have bids. Auction ends in 7 days and I cannot wait to see what some of these domains will sell for. Currently, Money, Bank and Art .CO all lead with a current price of $5K – and the auction JUST went live. Pizza is over $4K, LasVegas is at $3K, movie & touchscreen are in last place at $100 each.

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Is there any CO domain you are interested in? What do you think will sell for the most?