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Overview of My Business

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While at the TRAFFIC conference a couple of weeks ago, I met a number of people I hadn't met before. Most of these people had heard of my blog, but a couple of them asked me what I do aside from my blog. I explained what I do to them, and I thought I would also give you a general overview of my business.

Before I get into it, I recommend reading Shane Cultra's post about the three important aspects of his business. I think he said it well, so I will use that as the baseline for my post to give you a better idea of what I do and how I make a living as a domain investor. (more…) → Read More


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$100 Contest: Which Domain Name Receives The Most Inquiries?

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It's been a rough week, so let's end it on a good note. Listed below, are 25 domain names that are owned by two of my companies.

Guess which domain name on the list has received the most sales inquiries in the last month to win $100 from me. If multiple people guess correctly, I will divide the $100 prize between all those who correctly guessed. As an example, if 10 people guess correctly, each person will receive $10 and if 1 person guesses it, that person will receive $100 via Paypal. Only one entry/guess per person, and if you guess more than once, you are disqualified. Contest ends at 10pm Eastern tonight (if I don't close comments, any made after 10pm will be deleted and don't count). If any other questions come up, I'll address them.

25 Domain Names in ABC order:


  • ActingCoach.com

  • AnsweringMachines.com

  • BabyRegistries.com

  • BoracayHotels.com

  • Burbank.com

  • CoalAsh.com

  • ContactManagement.com

  • Distraction.com

  • EducationAssistance.com

  • EventManagement.com

  • HIVPill.com

  • HomeStorage.com

  • HousekeepingService.com
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Re-Launched Company Website and Logo

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This week, I re-launched my corporate website on TopNotchDomains.com. I don't really love my company name anymore, but it's a pain in the neck to change it, and it really isn't worth the hassle of making any type of legal change, especially because I operate in two states and that means additional work and legal fees.

One of the first things you may notice is a new logo. I used Logo.com to create the corporate logo design, and I really appreciate the work they did with the little guidance I gave. The designers came back with dozens of ideas and we eventually decided there wouldn't be any type of accompanying graphic with the logo and it would be a stylized font. The logo designers chose a design that utilized the "notch" theme, with almost every letter having a notch in it. I kept the same colors as I had in my previous logo for consistency sake. For those who are curious, I used the platinum package giving me unlimited revisions.

I used a html theme I found at ThemeForest, and it cost somewhere around $30. I made several → Read More


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Newburyport.com Sold to Local Realtor

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I don't generally disclose my domain sales publicly, but I want to tell you about a recent domain sale of mine. I sold Newburyport.com to one of the highest producing real estate agents in the region, Robert Bentley, of RE/MAX on the River. Newburyport is a town on the coast of Massachusetts with about 21,000 residents, and it's a great place to live and visit.

I owned Newburyport.com for a couple of years, and I acquired it because I thought it would make a great pair with Lowell.com. One thing I realized early on is that the town of Newburyport has several news outlets, and it was difficult for me to compete for eyeballs, without having reporters and/or first hand sources on the ground in Newburyport.

With Lowell.com, I am sent a considerable amount of news and event listings, which helps drive traffic and advertising revenue, but that wasn't the case for me with Newburyport.com. In fact, I hadn't updated Newburyport.com in about a year, and I felt guilty about it because I think Newburyport is a great town.

The sale price → Read More


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Interviewed on Domainers Digest

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I feel like most people who read my blog have a good idea about who I am and what I do, but my friend Steve Kaziyev asked to interview me on Domainers Digest, and I agreed to do it. I think it's important to be open when you have a blog, and I hope you can read the interview to see what I am doing, what I've done, and what my goals are (as well as my limitations).

In the last year or so, Steve's become a good buddy of mine, and it's always fun to get together with him (especially when he orders bottles of champagne and seafood towers on your credit card!) Steve and I share similar domain development goals, and sometimes when we get together, we actually get some work done. Kidding aside, Steve is one of the more generous people in the business and always has good business and life advice to share.

Thanks to Steve for asking to interview me. → Read More


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Make Money Doing What You Enjoy

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While it certainly wasn't intentional, I believe I have walked into a good business model with my blog. Everybody wants to have a job where they love their work. This can lead to less stress and a nice work/life balance. When you are doing what you love, it doesn't feel like work and you can perform at a higher level than if you wanted to be doing something else.

When I started my blog a couple years ago, the goal was to help people learn about the domain investment industry. At the time, there were just a few strictly domaining blogs, and I thought I could offer a different perspective than the other bloggers. I hated posting in the public domain forums, and I figured I would start up a blog where I could post commentary and insight as I continued to grow my business, and it would be cool if I could learn from others as I shared what I was learning.

Along the way, I have experimented with many strategies, met with some of the most successful leaders in our industry, and have learned quite a bit about the industry and related → Read More


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