bcfj.com Up for Auction

Do something every day to increase your income

Update: The domain sold for $1,100, which I feel is a decent price for a CCCC.com (all consonants). I’m not sure why there was such interest from Chinese buyers. I guess we’ll find out one day.

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The domain name bcfj.com is up for auction.

The bid is still fairly low (below $1,000). This is a premium 4-letter dot com domain that receives consistent type-in traffic and (for some reason) has attracted a lot of attention from Chinese buyers over the years.

Four-letter dot coms will always be valuable. They are an excellent investment as they only increase in value. This is even more true for two-letter and three-letter dot coms, but those can be prohibitively expensive. A four-letter dot com can give you the entry into the market that you need to make a profit without breaking the bank.

Put in your bid now and happy bidding!

Wael Abdelgawad | DomainerPro.com

Do Something Every Day to Increase Your Income

Do something every day to increase your income

By Wael Abdelgawad | DomainerPro.com

If you want to be successfully self-employed, it comes down to this: Every day you must work on something that will increase your income or diversify your income sources.

There’s no such thing as stability. Suppliers go out of business or raise prices. Buyers switch suppliers or cut budgets. Over-reliance one any one entity is doom.

If your income is not going up, count on it going down.

Yes, it’s important to learn new skills, keep up with trends and innovate. But have you done something today to increase your income? That’s the bottom line.

As someone said, do something every day that your future self will thank you for.

If you want to sell domains, turn domain privacy off

Turn domain privacy services off to sell domains

By Wael Abdelgawad | DomainerPro.com

Domain name registrars like GoDaddy often try to push other products onto you when you register or renew a domain name. One of those products is domain name privacy, for which you pay a modest annual fee. Privacy services conceal your name and contact information on the domain name WHOIS, which is the public record that exists for each domain. The WHOIS provides details about the owner, including name, address, telephone and email.

If you have privacy turned on, when someone does a WHOIS search they will only see the name of the registrar and the domain expiration date.

Privacy services make sense if you’re an individual or company running a website with your own domain, and you don’t want salespeople using the WHOIS data to contact you and try to sell you something. I used to do exactly that when I worked as a lead generator for an IT consulting firm.

Also, keeping your info private keeps spammers from discovering your email address, and protects you from unscrupulous companies. For example, there are scammy registrars who will send you emails and even snail mail asking you to renew your domain name and charging exorbitant fees. They try to fool you into thinking that they are your registrar. In reality if you pay them you’ll be transferring your domain name to them and paying much more than you should.

But if you’re a domainer and you’re serious about selling domains, it makes no sense to pay for privacy services. If you have many domains you’ll be paying a lot of extra money. And you’ll prevent legitimate sellers from finding you. Even if you have your domains parked, some sellers don’t want to go through the parking service (for whatever reason). They prefer to check the WHOIS and contact you personally. I’ve sold many domains to buyers who contacted me this way, and I don’t mind at all because I don’t have to pay Sedo’s commission.

Yes I get some spam and some junk mail. But it’s a minor hassle considering the thousands of dollars I’ve earned from private domain sales.

Don’t waste your money on privacy services. Let the buyers find you any way they can.

Two-word dot coms are worth keeping

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I recently sold ChinaScore.com through Sedo. The initial offer was $500, but after some bargaining we settled on $1,325. Unfortunately the offer came from one of Sedo’s partners, so Sedo took a 20% cut – ouch! – and I ended up getting a check for $1,000.

Still, not a bad profit for a domain that I bought at auction for $60 and held for three or four years.

In my opinion, dot com domains that consist of two dictionary words are always worth holding, as long as the name even remotely makes sense.

Use a registrar that doesn’t charge too much, like GoDaddy or Moniker. Park the domain name with one of the more visible parking services. Eventually you’ll get an offer, even if you have to hold the domain for a while.