DomainX 2015 Conference

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s the second annual DomainX Conference 2015 coming up this year which will take place from 7-8th August in Banglore, India at The Taj West End, voted as the number one business hotel in India & number two in the world by the Conde Nast Traveller UK.

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There will be some key speakers like Ron Jackson, Frank Schilling, Zak Muscovitch, Jason Schaeffer and a few more. Conference organizer Manmeet Singh informed me about DomainX Conference some time back and he invited me to be one of the speakers at his conference for which I am very much thankful. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year’s conference mainly due to accident and shifting to new place for which I need some time to settle down everything. Hope I can attend in 2016.

You can reserve tickets online and feel free to share here if any one you are going to attend this conference so others might get in touch with you easily.

New record in domain parking revenue for May 2015

 

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I was late in publishing the parking revenue for May 2015 as I got an accident due to which I am typing with one hand. I am hoping to get well by next month In Sha ALLAH :)

As per my goals set for this year it seems I am in the right direction. I just ended up by making very little over $1,000 in domain parking which was a real good sign. The most important thing is to have consistency and will be closely looking to those domains which are making most of the revenue.

I bought a domain recently which I found to have been making good in revenue overall. It has backlinks of over 500k which in my opinion is huge in numbers.

 

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Total visitors – 70,000+ (huge decline comparing to previous months).

Total clicks – 3,300+ (Again less number of clicks comparing to previous months).

Total parked domains – 1,000.

Total revenue – $1,000 (Better revenue comparing to many previous months)

Top 5 niche which made the most – Insurance, Insurance, Brandable, Cooking, Games.

$$ made on a single day – $136 (Highest revenue on a given day).

RPM – $14.04 (Highest so far in overall RPM).

CTR – 4.57% (Not as good as in past).

I found there was significantly less visitors compare to previous months and finally I reached the mark of 1,000 in having that number of domains in my portfolio. But at the end I like the revenue to be the most and doesn’t matter much how many visitors come 😉

I need to reach my goal of selling 20-24 domains this year as I need to focus on selling more domains and take whatever decent profit I am getting which is still not up to the mark.

I think this is the slowest post I have ever made in typing and I hope there are no typing errors 😀

How was your revenue since the start of this year? Care to share your recent domain sale(s)?

One major goal achieved with some other updates

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As everyone can see I have made my last post almost a month back and the main reason behind that was to shift from Karachi to new place which I mentioned in one of my previous posts. I was going to either shift in Dubai or Islamabad this summer and ALHUMDULLILAH finally I decided and moved to Islamabad this month.

I visited Islamabad earlier too, did survey before finally shifting on permanent basis. I found this better place for my family’s future. Recently we bought new house and a hybrid car Prius Tommykaira 2011 for which I wanted to share some pictures with you all.

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Prius Tommykaira 2011

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So far 1 goal has been achieved and I will try my best to achieve remaining 4 goals within this year although I know it will be difficult because while shifting and all I got slowed down in buying as well as selling domains. I will try my level best to publish posts more regularly from next month as I need to have some more time to sort out remaining stuff.

During this migration, I sold another domain but this time it was in four figures 😉 The domain name was RockTools.com which was sold for $4,000 through DNS broker Brooke. Thanks to Brooke for constantly keeping in touch with the buyer and wrap up the deal on time and when required exactly. Many thanks to Escrow.com too for helping in closing this deal very smoothly. I can never ask for anything better at Escrow.com as they are simply the best.

Thanks to ALLAH Almighty who showed us right path and we moved to a far better place.

As I am new in this city, any of you from Islamabad/Rawalpindi may contact me if you wish to.

Auction your domains whenever you’d like at Sedo.com

 

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Recently I listed all my domains at Sedo but not much inquiries through them and honestly I want more domains to be sold through DomainNameSales or direct inquiries made through WHOIS because that keeps the commission away and everything is transparent at every stage.

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However, today I received an interesting email from Sedo which says that you can auction off your domain at their platform any time for only €59.

Just choose the starting time and your desired minimum bid – that’s it. Your domain auction will be featured on our homepage and in matching search results, attracting bids.

With our new Direct Auction, you are free to choose:

  • Which domain to auction off
  • When to run the auction
  • Your own desired minimum price
How to start a Direct AuctionTo start a Direct Auction you need to first list your domains for sale, which you can easily do from the ‘My Domains’ menu. After adding the domains you want to sell, you can then start your own, personal auction. Simply click on “Promote Domains” below your domain list.

  • Choose up to 10 domains
  • Set a price between $90 and $10,000 and
  • Select your desired start date

We’ll send you your own individual auction page link, so that you can share your domain auction with potential buyers.

Additionally, your domain auction will be featured on our homepage and in matching search results, maximizing visibility and reach!


Your benefits

  • High flexibility: Start an auction any time you want
  • Maximum exposure: Featured on Sedo’s homepage & search results
  • Full control: Choose your desired reserve price

I personally think this will bring in lot of crappy domains into auction stage where you will find difficulties in finding the right domain for yourself. Overall, I see it’s good for Sedo as they will end up making more money and auctions will have lower quality of names compare to decent one’s.


What are your thoughts in this regard and would you give it a try some day in near future?

Escrow.com Acquired by Freelancer.com

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Today morning I received an email from Brandon Abbey, the President of Escrow.com revealed an exciting news which I wanted to share with you.

SYDNEY, April 27, 2015: Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace1 , today announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Escrow.com from a private investor for US$7.5 million in cash, and completed a AUD$10 million placement of ordinary shares to institutional investors.

Headquartered in California, Escrow.com provides online escrow services that facilitate and accelerate e-commerce by assuring secure settlement. It was founded in 1999 by Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 company and the US’s largest provider of commercial and residential mortgage and diversified services.

Escrow.com is the leading provider of secure online payments and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet, with FY14 gross payment volume of US$265 million, net revenue of US$5 million, US$1.2 million in EBITDA and over US$2.2 billion in transactions to date.

Escrow.com reduces the risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to buyer and seller instructions. Escrow services provided by the company are licensed and regulated.

Escrow.com partners include eBay, GoDaddy, AutoTrader.com, Flippa.com and it is also a strategic partner of the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) in support of President Obama’s National Export Initiative designed to significantly grow US export volume.

Freelancer.com Chief Executive Matt Barrie said, “We are pleased to acquire Escrow.com, the world’s largest online escrow company. This highly complementary acquisition will enhance the ability of our 15 million users to transact securely, and there are large opportunities for growth and synergies with core offerings. Finally, it is a strong cornerstone for entering the payments space”.

Escrow.com President & Managing Director Brandon Abbey said, “We are excited to be joining the Freelancer.com group. Freelancer’s expertise in marketplaces, combined with our expertise in secure online payments are an excellent strategic fit.”.

The Escrow.com group staff will be continuing with the California-based business.

A capital raising of AUD$10 million of ordinary shares to institutional investors was oversubscribed and has been completed to fund the acquisition, and for general corporate purposes. 10 million ordinary shares were issued at $1.00, a premium to the last close of $0.995. UBS AG, Australia Branch, was sole bookrunner for the deal. The acquisition of Escrow.com is subject to regulatory approval.

Settlement of the placement is currently scheduled to take place on Thursday, 30 April 2015, with allotment and quotation of shares expected to occur on the ASX on Friday, 1 May 2015. Escrow.com was advised in the transaction by Capstone Partners LLC.

About Freelancer®

Quadruple Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing, crowdsourcing and local services marketplace by total number of users and projects posted. Over 15 million registered users have posted 7.5 million projects and contests to date in over 850 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN.