Use Escrow.com Self-Service Links Just Like Paypal

Using PayPal for domain sales up to $500 is generally okay. The good thing about using PayPal is that there is no commission beyond the small 2 to 3% that they typically charge. The bad part about using PayPal for intangible goods like domain name salesis that you don’t have any recourse should the buyer […]

How a Domainer Uses Pheenix and BrandBucket

Michael Krell, owner of MediaPlow.com, recently spoke with DomainSherpa.com, and talked about how he bought brandable domains. This post is basically notes on that discussion with further information on two of the tools he uses: BrandBucket and Pheenix for dropcatching domains. Notes on Krell’s Expired Domain Buying Process • Searches for domains on GoDaddy’s expiring […]

New Domain Extensions like .nyc are Growing in Popularity

I’ve been catching up on the last few months of DomainSherpa interviews and they always give some great nuggets to think about. Some things I heard discussed recently included the new top level domain extensions and thoughts on how successful they would be. Frank Schilling mentioned a couple points about the new “right of the […]

GURU is Winning the TLD Race But for How Long?

So the influx of new gTLDs is starting (.bike / .guru etc.) and most in the domain world are very skeptical of the chances for success of these new TLDs. The problem is that too many of these gTLDs aren’t unique enough: is it .plumber (no) or .plumbing (yes) / .photographer (no) or .photography (yes)? […]

What do Domainers Mean by ‘Brandable Domain Name’?

When a domainer is speaking of a ‘Brandable Domain Name’, they’re generally referring to a made-up / invented word that they’ve coined themselves. A popular practice is to morph two simple words together, or tack on an ending to an existing word (e.g. bookpedia.com). Note that there a few differing viewpoints as to how to […]

Where to Register .io Domains?

.IO domain names are becoming very popular among startups and tech oriented companies needing a web presence. I/O stands for input/output in tech speak, so we’re starting to see many technical frameworks (like Laravel.io) and APIs (like Import.io) adopt the .io TLD extension. In this short post, we’ll look at where to register .IO domain […]

Domain Valuation: Influence of CPC, Search Volume and TLD

Mike Mann of DomainMarket.com owns over 330,000 domains with an estimated value of over a million dollars. He also has his own algorithm for purchasing domain names with keyword potential. About 95% of his portfolio is .com domains, mostly English keyword domain names. So how does he value domains to add to his portfolio? The […]

DynaDot SEO Moz Trial

Dynadot is a great registrar and has a nice deal for people wanting to tap into SEOMoz’s various SEO analytics offerings. SEOMoz 90 Day Trial Dynadot is also partnering with SEOMoz to offer a 90 day free trial on their service. Membership gets you the following: Open Site Explorer for diagnosing the number and strength […]

Three “Expired Domain” Sites for Sale

Three websites went on sale in January that dealt in expiring domains. The webmasters went about providing the results very differently, so I thought it would be instructive to look at each site in turn and how it was set up. Buffdomains.com This website for sale at flippa lists domains that are pending delete or […]