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My review on Uniregistry.com domain name registrar

Uniregistry, Uniregistry registrar, cheap and best registrarHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

More than a year back I wrote a post about reviews on some registrars through which I have dealt with and GoDaddy being my preferred registrar until last month but since than my priority has been changed and I have moved more than half of my portfolio to new registrar Uniregistry.com which is operated by Frank Schilling who also runs DomainNameSales where 99% of my domains are parked.

I would like to share my new little experience with Uniregistry and why I decided to move all my domains to them although right now 65% of domains are moved and the rest will be completed in next couple of months time In Sha ALLAH.

Frank Pavilonis (Account Executive) made me aware of their service and features which were quite impressive and I was able to make the decision quite easily. As everyone knows it’s not an easy task to move hundreds of domain out to a new registrar and get use to of their control panel.

Now let me tell you in detail so that will help you in deciding whether to register/transfer domains at Uniregistry.

First couple of issues for me were pricing and security and Frank was kind enough to provide me special registering/renewal/transfer pricing for the extensions I was most interested in such as .com, .net and .org. I can’t reveal what exact pricing I am offered but I would strongly suggest you to contact frankp@uniregistry.com (Frank Pavilonis) and see what they have offer for you. Overall, I am quite satisfied with their pricing customized for me.

As for security, I have always felt insecure at GoDaddy because they don’t offer two way authentication in most part of the world and my country is one of them. At Uniregistry, they offer 2 step verification after which I feel completely secure in terms of domain stealing. I always wanted this feature and it was one of the key feature which tempted me towards them.

As everyone admits that GoDaddy domain manager operates very slow but here you will find it pretty fast and I am very much satisfied making such decision.

Another major benefit is having live chat support with the entire team of DNS including the one’s at Uniregistry so you have any issues can just talk to them. Everyone is very friendly and cooperative. I found the entire team very helpful including the tech guys behind the scene as well as Frank Pavilonis.

For many of the domain investors the two most important things are security and pricing, both of which are provided at Uniregistry. They also offer free WHOIS privacy service which personally I don’t care as that is not a feature I am interested in…

Feel free to share your experience/feedback with Uniregistry if any. You can also ask questions directly or get in touch with Frank whose contact details are mentioned above.

Please note: this is NOT a paid post.

A tip which will increase the response rate of your domain inquiry

A-tip-which-will-increase-the-response-rate-of-your-domain-inquiryHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As many of you know that I have stopped contacting endusers myself at the end of last year. There are couple of reasons behind that. One of them is that I want the endusers to reach me directly rather than I go after them because the number of inquiries I receive each month is quite satisfying after which I don’t need to chase after them. Secondly, you have an upper hand in handling that inquiry when someone approaches you at first. Because there are some instances when you contact a person and ask them to give their offer first. Occasionally that makes the other person furious at you and tells you to throw out your asking because YOU initially contacted them.

I have been in domain business for several years and have done many tests and trials while sending emails and always screening as to which one works better. After doing careful research I found out that by simply adding a question to your reply can definitely increase the response rate.

For example, instead of just asking the enduser to present their offer in $x,xxx range or throwing out an asking price, you can always add a question at the end along with your reply which makes this as a whole “I will certainly entertain offers in mid four figures. Would you like to present an offer in that range?” Even if the next person is not interested, the reply will most probably comes quickly.

Another example is when a person is too lazy to respond or taking enough time to finalize the deal, you can always inform that the offer is valid for 7 days or until the end of this month. Plus you can ask “when shall we expect the transaction to finish off?” or “do you think we can wrap up this deal by the end of this week?”

Such questions not only give you clearer picture about the buyer’s seriousness but also saves your time by knowing if the person A is not serious, you can quickly reach out person B (if there is any on your waiting list) and proceed further with your communication/negotiation. This way you will not lose the person B who will not need to wait for lengthy period of time. Because we have seen many times that buyer is looking for several alternatives while trying to acquire domain for their business.

This doesn’t guarantee the increase of domain sale but surely going to help you in moving ahead quickly.

For me, this has been working perfectly and the response rate is much higher than before. If you are using this tactic, feel free to share your views on this. If not, give it a try and post your comment in this regard and let others knows.

Five Figure Domain Sale and Parking Revenue for July 2014

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Back from six figure sale to a five figure sale for which I can’t reveal much info other than the sale amount which was $20,000 and it was .com. Once again it was brokered through Jessica Ebanks of DomainNameSales and the sale was completed through Escrow.com. Always pleasure working with DNS team specially Jessica and it was swiftly done with Escrow.com which is the best escrow service.

Coming back to parking revenue of July for which I am publishing the stats a bit late but this is the area which I must focus to achieve one of my another goal for this year. Previous month wasn’t impressive although I didn’t add that many domains to my portfolio. Below is some of the parking stats which might be helpful to you in some way. This time I have added top 5 niches and CTR which was suggested by one of my friend Mohammed Zaki.

Total visitors – 117,000+

Total clicks – 5,000+

Total parked domains – 700

Total revenue – $550

Top 5 niche which made the most – Games, Health, VPN, News, Music

$$ made on a single day – $30

RPM – $5.2

CTR – 5.62%

To add something on above stats, there is one domain which is banned by Google and that received 26,000+ visitors with zero clicks and it was all paid per visitor and I have added those visitors in the above stats and excluded RPM and CTR from that. Also found that clicks have gone up compare to June 2014.

