Our first podcast interview will be live within the next week with my good friend Ned O’Meara from www.domainer.com.au. Ned has a huge amount of experience in the Australian domain market place and has some fantastic incites to share with our listeners. Stay tuned…
Check out this great video just released for the end user market by Frank Schilling from Domain Name Sales
The Value of Better Domain Names
I have known Morgan for about 5 years now and we both started our domain blogs around the same time.
Morgan has done some great work in that short period of time and has a great story to share. He has built a full time income from his domain name business from both the sale of domains / websites and development of his domains. Morgan has also written a brilliant book on Domain Investing called the Domain Investing Handbook where we are giving away a free copy (listen to our podcast to find out the email address to use so you can claim 10% off the purchase price with the coupon code “OzDomainer”)
If you would like to win a free copy of Morgan’s Domain Investing Handbook, then please leave a comment on this post and the one Danny & I like the most will get a free digital copy emailed to them. The close off for comments will be the end of April.
Morgan and his wife Daina, have just started their business Fashion Metric over the past 12 months which Morgan talks about in detail in the podcast. His domain business has been instrumental in allowing them to both focus on their passion which is Fashion Metric.
Here are some of the website links we mentioned in the podcast –
We hope you enjoy the podcast!
Ed & Danny
On this episode of OzDomainer we have special guest Chris Burgess from Australia’s leading Domain Name Community, DN Trade. Chris took over from Ned OMeara last year (and Soj the original founder) as the owner of DNTrade.
Chris has been in the IT industry for 15 years in various roles and been involved in the domain industry for the past 13 years or so. He is the owner of www.Marketing.com.au (great domain name and wish I had it Chris!!!)
Chris and his team of helpers have been doing a great job of running DN Trade since he took over from Ned and has been introducing new features including the new Trader & VIP members section of the forum.
I hope everyone enjoys the podcast and make sure you get along to DN Trade and join up, its free to become a community member.
First off, Happy New Year to all. I hope that 2013 is a great year for you.
I would like to congratulate Ron Jackson fron DN Journal www.DnJournal.com who is celebrating 10 Years of reporting on the Domain Industry. Without Ron’s work we would not have such a concise record of the domain industry from where it began to where it is today.
Thanks Ron & Diana for all your work. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ron & Diana and the domain industry is extremely fortunate to have them in our company. I wish you many more years of success.
I was lucky enough to interview Ron a few years back on my podcast, for those who would like to hear his story you can listen to it here. http://www.ozdomainer.com/domain-names-podcast-episode-9-with-ron-jackson-from-dnjournalcom/
My guest on this episode of Domain Names Podcast is Simon Johnson from DotBuyer.com
Simon has just released a new domain names sales platform that is well worth a test run, it is not a parking platform purely a sales platform. It is very easy to add your names for sale and does NOT require any DNS changes to your domains. The service is FREE to join and when you sell a domain or website, there is a 5% commission.
DotBuyer features a large inventory of domain names and websites for sale across popular niche markets. It also enables businesses to view comprehensive search engine metrics and pricing on more than 154,000 historical domain name sales.
DotBuyer also helps to educate businesses by providing price guidance. “We have levelled the playing field by enabling businesses to find out what domain names have previously sold for. This helps to educate buyers so they don’t pay too much for a domain name. The historical sales figures are powered by Domain Sales App – one of the largest databases of historical domain and website sales, dating back more than 10 years with more than 154,000 domain name sales.
Businesses or individuals looking to buy a domain name, can get instant access to many of the powerful features of DotBuyer by signing up for a free account.
Lets hear more about this great new service from Simon.
Enjoy the podcast!
Adam has been investing in domains since the late 90’s and was one of the first people ever to sell a domain name for over 1 Million Dollars.
Adam is the CEO of the internets most popular domain forum at DnForum.com where I have spent many hours myself learning the ropes over the years.
DnfCollege.com (Domain Name Forum College) is another project that Adam started recently which provided free education on domain name investing, all that is required is a membership in DnForum.com which is under $50 and a once off fee.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
My special guest on this episode is Erhan Karabardak from CooperMills.com.au
Cooper Mills is recognised across the domain name industry as the leading expert domain law practice. While we act for some of the world’s largest domain name portfolio owners, we also act for trademark owners in all aspects of domain law.
The domain name industry has grown from its infancy in the 1990s to a strong and vibrant market place both in Australia and internationally. In more recent times, the deregulation of the domain ‘after market’ in Australia, has created opportunities for both local and international investors, which has driven demand for our expert services.
The area of domain name law is highly specialised, covering many areas of law and regulation, both locally and internationally. Cooper Mills has more recently been involved in acting:
- in Australia’s largest known domain name acquisition;
- advising in some of the most significant domain law legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia;
- for global brands, government and statutory authorities in recovering expired and hijacked domain names;
- for Australia’s largest domain name drop service;
- for some of Australia’s largest domain name Registrars and Resellers.
Enjoy the podcast!
Don’t Show Your Hand Too Soon.
If you’re trying to catch a dropped domain, make sure you cover all of the drop services so you don’t miss out. Now, If you have no idea as to what that all means, listen on…
Todays Domain Names Podcast is with Morgan Payne who is my youngest guest in the history of this podcast. He is 23 years young at the time of this interview.
Morgan has been buying and selling domains & websites since he was 15 years young! I think he has a great story to tell which I hope will inspire wood be domain investors and developers.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
In the light of recent facebook revelations it’s time to reaffirm that you need to build a hub where everything leads into and out of your site, rather than rely on properties you don’t ‘control’ That’s good news for domainers
Mike Mann www.MikeMann.com is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org (501c3), a global network providing free services to non-profits and promoting social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select 501c3 organizations.
Mike is founder of successful, active, for-profit corporations also including Phone.com, SEO.com, DomainMarket.com, PRMarketing.com, PurePPC.com, and others. In many cases his companies exchange resources, talent and technologies in their never-ending quest to deliver innovative, profitable digital products and services.
In 1994 he founded Internet Interstate, which he sold to Verio Inc. in 1997.
In 1998, he founded BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names, and sold majority interest to Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, along with the “Seeq.com” search engine portal.
Between 1998 and 2001, Mike served as the founding Chairman of the non-profit ByteBack.org, which is an innovator in operating free computer and job training centers serving inner-city communities.
In 2007, Mike and WashingtonVC.com founded Yield Software, a company which delivers cutting-edge online marketing software. Within
two years the majority of Yield was sold to venture capitalists Draper Fisher and international marketing conglomerate WPP. In 2011 Yield Software was acquired by Autonomy Corporation, an HP company.
Mike is also the author of Make Millions and Make Change! a book focused on making money in small business so we can better serve society.
Here is a link to the Microsoft research paper on Domain Names that Mike spoke about also. Domain Bias in Web Search
I would like to thank Mike for his time on the podcast and hope to have him back at some stage in the future.
Today we talk about passwords. Protecting your online assets, sharing passwords and the cool tools to help you. Danny shows us he can’t read and Ed laments the fact that Perth is in a time zone that’s no good to anyone.
James Martell is an Internet pioneer who discovered the lucrative world of affiliate marketing in 1999. He is a self-taught Internet entrepreneur and a leading expert in affiliate marketing, natural search engine optimization and outsourcing.
James is a successful author, publisher, podcaster, speaker and the President of Net Guides Publishing Inc. A sought after speaker and has spoken at events that include Commission Junction University, Affiliate Summit, The System Seminar, 10 Golden Rules BootCamp, Affiliate Convention, AffCon, eComXpo, Pubcon and the Digital River LAB.
Residing in a seaside community south of Vancouver, B.C. Canada with Arlene, his wife of 24 years, and his four children, Adam, Justin, Shelby and Victoria, James has created a life that allows for more free time to spend with his family.
Thanks James for you time on the podcast.
James can be contacted at www.jamesmartell.com
ICANN have just revealed who has applied for which generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names in what is expected to become the largest expansion in the history of the Internet’s Domain Name System.
Is it the real deal or a bunch of fluff.?
Is dot com dead?
Either way the lawyers always win.
What if you had a domain monetization vending machine where every time you put in a dollar, at least two came out the other end?
Well, get your monetization model right and that’s what kinda happens.
it’s not the size that matters, it’s what you do with it.
A little penguin comes along and craps all over you, so
a massive focus on content is required moving forward.
Today is all about domaining off the cuff.
We cover the principals of domaining and the cold hard fact that you need to be in this game for the long haul.
