My experience with .IM domains

In late 2009 I came to knew about .IM domain names through Namepros.com forum where one guy posted that he forgot to renew couple of .IM domains (Hotel.IM and Job.IM) which was really shocking to read because these are super premium keywords. Both of them were grabbed immediately after they were dropped and Hotel.IM fetched over US$3,000. I thought if such great keywords can get drop than there will be some chance of finding available gems to register.

First I tried to find the registrar which was offering .IM domains at cheaper rates and DomainMonster.com was the best by support and rates as well. I entered all top 500 keywords mostly used on internet to see if any .IM is available and to my good luck I found few and grabbed in immediately.

Today I have over 30 .IM domains under my belt. Some of them includes Social.IM, Mobile.IM, Free.IM, Download.IM, Data.IM, Fashion.IM, Movie.IM, Movies.IM. In the past 3 years I have sold very few with the notable sale of SEO.IM for US$4,000. In my experience I have done good at .IM domains but I would suggest every new domainer who is interested in acquiring must seek only ultra premium keywords because almost every end user is not aware of .IM domain and is difficult to make them understand the benefits and value of it.

In my next article I will share some tips and secrets about .IM domains.

Feel free to share your opinions and which .IM domains you currently own.

Getting into .cc domains

It was late 2004 when my father told me that Traders.cc was available to register and we got that domain. Soon I developed a website on that with forum on phpBB. I didn’t knew how to promote my website so I started spamming to every individual trader and trading companies to register on my website and start discussion anything related to their businesses. I bought email addresses list from internet which was really a bad idea if you ever think of doing that because sending unsolicited emails is unethical and not legal. However, that was my just starting in developing and promoting a website.

I didn’t succeed in promoting well enough as per my planning so I stopped doing anything for that site and left that project as it is. In search of finding domain renewal coupons I found NamePros.com where I got GoDaddy coupon codes for the renewal of Traders.cc from where I started learning about domaining which was really exciting for me. As mentioned in my earlier post that I never bought lot of domains and was always careful. I just wanted to read and get complete knowledge about domains. It seems crazy but for several years I had only 15-20 domains only and most of them were .cc

Today I own 20 odd .cc domains including 4U.cc, Asia.cc, Guru.cc, Investor.cc, Sweden.cc. If you are interested in buying .cc domains today I would strongly suggest you to invest in premium keywords only because the demand from end users isn’t much. I will be posting more articles about .cc domains in near future so stay tuned.

Care to share your .cc domains you currently own and your thoughts about the demand for end users.

My first domain name through backorder

Before I start telling anything new I would like to rewind back and tell you about my first backordered domain which I did through SnapNames.com in mid 2006. The domain was TenTopManagementQuestions dot com which at that time had Google PR7. I wasn’t sure if that was fake or real Google PageRank. I just thought it has PR7 so let’s buy it and I can flip it for a lot more money. But as most of the domainers like me bought crappy domain which I had to drop next year. Although I had backordered another domain which was TenTopMarketingQuestions dot com and I was lucky to be outbid by the other person.

Lucky for me that like many other domainers I didn’t go crazy for buying lot of domains ever which to me is very good. I always wanted to read a lot and buy less in numbers. That’s why today I haven’t reached 200 domains mark but definitely be there at the end of this year.

So that was my first backordered domain and I would like to hear about your first back ordered domain ever.

Started serious domain investing in 2010

It was the end of 2004 when my father asked me to buy a domain and develop a website and it was Traders.cc which I never took seriously. After couple of years I came to know about domaining business which made me exciting to dig in and I started buying around 50 domains most of which were crap and dropped in 1-2 year period.

Fast forward to 2008 when I took domaining seriously and started reading blogs, surfing forums like NamePros.com, Domaining.com, ElliotsBlog.com, MorganLinton.com, RicksBlog.com, TheDomains.com which helped me in making correct decisions in buying domain names. It was in 2010 when I started buying some decent names through GoDaddy Auctions and dropping domains through SnapNames which is so far the best backordering site in my experience.

You can look at my portfolio from which I have chosen only a few to list which will give you an idea of what type of domains I have purchased so far – http://www.abdulbasit.com/domain-investments

It’s my suggestion to invest wisely in domain names and before you purchase your first domain as an investment you must read for at least a couple of months and understand what all other successful domainers do and follow their way.

Comment and let me know your views about my investments and feel free to share your domain investments.

AbdulBasit Makrani

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my website.

I am AbdulBasit Makrani, 26 years old. I married in 2009 and have two beautiful sons Jasim and Luqman.

The unquenchable thirst of knowledge and education is compelling me to continue the process of learning till the end of my life however, by nature I am very enthusiastic and highly motivated person, interested in making friends from all over the world and have very keen desire to build an outstanding reputation as the most reliable business person of the World.

Right now, I am doing full time buying and selling of premium domain names. However, I still enjoy excellent contacts and exercise sufficient influence in private commercial sector. Therefore, I am fully confident that I am able to help you diversify and expand your existing business.

As I have created this blog recently so I will be coming up with updates very soon.

I wish you success in all your international business endeavors.

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