5/29/12

Available Names for Cheap

Beat the drop auctions and get these expiring names direct from me:


CIPPLining.com
CIPPLiners.com
CIPPLiner.com
CompleteSurveillanceSystem.com
FallProtectionSystem.net
FallProtectionSystems.net
MarineDepthFinder.com
3PhaseMonitor.com
3PhaseMonitors.com
GainesvilleAuction.com
OilCircuitBreaker.net
OilCircuitBreakers.net
ChromeAxleCovers.com
CustomBikeCovers.com
CustomTrailerCovers.com
FloorboardKit.com
FloorboardKits.com
HarleyKit.com
HarleyWideGlide.com

$50 each or best offer, includes 1 year registration. Express interest in comments to this post or email direct!

These are names from me hitting up the water and wastewater utility industries last year, some .net's I dabbled in, and a batch of some of my first names I registered when I started domaining two years ago and renewed last year.  Obviously, I don't plan on renewing them again but maybe some one out there has a better vision for these names than I do. I'll unload them for cheap, or just let them expire.  But if they expire, they might end up in auction - so get them now from me for less than normal auction prices.

5/26/12

Staying Focused

It's hard to do.  Whenever I tell friends of domaining and give advice to get started, I usually tell them to establish a routine.  It's best to be routine, set weekly goals, and always, always set time aside to research, procure, and solicit new domains.  I typically recommend 1 new name a week for starters.
But like I started out mentioning just a mere few sentences ago, staying focused in domaining is hard to do.  Either you go through a spell where you can't flip even the best selected names and so you stay away from the computer because you're tired of the failure and frustration. OR, like I did last month, you flip a few names left and right like you've never done before and think you're on the sweetest roll... then the next name doesn't sell, and by the 2nd domain that gets no bites - I'm done.  That's part of the rut I've been in nearly this whole month of May.
My domaining has also been distracted by personal life, as well as my full time job.  The full time job is just something I have to focus on for the obvious reason that I'm not making a living off domaining yet - and don't expect to for a long, long time, if ever.  It's a hobby that I enjoy, with some monetary return, but there's no guaranteed salary or health benefits.  Fellow co-workers reading this: It's safe to say I won't be leaving my day job any time soon! Personal life has seen several May birthdays and necessary honey-do list items needing my attention.
Lastly, domaining has several distractions.  I recommend for the noob to focus on hand regs and flips, just like we've detailed here at Rookie Domainer... at least until you get the hang of the process - from selecting a name to closing the deal.  But when you get better, or frustrated, you'll start to think "shouldn't I design a page and make money off of ads?"  You'll look into web design, and possibly buy something like XSite Pro2 and start designing your own web pages.  You'll sign up for a host of affiliate programs such as LinkShare. Then you'll look into page rank, and pay for referral links. Or contract your friend or someone online to write content for you... but then you don't see any immediate payback, so you move onto the next conquest.  You hand reg some more and have some success, but look into catching dropped names.  Finally you dabble with Blogger and Wordpress figuring "it's worth a shot!" All these distractions, while exciting and fun and potential opportunities and portfolio diversification... they're mainly just distractions from the core business of flipping domain names.  Try to stay focused on the hand reg and flip.  At least that's what I keep telling myself, as I write this... distraction.
Oh, and lastly, I'll share my experiences on those distractions I mentioned above and more in future posts, when I need to resort to my blogging distraction again.  But now I return to the drudgery of soliciting buyers  for a name I have: completesurveillancesystem.com  Know anyone?

5/7/12

Geodomain & Domain Tasting Lessons Learned

I posted last month or so about my foray into geodomaining, and indicated that while it's been a time consuming learning adventure, it's not been too costly since I was exercising (or abusing) a little leniency from GoDaddy re: domain registration returns also known as domain tasting.  There's a little known policy that GoDaddy allows you to return a new domain registration within five days for a full refund.  Well, I did that for about 40 or so geodomains I hand reged that I didn't flip over the last two months or so.  Hehe... apparently that's abusing their return policy and I can see that.  Today, I received an email from their billing department explaining that since I was excessively returning new registrations, that:
  1. They would charge me $2 per refund now.
  2. Advised that at any point, they could opt to not refund me at all.
All this is apparently in their terms of service and comes down from ICANN - or so they described in the email and provided a lengthy link for me to educate myself with.  I did not do that... obviously!  At first, I was inclined to write a response.  I mean, how dare they?  No warning, just institute some obligatory fee?  Imagine if WalMart made you pay a restocking fee for those socks that were a little tight on your ankles?  Sure the analogy doesn't really apply and I get it - I was abusing the system, sort of.  I really thought I was just exercising the right to return the domain and if GoDaddy thought people abused the policy, then they wouldn't have it.  Right?
Pretty wrong! My quick research dug up this link from 2009 that basically calls an end to domain tasting through ICANN rules that penalize companies that excessively register and return names in a given month. There you have it! - based on that info and the somewhat guilty feeling I had when I domain tasted, I knew this day was coming.  I've decided to not reply to their email and take my medicine.  No more returns for me, I'll just have to make better buying decisions.  That's it for the domain tasting lesson.  I was wrong!
As far as geodomains, like I referenced above - I've bought 41 geodomains for $7.67 each.  That's $314.47 for those of you without a calculator.  I've only sold two names for $150 & $295 for a whopping grand total of $445.  Had I not domain tasted, I would only be ahead $130.53 - not to mention, the first name resulted in multiple other sales and a little domain brokering, so even if I paid the full way, I made more than I spent.  BUT, it certainly wouldn't have been as satisfying.  I haven't quite mastered the approach to geodomains because local small business owners are real hit or miss on understanding SEO.  I'll have to make wiser buying decisions from here on out since I'll be stuck with any name I buy for a year, at least!  No clear lessons yet on geodomaining other than - there's a lot still out there, but finding the right name and end user that needs it is a whole different story.  I would recommend anyone else try geodomaining with domain tasting, BUT don't go on a binger like I did.  If I could do it all over, I'd do one name a month.  If I didn't flip it in five days then I'd return it.  Hmmm... makes me feel guilty admitting that, but that's what I'd do as wrong as it may be.  At least until I got the hang of geodomaining.  Anyways, that doesn't apply to the abuser I am, so now I'll have to suffer (and possible make some spare change from parked geodomains) and hopefully you can learn from my sins...errr, mistakes!

 
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