No overnight success here, but HideTheSausage.com did sell for $350
Domenic has been involved in many online business ventures over the years and was (and now is again) the owner of www.MP3.com.au and has a very interesting story based around that domain which he talks about in the podcast.
It was refreshing to speak with someone in the Australian business community that has such a strong understanding of the value of generic keyword domain names and is do great things with them.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
Brendon Burchard is at it again. He’s GIVING AWAY hardcover copies of his new book RIGHT NOW!
His new book is called “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive”.
Get yours before they’re gone:
Everyone is already saying the book is INCREDIBLE:
“The Charge is an inspiring guide to the one thing we all want: more life in our lives. Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness our emotional drives to feel more alive, and that it’s our internal charge that helps us meet life’s challenges with joy and courage. I love this book.”
–Paulo Coelho, New York Times best-selling author of The Alchemist
“There hasn’t been a game-changing book on personal development in a long time. The wait is over. The Charge confronts our very notions of what drives us as humans, and it brilliantly illuminates the path for how you can feel more alive, productive, and fulfilled. After reading this book you’ll find a new internal charge that’s stronger and more energized than you ever imagined possible.”
–Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
and author of The Success Principles
“Every once in a while you read a book that completely changes how you think about your life, igniting within you a new internal drive to be more, do more, and give more. This is that kind of book.”
–David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of
The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
“I look for authenticity and proof when I learn from someone, and I can share that Brendon Burchard is one of the most engaged, energetic, and enthusiastic people I’ve ever met. I’ve always wanted to know how he developed such a remarkably strong internal charge. This book reveals his secrets. If you too want to perform at higher levels of joy, engagement, and productivity–buy this book. It’s a must-read for any serious student of success and high performance.”
–Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS magazine and
New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect
“The Charge will change your life. Our brains are hard wired to meet specific human drives, and learning to harness and activate those drives is the secret to success and happiness. This is a smart and beautifully written book, and it will electrify your life. Get this book!”
–Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times best-selling author of
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
I suggest you get the book now while Brendon is giving them away before the official release. You can definitely see in this video he’s EXCITED!
Brendon’s last book was a #1 New York Times bestseller. I’ve heard this one is even better!
Get yours today,
PS. Disclaimer, Yes the links above are my affiliate links, so if you end up purchasing anything from Brendan in the future I will get some commission.
We have a special guest this episode, Simon Johnson from DomainSalesApp.com talking about his great new iPhone app for looking up domain sales history.
I have been using this app for a few weeks now and love it, it just makes my life that much easier due to the speed and simplicity of how it checks for sales history.
This is a free tool so go to iTunes or the DomainSalesApp.com website and give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Ed posses the question “Will / How mobiles & smart phones effect domain names & websites usage & values over time.”
Danny is trying to figure out what the question actually means, but they both get there in the end.
Maybe the question you should be asking is “How can I add app trading to my domaining business?”
This episode is really all about knowing your market and how dot com might not be the king in every realm.
Yes, Danny has been watching ‘game of thrones’
Content is the new black
In light of recent Google changes, quality content is now crucial to building a successful brand online.
Quality podcasting however is still an option, but we’re working on it.
This episode is all about content. Where to get it and how to leverage it.
This one is all about building to sell. It’s crucial that you have the end in mind whenever you buy a domain.
Always have an exit strategy, even if it is to simply let go of those worthless domains you’ve been hoarding just in case.
It’s time to face reality folks.
There’s a lot to talk about this week. Better.com is for sale on flippa, lots of domain news, and Ed shares his “no brainer tip!”
This one is full of analogies, from baseball to drumming of course, as we continue our theme of finding great domain name opportunities.
Lots of news too…
Today is all about looking for opportunity, everywhere and we mean everywhere!
Yes, even the yellow pages!
Danny and Ed go back to basics today and talk about how anyone can make this domaining thing work, even a couple of drummers, as long as you follow a few basic rules.
Hi everyone and Happy New Year for 2012!
2011 was a very quite time for this blog / podcast due to other projects that I needed to focus on.
2012 will be a very different story as I am very pleased to announce that I have partnered up with Danny Batelic from www.tradingwebsitesblog.com & www.dominiche.com and also the Dominiche Podcast that Danny co-hosts with Ed Dale from Challenge.co
Danny has had great success with developing and flipping websites over the past few years, so not only will we be talking about domain names but also what is involved in developing out your domains to sell on platforms such as Flippa.com
The podcast will now be once a week and run for approx 30 mins or so. We will also have every month an industry expert guest on the show that either Danny or myself will interview. To revisit some of my past interviews with the top domain experts on the planet, please visit my interview archives here www.ozdomainer.com/category/domain-names-podcasts/
So please feel free to suggest any topics that you would like to see covered over the next 12 months and we will do our best to cover them for you.
Thanks for your time and we look forward to bringing you a great podcast in 2012.
Ed & Danny
This episode of Domain Names Podcast I speak with Marc Ostrofsky the author of Get Rich Click The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet.
Here is a piece about Marc from his website –
Marc Ostrofsky knows how to make money!
He is the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. He has founded, built up and sold over $100 million in businesses – starting with only a $5,000 car loan.
He is well known for his record sale of the domain name Business.com for $7.5 million which landed him in the Guiness Book of World RecordsTM as the most expensive domain name ever sold. Business.com was sold again in 2008 for $345 Million which landed Ostrofsky another windfall.
Marc says, “If you can click a mouse, you can make money on the internet.”
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
If you have not yet visited Michael Cyger’s website DomainSherpa.com, then I would recommend that it is well worth your time. Michael’s website is new to the domain blogging world and brings a very fresh approach to the space. He has done some great video podcast interviews with some of the top people in the domain industry.
This is a major win for this business that is a smaller company competing against the larger ones such as OPSM, Spec Savers etc. As it happens, it appears that Spec Savers were the previous owners of Optometrist.com.au.
So congrats to the folks over at The Eye Practice.
Todays podcast is with the marketing manager of Flippa.com, Andrew Knibbe. Its a very short podcast at approx 20 mins compared to my usual 45 – 60 min ones.
If you have not herd of Flippa.com yet then come out of your cave and have a listen to what they have to offer. They are one of the biggest website sales marketplaces on the web at the moment and are getting very good results for their customers.
If you have been contemplating listing a website for sale on Flippa.com but have yet to do so, it would normally cost you US$19 to list a website with them.
Andrew has kindly organized a discount code for OzDomainer Podcast listeners which will give you 15 credits towards your first listing so you will only have to pay the balance of US$4. Just use the discount code “ozdom1” to claim your 15 free credits.
If you have already used Flippa.com in the past please feel free to leave a comment on how you went and what website / domain you listed or sold on Flippa.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
I read most of the domain blogs out there on a daily basis and the majority of them are good. But sometimes I read a great post that stays with me for days, weeks or longer.
This post by Rob Monster from Epik.com is one of those.
Brilliant post Rob!
Happy New Year to all my readers / listeners.
I think we are in for an amazing year where domain names will reach a whole new audience of end users.
To help with that process, I hope that the interviews I have done in the past and my future podcasts will help to educate the general public and domain investors alike.
Some of my upcoming confirmed podcast guests will be –
Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry
Adam Dicker, CEO of DNForum.com
Page Howe, CEO of SiteHQ.com
Frank Schilling, (Second follow up interview from our first last year)
Also on my list but not spoken to or confirmed –
Rob Grant, CEO of RealEstateDirectory.com
Michael & David Castello of CCIN Castello Cities Internet Network
This will be a follow up interview with the Castello Brothers from my first podcast interview with them back in 2008
I have many more on my list that I will add at a later date. If you have anyone in particular you would like me to have on my podcast, please drop me a line through the comment section and I will see what I can do to get them on the show.
Have a great day!
A focus on my ccTLD domains mainly in my home country of Australia will take up most of my attention & time.
Here are some of the domains that we will be working on in 2011 –
AudioBooks.com.au, Cardboard.com.au, DslrCameras.com.au, SlrDigitalCamera.com.au & SlrDigitalCameras.com.au, ElectronicDrums.com.au, GpsSoftware.com.au, LedDownlights.com & .com.au, LiquorLicensing.com.au, MiningJobs.net.au & MiningJobsAustralia.com & .com.au, Forex-Trading.com.au, StepLadders.com.au, SuperchargerKits.com.au & ShortCourse.com.au.
So there is enough there to keep my developers busy for 2011 and beyond. I will be keeping you up to date on how these sites are going over the new year and will be happy to accept any constructive criticism and feedback on how they can be improved.
