How a Premium Domain Can Boost Your Business

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I just received newsletter from Archeo which is division of Marchex Sales, LLC and it’s worth sharing.

“According to the Small Business Association, there are roughly 28 million small businesses in the U.S. Many of which are working extra hard to compete with bigger businesses and stand out among the competition. Of those 28 million small businesses, an astounding 22 million (79%) are self-employed with no additional employees on the payroll.

How-a-Premium-Domain-Can-Boost-Your-BusinessWhether you’re running a business solo or you have a team of employees, it can be a challenge to gain brand awareness. This is especially the case if like most small businesses you lack your own website. In a recent survey by Yodle, it was reported that 52% of U.S. small businesses still do not have a website.

Having a website not only helps establish credibility and attracts new customers to your products or services, it also serves as a powerful marketing tool that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With no additional employees or as with most small business, operating solo, a website is like having an entire team that is on and working while you’re sleeping, on vacation, or spending time with your family. This is an efficient way to keep your virtual doors and new opportunities open, even when your actual business may be closed! In addition to having a website, having a great domain name that properly attracts your customers is key to the website’s success. By including industry or location specific keywords, your domain name can help your customers find you faster.

Premium domains are often associated with popular keywords and most premium domains attract type-in traffic. This means people are actually typing in the exact terms or keywords searching for your type of business in your location. If your domain name keywords match or are related to what these potential customers are looking for, you are more likely to attract the most targeted leads.

 

What’s great about domains is that you can point (or “redirect”) as many domains as you like to your existing website. By doing this, you can help attract more customers. While you can not only point an unlimited number of domains, the “redirecting” service is available at any domain registrar and is often free.

While the top industries for small businesses are still just building their websites and gaining an online presence, the availability of related premium domains is still very high. There is so much room to grow and many really great domains are still available. Whether you have an existing website or are just getting started, take the first step in owning your own domain. Secure your small business band and help drive more customers to your business.”

 

Transfer the domain to me because your domain has no active website!

Transfer-the-domain-to-me-because-your-domain-has-no-active-website!Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,
Couple of days back I received an email for one of my domain which I recently acquired and is currently parked at DomainNameSales.com. I laughed at the message and thought who will be the crazy person to follow his instructions. Below is the entire email and I have just changed the domain name.
“Dear Abdul Basit,

My name is Jerome and I am setting up a new website that I would like to name:

MyDomainName.com.

I noticed that you are the owner of this domain but there is no active website. Therefore, I would like to know if you could kindly release it.

I will of course reimburse you one year of domain fee.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Best Regards,
Jerome

How to release a domain name

Note: The following steps assume that you have accessed the Control Panel for the domain name to be renewed.

To non-renew your domain name:

  1. From Manage my Web site, click Domain Manager.  If prompted, log in.
  2. Locate the domain name to be renewed, click the Actions drop-down menu, and select Renew/Cancel. If you do not find the domain name to be renewed on the initial screen, click the Up or Down arrows to navigate to the desired domain name.  Note: If the domain name selected is the only domain name on a Shared Web Hosting account, the non-renewal of the domain name does not constitute the non-renewal of the web hosting account. Domain names are separately billed from web hosting accounts. The reverse also applies. If you cancel a web hosting account that has one or more domain name registrations attached, this will not constitute the non-renewal of your domain names.
  3. If you intend to close your web hosting account, follow the directions found in the 30-day Renewal Notice. You may also close your account from the My Account Options link in the Control Panel.
  4. Click to select No, release this domain name for public registration, then click Continue.  Note: By choosing the non-renewal of a domain name, the domain name in question is removed from the Domain Manager Tool. This removal means that we will not post a renewal request when the renewal is due. The domain will simply expire with the Registrar and applicable registry. If you had purchased private registration for this domain, your private registration will not renew either. The status of your private registration when you chose to non-renew the domain name is carried through to the end of the registration.
  5. Click Finish.

Prior to the release of the domain name for others to register, you will receive a Deactivation Notice. This notice is sent as a reminder that the domain name has been deactivated. The Deactivation Notice means the domain name has been removed from our channel and has been rendered inactive on the Internet. If you do decide to renew at this point, you should contact us immediately so we can attempt to renew the domain name for you. Do keep in mind there is no guarantee that we can renew a deactivated domain name.”

When I didn’t respond to his initial email, today I received second mail from him:

“Dear Abdul Basit,

Could you please have a look at my email and let me know if you are keen to release the domain MyDomainName.com?

As mentioned in my previous email I noticed that there is no active website with this named so I hope that it will be ok for you to release this domain.

I will of course reimburse you one year of domain fee.

