Category: Domaining

Revisiting the “Sweetman Protocol”: 5 Ways to Increase Your Domain Sales

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By , October 28, 2010

After having lunch with YummyName’s Bill Sweetman a few months ago, I posted “5 Ways to Increase Your Domain Sales”, and after writing the article I took his program to heart and went out and implemented two key points from his 5-point program:

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How Many Domainers Does It Take to Screw In A Lightbulb?

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By , September 29, 2010

I put this down whilst killing time on an errand as I was thumbing through the comment thread  on TheDomains in response to the Adage article that had the posited Facebook as “a domain killer”. Just a harmless riff on an old theme with no disrespect intended.

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Parksdot.com: Comment spamming my blog like there’s no tomorrow.

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By , September 9, 2010

I make it a personal mantra to never do business with spammers. There’s a guy who keeps comment spamming this blog and then leaving hostile comments “why aren’t you publishing my comments?” – Because they’re spam, you imbecile.

Well right now the cake has been taken, with about 2 dozen spam comments received so far, coming in at the rate of one-per-minute: parksdot.com, who are ostensibly “parking the net”, but whom I’ve never heard of before today are spamming the hell out of me.

This is no way to enter a business and gain any cred guys. Cut it out. My recommendation to anybody looking to test unknown, obscure, second tier domain parking platforms: give these guys a pass.

Sell Domains. Raise cash. Prepare to feast.

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By , September 5, 2010

I was away on St. Lucia for a couple weeks and on a really crummy internet connection which made blogging very cumbersome. I did read with interest three articles from Epik’s Rob Monster: The Quest for Recurring Income, Explaining Domains as an Asset Class to Finance types and Called it: Sell stocks and bonds. Buy domains and websites!.

While I’m largely in agreement with his assessment of the current economic climate and find his business-like approach to domaining refreshing, I wanted to weigh in a few points. Read more »

Newsflash: without DNS a domain is worthless

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By , August 20, 2010

I have always noticed a large cognitive void in the minds of domainers when it comes to DNS. Frank Schilling has correctly identified another Achilles Heel of the domainer: that of the registrar, to the point of recommending that any serious domainer own his own registrar. Yet domainers may end up running multi-million dollar portfolios on DNS servers held together by spit and twist ties.

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Reading between the lines of Demand Media’s S1 (hint: there’s more cash than you think)

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By , August 10, 2010

There has been a lot of coverage in domainer circles (and beyond) of Demand Media’s S1, most of which run along the theme “Demand Media is losing money, why would anybody invest”. Which is a good question. I remarked the same back when Godaddy’s S1 revealed that even though they were the largest registrar in the world, they too were operating at a loss.

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Latest Oversee.net offer price places value at 760M (down 32%)

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By , July 29, 2010

A new batch of Oversee.net shares just listed on sharespost at 4.37/share, placing the company valuation at 760 million. This is down 32% from earlier share offers at $7.35/share which would have put the company at 1.16 billion. Kinda, sorta. No recent transactions have actually taken place, just offers. So we don’t truly know an imputed value of Oversee until we see a sale actually take place.

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Are you a loser if you can’t “make it” as a domainer?

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By , July 23, 2010

I wanted to circle back on Rick Schwartz’s near rant against people who can’t seem to follow his advice and “make it” in the world of domaining. In fact I’ll cite the exact same quote as I did in my earlier post about the .CO launch:

I think all these bozos are about to be schooled. Yesterday EVERY domainer had the EXACT [same?]  opportunity to speculate and win or lose. All the big mouths will have their jaws dropping soon as they watch folks manufacture money from thin air. This proves they have no talent and just whine. Losers in every sense of the word. While others are enjoying success and creating even more, they will still be saying the same crap or sitting on the sidelines spewing hate instead of jumping in and do what a true domainer does and have the balls to speculate. If they can’t make it in domains which is a gift from the heavens, they will make it in nothing.” (emphasis added)

It’s a pretty stern assertion out of Rick, which I took to mean: If you can’t make it in domains, you can’t make it anywhere. I find that a very puzzling stance to take.  [ This sentence was reworded after Rick’s comment – M] Read more »

Are you piling into .CO domains? Good luck with that.

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By , July 22, 2010

The big buzz throughout the domainer circles this week is the launch of the .CO domain and domainers are busy talking up a storm about, not to mention everybody is piling into it. Some specialty .co aftermarket channels like flipping.co have already emerged, and of course, there are a few blockbuster aftermarket sales announced already.

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Bill Sweetman: 5 ways to Increase Sales of your Aftermarket Portfolio

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By , July 16, 2010

Bill Sweetman manages the Tucows YummyNames domain portfolio, and Tucows’ office is right down the street from mine. So after reading my articles on domain investing and Tucows, Bill suggested we meet for lunch. We hadn’t met in person until now even though we’ve been working in close proximity for awhile.

Over the course of our lunch we talked about managing aftermarket domain portfolios, and the higher margin business of selling domains to end-users at retail prices. When your cost basis is low (and in Tucows’ case it is basically the cost of wholesale registrar registration), it doesn’t take much to lock in healthy margins and decent profits.

5 key takeaways came out of our meeting, and Bill was good enough to expand on some of them via email later:

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