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A tip to get better valuation/appraisal of your domains

A-tip-to-get-better-valuation-appraisal-of-your-domains-for-freeHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I am sure most of us are aware of domain valuation tools like Valuate.com, Estibot.com, DomainIndex.com and there are many more out there. In my opinion all these are simply time waste and nonsense.

Today I am going to share a way to get your domains valuated and I am sure you guys will agree that the valuation you will get will be much more satisfying compare to the above crappy sites.

Currently I am parking 99% of my domain portfolio with DomainNameSales.com and so far I am more than happy with their team members and featured pack control panel for their partners.

Since they have come out with follow up feature I mentioned earlier which is really good and I am quite impressed with their follow up and communication skill. Once my domain inquiries get inactive for 30 days than it’s forwarded to DNS team and they play their own role in order to make the lead successful. Also the inquiries received from DomainTools and GoDaddy are automatically forwarded to them. The only difference is commission structure which is 12.5% and 20% respectively.

After responding to several broker emails about what price I am looking for I decided to throw the dice back to them and see what they have to say about my domains. I was surprised to see their quote suggestions for my domains. Most of the time it was in five figures and they simply do not give you suggestion about price but also let you know why they think it’s worth $x,xxx or $xx,xxx.

That gives you more authoritative and almost perfect valuation for your domains because the team of DNS/Frank Schilling is well trained and vastly experienced in this field.

Those crappy valuation sites won’t give you the info. Not even Afternic, Sedo where you need to pay to get your domain valuated will present you the true valuation because they want to make sale as quickly as possible and take away their commission whereas I have clearly noticed about DNS team they are very much honest in giving their suggestion. They won’t try to lure you into making quick sale.

It’s been couple of months or more since I am trying collaborate with their team and unfortunately not made a single successful deal with the help of them. That doesn’t make me disappointed as they are trying their best. The thing I am trying to say is even there has been no sale with the help of them they still valuate the domains like it’s done for the portfolio of Frank Schilling.

I salute the entire team of DNS for their hard work, dedication and proper guidance. Always pleasure doing business with them.

Please note that I am not trying to influence anyone here to use DNS simply for valuation of their domains but this tip can be handy at times. I personally use only when I feel I need some guidance/assistance as to what I should ask from the potential buyer.

Feel free to comment on whether you find this helpful or not. No matter how good or good they are simply shoot one 😉

If you have Google Analytics installed then you must read this

If-you-have-Google-Analytics-installed-than-you-must-read-thisHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been almost a year I implemented this but unfortunately I forgot to share with you guys. However, today Elliot Silver shared stats mentioning the bounce rate of blog which is 78.43% and I was quite surprised because the quality of content on DomainInvesting makes the visitors to engage on blog for very long period which the bounce rate doesn’t agree. This shows there is major flaw is Google Analytics bounce rate tracking.

This reminded me a tip which I would like to share for every one who has Google Analytics installed and is interested in reducing the bounce rate. This trick will dramatically reduce your bounce rate even in single digits. Until I changed the coding my bounce rate was similar to other sites but thanks to DnMedia.com who shared the tip which will change the bounce rate noticeably. Today my bounce rate for this blog is 14.39% which is really good as compare to last year when it was ranging between 60-65%.

Right now Google Analytics measure your visitors like this; Let’s say person A visits your website and spend 10 minutes on your website reading your article with no more interaction and leaves. Now GA actually measures the time person A spent on your website as the difference between the time he opened your website and the last page view. So altogether Google will calculate the difference as 0 and call it bounce when it was actually a visitor who visited other page and spent long time on your website. But no worries you bounce rate will be sorted today.

So normally your Google Analytics code looks something like this:

<script type="text/javascript">

var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-963333-23']);
_gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);

(function() {
var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
})();

</script>

But after changing to the new one which looks like this:

<script type="text/javascript">

  var _gaq = _gaq || [];
  _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-963333-23']);
  _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);

  (function() {
    var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
  })();
(function (tos) {
  window.setInterval(function () {
    tos = (function (t) {
      return t[0] == 50 ? (parseInt(t[1]) + 1) + ':00' : (t[1] || '0') + ':' + (parseInt(t[0]) + 10);
    })(tos.split(':').reverse());
    window.pageTracker ? pageTracker._trackEvent('Time', 'Log', tos) : _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Time', 'Log', tos]);
  }, 5000);
})('00');
</script>

The bold code above is what was added. If you see in above code I have made 5000 which makes the visitor time count from 5 seconds after he entered the website. You can make it to whatever you feel is comfortable at your end. However, if you are having any issues just let me know as I will try my best to help you but can’t promise because I am not a techie guy 😉 You can even comment in the above website from where I got the updated code or the original author of this code if I fails to fix your issue.

Make sure to make backups before playing with your coding. Also scroll the bar from right to left to get full code.

Your comments are welcome. Feel free to shoot one no matter how good or good they are 😉

Escrow.com Surpasses $2 Billion in Secured Transactions

Escrow.com-Surpasses-$2-Billion-in-Secured-TransactionsHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Here is another great news for our domain industry. I would like to congratulate Escrow.com for completing $2 billion in total secured transactions which the company just announced on their website here. Escrow.com announced $1.5 billion in secured transactions in earlier May 2013. They also previously announced $1 billion in transactions earlier in January 2012.

As far as I remember Escrow.com published somewhere that most of the transactions were accumulated through domain transactions which is an impressive thing to note down. This also shows Escrow.com is growing rapidly and more people around the world are trusting them. It look an age to reach $1 billion in transactions but look how they reached $2 billion of secured transactions.