I hope that you will consider my request and hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks.
Best Regards,

Jerome”

He was so kind to offer me one year of renewal or reg fee which he thinks I am currently unable to pay! :D

Have you received similar email for one of your domains? I personally don’t think this guy can be successful in getting any domain by using this cheap method.

Moniker Announces John McLaughlin as New Chief Operating Officer

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Recently I moved out all my domains from Moniker to a different registrar and thousands of domains have been moved out in lately. There will be heavy workload on John McLaughlin which has just been appointed as new chief operating officer of Moniker. For more details, below is the press release:

“We’re excited to announce a new addition to the Moniker executive team, Mr. John McLaughlin who will assume responsibility as our new Chief Operating Officer. John brings over 25 years of experience to the team and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard.

“I’m excited to join Moniker at a time when there is tremendous value in improving operations,” commented Mr. McLaughlin. “Moniker has always been a great service provider for domainers and internet professionals alike. The new management platform represents an industry leading solution that we plan on developing further to deliver security and value added services. Restoring trust in our operations is my primary goal and I am confident we can fully deliver on that promise.”

John’s mission will be to improve quality management and process development so that we can more effectively bring better products to market. John’s wealth of knowledge will balance customer concerns with resource allocation to streamline operations while improving strategy and execution. As a new member of the executive team, we will utilize his abilities and management expertise to push Moniker forward while delivering products that better meet customer needs and expectations.

The Moniker Team”

Although all my domains at Moniker were pushed by SnapNames from where I won domain auctions. I wouldn’t like to keep my domains there but I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Recent Domain Sales

recent-domain-salesHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As mentioned in my previous post where I shared parking revenue for October 2014, I promised to share couple of domain sales I completed last month.

First I sold HomeBird.com for $4,500 which will be soon reported in DnJournal next weekly sales report. I bought this domain in three figs several years back. Transaction was really smoothly done and dusted. Previous to this inquiry for HomeBird which turned into successful sale, I had received a total of 14 inquiries. I never thought of receiving that many inquiries until the deal was completed.

Next sale was out of nowhere really. As you know at the start of this year I have myself stopped contacting endusers and wants them to show their interest in buying my domain. But previously I used to send hundreds of emails trying to sell my domain and one was for the domain Jyden.com which I sold for $2,000. I initially contacted the buyer almost 3 years back but the buyer wasn’t satisfied going through Escrow.com and wanted to send money through bank which was acceptable. Still they had problem and asked if they could send $1,000 in between the domain transfer process and remaining 1k after the domain is transferred to them. I refused and the talk stalled there. I tried to educate them as best and our discussions took place for at least couple of months but of no use…

Last month they came back and wanted to proceed with Escrow.com and I was happy to go ahead and finish off. Not a big sale but it was more of a surprise sale for me. Both domains were acquired some years back in three figs each.

Feel free to share your views on those sales and have you made any sales recently?

Parking revenue for October 2014 and other updates

Parking-revenue-for-October-2014-and-other-updatesHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

There wasn’t much changes in parking revenue for September so I thought to skip it this time and move on to October parking revenue which was quite better.

Total visitors – 135,000+ (10k increase from the previous month).

Total clicks – 4,500+ (not much changes).

Total parked domains – 800 (An increase of 50 domains).

Total revenue – $650 (some improvement).

Top 5 niche which made the most – Games, Health, Photography, Cooking, Music.

$$ made on a single day – $31

RPM – $6.02 (Almost $1 increase in overall RPM).

CTR – 4.57% (Little drop in this one).

So now I have 800 domains under my portfolio and as per my 5 goals to reach by this year, I have to get 1,000 domains by the end of Dec 2014 which to be honest seems not quite possible. One of the main reason is I don’t see that many good domains dropping due to which I am unable to buy quality names. Also the prices have gone much higher and many crazy people are overpaying for domains which are worth far less than what they actually ends up paying for it.

Also, there is political unrest in my country and I am very much focused on this issue and sometimes I have forgot to bid on domains at the last minute. I can count this one of the reason for which chances of having 1k domains at the end of this year seems low.

Last month I lost at least one domain in auction due to electricity outage which is very much normal in my country. In summer, 15+ hours electricity is shut off even in big cities like mine. This is frustrating specially when I wanted to bid at the last minute of auction and finds out myself on the losing side because of this reason. Time is up for our corrupt politicians who are currently leading our country and they have come into power by fake votes. My prayers are with Imran Khan whom everyone wants to come into power and In Sha ALLAH we will see him in action by next year when midterm elections will be held and all corrupt politicians will be held accountable.

Stay tuned for my next post where I will share couple of my domain sales completed last month.

What has been your parking revenue for October 2014? Made any sale recently which you would like to share?