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As you might be able to tell, I just had my blog re-designed. I had the other layout since inception, and the other design for close to a year, so I thought it was time for a change. One new feature I am offering is the “Top Drops” page, which is found in the menu.

Each week, I will list my favorite domain drops at Snapnames. I haven’t been doing a ton of new registrations, and finding dropping/unregistered names is something I enjoy, so I will scour Snap for names that you might like.

There are still a couple of bugs being worked out, so please let me know if you see something funky. I want to say thanks to Mike @ Six One Five Design for the design work.


About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.


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Comments (19)

    Kevin

    Testing Recent Comments Feature For WP 2.7

    January 16th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Patrick Hankinson

    Elliott, the new design looks great. I love how things are moved above the fold compared to the last design.

    January 16th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    SixOneFive

    Testing Testing 123

    January 16th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    David J Castello

    Much better.

    January 16th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    M. Menius

    Neat and logical to follow. The “Recent Posts” function I don’t remember seeing before. It stands out now, plus your fav links line up really well. The Categories drop down I use too. Saves space and looks good imo.

    January 17th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    claude

    Hey Elliot:

    You mentioned previously how you want genuine criticism to help improve, so here goes….

    Generally, the site looks slicker, but is slick what you want? It doesn’t seem as readable. Was the font size decreased? Something you might want to explore.
    As well, the ad block on the right is nothing but extremely obnoxious, ugly, distracting and brand killing.

    Sorry to be harsh, the truth is that I like your site a lot. Bt the ad block is waaayyyy to much!

    Claude

    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***

    I do appreciate all comments and criticism. I will have my designer look into the font size, although I believe it is the same as before. The post section is a bit more narrow than before.

    January 17th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Michael Castello

    Looks great. Recent comments arte helpful on the right side.

    January 17th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    JB

    Sweet

    January 17th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Rock

    Yeh, Much better.

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:54 am

    PhilGus

    Above the fold is excellent.

    I think the graphic boxes to the right of each comment are distracting, and that the sponsors section is rather large.

    I really like the site and it has an individual personality rather than being a chow/shoemoney clone of which there are a lot.

    I really wish you could do the RSS in full. I believe that if you put ads in RSS (it is not hard to do) then you would make more money from your RSS subscribers. RSS subscribers do not have a high CTR when they come here because they have seen the ads already, but by varying the ads in the RSS their CTR would increase.

    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***

    I will ask my developer to look into doing this and see what the cost for it would be (time/effort to make the change).

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    LittleDevil

    Definitely has a better Web 2.0 feel to it. You should go slightly bigger on your header Elliot’sBlog. Nice job

    January 17th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    stephen douglas

    Nice idea listing good domains on Snapnames, since that’s my fav and most successful vehicle for selling my domains, Elliot!

    However, be aware that Francois from Domaining.com will filter your blog if you’re selling domains and delete it from his listing.

    Are you going to be at Domainfest 2009? If so, I hope we connect, because I want to see you sipping on a 16 year old Lagavulin Islay Single Malt.

    Keep up the good work bro.

    Stephen

    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***

    I will be there! I am headed to Burbank a few days before the show. I am not a big scotch drinker though, but we’ll find something because I do love alcohol :)

    January 17th, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Too Many Secrets

    Nice re-design Elliot!

    January 17th, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Martin

    Looks great! As Patrick said, it’s much better now that there is more above the fold compared to the previous design. Just one thing – I’m having trouble subscribing to your RSS feed using the link on the top right – of course it could just be me..! šŸ˜‰

    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***

    I noticed that problem, too – and it will be fixed today. I am also looking for a cool looking RSS icon to spice things up.

    January 17th, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Cedrick Reese

    The new design looks great!

    January 17th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    mom

    You left out “he” between “where” and “is” near/before “Red Sox”

    Elliot is originally from Nashua, NH, but currently makes his home in New York City, New York, where is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***

    Thanks, mom!

    January 17th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Too Many Secrets

    Elliot,

    Check out Joost’s site for all sorts of great plugins and wordpress tweaking tips here: http://yoast.com/wordpress

    His RSS footer is very popular as well as many others.

    Also, you’ll be able to silo your page rank and keep your visitors on your site longer if you use a ‘related posts’ plugin. There are many out there to choose from.

    – Richard

    January 17th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Manny

    Looks Great E!
    Looking forward to big things from you in 2009 my friend.

    January 17th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    me

    Looks good Elliot though the font is not so great for readability. Maybe just me. Cheers,

    January 18th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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