In regards to the podcasts on this site, I will be stepping that up with a target of at least one new podcast every fortnight with a wide range of people in the web industry not just domainers but anything and anyone that is related to developing a successful domain name including Web Development, Content Management Systems, SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising, Social Media, Content Writing, Business Development & Management, Website Images, Graphic Design and a whole lot more. If you have any particular subject you would like to learn about and hear from experts on the subject, please drop me a line and let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
I would just like to thank all of you who have been guests on my podcast as without you guys it would not be anywhere near as interesting! Also a big thanks to all those who have been reading and listening to my blog / podcast over 2010, I apreciate your support. It is hard to believe that this site will have been running for 4 years come July 2011 so there will be some celebrating going on then I can assure you.
I wish you all a very Happy New Years and very prosperous 2011!
As far as I am concerned, Woolworths picked it up for a song!! It sounds like they intend to take on Bunnings in a pretty big way so it will be interesting to see how they go about it.
Owning the single word category killer domain name should help a to get them going.
Here is the full story in the Herald Sun today http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/dot-dashed-as-domain-name-lapses/story-e6frfh4f-1225971726800
I had some issues with my emails not getting through to Frank which delayed the process, but I finally got it sorted with some help from my mate Ron Jackson from DNJournal.com who passed on some messages to Frank on my behalf. Thanks a million Ron
Ron did a brilliant cover story article about Frank on his blog back in 2007 which you can read here – http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2007/december.htm
Frank is a legend in the Domain Name industry and very nice guy to boot.
For someone who achieved so much in a smaller amount of time than most other domain investors, he is a true champion of this business.
Frank’s blog, Seven Mile (named after the beach where he lives on the Grand Cayman Islands) is by far one of the best domain name blogs out there even though he only posts once a month or so but when he does it is true gold. If you have not read it make sure you put on your list of “must do” items.
Anyway, that is enough from me! Get stuck into the podcast.
It is not very often that I have been this excited about an online product or service, but Kajabi is a different beast completely.
If you have no idea what Kajabi is and what the heck I am talking about then you can check it out here www.Kajabi.com.au
If you have already watched the first video then the latest video with a look behind Kajabi and what powers it, to its pricing structure are all revealed on the latest video. Just click on the “Get Kajabi” tab at the top of the page.
I have decided that I will be going for the Ultimate package as it just seemed to be the best value for my business model, but there is an option for everyone.
There is a 14 Day Free trial with no strings attached but it is for a very limited time.
Disclaimer: Ed Keay-Smith & OzDomainer.com are affiliates of Kajabi and will make affiliate commissions on products or services purchased through these links.
I was just reading an email that was sent to me from the well known internet marketer John Reese. John stated in the email that he has just signed a brokerage agreement with Sedo.com to sell one of his premium domain names Income.com. It is listed at $1 Million. It will be interesting to see what it goes for but I wish John the best of luck with the sale.
Just watched a great interview with George Pongas on DomainerIncome.tv
For those of you who don’t know who George is, he started up the Domain8.com drop service for the .com.au ccTLD which was later sold to Fabulous.com and renamed to Drop.com.au which is its current service. Watch the video to see what George is up to now and his views on the domain industry at the moment.
I have wanted to interview Frank since I began this domain names podcast almost 3 years ago.
It should happen within the next week or so, hopefully in time for my birthday on the 14th October.
If you have anything you would like me to ask Frank on your behalf, then please leave a message in the comments section of this post.
Cheers and have a great day!
This is my first post done on my new iPad that I picked up on the weekend. It is very cool and as far as I am concerned lives up to the marketing hype from Apple. I am making this post using the WordPress iPad app which is very basic but does all the basics and makes blogging on the run a whole new type of easy.
Anyway to topic of this post, .Co domains.
Well it am pretty dam sure that it won’t be .Co, not in my life time anyway!
I have waited for a while to let the initial rush of the .Co registrations die down to see how things have gone. As far as new registrations go, it has gone very very well with close to 500,000 .Co’s registered in the first few months. Not to bad at all.
I have been reading posts on many domain blogs where people are talking up the .Co like it was going to knock the .Com off it’s number 1 spot in the next few years, it makes me laugh that these folks are so ignorant. Domain newbies would be the best way I can describe them and ignorant ones at that.
Now I am NOT saying that they don’t have a place and that they are not valuable, far from it. I think that the .Co is one of the better gTLD’s to come along in the past 10 years and I own about 30 of them myself. But to even suggest for a moment that they will take over as the king of domains is just delusional IMHO!
At the time of this post there are over 80 Million .Com’s registered and has taken 25 years to get to that number. With Billions of dollars of marketing and advertising dollars behind the brand of .Com it just won’t happen.
So let’s re-visit this post in 5 years time to see how the .Co has gone and if it has overtaken the .Com. If it has I will eat my hat live on video.
Have a great day folks.
I am happy to announce that my Aussie domainer friend Simon Johnson, who I interviewed on my Last Domain Names Podcast has launched his fantastic new show called Domainer Income TV which you can check out at DomainerIncome.tv.
This weeks guest is Jeff Kupietzky from Oversee.net where Jeff talks about some interesting facts regarding Oversee that I have not heard discussed anywhere before.
After talking with Simon this afternoon he told me who will be on his next episode (but has sworn me to secrecy) and I am sure that it will be a great show, don’t miss it.
Well done Simon for getting this show of the ground.
I heard a classic example of using a domain that sounds like a generic word but is spelled another way and used on the radio, bad idea IMHO!!
The radio ad was for a new Australian business directory company called Bloo www.Bloo.com.au.
At the end of their ad spousing all of their great features and benefits they gave out the web address just as it sounds BLUE, they did not give the alternate spelling of BLOO to the listeners. Big mistake in my book! If they owned www.Blue.com.au and it redirected to www.bloo.com.au then that would be fine, but they don’t it just goes to a dead page.
So if you are going to run radio ads make sure you have the right combo of domains to cover yourself and if it is a different spelling make sure you let the listeners know how to spell it so they can at least find you.
In this episode of Domain Names Podcast I talk with Simon Johnson from DomainerIncome.com
Simon has a huge amount of experience in the domain industry and has been flying low under the radar
so far, but that is all about to change with his new domain name management service.
In my opinion Simon has put together one of the best domain name investment tools available
today and I have looked at them all! He does have a limited version free trial so make sure and check it out.
Disclamer:!!! I am an affiliate of Domainer Income and will make a commission if you purchase the Pro version of Domainer Income but if that bothers you then just bypass my links and type the domain in yourself.
The product is that good I just think more people should know about it regardless.
Here is a short Bio on Simon.
Co-Founder Domainer Income
* Co-Founded one of Australia’s first ISPs (isp.com.au) and Internet Security companies (shake.net)
* Former writer for Australian Personal Computing Magazine
* Author of best selling book on Internet Safety (Keep Your Kids Safe), published worldwide by McGraw Hill.
* 12+ years working for large multinational companies in the areas of Security, Fraud and Risk.
* Co- Founder of DomainerIncome.com
Enjoy the podcast!
I am writing this post at the Cable Beach Caravan Park in Broome Western Australia, I am here for 7 days with my family on a holiday.
Coincidentally yesterday the domain name www.CaravanParks.com.au sold on Drop.com.au for AU$10,100.00
I did not go after the domain myself but I did say to my wife Lois that I thought it would go for between $8 – $10 thousand dollars.
Anyway that is enough work for 1 week, congrats to Shaun Pilford from DIRECT NAVIGATION DOMAINS for picking up the domain, it is a great one.
I was happy to notice today that Frank Schilling has started blogging again although he states it will not be as regular as he was blogging in the past.
Great to hear from you again Frank, In my mind once a month or so is better than not at all.
Here is the link to Frank’s blog http://domainnamesales.com/sevenmile/blog/
As most of you know who read this blog or listen to my podcasts, I own quite a few ccTLD domains including .Com.AU (of course!!) .Co.UK, .IN & .CO.IN
Over the last 6 months the traffic to many of my Indian sites .IN & .CO.IN such as WaterPurifiers.in & SolarPanels.in has at least tripled and they are getting thousands more visitors per month than they have been getting in the past.
On average they are both in the Top 5 results on Google.co.in and are competing up there with the multi million / multi Billion dollar companies that are targeting the same premium keywords that I am.
This now opens up some possible opportunities for me to either sell the domains to these companies or enter into some type of JV partnership with them.
One such company is Tata BP Solar India Limited which is one of India’s largest companies comprising a partnership with Tata & BP which are both Billion dollar companies.
