Five Keys to Domaining Success

Advice for Beginners, Buying Domains, Life Issues, Quote of the Day, Selling Domains November 19th, 2007

Five key to succeeding in the domain name business

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison

Having a hard time with this domain name business? Or for that matter, with any other challenge you’re facing in life? Have you been working at it for a long time and starting to feel like you’re not going to get there?

Don’t give up, evolve. Learn from your mistakes.

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Pay Attention to This New Domainer Blog

Advice for Beginners, Blogging, Blogroll November 18th, 2007

Pay attention to this new domain name blog

No, not mine… I’m talking about DNBizBlog.com. I came across this blog last week, and though it’s still freshly minted with only four posts, I’m very impressed with what I’ve read so far. The author, who goes simply by the handle ASN5, is a programmer and domainer from way back who registered his first domain in 1994.

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Follow Up On the Sedo dot Mobi Auction

Advice for Beginners, Domain Auctions, Selling Domains November 10th, 2007

results of the sedo dot mobi auction

In my previous post I mentioned Sedo’s ongoing premium dot Mobi auction and suggested two of my own domain names, installer.mobi and updater.mobi, that were included in the auction. I’m not quite satisfied with the results of the auction, but I can live with it.

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Are There Still Opportunities in Domain Names?

Advice for Beginners, Life Issues, Opportunities, Priorities October 31st, 2007

opportunities in domain names?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931)

Many new domainers feel that the domain name train has left the station. They look at the pioneers like Rick Schwartz, Frank Schilling and Kevin Ham and think, “Those guys took all the good names. There’s nothing left. It was a one-time deal.” Is that true? Can you still get rich with domain names, or is it too late?

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Updates to 25 Must-Read Blogs for Domainers (and Some Extras)

Advice for Beginners, Domain Tools October 10th, 2007

every domainer's dream

I have updated my most popular post, “23 Must-Read Blogs for Domainers (and Some Extras)” and it’s now “25 Must-Read Blogs for Domainers (and Some Extras).”

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To Succeed, Stick to Your System and Eliminate Emotion

Advice for Beginners, Domaining Mistakes October 1st, 2007

develop a domaining system

Whether you’re buying and selling stocks, options, futures or domain names, the biggest mistake is to make decisions based on greed and fear.

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Monetizing Domain Names of Former Websites Can Be a Challenge

Advice for Beginners, Monetizing Domains September 15th, 2007

monetizing domain names of former websites

If you own any domains that used to be functioning websites and still receive traffic from back links, you may have noticed that these can be hard to monetize. The click through rate is typically quite low. Why is this, and what can be done about it?

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Response to “Domainer Haikus”

Advice for Beginners September 9th, 2007

Insurance for domain names

Amateur Domainer has written a few haikus expressing his mood, which is not positive.

Here’s my response:

Working late at night
Wind rustling the night time trees
Tapping the keyboard

Domaining takes time
You don’t get rich overnight
Keep on working it

Beware This Domain Name Renewal Phishing Scam

Advice for Beginners, Domaining Mistakes August 31st, 2007

Domain name scam - is Cisco involved?

I received a domain name renewal notice today from a company supposedly based in Brussels, Belgium. I did not spot it right away as a vicious phishing scam because I own many domains at many different registrars, and I don’t always remember where each particular domain is hosted. So I clicked on the link to renew my domain name (I won’t make that mistake again). I found myself at a renewal page of a company called Domain Renewal that was charging $79.95 for a one year renewal. I was stunned. Almost $80 for a one year renewal? That’s 10 times what I pay at top registrars like Moniker.com and GoDaddy.com!

But there’s more to it than just a costly transfer scam.

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40 Must-Read Blogs for Domainers

Advice for Beginners, Blogging, Domain Industry News, Domain Tools August 25th, 2007

Keep on domaining - maybe you'll end up on this tropical beach
Here’s my list of not-to-be-missed blogs about domaining, by top domainers (I included mine on the list – forgive the presumption). In alphabetical order:

