Could your Domain Name Be Bad for Business?

You have decided to start your own business online and you want to start advertising and getting potential customers to your site. Imagine being able to run your business 24 hours a day 7 days a week and never leave your house to do so.

Running a business online can be very profitable if you have the correct domain name for your business.

You don’t want to mislead your customers by advertising something that you don’t sell to get them into your store. This can lead to trouble and you don’t need that.

When you choose your domain name you may want to consider your most popular item that you will be offering and see if you can add that into your domain name.

Like if you have the name “Pens R Us” chances are your customers will know that you are selling pens, paper, and office supplies. When they need to order they can click on your site to choose from the many varieties that you carry. They may even be able to get their company logo on the pens when they order.

This is a great way to add your business product into your domain name.

If you are selling pens and office supplies and you choose a domain name such as “Paper Products”, this covers a lot of general ground and may not attract the potential customers that you would have attracted if you had used “Pens R Us”.

You need to try to be specific with your domain name in order to get it right. Your name sometimes says it all and it is all that someone will see. Choose a name that is important to your business and helps you to become a success.

Domain Name Search – Tips For How To Do It Right

When it comes to choosing a great domain name, it really should come down to more than just something that sounds clever. There are specific things you can do that can increase the amount of traffic your site gets, of course the focus of your site will go a long way to determining which methods will work best for you. Here are some domain name search ideas to keep in mind the next time you are in the market for a new domain name.

First of all, you have to determine what the purpose of your site will be and how you plan on getting your traffic. If you are putting up a website to sell a product or service online your site name should be something directly related to that product or service. To drastically increase the amount of organic traffic (this it the traffic that basically ‘stumbles’ upon your website because the search term they used matches the keywords you’ve used for your sites domain name and any on site search engine optimization you’ve done), you should create a domain name that is a highly searched for search term.

To illustrate what I mean let’s look at the example of a niche on dog training. Let’s say that you’ve done keyword research on this niche and you’ve found the term ‘simple dog training” gets a lot of monthly searches and doesn’t have a lot of competition. That would be a great keyword to target. If you could get a domain name that was “SimpleDogTraining.com” you’d likely get a lot of free traffic.

If this is your primary goal you may want to also consider using a .net or a .org extension especially if any non-organic traffic you get will come from links in articles or PPC which people will just click on as opposed to typing in the address (this makes a difference because if people are actually typing the address into their browser bar they are more likely to type a .com than any other extension). You can also have a domain name that is a little longer, usually no more than 4 words is a good rule of thumb.

If the purpose of your site is to encourage visitors to tell their friends and recommend other’s check it out you’ll want a shorter, easier to remember domain name since most people will have to type the domain name into the browser themselves rather than just click a link and the longer the domain name (or if you have an unusual extension) people will most likely mis-type it and not get to your website.

Once you’ve got a list of viable domain names it’s time to see if they are actually available. To do that go to NameCheap, RightBiz.net or do a search for other’s online. Enter your desired domain name and see if it’s available. If you buy one domain at a time for a one year period it will cost around $10 a year (you can get discounts if you buy in bulk or if you register a name for more than one year at a time).

Having your own domain name is very important to your success online, picking the right domain is also crucial. Before you start your domain name search, remember to keep these tips in mind.

How to appraise two-word new gTLD names with high monthly search volumes

Today: How most 5L/4L sales have been made / FetchBook.info sold for $4,150 / Is the $28,309 sale of DigitalBrain.com because of this? – Facebook is funding brain experiments… / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Looking for pronounceable 4L .com – Budget: Up to $2,000.00 – If you have any pronounceable four-letter .com’s in your portfolio that meets this buyers criteria, you could be able to liquidate for some fast cash today.

Legal Cost to File a UDRP and Other Questions – Have you ever filed a UDRP before? If so, what were the costs associated with the filing that one should expect to pay? Check out what some domain investors or companies have paid to file one.

Looking for BrandBucket Approved or Published – Budget: Up to $100.00 – Be sure to double check your portfolio to see if you have any BrandBucket approved domain names you would be willing to liquidate for some quick spending cash this weekend.

