of a Domain Name Junky
Confessions of a Domain Name Junky
For some reason, I love domain names. I think it's tied tightly
to the creative side of me... I sometimes seem to come up with ideas
like there's no tomorrow. And where there's an idea, there's a great
domain name to go with it. Sometimes a really great domain is what
inspires the idea itself.
Some of the things I've come up with over the years included: PalmPilotFiles.com
- A Palm Pilot software site of course EBookCritique.com - This
was going to be an ebook review site HomeOfficeFiles.com - Home
office software and resources
I actually had a whole "files" theme going at one
point: pocketfiles, pdafiles, softwarefiles... heck I don't even
remember all of them now.
There's only so much time in a day though, and over the years
I've forced myself to bypass hundreds of fantastic domains because
I didn't have the time for them. You see, each time I'd give in
to an impulse and register a great one, I'd then make myself
justify that purchase. And justifying it meant I had to develop
it, and make it earn its keep in my overall business strategy.
There've been times I've juggled 10+ developed domains all at once.
As you might have guessed... this can cause a huge bottleneck. Dividing
your time and attention between too many things causes all of them
to be mediocre at best.
Recently though, I discovered a way to indulge my domain name passion...
exercise my creativity without having to update multiple sites every
single day... and make money from them too - all while barely lifting
I joined a service called Expired Domains. This service keeps you
up to date on all of the domains that expire every single day.
Using their tools, you can research these domains, and find some
real gems. Not just creative ones either - but domains that
have hundreds (sometimes thousands) of links to them from other
sites across the web.
Since the links are already in place, I don't have to spend time
promoting the new domain and bringing traffic to it. That solves
one of the biggest problems you run into when registering a
The second problem was continuous updates. If I followed my previous
pattern, I'd be trying to develop all these new domains and completely
defeat my purpose quickly because I wouldn't have time for them.
So instead, I simply put up a search engine. Actually I don't even
do that - I point the new domain to my existing search engine. This
isn't what you'd consider a standard search engine though... because
I earn money every time a visitor clicks a search listing.
Now I do have to admit that sometimes I'm sorely tempted. I'll
find a really cool domain that immediately triggers a wonderful
website idea and I have to force myself to not act on that.
Much as I enjoy making great websites though, my goal this time
around is to build up a solid hands free income stream.
So, no matter how good the domain is, or how much traffic it's
getting... I don't allow myself to develop them. The closest I'll
come is pointing an occasional domain to one of my developed
sites. only if the domain has enough links, and/or it matches
my target market somehow. Otherwise, it gets pointed to the search
engine like all the rest.
Using this system I can now indulge my domain name passion without
guilt, and build my long term income too.
Resources mentioned in this article: Expired Traffic: http://www.expiredtraffic.com/?GuruGazette
PPC Income: http://www.searchfeed.com/rd/AffiliateInfo.jsp?p=11188&trackID=B6074113365
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