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One Way I Come Up With Domain Name Ideas

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I took my first long 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge training ride yesterday. It was a beautiful day, and I rode for about 3 hours. These long rides give me time to think about business without having a computer or iPhone in front of me, and it is a time that I brainstorm about domain name acquisitions.

During the ride, I thought about a couple of ways that I come up with domain names to inquire about. I presume many people do this already, but for those who don't, it might offer a nugget of insight that could be useful. I want to share some thoughts about that with you.

Most of my rides are through the back roads of the MetroWest region of Boston (I own MetroWest.com). I pass the beautiful Charles River (I recently sold CharlesRiver.com) at several points throughout my ride. One domain name I own and am surprised hasn't sold is NeedhamRealEstate.com. There have been a ton of teardowns and redevelopment in Needham during the past couple of years, and I am surprised a real estate agent from Needham hasn't made an enticing enough offer → Read More


Valuable Names are Tough to Sell

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People in the domain space tend to laud those who own the best domain names. I am regularly impressed by the quality of domain names some of my friends and colleagues own. There is one downside to owning valuable domain names - they are not easy to sell for full value.

The best domain names receive inquiries all the time. I would imagine the owners of top one word .com, LLL.com, LL.com, NN.com...etc. domain names receive inquiries and offers every day. It is reassuring to receive regular inquiries for top domain names, but the vast majority of these inquiries will not lead to deals. Virtually all offers are either from people who either don't understand that these domain names are ultra high value or they simply do not have the budget to buy the domain name.

Obviously an advantage of (more…) → Read More


How I Would Start Over with $10,000

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Let's say I wanted to start over from scratch in the domain investment space and I have just $10,000 to spend. I thought I would share how I would start over today without any domain names, $10,000 in cash, and the knowledge I already have.

I would spend as much time as it took reaching out privately to buy a single one word .com domain name. The domain name would need to be meaningful to many companies and/or people so my eggs aren't in one basket hoping that the one prospect understands the value proposition. With this investment, I would need to be certain I could liquidate the name to another domain investor or at auction for at least the $10,000 I paid if I needed to get my cash back to start over because I overestimated the market interest.

Although this sounds simple, it really isn't. It is very difficult to buy great, meaningful one word .com domain names for $10,000 or less. It takes a ton of time and research and a ton of dead ends. These types of deals are out there for those who are willing to go to the effort → Read More


Check Your Parked Domain Names After Buying

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It is the responsibility of domain owners to ensure their pay per click links are set accurately and the "for sale" link (if applicable) is working as anticipated. It is a good idea to check on this after a domain name inquiry.

Last week, I sold a domain name to another investor. When I owned the domain name, I had it parked, and I forward inquiries for almost all of my parked domain names to an Embrace.com inquiry page. For some reason, when the buyer added the domain name to his parking account after I deleted it, the link to Embrace.com remained. I have reported this issue to the parking company.

Another issue I sometimes face is that I occasionally have domain names rejected from my parking account because they are already in someone else's account. I am notified that the domain name listing was rejected, but I sometimes overlook the notice in the email and assume the domain name was added. When this happens and it is not corrected, I would likely not earn any income from parking nor would I receive any purchase inquiries → Read More


Legal Review Should be Done Before Agreeing to a Deal

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A negotiation can be exhilarating or frustrating depending on many factors. When a domain name deal is finally reached, it should mark the end of one stage and begin the contract and escrow discussions. It should not begin the process of a legal review for the buyer.

I don't know about you, but I have dealt with prospective buyers backing out of a couple of deals due to their findings from a legal review. The buyers' attorneys have either found that a trademark would be tough to get for domain name (and/or brand) or there are existing trademarks would put an application in peril. Whatever the case may be, it is very frustrating to agree to a deal only to later learn that the prospective buyer decided to back out because their legal team has put the kibosh on the deal.

From my perspective, domain name buyers should do a cursory legal review prior to inquiring about domain names. This doesn't have to be an extensive or exhaustive review, but it should be enough to know whether a domain name will pose legal issues for them for → Read More


Monitor Your Domain Registrations

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I use DomainTools to monitor the domain registrations of many companies, including my own. I do this for research for DomainInvesting.com articles, and I also use the information I can glean to learn what domain names are moving at large companies.

One important reason I think people should monitor their own company name and/or email address is to ensure domain names aren't being registered under their business name without their knowledge. It would be fairly easy for someone to register a domain name, say a trademark name, under the name of someone else with a different email address. Obviously, nobody wants to deal with a UDRP proceeding or litigation for a domain name they don't own or even know anything about, so monitoring is something I do automatically.

I use the daily registrant alert email from DomainTools to try and monitor domain names registered in my company's name. Other service providers like (more…) → Read More


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