FetchBook.info sold for $4,150 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a nine-letter, two-word, .info domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Is the $28,309 sale of DigitalBrain.com because of this? – Facebook is funding brain experiments… – Is this a far reach into left field with a conspiracy theory attached to it or is it really a motivating factor for the five-figure sale?

How most 5L/4L sales have been made – If you’ve been investing into five-letter or four-letter domain names a while and figured out the sweet spots in how to sell them, share some of your experience. If you haven’t figured it out yet, take a peak at what other investors are saying.

How to appraise two-word new gTLD names with high monthly search volumes – Do you invest in high monthly search volume new gTLD’s that are two-word combinations? How do you justify the investment? Take a look at how some domain investors appraise them and share your techniques.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

FUP.com sold for $20,455

Today: Tyc999.com sold for $6,701 / Discuss and Share Token Domains / Where to sell .uk domain easily / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Interview with the DNA (Domain Name Association) – How much do you actually know about Domain Name Association (DNA)? Take a peak at what what the founders said in an interview and learn more about their core mission.

Buying 2 keyword Domains for my clients – Budget: Up to $300.00 – If you have a two-word .com in your portfolio that meets this buyers specified criteria, you might have an opportunity to liquidate for some quick spending cash this weekend.

Buying BB Keyword Listed names – Total Budget: $2,200.00 – This buyer is seeking a bulk lot of brandable domain names listed at BrandBucket and ready for a smooth transaction you want to liquidate.

Looking for 4L .com domains; minimum 20 years old required – Total Budget: $2,500.00 – Be sure to triple-check your portfolio for one of these four-letter .com’s that meets this investors guideline. This could be an opportunity for a fast liquidation.

Discuss and Share Token Domains – Are you investing in token domain name assets? How is the market doing for you? Check out what token investors are saying and compare notes.

Where to sell .uk domain easily – Is there really such a thing as a place to sell a .uk ccTLD easily or are all the places about the same? Take a look at what some .uk domain investors are saying.

FUP.com sold for $20,455 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a three-letter .com domain for five-figures, however, I would have guessed it would fetch a bit more than it did. Do you think it should have sold for more or less?

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Developing a domain and the effect on resale value down the road

Today: SVH.com Stolen From Hospital! / PlaySport.co.uk sold for $5,468 / Best Tool to Find Dropped Domains / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Buying 4L COM Domains – Budget: Up to $350.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these four-letter .com’s in case you want to liquidate for some fast cash this weekend.

Complainant wins arbitration only to let the domain drop – Have you ever seen a domain name go into arbitration, the complainant, and then let the domain drop, as if to just prove a point? Check this out.

Looking For Cannabis/Weed Related Domains – Budget: Up to $100.00 – Double check your portfolio for a cannabis or weed related domain name that meets this buyers criteria if you want a fast sale.

SVH.com Stolen From Hospital! – Wow! Have you ever seen a domain name stolen like this one that can compromise thousands of people financial and identity information before? Scary world out there.

PlaySport.co.uk sold for $5,468 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a ten-letter, two-word, .co.uk domain name for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Best Tool to Find Dropped Domains – Everyone has a different way to find quality dropped domain names, however, only a few do it successfully. What is your go-to tool that never fails you time and time again? Take a peak at what tools other domain investors use.

Developing a domain and the effect on resale value down the road – Have you ever developed some of your domain name assets for the long-haul until they sell? Did developing them increase or decrease the value of the domain asset? Take a look at what some domain investors are saying.

Today’s Marketplace/Auction Picks:

Expired Domains – Can Be Profitable

It’s a sad fact, but many people start an online business and then abandon it when they’re aren’t making as much money as they thought they should be (of course there may be many other reasons why they stopped working on their online business, but getting frustrated and giving up is a common scenario). For this reason people don’t always renew their domain names when they expire, these expired domains can actually be money in the bank to the savvy internet marketer.

The biggest advantage is that many of these expired domain names actually have a website that is ranked high in the search engines and has a nice steady stream of traffic. Buying a site that has a high rank and that already gets traffic will make it so much easier for you to make money since you don’t have to invest the time to start from scratch. No matter what some of the more unethical ‘gurus’ online may try to tell you, it takes time to get your website to the point where it is getting enough traffic to be profitable.