Once again congratulations to Brandon Abbey and his entire team at Escrow.com on this milestone. You can read the entire news below:

“Escrow.com, the pioneer of online escrow services, today announced it has achieved record growth in 2013. The company has signed a significant amount of new partnerships and reached the $2 billion mark after hitting record volumes throughout the year. Escrow.com attributes recent growth to its innovative technology approach, its loyal customer base, and the ability to meet the demand of new and existing customers alike.

For nearly 15 years, Escrow.com has, and continues to be, the market leader for safe online escrow transactions while aligning themselves with the top names in eCommerce, including Go Daddy, Cars.com, Flippa.com, AutoTrader, RapNet, eBay Motors, uShip and through strategic partnerships with various U.S. and international government trade agencies. Escrow.com reduces the potential risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to Buyer and Seller instructions. Escrow.com is a government licensed and regulated online escrow company compliant with Escrow Law.

“Escrow.com has proven to be a true partner with a very powerful solution. Their online escrow service is simple yet elegant, offering customers the ultimate in security when transacting over the Internet, ” said MediaOptions.com CEO, Andrew Rosener. “They have played, and will continue to play, a major role in fueling the domain name industry, and many others, for years to come.”

“Protecting both sides of the transactions is our number one priority,” said Escrow.com President and Managing Director, Brandon Abbey. “We have a world class team that supports a stellar group of partners and clients. All indications are that 2014 will be our best year ever.”

The improving picture bodes well for transactions of all types and sizes. Abbey continues, “We just learned that U.S. exports hit monthly records again in December 2013. That’s why we continue our efforts in support of export trade. For example, we are co-hosting a trade event next month focused on Brazil (Brazil is Just One Step Away) as well as many others domestic and international events in 2014.”

About Escrow.com

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Escrow.com, a privately held company, has pioneered the process of online escrow services. The Company, founded in 1999 by Fidelity National Financial, has established itself as the leading provider of secure business and consumer transaction management on the Internet. Escrow.com is a government licensed and regulated online escrow company compliant with Escrow Law.

December 2013 parking revenue and other updates

happy-new-year-and-December-2013-parking-revenue-and-other-updatesHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I hope everyone having great time spending their holidays. I was unable to make any post for almost a month as I was on vacation with my family to Murree (Hill station in Pakistan) trip and I came back yesterday. I will share the pictures in my next post.

It was a nice month in terms of parking revenue as we made well over $500. I predicted couple of things in the past which were to make $1,000 in parking at the end of this year which unfortunately wasn’t achieved. Secondly, I was going to have 500 domains at the same time which was accomplished right on time.

After doing intensive research I came to the conclusion of making $1,000 in parking each month and will have 850-900 domains at the end of 2014.

December was the slowest month of the year in terms of receiving domain inquiries. The only reason comes to my mind is holidays and holidays. That didn’t stop me from acquiring some more domains which I did in the past few weeks or so…

Fabos.com – Short and brandable domain. Looks short of fabulous and only 5 characters.

Famlee.com – Another brandable domain for family related niche.

BeachGolfClub.com – Normally I don’t invest in 3 word domains but this is a nice name IMO and thanks to Name.com for catching this dropping domain for me.

RedPackaging.com – Brandable domain for any packaging company.

NwEvent.com – Northwest comes to my mind when I see this and Google result does agree with me.

Saladi.com – I am quite addicted towards first and last names because I see good future as more and more people coming online and they will definitely need their first or last name in .com so grab it before everything is gone.

Knobbs.com – Same as above.

We at AbdulBasit.com want to thank everyone for all your support from the start of this blog and without your positive feedback, criticism and comments this would never been an easy task. We wish all of you a vigorous, joyful and flourishing New Year!

Some recent domain acquisitions by AbdulBasit.com

Some-recent-domain-acquisitions-by-AbdulBasit.comHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been a while since I posted some of recent domain acquisitions. Today I wanted to share some domains which were acquired through multiple ways like auctions, pending deletes, private acquisition, etc. Below are some of the names which were bought in the last couple of months or so…

EHYG.com – I know it’s not looking good as far as characters are concerned but I will take it.

ScrapbookShop.com – I like this name and there are few companies operating under the same name and others have long tail words joining with it.

Afifah.com – It’s a Muslim name of a girl and more commonly Afifa is used, ending with letter “H” makes it less valuable but still hundreds if not thousands of people are there in world using the same spelling in their names.

LawGroups.com – This is one of my first domain in law niche but I am trying to get into this more deeply because the CPC at parking platforms for such domains are really good. As it was recently bought so can’t give you much estimate about the traffic stats but to me this sounds a decent name. Yeah, if it was singular would be far better.

Ruhrstadt.com – Normally I don’t invest in other languages but I found lot of potential in this term.

TheTurbo.com – Well, I really like domains which starts with “The” and there is fellow domainer Shane who loves it as well. I have some other domains which starts with “The” and will try to gather some other time and share with you guys. This can be used for gaming, movie, sports and many different niches.

Alchin.com – When I sold my first domain which had both first and last name a year ago had changed my mind since than as I am seeing people getting more interested in buying domains of their names. I have found two word name selling quite slow compare to one word name no matter it’s commonly used or not. As number of inquiries have rose in past few months which have made me to invest a little more in first, last and first/last names together as well.

Andrepont.com – It was registered in 90’s and dropped recently. A last name which sounds good while calling it.

HannahRose.com – A two word name which is quite common and there are many Hannah Rose who would like to upgrade their name to just HannahRose.com one day… some day…

Matmed.com – Can’t say much about this name. I like it and grabbed it from drop… May be you could add some more info for this domain…

Care to share your recent domain acquisitions? Also if you wish to comment and share your feedback about my domain purchases?