  1. CircleID.comhttp://www.circleid.com/
    More of a social media site than a true blog, CircleID.com is a community hub for the internet’s infrastructure & policies.
  2. The Conceptualist – http://www.conceptualist.com/
    Sahar Sarid’s is co-founder of Recall Media Group and self-made domain entrepreneur. I check this one every day.
  3. David Carter’s Bloghttp://www.david-carter.com/blog/
    David is a domainer and internet marketer from Birmingham, U.K.
  4. DailyDomainer.com – http://www.dailydomainer.com/
    I’m not sure what’s going on with the Daily Domainer. This blog was inactive from June to October, then there was a small flurry of posts, and now it is dormant once again. In any case there’s plenty of good archived material.
  5. DirectNavigation.comhttp://directnavigation.com/
    A recent addition to this list, DirectNavigation.com is written by an experienced domainer. Frequent updates consist of short domain industry news briefs.
  6. DNBizBlog.comhttp://www.dnbizblog.com/
    DNBizBlog just debuted in November 2007, but is a truly welcome addition with excellent advice and personal experiences of a long-time domainer. This is what we need more of.
  7. DomainBits.comhttp://www.domainbits.com/
    Jeff Behrendt’s blog debuted in November 2007 and has already garnered a lot of attention for its well-researched posts.
  8. Domain Name Newshttp://www.domainnamenews.com/
    Run by two domainers, this blog supplies domain industry news, particularly coverage of domain conferences.
  9. DomainPulse.comhttp://www.domainpulse.com/
    Domain pulse provides a steady stream of domain name industry news.
  10. DomainerPro.comhttp://www.domainerpro.com/
    W. H. Abdelgawad’s new domaining blog is a welcome addition. Good information for beginning domainers, and general domaining strategies.
  11. The Domainer’s Gazettehttp://www.domainersgazette.com/
    Billed as ” Domainers Covering the Domaining Industry”, this is Peter Askew’s domaining blog. Peter started this blog in March 2007 and has posted much useful information.
  12. DomainTools Bloghttp://blog.domaintools.com/
    Jay Westerdal’s blog is updated frequently and provides heavy coverage of domain name conferences and auctions. Jay is a frequent poster on NamePros.com as well.
  13. Domain Name Wirehttp://www.domainnamewire.com/
    News source for the domain name industry written by industry experts and edited by Andrew Allemann.
  14. Dominik Mueller Domain Name Consultinghttp://www.dmueller.com/
    Dominik, who has been in the domain business since 2003, specializes in the sale and acquisition of premium domain names.
  15. DotSauce Domain News Magazinehttp://www.dotsauce.com/
    DotSauce was founded in April 2007 by Mark Fulton who says, “we understand that you want more than drab news and controversy concerning ICANN, so we will often times include articles, reviews and news on innovative applications and resources you may find useful.”
  16. Elliot’s Blog – http://www.elliotsblog.com/
    Elliot Silver is the owner of Top Notch Domains LLC, which owns a strong portfolio of generic domain names. His blog is definitely a must-read, not least for his superb “5 With” series of interviews of major domaining personalities.
  17. Inside Domaininghttp://www.insidedomaining.blogspot.com/
    Steve Granville-Smith’s blog: “This is Your Time, You Were Born to Be A Domainer!”
  18. The Key – http://blogs.business2.com/sloan/
    Paul Sloan’s blog is a member of Business 2.0’s Blog Network, and is very industry oriented.
  19. Name Brief – http://www.namebrief.com/
    Bret Fausett is not a prolific poster, but his writing is interesting and relevant.
  20. RickLatona.comhttp://www.ricklatona.com/
    Rick Latona is a top domainer who has recently debuted a blog and a daily newsletter in which he offers premium domains for sale at low prices.
  21. The Rick Shwartz Domain and Traffic Bloghttp://www.ricksblog.com/
    Rick Schwartz, the “Domain King,” says that he is “famous for ruffling feathers.” In any case, he is one of the leaders of the domain name industry and his blog is indispensable reading for any serious domainer.
  22. Seven Mile: the Official Frank Schilling Bloghttp://frankschilling.typepad.com/my_weblog/
    Frank Schilling is one of the dukes of the domain name industry. Any domainer can learn a lot from him.
  23. Tropical SEO – http://tropicalseo.com/
    Crude language but insightful posts on search engine optimization (obviously), domaining and “competitive webmastering.”
  24. Whizzbangsblog.comhttp://whizzbangsblog.com/
    Michael Gilmour’s domaining blog.
  25. Other Important Blogs

    These blogs are not focused specifically on domain names, though some of them do address the topic from time to time. But they are very useful for anyone interested in website monetization and profitable web publishing:

  26. Aaron Wall’s SEO Book.comhttp://www.seobook.com/
    An important blog about online marketing and search engine optimization.
  27. CopyBlogger.comhttp://www.copyblogger.com/
    Copywriting tips for online marketing success.
  28. DNXpert.comhttp://www.dnxpert.com/
    Domain name industry news. Blogger John Motson also regularly shares lists of good expired or available domain names with his readers and subscribers.
  29. doshdoshhttp://www.doshdosh.com/
    Subtitled “helping you make money online”, doshdosh.com is an incredibly useful blog. Updated daily, there is a wealth of information here about blogging, website monetization and promotion strategies, and online entrepreneurship in general.
  30. Tony Hill’s Ad Publishing Bloghttp://www.tony-hill.net/
    Great guidance on effective web publishing.
  31. Extras:

    These are not necessarily must-read blogs, but they make for interesting reading nonetheless:

  32. Ambler on the Net – http://www.ambler.net/
    Christopher Ambler’s industry blog, covering Internet industry news, ICANN, the Domain Name System, Domainers, domain monetization, and other items of interest.
  33. The Amateur Domainerhttp://www.amateurdomainer.com/
    He portrays himself as a total bumbler, just trying to make a few cents. But for a beginner he’s doing a lot of things right. I ended up reading almost every post he’s written.
  34. BorgHunter’s Blog – http://www.borghunter.com/
    Though only a high school student, Mitchell Bundy’ – the “Borg Hunter” -has notably developed a domain name portfolio plugin for WordPress.
  35. BVTD.com: Buying, Valuating and Trading Domainshttp://bvtd.com/
    A new blog introduced in March 2008 by a fellow who collects LLLL.com and LLLLL.com domains as a hobby.
  36. Domaining.org.ukhttp://www.domaining.org.uk/
    An excellent blog that focuses on .uk domains.
  37. DNVW: Domain Name Values Weeklyhttp://www.dnvw.com/
    This blog recently changed hands and David, the new owner, has given it a fresh breath of life. With its new design and updated content, this is one to watch.
  38. Income.comhttp://www.income.com/
    John Reese’s Income.com blog contains a lot of useful information about marketing, traffic generation and SEO.
  39. Quad Letter Domainshttp://www.quadletterdomains.com/
    Market trends, news and personal experience of four letter domains for enthusiasts and investors.
  40. StevePavlina.com: Personal Development for Smart Peoplehttp://www.stevepavlina.com/
    Steve Pavlina’s blog contains enough material on personal development to fill several books. He also writes about blogging and making money online.Inactive Blogs:
  41. DomainEditorial.comhttp://www.domaineditorial.com/
    This blog has not been active since July 2007 but has some good archived material.
  42. Domain Rookie – http://domainrookie.com/
    Subtitled, “Stumbling through the domain investment world one day at a time”, this is another blog that had some promise but petered out in July 2007.