Although I am at this moment only monetizing these sites with Google AdSense, it will not be that way for much longer as I have always had bigger plans for these websites.
I also own many of Tata / BP’s core product domains such as –
With the middle class population of India growing at a rapid rate and expected to be larger the the total population of the US within the next 10+ years, I think there are some very exciting times ahead for the Indian domain name market.
I have recently discovered heaven on earth, The Book Depository.
On average their prices are 20% – 50% cheaper than what we pay in Australia and they offer Free Book Delivery Worldwide which is a huge saving alone for us in Oz as the shipping prices we can pay from sites like Amazon are sometimes more than the cost of the books themselves.
I think they are also fairly competitive with Amazon on pricing for customers in the US so check them out.
I have ordered 7 books so far and have saved approx $45.00 and have told many of our friends who have also found it to be a much better deal.
Aftermarket Domain sales down in the great land of Oz are picking up pace.
I think we have some very exciting times ahead for the .AU market.
Here are some screen shots of some names that sold at auction last Friday 28th May on Drop.com.au
Today I interviewed David Lye, CEO of Netfleet.com.au Australia’s largest domain name aftermarket with over 30,000 domains up for sale on its website.
I believe that the .AU market has huge potential and with the help of sites like Netfleet.com.au and partner company Netregistry.com.au that the general publics awareness of the value of quality generic domain names will only get stronger.
I hope you enjoy this podcast.
“I’ve spent so much time, money and effort on my website and it isn’t doing anything for me. I need someone to show me, in a language I understand, how to fix and get the most out of my website.” An Australian Small Business Owner
Only half of Australian small businesses have a website and of those businesses that have a website, less than a quarter of them feel they use their website and the Internet well enough to get a real tangible dollar benefit from it.
Achieve More Online is part of the Federal Government’s $14M Small Business Online program. The program will help small businesses, particularly those in tourism and professional services – get online and achieve more.
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If you have any questions please phone us on 1300 856 274.
We look forward to helping you get the most out of being online.
This is an Australian Government funded initiative under the Small Business Online program
Well today had some great names drop in the .com.au space, and it still blows my mind that these names are let drop!!
First up www.CarParts.com.au went at auction on Drop.com.au for AU$18,012 and was picked up by Michael Sojevic from the domain blog www.DNTrade.com.au. Well done Michael, that is a record for Drop.com.au where the biggest previous drop was for www.Printing.com.au that went for AU$9221 last year.
I was bidding on this name but only got to AU$5000 as that was my budget, damm!!
The other big name to go was www.CurrencyTrading.com.au which went for AU$5206 and was also picked up by Michael Sojevic, well done again mate!
I got to AU$2500 for that one!!
ccTLD’s are alive and very well DownUnder.
Well thats what many narrow minded domainers will tell you, but not this one!
If you have been keeping an eye on what has been happening in the domain world over the past 18 months or so you will have noticed a significant increase in ccTLD sales across the globe. Most recently the sale of Fly.co.za at Traffic in Vegas for US$65,000. Now yes of course I hear all the .com crazed domainers yelling “but Fly.com would be worth at least 10 times that price”. No SHIT!!
But how many of them could pony up and pay the price for the .com?? Very few! So as far as opportunity and price of entry go ccTLD’s are great value are are overlooked by many domainers for reasons that are usually based on ignorance!
Just go and take a look at Ron Jackson’s DN Journal Website and the domain sales list and see how many of the top 10 sales of last week were ccTLD.
ccTLD’s Rock and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
As promised a few weeks back I have just finished interviewing my mate Perry Marshall who I consider to be one the worlds leading authorities on the subject of Google AdWords.
Using Google AdWords is just another way of getting targeted traffic to your website and I know many domainers are using it as they get more into developing their domains.
If used correctly it can be a brilliant marketing tool that can bring you instant results but if you don’t know what you are doing it can max out your credit card very very quickly.
If you have not already read Perry’s brilliant book The Definitive Guide To Google AdWords then do yourself a favor and grab a copy as it will save you a great deal of pain and expense in learning the tricks of AdWords.
I hope you enjoy the podcast!
I am happy to announce that my business partners & myself have just picked up the domain www.AudioBooks.com.au from the www.drop.com.au (owned by Fabulous.com) auction yesterday. The name up until then had been registered since 1999 but had not been developed for whatever reason.
Audio Books are big business these days and getting bigger as time goes by. I have about 20 books that I have picked up from various places online to listen to on my MP3 player when I walk or exercise or just relaxing.
The plan is to develop the website into the leading authority in Australia for Audio Books and being a book worm both paper & audio this should be a fun project.
So if you know anyone that would like to do a deal and list their Audio Books for sale on our site when its completed please let me know.
Happy New Year!
Over the past 2 + years since I started this domain names blog / podcast I have had many people email me who know I am a Google AdWords Consultant asking if I can do a podcast on Google AdWords relating to the synergies that it has with domain names. The two go hand in hand as far as I am concerned and a great domain name used in a great, well targeted & written AdWords campaign can be unstoppable if implemented properly.
I was considering doing it just on my own but I think a conversation style of podcast is much more interesting than just listening to me talking! So I have enlisted the help of my friend and Google AdWords Guru Perry Marshall to join me and have a talk about how to best use AdWords for your Domain / Website and get the most bang for your buck from AdWords. Perry is without a doubt one of the top people who has written & spoken about Google AdWords back when it first started and he has been my mentor on the subject ever since.
Perry’s eBook that he co-authored with Bryan Todd The Definitive Guide To Google AdWords is the Bible for AdWords users and I have been reading the latest 2010 updated 277 page edition which is packed with brilliant examples of how to get the most from AdWords.
Perry is probably best known with his association with AdWords but is a brilliant marketer of which Google AdWords is just one of his weapons of choice online.
If you have never heard of Perry before then I guarantee you are in for a treat and will have access to some powerful marketing tools by following what Perry has to offer.
I will be recording the podcast with Perry early next week, so if you have any questions relating to Google AdWords then please email them to me [email protected] before the 10th of Jan.
Recently I have been talking with Clay Cook a local (Perth, Australia) business person. I was reading his personal blog at http://claycook.wordpress.com/ and thought that his latest post was worth sharing. Entitled “Slow The Fuck Down” it sends a very strong message about having balance in your work / life and his philosophy on how he goes about it.
His “Clay’s 10 Commandments” are a great read and resonated with me completely. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Australian domain after market is relatively new to the TLD market and has only been around for less than 2 years now.
The only Drop service that I am aware of is www.drop.com.au (formally www.domain8.com.au up until a few weeks a go when it was sold to www.fabulous.com)
Added 02/12/09 Sorry forgot about www.domainwatch.com.au, I use www.drop.com.au a lot more though.
There have been many names dropping over the past weeks and months that should just never have been allowed to expire, someone has taken their eye off the ball!!
Names like Townsville.com.au one of Australia’s most popular towns with tens of thousands of searches per month on Google Australia, who in their right mind would let that name drop. Surely it was not because they could not afford the AU$25.00 for 2 years renewal fee?? It went in the drop auction for AU$17,000 if my memory serves me (don’t quote me on that figure!) Then today we saw MotorHomes.com.au drop and was picked up for AU$5555.00 again with tens of thousands of searches on Google Australia.
So my question to you and other domain owners is this – Who Is Renewing Your Domain Names??? Who Has Been Given the Responsibility?? of making sure that you don’t lose your precious assets.
If you have a business / company and you have staff who’s job it is to manage the renewals of your domain names, make sure that you are included on the email list for renewal reminders even if you have it set within your registrar for Auto Renewal. Things can still go wrong with Auto Renewal in place such as credit cards expiring and what if the staff member responsible for these domains leaves the company and more than likely there company email address gets cancelled by the IT department not knowing that all of the renewal or domain related notices are set to go to that now non existent email address.
So go and double check all of your domains now to make sure you are protected from this happening, I am not sure about everyone else but paying the AU$25.00 renewal fee is a dam site cheaper than having to pay for it at auction due to ignorance or being lazy. Go check them now!
Just a quick update about a couple of podcasts –
First off the interview I had planned a while back with Johns Wu the creator and seller of www.bankaholic.com has had to be postponed until early next year due to contractual agreements with the sale of the site. I will let everyone know when it is done and us up live on this website.
