Category Archives: Domains

Godaddy Called Me

Recently, I was called by Godaddy. They wanted to see how I was doing, if I had any questions or concerns, and ask what I was using my domains for.

The Happy Feeling

My initial reaction was a positive one. Being contacted by a big company to see how I am doing is nice. Asking me what I am up to and if there was anything I needed was also very nice.

Of course the conversation didn’t end there.

The Upsell

After asking how I was doing, the gentleman from Godaddy let me know about all sorts of value added services that I could take advantage of for one nominal fee or another.

Naturally, I wasn’t very interested at this point, and it sort of tainted the phone call, changing it from a friendly connection into a sales call.

The Conclusion

I would have loved to have been given some free product or an ultra discount.

I didn’t find the sales call to be very high pressure which was very nice for someone like me, as I really hate the strong sales tactics that some businesses do.

Overall, I was left with a positive feeling. Godaddy didn’t have to reach out and contact me. I do business with at least four other domain registrars and none of them have contacted me for any purpose.

Also, being able to give feedback on a service to a human is something that is becoming an increasing rarity in our world today, and so I valued the opportunity.

Customer support is more and more important as we see and truly interact with less and less people every day and that is why, despite the sales angle of the second half of the conversation, I am still awarding a +1 to Godaddy today.

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Finding Domains and Squatters

At a recent London Blogger Meet-up, someone asked us all what we thought of domain squatters, and the first reaction that most people gave was “I hate those guys”, and it sort of threw me for a loop.

I could understand where they were coming from, as it can be quite difficult to find a domain, and when the domain you want isn’t even being used, it can be even more frustrating, but people forget the simple fact that domain registration is an even playing field. You had just as many opportunities to register the domain as the person next to you.

My suggestion to everyone was to become more creative. There are so many tools that can help you quickly run through a series of ideas and find out which domains are available, and which ones aren’t.

The one that I depend on is the Instant Domain Search, and I have mentioned it before. While it doesn’t give you any suggestions, it makes it easy for me to go through a list of thoughts and ideas I may have. While playing with words, don’t forget to look around, consider your competition, and look through books, as the right idea can come from anywhere.

Two other sites that are similar to the Instant Domain Search include Ajax Whois, which allows you to quickly check domains in a larger variety of extensions like .ca and .us and Domize, which shows you searches based on each letter you add giving you a quick visual history of your searches and their availability.

Make Words seems to also be an interesting way to get quick suggestions if you have an idea of keywords you want in the domain. You enter the keywords you want, and they generate a list of available domains that include the suggestions. The only issue I see with a service like this is that they end up generating some fairy long domain names, which might not be very easy to remember.

In the end, if you really want a domain that someone else has, contact them and offer to buy it, but don’t be surprised if they come back to you with a ridiculous figure. This is just the start of what I consider a long bargaining process. Domains, just like any other online property are only worth what people are willing to pay for them.

*Word of Warning* – I have heard that some tools, especially those by certain domain registrars, might only lead to your searched domain being taken before you have a chance to. Some people monitor searches in hopes of coming across a great domain, so once you have found that amazing, high quality domain that you want to use for your next project, your best option is to register it sooner, rather than later.

Story: I Once Sold a 12 Character Domain for $500

So many people have been wondering what I have done that makes me worth following online, and that’s really a hard question to answer. I fell into my position with Jacob and Bloggy Network thanks to being in the right place at the right time, and my new job with Splashpress Media is all about the connections and impressions I have made over the last two years.

One thing I will talk about today though is how I sold a twelve character domain that had no keywords for $500 US dollars.

Before I was a teenager, I enjoyed super hero movies, and one of my favourites was Phoenix from Marvel’s X-Men. She was very powerful, and also a very conflicted character. I empathized with her and also thought the alias was very interesting. The myth of the Phoenix was also very powerful and interesting to me.