Allowing a site to ‘age’ can help the traffic a lot as the search engines tend to like older sites more. It also allows for there to be a lot of backlinks into the site, and again, building these links is time consuming so if you can benefit from someone else who has done the work for you, you can be that much further ahead.

Another great advantage is you might be able to pick up a gem, though it’s rare, in a market that has become saturated and it’s difficult to find a good domain name. This expired domain may be just the thing but you will most likely be paying a premium for it.

That brings me to another point, while there are many places online where you can buy domains that have expired you do have to be careful to not get caught up in the moment and overpay for a site. You should be willing to spend time to do your due diligence and make sure that the domain you are interested in is actually worth the amount of money that is being charged for it.

Some of the things you should check out are the number of back links to the site, what the page rank is and how long the site has been active. Some unscrupulous people will try to make a killing on a site that is no longer in it’s heyday and not getting the traffic it once did. They will show you old stats that are no longer accurate as a way to trick you into paying more than the domain is actually worth.

If you know what you are doing and are willing to invest the time to adequately research any given site to make sure it’s still profitable, than buying expired domains can be an amazing way to get a turnkey site up and running (and making money) for you. Someone else has already done a lot of the work, now you get to reap the rewards. Have fun!

Best social media options to sell domain names

Today: Tyc999.com sold for $6,701 / Share and discuss Venus Domains / .com registration @ $ 1.99 / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Buying aged keyword domains, BB or SH domains or 1word .io domains – Budget: Up to $50.00 ea. – Are you looking to sell any aged keyword, brandable, or single-word .io domain names in bulk? If so, this might be an opportunity.

2-word .Com – Alliterations – Budget: Up to $3,000.00 – If you have any two-word alliteration .com domain names you want to liquidate for some fast cash, this might be an opportunity.

Domain in real estate with 10-20 domain authority – Budget: Up to $100.00 – Be sure to triple check your portfolio for one of these real estate domain names with some domain authority. This buyers ready for a quick transaction.

.MONSTER for 1.99 – Have you invested into any .monster new gTLD’s yet? If you have been on the fence and haven’t pulled the trigger due to registration costs, this $1.99 promotion might help.

Tyc999.com sold for $6,701 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a three-letter + three-number (six-character) .com domain for a mid-four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

Share and discuss Venus Domains – Are you investing in any venus niche domain names and have some that you think are premium quality? Which ones are your best? Take a look at some of the venus domains other investors own.

.com registration @ $ 1.99 – If you were thinking about registering a .com domain name and wanting to save some cash, this might be an opportunity to do so.

Best social media options to sell domain names – Which social media platform works best for selling your domain names out of them all? Take a peak at what some domain investors are saying the best social media platform for selling domains is.

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How to generate revenue for your domain portfolio

Today: Average time it takes to sell a domain / HelloPay.com sold for $14,802 / Unlmtd.com sold for $3,700 / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today:

Smart Search engine – Opened again – Budget: Up to $25,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these smart search engine domain names. This could be the perfect time to liquidate for some fast reinvestment capital.

Buying brandable approved names – Budget: $250.00 – Be sure to double check your portfolio for one of these brandable domain names approved at one of the marketplaces the buyer mentioned for a fast liquidation opportunity.

Average time it takes to sell a domain – What is the average time it takes for you to sell a domain name? Is it consistent every time between each domain name sale or does it fluctuate? Take a look at what some investors are saying.

BitSec.com sold for $4,550 – Take a peak at this domain name sales report for a mid-four-figures. Do six-letter, two-word domain names like this always sell for an average price like this?

HelloPay.com sold for $14,802 – Check out this eight-letter, two-word, .com domain that sold for five-figures. Do you think the market was good to this domain asset or should it have sold for a different amount?

Unlmtd.com sold for $3,700 – That’s not a bad domain name sales report for a six-letter brandable .com domain for four-figures. Do you think it should have sold for more or less than what it sold for?

How to generate revenue for your domain portfolio – Do you have a working strategy to generate enough revenue that covers your domain portfolio renewals each year? Share your secrets and compare notes with other domain investors sharing theirs.

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Domain Name Parking – Works For You

More people are turning to the internet to make money, they are also snapping up domain names like crazy. For that reason, if you have a certain niche market you’ve been thinking about, it may be a good idea to buy your domain name now, even if you can’t get to it right away, so it’s not already taken when you want it. You may actually be able to earn a little money while it just sits there if you use domain name parking.