I am also happy to announce that I will be doing a podcast with Rick Silver from www.n49.ca / www.n49.com and we will be talking about his new role with Rick Latona & the Traffic shows as Panel Moderator. I met Rick in Amsterdam in June at the Traffic ccTLD conference. He is a great speaker and has a fantastic portfolio of generic .CA domains that he has developed over the years. So I will keep you posted on that interview when it goes live sometime in the very near future.
If you have yet to listen to my Podcasts with the other 2 Ricks, Rick Latona & Rick Schwartz then please have a listen to them at these links.
Morgan Linton from DomainVestors.tv and I caught up in Perth Australia (my home city) last Thursday when he was here on business. He had a few stops on the east coast of Australia in Melbourne & Sydney as well before arriving in Perth.
This was the first time we met in person but we have conversed on the internet many times and he was a guest on my Domain Names Podcast several months back. Here is the link to that podcast for those of you who have not listened to it yet. Morgan Linton Podcast.
We went out for a nice meal and talked about (you guest it) Domain Names! in particular ccTLD domains as we both have a strong interest in that market place. We also talked about the Apple iPhone (doesn’t everyone???) as we both have the latest 3GS which IMHO is just brilliant and a complete game changer in the Smart Phone game!
Morgan is a very switched on young man and has some great plans for his website DomainVestors.tv and will be conducting a series of video interviews with various domain name investors next year so watch out for those!
Thanks for your visit to Perth Morgan, it was great to finally meet you in person. I hope you enjoyed your trip down south to Margaret River and did lots of wine tasting. It is Gods country down there, one of my favorite places on earth.
I just finished reading the great story about fellow Aussie Domainer Gregg McNair at DnJournal.com When you read this artice you could be forgiven for thinking that it is about 10 different people as Gregg has lived the life of at least 10 guys he has done so much! and he is just a young bloke!!
I met Gregg at the Traffic ccTLD conference this year in Amsterdam but did not get to spend any time with him which would of been great but he was very busy and hard to get a hold of, maybe we can have a talk on a podcast at some stage as I am sure it would be great listening.
Well done again by Ron Jackson, he truly is the master of interviews! I especially love the bit with the cow giving birth (thats where Gregg gets his hands dirty)
OK, I have had a gut full of people using the phrase “Premium Domain/s” to describe their piece of crap domain names!
Every time I look in forums or on domain blogs there seems to be some dickhead trying to flog their worthless domains to some poor unsuspecting domain newbie that gets sucked into the who “Premium Domain” bullshit. Excuse my French but this reeeeeeally pisses me off.
Trust me on this one, www.i-bloody-great-bullshit-domain-name.biz does not class as a “Premium Domain” in my books.
People who are new to domains and reading this blog, please please please!!! DO YOU RESEARCH before you hand over your cash for these rubbish domains.
I could go and register 100 new hand registered names that are better than 80% of the crap that I see being bought and sold in the domain aftermarket. STOP and THINK! before you buy a name, ask yourself, Is this a generic word or phrase that is being searched on in Google or the other Search Engines or is it just some made up crap that someone thinks is a great idea and is sure to catch on one day or be “Brandable”.
Sorry to rant on guys & girls but this has just gotten beyond a joke and I had to say something.
PS. My above Premium Domain i-bloody-great-bullshit-domain-name.biz is for sale for a limited time only for the bargain basement price of just US$10,000!
My guests today on Domain Names Podcast are Paul Sloan & David Carter from www.PlayingTheAngles.com
Paul Sloan is a longtime journalist, who has worked for Fortune Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN and a bunch of other places, on staff and as a freelancer. Paul has interviewed people such as Kevin Ham in that great article that was published in the Business 2.0 Magazine back in May 2007 before the magazine closed down.
Paul has teamed up with David Carter, an Internet Marketing specialist and domain name investor from the UK and together, they plan on building an interactive site, based on interviews and business experiments with some of the world’s finest entrepreneurs.
One of their first guests in Frank Schilling who does not do that many interviews and has some great gems of wisdom in the interview with Paul.
These are two very switched on guys who I am sure will have great success with their new project at Playing The Angles
Thanks to them both for being on my podcast, I hope you enjoy what they have to say.
Patrick started his Domain Names Blog only 12 months ago and has built it into a fantastic resource for the domain industry. With its unique blend of Video, Comic Strips & Reviews it stands out from the crowd of often same old same old domain blogs.
Patrick has put a great deal of effort into his WordPress based website and I think he has done a great job for a “Non Techie” as he calls himself.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
Next week I will have the pleasure of having as a guest on Domain Names Podcast, Johns Wu the original owner / creator of www.Bankaholic.com. For those of you who have been living in a cave without internet for the past 9 months, Johns sold www.Bankaholic.com to www.BankRate.com for a reported US$15 Million dollars after only a few years of the site being created (in WordPress by the way). Nice going Johns!
If you have any questions you would like me to ask Johns in the interview then please email me ed(@)ozdomainer.com or make a comment on this post. Cheers Ed
Morgan has had various websites relating to the Domain Name industry running over the past few years and has a wealth of knowledge on the buying and selling of domains, development on domains, SEO & domain brokerage.
Morgan kindly offered a discount on his services to Oz Domainer Podcast listeners and by simply quoting “OZ 111” in an email or over the phone to Morgan he will give a 20% discount on his regular fees. This was not a planned thing and just happened during the podcast and I get NO commissions or kickbacks from Morgan for this referral.
I think Morgan is a very smart young guy who has a great business mind and work ethic and will be one of the domainers to watch out for as he is very focused and doing some great work.
I hope you enjoy this podcast.
Over the past few days I have submitted some of my domains to Bido.com for the no-reserve auctions. One has been accepted so far which is www.safetygear.org the rest are waiting to get voted in so feel free to check them out and vote for them if you feel they are worthy of being in the auction.
They are all listed on the no-reserve auction. Please let me know what you think.
They are as follows –
I was looking over some of my .COM.AU domain names that I own that are hyphenated, I don’t have many hyphenated domains but I still think if the search phrase is a strong one then it is worth having. In Australia I have been surprised to find many businesses online that have the “‘hyphenated” version of the name if the the “non-hyphenated” name is already taken and they build very solid online businesses out of them.
So while I was looking at these names that I own –
I came across this website www.bicyclestore.com.au which on its own is a half decent domain name to have, but I also discovered that this same business owned www.mountainbike.com.au, www.mountainbikes.com.au, www.roadbikes.com.au & www.bmxbikes.com.au, which all redirect to his main website, not a bad effort and who knows how many other generic domain names he owns relating to his products and services.
Now without talking with the owners of the business I can never be sure of how much traffic that those names are bringing in but I did a quick calculation using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool set for “Australian” stars and it would be over 360,000 searches per month just on the exact match phrases alone for those names.
So its great to see that more and more businesses seem to be getting a grasp of the true value of generic domain names.
On this episode of Domain Names Podcast I talk with my mate Ben Wilks, Domainer & SEO Guru! Now I do not use the word GURU very lightly as it gets used a great deal where it shouldn’t be, but in Ben’s case it would be an understatement if anything.
Ben has been working in SEO & Web Publishing since his mid teens (he turns 30 this year) so for 15 years or half his life. Now I know for a fact that Ben would more than likely be cringing when I use the word “Guru” as it is something he would never say about himself.
So in this podcast we mainly talk about SEO and its relationship to domain names and cover some of the important facts relating to SEO. Ben has only one client and is not actively looking for more, he uses his talents these days to work on his own domain development projects rather than having to deal with clients.
But as he you will hear in the podcast, if you are very very very!!!! serious about an SEO project he is happy to talk turkey with you.
My guest today on Domain Names Podcast is Zappy Zapolin co-founder & CEO of Internet Real Estate Group & InternetWarrior.com and the visionary behind such leading internet brands such as Beer.com, Computer.com, Music.com, Debt.com, CreditCards.com, Diamond.com and many many more.
Zappy shares his years of experience online and talks about what lead him to where he is today, what he thinks the future of the internet has to offer & we discuss his latest project www.InternetWarrior.com
A special thanks goes out to Andrew Hazen from InternetIdeas.net for helping me contact Zappy when my emails to him were not getting through for whatever reason. Thanks mate!
I would also like to thank everyone who has made comments and posted links on their blogs/websites about how much they enjoy this podcast. I have had a few requests from listeners about who they would like me to interview on future podcasts such as Frank Schilling, Mike Berkens & Rob Grant to name but a few. So if you do have someone that you want to hear from please let me know and I will endeavor to get them on the show.
So starting with Frank Schilling! if you are reading this or if someone knows how to contact Frank I would love to hear from him. Same goes for Mike Berkins & Rob Grant.
