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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?

AbdulBasit.com is now 2 years old

AbdulBasit.com-is-now-2-years-oldHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Time really flies and it’s over 2 years since the launch of AbdulBasit.com and when it completed the first year I wasn’t aware at all. But this time I thought to remember it and still missed the shot. I still can’t believe it’s over 2 years and it’s an amazing journey. I would like to thank specially those friends like Jason Thompson, MarkKonstantinos, Paul, Tauseef, Michael Law, Vincent who shook hand with me when my blog was relatively new and gave me respect. Also big thanks to Francois of providing me the platform to share my views, experiences about domains. It’s a great feeling to have my blog at Domaining.com. I may have missed few more to list down.

And without my loyal readers and specially the commenters, it would not be easy to operate the blog. You guys are the boosters and are always needed.

During this period, I saw many ups and down in domain business. Learned many things from fellow friends in domain space. It all started when I acquired AbdulBasit.com and I wanted to share my experience and how I operate my domain business with everyone else and to grasp knowledge from fellow domainers. Although English language is not my preferred language which was a barrier for me to start off at the very beginning but gradually things got smooth and steady.

Pheenix.com domain backordering service review

pheenix-backordering-companyHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I haven’t published previous month’s parking revenue and it will be done by next month which will have combo of two months together.

It’s been several months since I have started backordering domains at Pheenix.com seriously. The word ‘seriously’ was added because when Pheenix.com was launched I jumped in to see the new service but it didn’t work in my favor because almost every time someone had already placed the backorder and that time Pheenix was taking backorders on first come first serve basis. I am always in favor of such system so I was trying my best to place backorders as quickly as possible.

When they got known to many of the domainers, they changed to auction system similar to NameJet and Snapnames since the start of 2013-08-01. I got an email from the CEO Tan Tran letting me know that from now onwards Pheenix will allow multiple backorders on domains.  For all domain names caught after 2013-08-01, if there are multiple backorders placed on the domain, then a 3 day private auction will be held.  Only customers that have an active backorder on the domain name prior to the domain name being caught will be allowed to participate in the private auction.

I just stopped backordering because I was attracted towards them with first come first serve basis and later it was changed. Tan was good enough to offer me 2 additional backorder credits which I refused to take at that time and took my credit back.

I still see the competition is a touch low at Pheenix compare to other platforms which are known to everyone but since I am sharing with you guys, the competition is going to be stronger now 😉

Fast forward today, I am actively using their service and quite happy with their success ratio. I would strongly suggest to use them along with NameJet and Snapnames to backorder domains.

What’s your experience with Pheenix and how things go with you while using that company to backorder domain names?

Our Integration Your Success – DomainNameSales.com

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

For some of you this news isn’t new but I still wanted to share because recently I reviewed Uniregistry where I moved 65% of my domains and remaining will be moved there very soon…

Below is the email I received from DNS team and I have highlighted some important points (in bold) which were also the reasons to move to this registrar.

“Dear AbdulBasit,

Your friends at DomainNameSales.com would like to let you know about some exciting changes that will be taking place between now and Q1 2015. Our goal at DNS has always been to help you unlock the value of your domain name portfolio. The tools at DomainNameSales.com were originally developed to help bring liquidity to my portfolio of names; and later to those of InternetTraffic.com clients. To this day I use the same tools available to our customers, to sell my names and to clear transactions. Year to date I have sold more than last years total (12 million dollars) using the DNS platform. It is the platform that makes that possible.

We are very, very proud to see the first full version of Uniregistry reach its completion milestone. It wasn’t until 2 nights ago while managing several thousand names on behalf of a client that I realized the gravity of the site we’ve built. Uniregistry is absolutely the best available domain name registrar for managing large portfolios of names. It works brilliantly with a small number of names and it scales exceptionally if you have a portfolio of many thousands. Using the registrar last night gave me chills because it’s so good; so full featured, so fast and so robust. We set an incredibly high bar and the team here completely eclipsed their ambitions.

This is only the beginning though. With the completion of Uniregistry our development team has turned to the integration of our sales platform (which has brought so much prosperity to so many). In a few short months DNS will debut inside Uniregistry. Regardless of where your names live, you’ll soon be able to load names into the Uniregistry manager to better manage and sell your domain names. Names residing at Uniregistry will have even greater powers to sell than those provided via DNS today. The system will be easier. Uniregistry customers will be able to clear transactions on our merchant credit card system, use our payment-plan system and our integrated escrow services at very low cost. We will also syndicate your inventory across other registrars and large marketplaces to provide more sales inquiries.

In advance of these changes, new innovations keep coming. Recently we launched our Tracker to consolidate and identify names, now Uniregistry’s Documents.link feature (debuting this week), will let you store documents, legal notices and sales inquiries relating to domain-names — all inside the Uniregistry Manager. This useful system lets you email, store and maintain notifications received from outside parties using Uniregistry and the Amazon cloud.

As we integrate, it’s really important for you to become familiar with Uniregistry.com and these new features. Please take the time to create and explore your account, or contact our sales professionals at sales@uniregistry.com, so we can answer any questions and assist you with getting started. Please contact Sevan Derderian sevan@uniregistry.com and Frank Pavilonis frankp@uniregistry.com to schedule a consultation or if you have any questions.

Kindest Regards,

Frank Schilling”
I am always confident that DNS team will always come up with new innovations and it’s exciting to be part of this company. So far it’s great experience with DNS/Uniregistry and I will suggest one to use their platform and I believe you will definitely love it.

Feel free to share your experience with Uniregistry no matter how good or good it has been 😉

M8.com sold for $75,500 at SnapNames

M8.com-sold-for-$75,500-at-SnapNamesHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I was in an auction for the domain M8.com at SnapNames and it ended up selling for $75,500. Although it seems the payment is still pending so will need to wait and see who actually the new owner is. I will update this post once the hand changes. Great domain though. Number 8 is always favorable among Chinese.

Do you think it was reseller or an enduser price?

UPDATE – I found the buyer of M8.com is the same guy who is using bidding alias “first” at NameJet and buying mostly every LLL.com and other high quality names. This guy is shelling out thousands of dollars every day. It seems a Chinese buyer and they are heavily investing in domains.