Once you’ve bought your domain name it can just ‘sit’ idly by and do nothing, or you can register with a domain parking site. This will allow you to place ads on your parked domain and potentially make a little revenue for you until you’re ready to build your niche website.

One thing to keep in mind though is that unless you have a very highly searched for domain name, your site isn’t going to get much traffic and it won’t generate many sales so the cost of a domain parking service may not be worth it.

In that case you may just be better off keeping your domain parked at the place where you registered it. If you do want to try to make some money from your domain and you have a great domain name that gets a lot of traffic every month, you have to be careful which domain parking service you use.

You want to make sure that you get a fair share of the revenue generated by the ads on your site. You also want to be able to generate your own landing pages so you can optimize your click through rate and make more money.

Domain parking can provide you with a nice additional monthly income. If you are able to register your new domain name (one that is a very popular search term) or you may even be able to pick up an older domain name that someone has let expire, in either of these scenarios you might be able to make some nice money every month.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that all domain parking companies are created equal. Make sure you do your research so you can get the biggest cut of the click through rate (CTR) possible. To get the most out of your domain name keep your landing page and advertisements very targeted. If your domain name is golfballs.com you might not want to include ads that are not about golf balls.

Some people have actually built whole online businesses around finding great domain names and parking them. They don’t just buy a site and park it until they can get to it, they buy a domain name based on the number of monthly visitors it will receive and then they place ads on the site and do everything they can to optimize the click through rate… that is how they make money.

Whether you buy a domain name and want to earn a little money until you can get to it or you buy a domain name with the express purpose of using a domain name parking service to make money from it, there are a lot of companies around and you should choose one carefully. You’ll find a list I use in my last blog post here.

Domain Name Parking – What Is It

What is domain name parking? Well, let’s say that you’ve got a great idea for a niche website but you’re in the middle of something else and just won’t be able to get to it for a while, in the meantime you don’t want anyone else to snap up that great domain name you’ve come up with, so you buy the domain name and park it until you can get to it.

When you buy a domain name you can then build a website with that name, and have a hosting company host it for you. Hosting simply means that you will have a small ‘space’ online where your website will appear when someone enters your domain name into their computer browser. Sometimes, though, someone will either buy a domain name that they simply can’t put up a website with right away or they will buy a domain name with the sole idea of parking it to generate some income.

While it’s true that in most cases you can just park your domain with your domain registration company or hosting account for free, (you don’t even have to park it but any visitors that may come to your domain will receive an error message), you can also park it with a company that specializes in helping you monetize your parked domain. Here are a few:

BODIS – https://www.bodis.com/
Domain Apps – https://domainapps.com/
ParkingCrew – https://www.parkingcrew.com/
Rook Media – https://www.rookmedia.net/
SmartName (A GoDaddy Company) – http://www.smartname.com/smartname/
The Parking Place – https://theparkingplace.com/
Voodoo – https://www.voodoo.com/
Afternic – https://www.afternic.com/domain-parking/

And two more: Sedo and Uniregistry.

They will place ads on your parked domain and whenever you get a visitor you will get paid if they click on one of the ads. This can either be a nice little extra income stream until you can build the website or it can become a full time income, though in order to make that much money you will need to have many parked domains and you will have to be very careful in choosing your domain names.

It’s up to you to decide which method makes sense for you and your financial goals, but one thing you do need to be careful of are all the scams that will promise to provide you with a system to make hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, by parking domains. I’m not saying that you can’t benefit from learning all the ins and outs of this process by getting a system, I’m just saying that you need to be careful that you don’t get taken in the process.

One of the best ways to get traffic to your parked domain for free is choosing wisely when it comes time to pick out your domain name. If you choose a term that has many monthly searches and you keep that term (keyword) intact and use it as your domain name, you will get a lot of ‘organic’ traffic. Organic traffic is any visitor that finds your site simply because they entered the keyword you were focusing on for your site. This is different from people who click on a link and are taken to your site.

Whether you use domain name parking temporarily until you can get your website built or you use it as an income stream, just take a little time to find out the best way to go about this method for an online business.