Added few domains in the last month month but instead of improvement, I saw significant decline but I will take that since having a good sale this month. There could be one reason of revenue drop due to summer where possibly advertisers might be keeping their budget tight. Many people are on vacations. I am hopeful to have some improvement this month and if not, I will have to make some changes in categories/sub-categories of domains which receive decent traffic to see if anything gets better…

Have you seen any drop in the parking revenue for the last month? Made any sale recently which you would like to share with us?

My Recent Domain Acquisitions

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

My sincere wishes to every Muslim reader of my blog all over the world a very happy EID Mubarak. Hopefully everyone is enjoying and having loads of fun.

I feel really good sharing my experience no matter it’s good or bad. I receive emails where people ask me what type of names I buy and what are the strategies behind those acquisitions.

I simply buy all type of names which I feel comfortable at selling in future. Normally I avoid buying adult/alcohol/gambling related domains. Other than that I hunt for every name I think can pay off well some day.

So let’s start with some of my recent acquisitions I made in the last couple of months or so.

Steps.net – Oh well a .net! I liked this name. I don’t buy too many .net domains but this wasn’t there to be left off. I paid couple of hundred Dollars less than I won finally this domain. Long story short,  I actually lost the auction but the winning bidder failed to make payment and all his bids were removed and as I was the second bidder, got the domain for $200 less than the first bidder won.

Liaison.net -Another .net domain! That’s enough for today’s list and I have to control myself on buying more .net domains 😉
.com is developed and I see great potential in this name.

GrowthHormones.com – I found this domain from Mark’s domain picks and thanks once again to Mark for sharing this decent name.

CaProperty.com – At first look I thought of Canada/Canadian/California Property, although “CA” can be the initials of many companies dealing in property business.

TheBreastCancer.com – I am fond of “THE” word domains and this can easily be used for breast cancer awareness, fundraiser, research foundation, etc. I think I have now over 10 domains starts with “THE”.

TAEQ.com – Another LLLL.com addition to my portfolio. Looks like an Arabic word to me.

AusCom.com – Can be used for an Australian communication company may be? I see there are many companies out there with Auscom and can be an upgrade for any one of them who pays the most 😉

DanielMorgan.com – Slow in terms of selling for a decent profit but I am starting to like two word common names. Have to be very selective in buying it.

RoseCottage.com – Another upgrade name for many companies.

EyeSeeYou.com – Brandable domain which can be pay off well on some golden day. Not sure when that is going to come…

LasikSpecialist.com – Do I need to explain this one? 😉

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

DropCatch.com Auction Announcement – Another way of making extra money!

DropCatch.com Auction Announcement - Another way of making extra money!Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I received an email from DropCatch.com for which I had a bad experience in past. They have also posted detail about the announcement on their blog as well which I have stated below:

“An internal process which alerts customers of caught and missed domains failed for Monday’s drop (7/14).  The domains have been … doing nothing … in a holding account in our system, but were marked as missed. So we were curious and performed an internal audit back to our launch date — we found a few other stragglers which were incorrectly marked as missed and again … doing nothing.

Since we already claimed that we missed these domains we are going to try to make the best of this situation:

If there was only a single backorder on a domain which we incorrectly identified as “missed”, we will be pushing that domain to the customer who backordered the domain free of charge. Enjoy!

If there were multiple backorders for a domain which we incorrectly identified as “missed”, we will be starting auctions for these domains today. Customers who backordered these domains will not be obligated to participate. There is a minimum bid of $60 for these domains. If there are no bids for one of these domains when the auction closes, we will offer it to an affiliate.

The following domains will be listed in auction using the above special conditions:

  • 58589.com
  • DomainKnack.com
  • EcoRoc.com
  • IsraelTalk.com
  • Mjyy.com
  • Norway-Mori.com
  • Rghj.com
  • Ysae.com

Non-Payments

The winners of these domains did not pay us for them. That’s too bad. The good news is that you’ve got another shot at them! The following domains will be re-auctioned under our normal auction rules:

  • 9555555.com
  • Artro.com
  • CraigslistAdTracker.com
  • Dinuo.com
  • Fallout3.net
  • HerMex.com
  • Hjkl.com
  • Hot-Live-Chat.com
  • Vokoo.com
  • YumiWu.com
  • Zdjk.com
  • Ziqing.com”

I remember making a comment on their blog in the past which was never approved. However, I posted another comment which went into moderation and not sure if that will be accepted but let me post below which surely they can’t sensor it 😉

“I think I was the second highest bidder for one of your non-payment auction so the domain should be awarded to me. Instead of that you have started public auction for that particular name and made an announcement as well to all participants as well as on your blog to get more and more participants. You are simply pumping those auctions to get maximum money out of it!

This is not fair at all and you guys are a bunch of shameless people who are just after money. No ethics and rules are being followed. Ethically you should have given the domain to the second highest bidder minus the first bidder’s bids.”

Last week I lost a domain at GoDaddy which was sold to the highest bidder at $9xx but couple of days later I received an email that “you had the second highest bid of $7xx and now this domain auction has been moved to the “Won” section of your GoDaddy Auctions account. You must complete the purchase of the xxxxxxxxxx.net within 24 hours of this notification or the domain may be offered to others for purchase.
If you are still interested in registering this domain name, please log in to your account and complete purchase for the domain.”

I was happy to win that domain specially when I saw that around $200 was waived off because all the bids highest bidder were removed and I got a great deal.

Similarly, in this case as well, DropCatch.com must have followed this rule and run their business ethically. It seems they are chasing money no matter what happens.

Yes, I still place backorders with them but to be honest I just don’t feel good to see when they catch it because the auction gets open up for everyone.

So far, they haven’t approved my comment on their blog but I have notified them about this post. Be brave to approve legit comments and have some courage to respond back.