Parking revenue of February 2013 with InternetTraffic.com

Parking-revenue-of-February-2013-with-InternetTraffic.comHello everyone,

First of all sorry for being in sharing my parking revenue of last month. Next time I will try to share it more quickly.

I thought of having a better month in parking as compare to January. But unfortunately things didn’t work out like I wanted. Although I made over US$200 but was nowhere near to US$300 which I achieved for the first time last month. I saw drop in my parking revenue for February even though adding 5-7 more domains in the whole month. As I mentioned earlier in one of my post my target is to reach US$1,000 p/month by the end of this year and hopefully I will hit that mark on time. And yeah, I hope to have better next month (March).

Just to add one thing that my highest money making domain was in technology niche.

It doesn’t mean I am complaining about InternetTraffic for the lower revenue in February but I just wanted to share with you all no matter if you hide your parking revenue with me 😉

But I would love to see if someone have big heart to share their parking revenue with their domain parking company 🙂

Investing in hyphenated domains

Hello everyone,

Today I would like to discuss and share my experience about hyphenated domains. To be honest I don’t invest much in hyphenated domains. Although I have quite a few domains with hyphen but I really don’t like them very much because it kills the value as far as selling is concerned and lot of traffic goes to the non-hyphen version domain.

Investing-in-hyphenated-domainsIf you see a two word hyphenated domain with huge number of exact searches and high CPC I would still suggest to carefully analyze the domain before you make any final decision. Check the past domain sales of hyphenated domains where you will find the non-hyphenated version have sold for much higher so don’t get fooled by paying higher price thinking you can sell it for big bucks like the non-hyphenated sold in the past.

There are two main countries where you will find the end-users quickly for your hyphenated domains compare to somewhere else. Those two are Germany and United Kingdom. People from both countries love to buy domains with hyphen. They even buy 3 word domains with 2 hyphens in it. So long tail domain looks crazy to me with couple of hyphens in between. If you are planning or in the middle of buying some hyphenated domains than keep these two countries in your mind while making any decision. If the domain can attract those targeted buyers than it will be easier for you to sell the domain to an end-user.

Make sure you don’t invest in hyphenated domains with any lower extension like .net/.org. Stick to the basics. I mean the .com. Still it’s risky to invest in hyphenated .com domains if you are not buying the right domain at right price.

Personally I may have 4-7 hyphenated .com domains and if I remember correctly I have never sold a single one to date. Although I have received offers but none of them attractive enough to sell that domain.

Care to share your experience with hyphenated domains? Don’t be shy and feel free to share with us.

Thanks for coming and reading.

Do not develop your domains if you are willing to sell them

Do-not-develop-your-domains-if-you-are-willing-to-sell-themIt’s my experience and I am sure no other expert domainer will disagree at this point. I have been developing some of domains for several years and have been parking as well. Just make sure of one thing as I am talking here about mini sites vs parking your domains. If you have the purpose of selling the domain by developing a mini website and waiting for the offers to come in than you are on wrong path.

There will be marginal chances of receiving any inquiries for the purchase of your domain. I suggest you to create a landing page of your own or park your domains where it’s clearly mentioned the domain is for sale. This increases the chance of receiving inquiries. I will give you an example of one domain which I have developed for quite some time OTAL.com. If I remember correctly I have not received an inquiry in the whole 2012. Whereas I have some low quality LLLL.com domains compare to OTAL.com and have been receiving frequent inquiries.

One of the reason behind the developed website is the potential buyer of that domain might think the project already exists and surely the current owner won’t sell his profitable company. I know many of you disagree because developed websites do sell but here I am talking the type of buyers who are not interested in buying only domain and not willing to pay anything extra for the existing project. There can be several reasons for that. One of them is the potential buyer is not willing to continue the project you have developed and have different plans and ideas for that domain.

So to conclude the post I would once again suggest you guys to create your own landing page for the domain or park at some good companies like InternetTraffic.com, Voodoo.com, Bodis.com to get more exposure in order to sell your domain names.

Feel free to shoot any comments. No matter how good or bad they are 😉

Domain investor prefers to drop his domains instead of selling me privately!

Domain-investor-prefers-to-drop-his-domains-instead-of-selling-me-privatelyThis is really interesting and somewhat shocking to me. I inquired about a domain name which I saw was owned by a domain investor who owns hundreds of decent domain names and that particular domain was recently expired. The domain owner said he has realized that buying domain names solely for the purpose of selling them at higher price no longer makes him feel good. This is the reason he has started dropping many of his domains and scaling down the portfolio and even lowered asking price as well for the remaining names under his portfolio.

He even said that it doesn’t feel good to sell domains to an investor. He actually wants the name to be dropped for general public to register it at normal prices. It’s quite amazing that a domain investor who owns hundreds of quality domains have no idea that a decent domain dropping will straightaway be caught by SnapNames/NameJet who will auction the name and most of the time it will go in the hands of domain reseller.

I even tried to explain him once again about the above scenario that the domains will go into auction house and won’t be available for general public to hand register domains and I got the following reply:

“But I still prefer to drop the domains since that increases the chance of them becoming available to the public.

Although he was kind enough in explaining everything and was nice to communicate with him. He even offered me reseller price for some of my domains which I politely rejected.

I wonder if any one of you have ever encountered similar situation with any domain investors? Any comments are welcome, no matter how bad or good 😉

Any of you had success in selling .CO domain names?

Any-of-you-had-success-in-selling-.CO-domain-namesI am curious to know if any one had real success in selling .CO domain names? Actually success can be defined in many ways by different people. I invested very little amount of money in .CO domains. Didn’t bought any domain in Landrush. Just pre-registered and hand registered domains only. Some of which I sold them at quite nice price. One of my notable .CO sale was Textbooks.CO which I sold for US$12,000. Rest were four figure sales.

I consider it success for myself because my five figure sale of .CO was hand registered domain like other sales. It’s interesting to know that I didn’t sold a single pre-registered domains. Only a handful of hand reg domains were sold to date.

While sharing this with you I recall one of my .CO sale. It was really funny and quick sale. I just completed one domain sale and the person’s email ID was ending with his company name .com and I thought to check if .CO is available and try to sell him. First step was to buy the domain and later I offered him. He simply laughed at me that I registered the domain recently and trying to sell him. He showed no interest and I kept that domain with me for 8-9 months.

As the expiration date was coming I thought to drop the domain because that was the only company who could have shown interest ever. Out of nowhere, that guy contacted me back and asked if the domain was still available. I asked him to make me an offer. That particular time I thought to renew the domain for at least one year because he has shown some interest in buying it. The initial offer was US$150 and ended up at US$1,000 and I grabbed that money. It was a 3 word .CO domain 😉

How is your experience in selling .CO domain names? Any success story you would like to share? Don’t be shy… Just do it 😉