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Just got this email in:

Hi,

I would like to know if you would have an interest in purchasing this domain name (I found your contact information online and see that you own thechildrenswearoutlet.com correct?).

coolclothesforgirls.com can provide a SEO boost in this market, which includes leads that pay for themselves saving you advertising money (advertisers are paying $1.24 per click for these exact keywords). It is also very simple to type in/remember; and can help improve, secure, and protect your web branding identity.

The price for this domain is just $350. I am reaching out to other related businesses in the next few days, and this domain will go to the first company who replies.


Thank you,
John

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Any of you guys ever tried this? My company is obv not going to buy this domain, but I didnt realize people still did this.
08-09-2011 12:07 PM
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I'm not an expert but don't think it's easy to get a real SEO boost from this. You'd have to build a proper site for the domain. If it were such a great investment (ie. you could capture a significant amount of organic traffic on keywords that people are paying $1.24 per click for) it would cost more than $350.

I get these types of emails regularly and almost always ignore them. If you do decide to buy it you can definitely negotiate on price.

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08-09-2011 12:40 PM
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Just because you have a domain name that is the same as a keyword that has some decent search volume does not mean you will rank #1 or even top 20 for the domain.
08-09-2011 12:54 PM
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(08-09-2011 12:54 PM)truedat Wrote:  Just because you have a domain name that is the same as a keyword that has some decent search volume does not mean you will rank #1 or even top 20 for the domain.

Exactly.

Pagerank takes into account the words in the domain name, but it weighs other factors like inbound links, content, etc. more heavily so you would still have to put in the work. A good domain smooths the way somewhat but it's only the first step.

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08-09-2011 01:00 PM
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I also thought it was interesting that he is essentially 'cold calling' people with similar domains. my family sells childrens clothing online.
08-09-2011 01:00 PM
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(08-09-2011 01:00 PM)amistod Wrote:  I also thought it was interesting that he is essentially 'cold calling' people with similar domains. my family sells childrens clothing online.

Serious domainers have tens or hundreds of thousands of domains in their portfolios. It costs them a lot of keep up the registrations of these. Selling off some low value domains in this way gets them liquidity to keep up their portfolios.

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08-09-2011 01:02 PM
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This guy owned the domain for Halo 4 and sold it to Microsoft. I'm not sure how much they paid for it, but he probably made out pretty well.

http://kotaku.com/5812411/the-owner-of-h...snt-saying
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08-14-2011 08:55 AM
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I looked up the search term in Google keywords, 8100 searches a month and an estimated avg. CPC of 2.54 bucks(that advertisers pay), lots of competition from other clothes sites though.
08-14-2011 12:41 PM
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Is it worth buying domains nowadays? I have one domain which I can buy for £10 a year and want to try it as an investment. Another name is worth a couple thousand pound but the name is so good I'm considering sharing it with my friends and investing. Is this is a good idea?
08-08-2018 04:46 AM
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(08-08-2018 04:46 AM)Mikestar Wrote:  Is it worth buying domains nowadays? I have one domain which I can buy for £10 a year and want to try it as an investment. Another name is worth a couple thousand pound but the name is so good I'm considering sharing it with my friends and investing. Is this is a good idea?

In the vast majority of cases, no. If you post the domains here or PM me, I can instantly tell you if there is commercial value. Most names that people buy as "investments" are truly dreadful.
08-09-2018 03:15 AM
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I would agree with Lampwick, for one thing most of all the good domains are pretty much gone at this point. I've noticed a trend in new startup companies using gibberish as their name since that's a cheap domain to buy.

I bought a 4 letter .COM domain waaaaaaaay back in the day when they were still open, essentially fake call letters for an internet radio station. I don't really use it for anything nowadays, it's just an easy to remember domain for email and remote access to my stuff. Wonder if it's worth anything, just a bunch of consonants.

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08-09-2018 11:10 AM
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(08-09-2018 11:10 AM)DJ-Matt Wrote:  I would agree with Lampwick, for one thing most of all the good domains are pretty much gone at this point. I've noticed a trend in new startup companies using gibberish as their name since that's a cheap domain to buy.

I bought a 4 letter .COM domain waaaaaaaay back in the day when they were still open, essentially fake call letters for an internet radio station. I don't really use it for anything nowadays, it's just an easy to remember domain for email and remote access to my stuff. Wonder if it's worth anything, just a bunch of consonants.

4 letter .coms are always worth something. Ironically, short domains with only consonants became popular with the Chinese for money laundering purposes in 2015/2016, and their value was much higher than similar domains with vowels. That activity has died down, but I think there is still a group of Chinese buyers. Check out guides written on "Chinese Premium" domains like this one:

http://www.namingzone.com/what-are-chip-...m-domains/

This will give you an idea if your domain has value to Chinese buyers. Although prices have gone down drastically for these domains in the last couple years.
08-09-2018 12:03 PM
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I've bought and sold many domain names, not as many as some but an occasional sale. The Chinese craze a few years ago was awesome, I had a stockpile of 4 Letter .coms and sold several for 10x what I paid (including regfee and renewals.) Likewise I had a Letter Number Number .com (LNN for short, example: X74 Q78) that I sold for a huge profit to a Chinese guy about a year ago. I took that sale and parlayed it into several 3 character .coms and still have a little left to grab a few more.

It is pretty hard to A) find a good name at a good price and then B) find a buyer and find a buyer willing to pay a nice price.

Overall it is just another small side hustle I do, it's fun but I could never scale it up to be something that I make a living from. My plan is more of acquiring slightly better than average domains and then developing them and raking in money from affiliate programs and ad programs. I don't even plan on selling those sites once they make money but that is another aspect that people do really well from, both on the selling side and the buying side (if you can find rare gems.)
08-09-2018 09:36 PM
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I'm just adding this in here but I also have a few crypto related domains for sale as well as well as advertising space in my crypto currency group on facebook which I made last December and is now close to 3k members with little to no advertising.

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08-15-2018 12:28 PM
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I sold several sites on Flippa. Each site was basically a re-skinned game-template, earning via Adsense, like a micro-biz. In the end, I sold each site for about 1500. Dealing with Flippa was a challenge. Later, I had my buddy in Norway sign up and buy a few sites from me too. We didn't like dealing with Flippa though, and he later bought my 13 other sites for $24K privately. We just stayed on a Skype till the transfers and tech stuff was done. Always better dealing with real people.

Building/developing those sites over 7 years was great experience but a ton of work, and I became adept at SEO, only to find it to be akin to building a house on the sand. Overall, I just wanted to reduce screen-time.

As for empty domains, I would love a time-machine to take me back to the 90's where I would snag all the generic and short names. In China, simple domains consisting of only three numbers go for millions
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08-15-2018 03:02 PM
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No. Also, AFAIK, Google punishes this practice. So you might actually get negative SEO instead of a boost.

I once got approached to sell a domain that was worth, literally, 0. I told the guy "$2500" and he immediately sent the cash. He did nothing with it but it was a rather large media company. So maybe they had a meeting about it or something (it is long, no SEO, no content). But I'd say that this event is statistically non-significant and thus you should not invest in domains.

I have domains that I think are "worth" something. Both in the name, SEO and content. Yet, I could not sell anyone of them even when i lowered the price to $100.
08-16-2018 10:38 AM
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