On this, Episode 12 of Domain Names Podcast my guest is Edwin Hayward from www.MemorableDomains.co.uk
I was fortunate enough to meet Edwin on the first day of the Traffic ccTLDs conference in Amsterdam and spent many hours talking about domains with him. He is a very switched on guy and has been around the domain industry since the mid to late 90’s and started one of the first ever if not the first website all about buying, selling and investing in domain names called www.igoldrush.com.
Many of you may have seen it of late as it is still around but was sold by Edwin several years ago to its current owners.
One of Edwin’s current projects (of which there are many) is his domain sales website www.memorabledomains.co.uk which lists many of his domains for sale targeted mainly at the .CO.UK domain market.
This is the longest podcast I have done at 1Hr & 16Mins in length. (yes I know I could cut it in half and have 2 separate podcasts, but time is just not permitting on that front) as Edwin has some great insights into many other domain related subjects such as domain development, mini-sites, marketing of domains and much much more.
Make sure you take notes as there are some gems in this podcast for those of you who have your ears and your mind open!
So grab yourself a cup of something, sit down and enjoy the podcast.
Todays Domain Names Podcast is with my friend and fellow .IN ccTLD investor Jeff Behrendt from www.INForum.in
Jeff and I talk about the Indian domain names market, Traffic ccTLD Amsterdam and the ccTLD market in general.
Jeff is a very smart guy who really gets the .IN domain extension and his Indian Domain Forum is the leading authority on the subject.
If you have any interest at all in Indian domains make sure you have a listen to this podcast and check out his forum.
I have been trying to get in touch with Mike “Zappy” Zapolin from www.internetrealestate.com & www.internetwarrior.com to arrange to do an interview with him but both emails I have sent to him (two different emails as well) have had no response.
I am unsure if he is getting them at all?? So if anyone who reads this has a way of passing on a message to Zappy then I would be very grateful.
I think Zappy would be a great person to interview for my Domain Names Podcast if I could only get in touch with him.
Zappy can email me on ed(@)ozdomainer.com or just make a comment on this blog post.
I am happy to say that my Domain Names Podcast with “Domain King” Rick Schwartz is complete and live to listen to below.
Rick is a “tell it like it is” type of guy which is one of the reasons I like to read his blog religiously over at http://www.ricksblog.com
The conversation started in the toilet and progressed from there. (you will have to listen to it it to find out more).
We talked about everything from his start in domains, some of his recent sales and what he thinks lies ahead for the industry.
I greatly enjoyed my talk with Rick and I hope you learn something from this very sharp business man.
Picking up from where I left off in Traffic ccTLD’s Amsterdam, My thoughts! (Part 1)
I have been asked by a few people if I thought flying all the way from Perth to Amsterdam (which is about a 24 hour trip including layovers) was worth it?
I think the answer comes back to the type of person you are, If you are the type of person who is shy, sticks to themselves and only goes to the sessions in the day then it may not be the best investment of your time and money but you may just pick up one thing from a speaker that could be very important to your business.
If you are the type of person who is outgoing, like to meet new people and network then you would be crazy not to go as you will learn more in the first day (especially if you are new to domaining) than you could imagine.
This is what these seminars and conferences always come down to for me, THE OTHER PEOPLE ATTENDING! I look back over the past 5 years at some of the conferences I have been to and some of my closest friends and business associates have come from them. Even though I live thousands of miles away from them we always keep in tough on a regular basis through the magic of the internet and programs such as Skype www.skype.com
The one thing I am sure of is that everyone who attended Traffic ccTLDs Amsterdam left with something different, new business connections, new ideas of how to do business, new friends and a few hangovers as well LOL but the important thing now is what is done with this new found information or business associates. If nothing is done then you may as well not have attended. Massive action is the key, act now while the information and inspiration are still fresh (I am speaking to myself here as well LOL)
One thing I did learn is that Howard Neu has a great voice as he demonstrated on the second evenings dinner event at West India House where a great time was had by all I am sure.
So thanks to all the people like Rick Latona, Howard Neu & Rick Schwartz for putting on these events and bringing people together from across the globe to share their information and view points regarding domain names. I still consider myself a very small fish in a very large pond but I am having a great time learning from everone else and hearing their stories. Thanks to all of those people who I talked with at Traffic ccTLDs and until the next time we meet I wish you all great fortune and happiness.
Well I have been back from the Amsterdam Traffic ccTLD’s Conference for one week now and I have been thinking about what to say about it on my blog.
I was going to give a detailed blow by blow description of the event but then I realized it was pretty pointless after reading Ron Jackson’s coverage of the event in his recent June 2009 cover story at www.DNJournal.com. The guy does such a great job it would be very very very hard to do it better.
So rather than just repeating what Ron covered so well I will just give some of my viewpoints and opinions of what I thought of the event.
First point is to again thank Mark Fulton from the Domain Blog www.DotSauce.com for passing on the ticket to me to for the event that he won from Rick Latona. If you have not been to Mark’s blog check it out as it is one of the best out there!
One of the main reasons myself and others go to these industry events / conferences is to meet people and network. The sessions are great most of the time and I always learn something, but what you learn from just having a chat over a drink with someone is so much more rewarding that I would go just for that reason alone.
Considering it was Rick’s first major event it was run very well with only a few teething problems that you can only learn from over time which I am sure they will. If I had to give it a score out of 10 for how the conference was run I would say it was about an 8.5 /10 which is very decent in my books.
But the devil is in the details and I have been spoiled in the past by some of the internet marketing events that I have attended in the past where the details really really matter! Even to the point where they will get the attending guests to fill in a quick survey at the end of the conference to get feedback on what the attendees did and did not like about the conference and what could be improved.
I thing this is an important step and I have done this myself at seminars that I have run through my own business at home. If you don’t ask you will never really know as most people are polite and even if they did not like something they may still say it was “fine”. However if you give them an anonymous opportunity to speak their mind they will be free to tell the truth about what they think.
I came away from the conference with some new friends and business associates and thats what it is all about in my book. It was great to get to know people like Jeff Behrendt from www.InForum.in as we have chatted many many times online about Indian domains but this was the first time we had met. Jeff’s Indian domain name forum is the leader in regards to the Indian domain space and is well worth your time if you have any interest in the .CO.IN or .IN domain extension (a sleeping giant IMHO). I shared a hotel room with Jeff and we had some good laughs, he’s pretty funny for a Canadian LOL!
Another kindred spirit that I met at the conference was Edwin Hayward from www.MemorableDomains.co.uk. Edwin was one of the panelists at the conference and did a very fine job of covering the UK domain extension. I got talking with Edwin on the very first day of the conference and we seemed to get on well and had a great appreciation of the .CO.UK ccTLD of which Edwin is a leading authority on the subject. Some of the things I picked up from Edwin in the first few hours of meeting him were well worth the time and effort of getting from Perth to Amsterdam for the conference. I came home with a completely different view on my domains and what I would be doing with them in the future but more of that in an upcoming blog post!
Matt Asher was someone who I only got to know in the last few days of the trip but was a great guy with a very nice collection of names who is also from Canada. Mark own www.freebeer.com which is a name many males would appreciate! Matt is American by birth but moved North to Canada from the US and now calls it home.
All of the guys I have just mentioned and I spent the Friday morning after the conference checking out Amsterdam on foot and on a boat ride and had lunch at a very nice little restaurant to top it all off.
It was great catching up again with Elliot & Karen Silver (from www.elliotsblog.com) who I met in New York last year when I was travelling with my family and also meeting for the first time Ron & Diana Jackson & Rick Latona who have both been a guest on my Domain Names Podcast.
Well this is all for now, more to follow in Part 2 where I will discuss my upcoming project idea that I decided to work on from talking with people at Traffic ccTLD’s.************************************************************
I have been a Google AdWords consultant for 5 years now and it works in well with my domaining business (I like to call it the same dog, just a differnet leg) as they both work at achieving the same goal, more targetted traffic and conversion of that traffic into leads and sales.
I am very happy to say that this time next week I will be in Amsterdam attending Rick Latona’s TRAFFIC ccTLD conference in Amsterdam.
I was fortunate enough to win a ticket from Mark Fulton from www.dotsauce.com Domain Blog. Mark was awarded the ticket himself for being the person to make the most number of blog posts on Rick Latona’s new www.cctlds.com website / forum, unfortunately for Mark his passport was out of date and he was not going to have enough time to get it renewed. He put it up for grabs on his site and I put my name down for it and gratefully he chose me to have the ticket.