I took on the name Phoenix as my own personal symbol online, and used it in pretty much everything I did. Even my first websites created on Geocities used my Phoenix code name in one way or another. As I grew up, I finally decided to get my own domain name, and I registered Phoenixrealm.com.

I worked really hard on that blog, and as I continued to grow up, I felt less and less like the “Phoenix” name suited the online persona I wanted to portray. So one day, I decided to sell the domain. Not the content, or anything else. The domain didn’t have any keywords really, nor any other major marketing points. It was a personal blog about my life, and my work online. From time to time I would post a smart article about something I was passionate about, but I was taking that content with me. I figured that I might only get a bit more than the registration fee on the domain, but I tried to talk about all the great things I had done with the site. The traffic I had brought in, the back links, and even my Technorati rank. Anything I could do to make the domain seem valuable.

Thankfully Gary, a great guy, saw the site and what it could be used for and decided to purchase it for $500. He turned the site into a great SEO blog which is still around today. I moved on to DavidCubed.com, and continued to write about my life and everything in it there.

While it might be pretty common place to sell a domain for three figures, I doubt too many domains without keywords usually do so well.

The lesson you can all learn here is that value really depends on the buyer. If you can find a buyer and can convince them of an items value, you will make more money than those that just continue to lower their prices to please buyers.

Instant Domain Search Tool Review

Nearly every day I have a new idea for a site, and one of the first steps I take is to try to figure out a domain name that is available. Sometimes the domain that would fit my original idea best is taken and so I need to slightly adjust my idea to fit the domain that I can get. I do this so that the branding, and idea are harmonious, but finding available domains can be a pain.

I use the Instant Domain Search website in order to quickly figure out if a domain is available.

Why is this the Best Domain Search Tool?

Simplicity: The design is simple and focuses on the main use of the site, the tool couldn’t be easier to use, and the follow through to register with one of the major registrars is right on the page.

Fast: As you type in each letter of what you want, it checks to see if it is available. This can sometimes result in shorter domains than you originally assumed you could get. It also allows you to change quickly if you find your domain has been taken. You can do a variety of different manipulations quickly, and for me, this usually results in a domain I can be happy with.

Feature Filled: The Instant Domain Search tool not only shows if the dot com top level extension is available, but also the dot net and dot org extensions. I think this was a wise choice on their end. They also give you the estimated or best prices from a variety of different high quality, well known domain name registrars.

They even provide searching over a secure HTTPS connection if you are that paranoid about your domain ideas, and they promise not to record your searches.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a domain search tool, this one has helped me find dozens, but unlike some other services that help you come up with domains, this tool requires your creativity and imagination. I highly recommend the Instant Domain Search website.

Domain Names: Why Short Matters

I love telling people that I have a four letter domain name, but unfortunately, the people that aren’t in an online industry don’t understand why I am so excited.

Short and Easy to Remember

One of the first things that is so great about the domain is that it is short. Having less than five characters makes it easy for people to remember. If you were looking for this site, would you rather type in extraforeveryperson.com or just Xfep.com?

Type In Traffic

Shorter domains, especially ones that are real words, but even those that aren’t get a bit more type in traffic than other domains. When people first start getting used to the Internet, some of them will just type in what they are looking for and put a .com on the end of it. For example, someone looking for “love” online might just go to Love.com (owned by AOL, ew!).

Branding

Short domains are also easier to brand, in part because of the above points, but also because if I want to make business cards or other marketing material for this site, I only need to include my four letter domain.

Unique and Rare

The last important key to having a short domain is that it is unique and rare. Currently, when I go searching for a domain for a website, my first, second and third choices are rarely available. There are so many domain squatters who take the good domains in hopes of making a great deal of money on them someday that I find myself registering domains that are much longer, and less in line with my personal needs than I would hope for.

Anyone want bnintendowii.com?

Conclusion

So when you are picking out your domain, try to make it short, easy to remember, and unique. I know finding a great domain can be difficult in this day and age, but if you spend the time, you might be amazed at what you can find.