Some of the Domains I Bought in April and Why

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Domain Blog | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Spring Red Tulips in Bloom

Red Tulips in April


The majority of the domain names I own were acquired for reg fee and usually caught on the drop. These aren’t exactly million dollar domains that I’m catching but most of them are either brandable or have enough search volume to be site worthy.

One of the great things about my portfolio is that because my acquisition costs are so low, I have a higher margin for profit. Hell, if I sell a domain for $100 I’m looking at 10x ROI…yeah, I have to consider the time I spent prospecting as well but even so, I’m still ahead.

I mainly go after .com, .net, and .org domains. Occasionally, I will buy a .info or .us if it really is a great keyword and has some development potential. I don’t shy away from hyphens because when I develop a domain 90% of the traffic comes from search engines, so I could really careless as long as the keywords are in the domain.

Every now and then I go through the popular domain/marketing forums: DNF, Namepros, DP, Warrior Forum, or Flippa to find some deals. The deals are few and far between but they are out there if you look hard enough.

So here are some of the domains I have purchased in April: – awesome potential and very bandable for a site dedicated to secondary education scholarships, this is a big money vertical with substantial payouts for qualified leads – clearly a nice brandable and the tailing “city” domains have had some pretty nice results this year, many sales in excess of $5,000 - another brandbale in the very desired “hosting” niche. This is one of my favorite acquisitions because it is so easy to remember and brand…definitely a winner in my book - this may seem like a WTF kind of acquisition but upon further scrutiny you will realize that there are 4,400 exact global monthly searches in G with a $1.13 avg CPC. The stats aren’t mind blowing but this is a domain that can stand alone and be utilized for any online campaign. Plus there are quite a few “trekking pole” manufacturers out there. - yet another brandable education domain, what can I say there is a lot of potential and demand for these types of domains and many are used as PPC bait only for lead gen campaigns – HUGE online market with a healthy avg. CPC ($4.37) and large search volume (8,100 exact local). All extensions taken and this one is ripe for development – this is a decent domain, not great by any means but it needs to be developed. There are many sites out there with those sort of domain and it does have the “Free Templates” keyword which gets 60,500 exact searches a month. But these types of domains are the ones I end up selling for $X,XXX, it’s always the most random ones - with the legalization of marijuana becoming ever so prevalent in the US, this domain is only years away from seeing its true potential…mail order weed. I like it as a brandable and will hold onto it or develop – ah ha, this is one of those head scratchers where I’m like “Did I do that???” Then I look up the G search and see that there are…get ready for this…2,240,000 Exact global searches a month. This is a Portugese phrase that translates to “song lyrics” – a lot of traffic potential with this one

Thats pretty much it for this month. Would like to hear your thoughts on my acquisitions and maybe you can share some of your recent purchases!

Is Google Personalized Search Enabled on Your Computer?

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: SEO | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Yield to Google Personalized Search

If you’re ranking on the first page of G on YOUR computer and there is no traffic coming to your site, you might be encountering one of two problems:

1. The keyword that you are ranking for isn’t getting any monthly searches (check Google Keyword Tool for “EXACT SEARCHES” not “BROAD”)

2. Google Personal Search is Enabled

Now if you are encountering the first problem, my suggestion is to do some more keyword research and try to implement higher search keywords in the content of your site.

For problemo numero dos, I have a quick solution. Read the rest of this entry »

The Easiest Way to get Backlinks from Wikipedia

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Domain Blog, SEO | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »
Two Metail Chain Links

Backlinks from Wikipedia

I have been playing around with Wikipedia over the past few months and kind of stumbled upon something by chance.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the fact that Wikipedia encourages social editing of its articles and in turn allows anyone to edit an entry. I have had a Wikipedia account for almost a year now and have contributed many RELEVANT edits to a broad range of entries.

When I first started editing entries I did it mainly because the topic was something that I had an interest in and I did have knowledge about the subject and was able to contribute worthwhile information that was not spammy. The good thing is that those edits looked great on my profile because they were done pro bono without any incognito backlink placement or irrelevant content and were never reedited. Read the rest of this entry »

The key to high SERP rankings is to make sure you use original content

Posted: March 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Domain Blog, SEO | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Original Content is King

There is no doubt in mind that content is king.

Sure anyone can get to the top of the SERPs with a targeted and dedicated SEO campaign but at the end of the line, content is what drives traffic. It is relatively easy to emulate a top ranking site and design a SEO campaign around your competition. But at the end of the day what makes your site different….nothing!

After months of linkbuilding, article posting, guest blogging, and content creation you finally get to the top 3 of Google for a relatively competitive keyword. You used the #1 and #2 ranking sites as a guide to your SEO campagin and content creation. A visitor makes it to your site, most likely after visiting the top two ranked sites, and what do they see…. Read the rest of this entry »

Selecting a domain name – Part 2

Posted: March 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Domain Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
three white dice

Selecting the Right Domain

So by now you have figured out the purpose of your domain name and more or less have an idea of the domain name you are looking for. Now you have to make a decision on what type of domain name is best for you. Before I purchase a new domain name for an upcoming project I consider the following: Exact Match, Keywords,  Spellings, Brand Name/Trademark, Hyphens, Length, and Radio Test.

Brand Name/Trademark: The reason I decided to start with this topic is because a lot of people don’t understand the severity and repercussions that come along with using someone else’s TM or brand in their domain name.   If you don’t own the TM or if you dont have a logical reason for utilizing a brand name then DO NOT register it -you have been forewarned.  Read the rest of this entry »