So a quick airfare purchase and room reservation and I am now all set. So thanks very much again to Mark Fulton for the ticket.
I will be sharing a room at the hotel with Jeff from www.inforum.in so no doubt we will have lots to talk about regarding the Indian domain name industry.
So all in all I think the conference will be great knowing the quality of the organizers and the speakers, but I look forward mostly to getting to meet new friends and business partners and catching up with others.
You may have seen this video on You Tube before but it is well worth watching again.
Wake up Corporate World Exec’s because if you don’t you will be left in the dust scratching your heads wondering what the hell just happened.
I am happy to announce that one of my next guests on my Domain Names Podcast with be the Domain King himself Rick Schwartz.
I am looking forward to this interview as I have huge respect for what Rick has done in and for the domain industry over the years.
The interview will not happen until after TRAFFIC ccTLD in Amsterdam as Rick has a full schedule and some holidays between now and then so that gives anyone who has specific questions that they would like to ask Rick the time to get them to me.
Funnily Rick and I were both quoted in the same article in the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald in Jan 2008
I spoke about that in this post http://www.ozdomainer.com/rick-schwartzs-rivers-of-gold-story-from-the-sydney-morning-herald/
This is an anouncment that my company The Short Course Company Pty Ltd has just launched our latest website www.careeradvice.com.au
The Career Advice website is a long term development project run by my wife Lois who is a Career Advisor and we will also be working on joint ventures with other career practitioners across Australia.
It is only a few weeks old but getting a nice traffic flow and has brought in 2 consulting leads straight off the bat.
This was a domain that was dropped after being registered for 5 years or so by the original owner but for some reason was not renewed.
Just goes to show that you can find some great domains out there at registration fee if you keep your eyes peeled.
It has been a while in the making but finally I got to do my interview with Ron Jackson from www.dnjournal.com.
I consider Ron to be the top guy when it comes to reporting on whats happening in the Domain world with his great interviews that he does with the who’s who of domainers, his coverage of all the major domain name conferences and his relentless tracking of the sales that are happening in the domain industry.
I hope you enjoy the Podcast.
Many of you who read this blog know that I got my start with online marketing back in 2003 with a focus on affiliate marketing and Google AdWords.
I then started my consulting business AdWords Marketing in 2004 and have been involved in the PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising industry ever since.
One area of setting up a PPC ad campaign that often gets overlooked is the display URL used at the bottom of the ads.
Google allows a maximum of 35 characters including spaces to be used for the display URL so having the most relevant keyword rich domain name
as a huge benefit when it comes to getting a higher click through rate and quality score for your ads.
I have run tens of thousands of ads on AdWords over the past 5 years and without a doubt a campaign that has the most relevant domain name used as its display URL will kick the ass of the same ad doing an A/B Split test where the only thing that is different in the 2 ads running at a 50/50 split is the display URL.
Let me give you an example where the search term is “Factoring Finance”-
New Free Service Finds the
Right Factoring Finance for You!
New Free Service Finds the
Right Factoring Finance for You!
Although the only difference is the display URL, it can make a HUGE difference in the click through rate of the ad just because the URL matches the search.
It has been effective for me 9 times out of 10 over the years. Google has made it much harder in recent times to test different URL’s within the same Ad Group
but I can assure you it is very very effective.
This is another reason to have high quality keyword rich domain name that does not get talked about a great deal by domainers, food for thought!!
Here is what Google has to say in its Google AdWords Guidelines –
Display URL must be accurate.
- Your Display URL must accurately reflect the URL of the website that you’re advertising. It should match the domain of your landing page so that users know which site they will be taken to when they click your ad.
- Where you have keyword URLs, these are considered to be your Destination URLs and the Display URL must accurately reflect them.
- The Display URLs within each ad group must have the same domain.
- The Display URL field cannot be used as another line of ad text.
- Your Display URL must include the domain extension, for example: .co.uk, .net or .org.
- If your actual Destination URL link is too long to use as your Display URL, use a shortened version (such as your homepage) that meets the character limit for this field.
Destination URL: http://www.TravellingDog.net/toys.html
Display URL: www.TravellingDog.net
For those who have not seen it yet, Rick Latona has opened up his new forum dedicated to ccTLD’s.
You can fin out more about it here www.cctlds.com , If you join the forum (which is free) feel free to mention
me as where you heard about it from. My forum user name is OzDomainer, look me up when you drop by.
I am happy to say that in March I will be doing a Podcast interview with Ron Jackson from DNJournal.com.
Ron is the main man in the Domain Industry for covering all the major events and is responsible for some of the best domainer interviews I have ever read.
I think it would be great to get some questions for Ron to answer from readers of my blog, so please feel free to submit them to me during February so I can put them to him on the day.
This is the first time I have ever used more than two Must’s in a sentence so this must be good!
Well it is!
Ron Jackson has just posted this today – The State of the Industry January 2009: 15 Leading Experts Break Down What Went Wrong in 2008 and Predict What Will Happen in 2009 and it would have been worth reading if it had only been the last post by Leading Expert #15 (you will have to read the article to find out who it is)
DO NOT WASTE A SECOND MORE ON MY BLOG! GET YOUR BUTTS OVER TO THE ARTICLE NOW
Knowing the laws regarding the ownership and purchase of your domain names is something that is often neglected or overlooked by domain owners.
It can be a mine field of information to follow and process and if you have tens of thousands of dollars invested then you had better start paying attention.
You could be in for a rude awakening one day when the law or a company that thinks it has the rights to ownership of one of your names comes a knockin!
As most of you know I am a big .IN domain fan and it looks like Bob Parsons from GoDaddy is .IN to it as well (sorry could not resist!)
GoDaddy is now an official registra of the .IN ccTLD’s. And it’s not just .IN, but all the associated extensions too — .CO.IN, .NET.IN, .ORG.IN, .FIRM.IN, .GEN.IN and .IND.IN. The full suite of .IN domains start at the price of just $14.99/yr
Now seeing as I am a Pro Reseller of GoDaddy through my website www.DomainNamesJunction.com that makes me a happy camper as I can register them for only $12.99 which over the next year will be a big cost saving exercise when I will transfer my 320+ .IN & .CO.IN domains across to GoDaddy.
Are you ready to grab your share of over 60 million internet users in India?* *Figure comes from internetworldstats.com
It is often said by other domainers / domain owners that their parked pages do not get good rankings (if ranked at all) by Google or other search engines.
I like to keep an eye on my domains as often as possible to check their traffic stats which may be as often as every 3-4 days or so for my different accounts and domain TLD’s & ccTLD’s.
It always grabs my attention when there is a large traffic spike in particular when its not just over a day or so which could be news or current event related to cause an increase in searches. But when the increase stays there and does not drop back down again it usually points to one thing, Google!
I have had quite a few domains that this has happened to recently and I don’t think that it is a coincident that all of these domains are parked with the same parking company www.parked.com as I think they have one of the better custom domain setups that seems to be very “SEO friendly”.
One of my domains on the subject of Electrical Switches www.electricalswitches.net is ranked about number twelve on Google’s global search using a broad keyword search which is not to bad at all considering that it is only parked. The exact match phrase “electrical switches” lists about 433,000 websites that have that phrase on their site according to the Google results and www.electricalswitches.net is listed at number 9 on Google.
So needless to say that the ppc income has gone up accordingly from what it was a few months ago of about $2 per month to approx $15 per month now.
Now this is not going to buy my New Nissan GT-R any time soon (the best sports car ever to come out of Japan IMHO and a “super car killer“)
The downside to parked.com is that as yet they don’t have a domain sales after market to handle any enquiries about the domain if you have it listed for sale, just a basic contact form which is ok. I would prefer the best of both worlds but with all of the parking companies I am yet to find it.
Still I am impressed with the rankings of my indexed parked pages and while the domains are waiting to get developed they are paying for themselves then well and good.
We registered the domain name back in November 2004 for reasons mentioned here http://www.horseobsession.com/about-this-site/
Sasha wrote all of the content herself other than the “About HO” page which we helped with and with a bit of help from Daddy (Me) setup the WordPress blog to run it on.
We are hoping that over time the site will help to pay for or at least to lease a horse for her to ride on a regular basis other than her fortnightly riding lessons.
All of the 410 horse related pictures that are and will be on the website are from the trip that we are currently on (see Laptop Nomads)
The banner was created using Banner Maker Pro 7 in about 10 minutes by Sasha and me using her photos.
