Never hide your WHOIS if you want to sell your domain name

I have been buying and selling domains since long time and it’s really awkward to see when a pure domainer is hiding his name and email ID while going through the WHOIS search. I used the word pure domainer because they are into domaining world and knows the pros and cons of this business.

As every domainer is looking to sell their domain names and still hiding the WHOIS which makes no sense to me unless it’s a TM domain or you are not interested in selling domain name now or in near future and for this reason you are trying to avoid receiving any domain inquiries from potential buyers. In this case, it makes sense to me. In other circumstances, I don’t think it’s viable to hide your WHOIS information from general public.

In my early domaining career I put one of my domain behind the curtains and received couple of inquiries a year but since I got rid of that several years back I started receiving frequent inquiries and even people started calling on my cell which was really exciting. To me it makes a lot of difference when you hide and display all contact details.

I would like to know what is your experience with hiding and displaying WHOIS with general public? Do you agree with me or have anything else to say?

Payment method for Pakistanis for buying and selling domain names

Recently I got a comment from my blog reader asking me to share the payment method for Pakistanis for buying and selling domain names. As I am from Pakistan as well and can tell you exactly how the domain buying/selling cycles goes. As we all know PayPal account cannot be made from Pakistan so I am using one of my friend’s PayPal who lives in Singapore. Even without having PayPal account you can buy and sell domains without any hassle.

First you can apply for UBL Wiz card which is Pakistan’s first ever Prepaid VISA Debit Card. You can use it for shopping online and offline, dining, withdraw cash from any ATM worldwide. For more details you can visit here and if you are interested can apply here.

Just make sure you are applying for UBL Wiz Travelers/UBL Wiz Internet because that card has the maximum deposit limit of PKR 200,000. I have this card and using it since last year without any trouble. I am using it for buying domains online and since all major registrars accept cards so feel free to use it anywhere.

For selling domain names there are few Escrow services like Escrow.com, ECOP.com and more. Since I have used Escrow.com for buying and selling domain names. As earlier mentioned UBL Wiz card is also accepted at these escrow services.

If you guys know any other alternative methods for people living in Pakistan just feel free to share so that it will be helpful for us.

Domains I purchased at the end of 2012

It was a fantastic 2012 for me and hope you all had the same. I made some nice acquisitions at the end of 2012 and would like to share with you all. Some of them are LLLL which I think has really bright future because every day thousands of new businesses are setup which makes these short domains more and more valuable as the time goes on…

DKAM.com
TEDV.com
MediaLounge.com
Demining.com
SPCS.com
Atherstone.com
B4F.com

All these domains receive traffic on daily basis and almost all are type-ins as my focus is to buy type-in domains rather than traffic driven through backlinks.

What’s your feedback for the domains I recently purchased? Also feel free to share the domain names you recently bought?

Find the number of WHOIS searches done on your domains at GoDaddy.com

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It’s always exciting to think how many number of times people be doing WHOIS searches for your domain. It’s really unfortunate you cannot know the overall WHOIS searches made on your domain but I have some good news for you 🙂

You can know how many WHOIS searches have been made on your domains which are at GoDaddy.com. I check every month for all my domains at GoDaddy and it’s really nice to see the number of WHOIS searches people do. I am sure most of those searches are from domainers in order to see when I will let the domain drop for them to grab 😉 But don’t worry I normally let them go until I see they are crap and won’t be useful for other domainer in reseller market. Still I don’t disagree they can’t make a fortune with that domain but chances are very slim.

Simply log in to your GoDaddy account. In GoDaddy’s Domain Manager, hold your mouse over the Tools tab at the top and select Exportable Lists. Next click the Add New Export button. You will see a drop down box. Select All My Domains and click next.

Now you can select which data you want to export. Select Whois Searches – Previous Period and Whois Searches – Current Period. Both these options must be checked before you click Next.

The final step lets you to select file type. I always prefer CSV which can be opened with Excel. Give any desired name to your list and click Finish. It will take less than a minute for GoDaddy to generate the list and will e-mail you when it’s ready. You can then download it on the Exportable Lists page mentioned above.

It will show both previous day, week and months stats. Unfortunately you cannot see the stats for more than one month longer period.

*NOTE* Don’t just hold domains on the basis of WHOIS searches done on it because your domain may be near to expiration date and domainers usually check WHOIS more frequently just to know if that domain will get dropped or renewed.

I have been using this service since last year and thought to share with you guys. I was unable to post earlier because the blog is recently launched.

GoDaddy offering new 99 cents coupon for December 2012

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Complete offer detail is below:

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So get it while it’s cheap. I was unable to use it because I am from other territory. If you are living in US or Canada it’s worth give a shot. Let me know if this coupon worked at your end…