I think that it is great that we can teach Sasha about websites, affiliate & internet marketing, domain names etc based on her working on a subject that she is “obsessed” with and that it can give her some options of how to generate an income when she gets older rather than having to go and trade hours for dollars (not that there is anything wrong with that!)
Any links back to Sasha’s site would be greatly appreciated, also any comments left on www.horseobsession.com to Sasha would be great as well.
Cheers from Ed in Japan
Watched a fantastic video today by my mate Perry Marshall. I have known Perry for over 4 years now and was a student of his back in 2004/2005 on using Google AdWords which is when I began my consulting business which I still run today on internet marketing & Google AdWords Consulting.
Perry is one of the best all round marketers that I have ever met and what he has to say in this video is well worth the 15 mins or so it takes to watch it.
Do yourself a favour and check out the video at http://www.perrymarshall.com/bite-the-hand-that-feeds/
What do drummers have in common with domainers you may ask.
Well the successful drummers (like the ones you will see in a moment in the video below) didn’t take any shortcuts to get as great as they are.
To get where they are and their level of success they work hard, practice and are always looking at improving their chops and perfecting the art of playing the drums.
Being a drummer myself I know how hard it can be and just when you think you are are getting somewhere you watch a video like this one and realise that it is a life long learning process.
I think the the domain business is the same. I am a bit over hearing people complaining in forums etc about how hard it is and that they are not making any money. When they have only been in the game for 5 minutes! Stop whining and start learing from people that have walked the path before you. Stop looking for the quick buck and focus. As my good mate James Martell always says “No Hocus Pocus, Just Focus”.
The drummers in the video (Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta & Steve Gadd) are some of the very best in the business and they did not get that way buy accident, they have invested tens on thousands of hours practising just like successful domainers can spend thousands of hours looking over domain lists to find a great domain or developing websites.
Master you art people! Drummer or Domainer its all the same principals.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do as it keeps getting better as it goes along ( it is quite a few years old so please forgive Dave Weckl for his hairstyle LOL)
One of the many ways I research domain names is the data that is generated from my websites Google Analytics stats.
If you do not use it or have not heard about it then welcome back from Mars as it is a fantastic and FREE analytic tool that every website owner should use.
I like to look at the traffic stats and see which keyword phrases are being used the most to bring in traffic to my sites and it can often be phrases that you may not have thought about. Then I will check that phrase and see if it is available to register as a .com or the equivalent ccTLD for the market that your site is targeting.
Here is an example of what I am talking about –
My wife has had a site for her Career Consulting business for the past 4 years called Career Wisdom (www.careerwisdom.com.au) One night about 9 months ago I was looking over the analytics stats to see which keywords / phrases were bringing in the most traffic.
The number one phrase that brought in the most traffic was (and still is) “career quotes” which is not of any great targeted value to Lois for her consulting as she mainly deals with clients in Australia. The domain name www.careerquotes.com was taken so I did not bother with any other extensions and seeing as she is number one or two most of the time in google we are still getting lots of traffic (just not sure what to do with it at this point, any ideas are welcome )
But the next highest keyword phrase that was bringing in great traffic was “career advice” so I checked the availability of the .com & the .com.au. The .com was taken but to my surprise the .com.au was available. It was 2 am by this stage and I checked the whois 3 times in different places and sure enough it was available. Excellent!!
As it turns out it had been registered for 6 years by someone who let it expire for whatever reason so I snapped it up as quickly as I could fill in my reg details at my registra.
Now www.careeradvice.com.au brings in a very decent amount of type-in traffic every month to www.careerwisdom.com.au and is going to be developed in 2009 as its own website seeing it is one of the top searched on phrases in the career industry in Australia.
I have done this with many other websites such as my www.waterpurifiers.in website and registered www.homewaterpurifiers.co.in & www.homewaterpurifiers.in as well which is one of the higher searched on phrases for that industry in India. You get what I am on about now I am sure.
My point is that if I had not checked my analytics stats I would never have found that www.careeradvice.com.au was available and also many of the other domains that now bring in type-in traffic to my other sites.
You can get similar stats from your hosting plans (such as Host Gator Web Hosting) using stat counters such as AW Stats or Webalizer but I much prefer the detail and user interface that Google Analytics provides.
Regardless of the tool you use, start looking at your website stats you may be surprised at the keyword / phrases that bring in the most traffic to your site and you never know, they may be available to register as well.
Happy domain hunting
I just came across some recent stats on global internet usage at http://www.internetworldstats.com/top20.htm and it tells an interesting story.
It is no surprise to me that China is now the leading country in terms of the number of internet users it has with 253 Million users beating the US with 220 Million and of course the amazing thing is that China has only a 19% user penetration to reach number 1 where the US has a 72.5% user penetration. This leaves room for massive growth over the next 5 – 10 years for China. Even if they only grow to 40% in the next 10 years that is over 500 Million internet users and that is huge numbers in anyone’s book.
But the country that excites me the most is of course India. No surprise there to my regular readers! With over 60 Million internet users to date it is number 4 on the list just after Japan. With a population of over 1.1 Billion people its user penetration is a tiny 4% which leaves massive room for growth. So happy days I think are ahead for the .co.in & .in ccTLD. Every day I am picking up great one & two word domains at reg fee which in time I am sure will be worth 50x times what I paid for them.
I have already seen an increase in interest for my .co.in & .in domains through Sedo and have sold a few over the past 12 months for anywhere between a 50x – 150x return.
I am constantly re-investing my profits into buying more Indian domains and developing the ones that I like the most. I can’t buy them all and don’t have the time to look every day, but there are still GREAT Indian domains to be had at reg cost. I still invest in other ccTLD’s and have several hundred .com, net & org’s in my portfolio and also .co.uk but I think the diamonds in the rough are my .co.in & .in domains. Give it a few more years and I will either be laughing or being laughed at. Nothing ventured nothing gained!
As many of you know I am a HUGE ccTLD fan. I think there are some great untapped opportunities to be had at the moment and I am taking advantage of this myself.
I have spoken about my mini-site www.waterpurifiers.in which is being slowly developed over time and is starting to get some great results on Google.
The AdSense revenue is picking up and in the near future I should be putting some advertising on the site as well.
So after only 3 months or so being live it is coming along nicely and should only get stronger over time as more content gets added to the site.
I have also launched about 2 weeks ago my site www.solarpanels.in with which I am following the same principals as www.waterpurifiers.in
There is only a few pages of content on Solar Panels as I am drip feeding the content over time.
My goal with these sites is to have JV partners and advertisers as the main revenue source rather than PPC and more than likely get rid of PPC all together, but for now if they make a few dollars a day it helps to cover the cost of development.
I often get asked if it is worth developing domains other than dot com TLD’s such as .net, .org, .info etc.
My answer to that is it depends on a few things.
I would NOT recommend putting a great deal of time into developing non dot coms other that ccTLD’s such as .com.au, .co.uk or .in etc as the owners of the .com version of your domain will gain a fair bit of the benefits of your hard work.
I would (and do myself) recommend building mini-sites around .net, .org etc but not a fully developed site. Min sites in my experience produce a much higher rate of return than having the domains parked.
I have no problem in spending time and money building sites on my ccTLD domains as they are usually targeted at the local markets and have a strong domain extention recognition in their respective countries such the .com.au for the Australian market.
I also think that your chances of ranking well in the search engines with ccTLD,s is much better when targeting a local market but you can rank well with almost any name if your Search Engine Optimization is done well.
Just travelled by Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen) yesterday from Tokyo to Kyoto, they are fast and also very comfortable to ride.
I have travelled on many Hi Speed strains on this trip and I thought that it would be hard to top the European trains like the TGV & Renfe Hi Speed in Spain but the Japanese are the masters of this form of travel and it has given me some great content for a site I will be developing called www.travelbytrain.net
The train was 16 cars long and seemed to go forever. When the train pulled into the station there was a whole line of cleaners waiting to get on after the passengers were all off so they could clean the train for the next lot of passengers. I counted on average 4 cleaners (all women) per car x 16 cars WOW! They do a great job as the trains were the cleanest we have seen in 6 months except for maybe Switzerland and as for running on time, we are talking to the seconds in departure timing from the trains I was watching, very very impressive.
The Japanese also will the “Fastest Internet Connection Known To Mankind” award (well at least the fastest we havw had on this trip anyway) with an average download speed of 24 megabytes per second and an average upload speed of 14 megabytes per second. NICE!! (Stats taken from www.speedtest.net)
We have had some fast connections in other countries but this just makes life much easier when you are working on the road building websites, buying & selling domains, talking on skype etc.