Yesterday, we went to Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch here in Los Angeles. I’d show you the website, but it appears Shawn has exceeded his bandwidth limit for the month. That’s probably a reflection of how well his business is doing. I was amazed to see the amount of people there. Pumpkin patches have definitely changed since I was a kid. They literally turn an empty plot of land into a Halloween amusement park. We ended up purchasing several pumpkins and I only ended up spending $20. That’s when I figured out why they needed to up-sell parent’s on bouncy houses and trains!
After the pumpkin patch we went to see Captain Phillips. If you haven’t seen it or are debating on seeing it, just go do it! This is probably going to be one of the best movies you have seen in the last few years. At least it was for me!
Happy Monday and enjoy the list!
Another week has flown by. I find it interesting how I have completely changed as a domain investor. Instead of purchasing everything that I like, I am going after bigger fish now. This has allowed me to keep a little more money in my pocket for bigger and better acquisitions. Instead of buying several domains a week I only buy a handful and direct the rest towards big acquisitions, development and renewals.
A big acquisition for me is one which is $2,500 and over. I’ve never spent over $3,000 for a domain, but that might end up changing down the line. I look at quality domains as investments which will only go up in value over time. Yes, some of these new gTLDs might be successful, but it will take time for those standouts to gain traction. The new gTLDs will either age like fine wine or they will be dumped like food which has been left out to rot. Whatever ends up happening it is an exciting time to be a domain investor.
For kicks I might register a domain in a new gTLD, but it won’t be as an investment. It will just be purely a personal purchase. There is one term I can see myself targeting, but that’s about it.
I hope everyone is enjoying the day today. The weather is a bit foggy out here, but I made it to work without a problem. Now let’s get into the list for today! Yes I like three letter .co domains and there are plenty of them in the list! Enjoy!
Alright I finally had a chance to dig a little deeper into the list today and found a few more decent names. There are byfar more names with bids on them today than I have seen in quite some time. I found it hard to navigate through all of the names! Here are a few domains which I missed the first time around that I feel are worthy of being on the list. There is plenty of time left on these auctions so get your bidding finger ready.
Busy day! Can’t believe it is this busy on a Saturday. Here is the list!
I’m in a bit of a rush today, so I’ll have to keep it short. Here is the list! Enjoy!
I didn’t plan to publish such a long list today, but I couldn’t help myself. I had more time to look through the auctions then I have had in quite some time. I am going to keep this short, since I want to make sure the list is published in time for you to use it.
Today I will be working on a few projects and enjoying my weekend. I can’t wait to watch the Seattle Seahawks game today. I haven’t been able to catch many of their games this year, so this is going to be even more enjoyable for me. Who would of thought that my girlfriend would of been able to get me back into watching Football. For the majority of my life I have always been a big Basketball and Golf fan, but Football always seemed to fall by the waste side.
On top of that I think she is getting me into Baseball as well lol! I find myself enjoying the sport. Baseball is something that I never thought I would get into and I was obviously wrong about that. It might be because the Dodgers have a chance to go to the World Series. Whatever it is, Los Angeles is sitting pretty right now and the fans are loving every second of it.
Now for the list!
In the last few days it dawned on me that the marketing blitz behind the new gTLDs is a bit alarming. To the average reader it might actually sound like the Internet sky is falling. The plethora of articles available out there are really quite confusing and some seem to just raise additional red flags about investing in such a speculative area.
Here are five articles I found which do a great job of adding to the gTLD frenzy:
The article starts off with phrases like “the domain world as we know it is about to change.” It then goes on to talk about infinite possibilities and how gTLDs may affect your business. One line which really stood out in this article was “ domains using your trademark could have offensive content.” Talk about alarming! An uninformed business owner might actually find themselves spending money to help defend from those that potentially abuse the new gTLDs by infringing on their trademarks. This means more money being thrown towards the business legal counsel.
The first sentence in this article includes the word dramatically, preparing you for what’s in store next. The words hundreds and thousands are thrown out there in the second paragraph. Then the phrase name collision in quotes presents itself and your mind starts to really wonder what is going on here.
The title says it all. The word myth is a powerful one and it really sparked a bit of curiosity in my mind. Then phrases like “biggest transformation” and “dot-something” are thrown out there to peak your interest. One phrase which really stuck out in this article was “myriad doors.” Myriad is another way for saying countless, which in my opinion is the perfect word to use when describing the new gTLDs.
This article doesn’t waste anytime with the alarming words. It gets right to the point with the first couple of sentences:
“With hundreds of new gTLDs to police, CIOs will need a strategy to protect the company’s trademarks and other intellectual property. Here are some guidelines.”
Yes, you read it correctly. There will be hundreds of gTLDs for Chief Information Officers to police… I find this absolutely funny and don’t feel that CIOs will be burdened with much. If that wasn’t bad enough the author goes onto say that a strategy will need to be in place to protect company trademarks and other intellectual property.
I’m pretty sure most companies which would be effected by this already have such a strategy and they will simply tap into that if anything were to happen. Oh and let’s not forget the buzz phrase, “the Internet is changing.” Is that right? This sounds like the Y2K bug all over again. What about the Internet is changing? Domain extensions are expanding, but the Internet will remain the same. I’m pretty sure it will take several years for the average Internet user to adapt to new extensions. This isn’t something that is going to occur over night, so stop acting like that is the case.
For the record, I have yet to go to a .xxx based website.
This one speaks for itself. I included this simply because of the title. After browsing through the article it is actually quite informative and does a better job of explaining the new gTLDs then most other sources have. Here is an interesting note taken from the article:
“As the CEO of one of the three open applicants, I have a strong passion to serve the LGBTQ population and am supported by my LGBTQ family members, co-workers and friends who have encouraged me to apply for .gay. I am not, in fact, gay, but I have assembled a diverse team with a shared interest in advocacy and equality. Our personal beliefs, coupled with our business, technical and domain industry background puts us in a great position to be competent stewards of this exciting new TLD.”
Well said, it will be interesting to see what happens with this one. For some reason, I have a feeling this will be one of the gTLDs that actually succeeds.
You never know what will happen, but the frenzy has begun and a little word of advice. Choose your words wisely and limit the use of alarming buzz words. Put yourself in the consumers shoes and stop marketing these new gTLD brands as a great way to defend a brand. Defensive registrations are not the way to go. I think we all learned that with .XXX. Good luck to everyone involved with these new ventures, I sure hope the majority of you succeed.
It’s my Friday and all I can look forward to is getting more work done. I feel like I have been in the zone lately and have made some great steps towards accomplishing many goals. Domain offer and sales have been slow lately, but that’s because I haven’t been focusing on them. Let’s face it, most of us aren’t going to sell 1/10th of the names we own. This makes it even more enticing to develop some of these names.
As with anything, don’t spread your resources thin. If you plan on developing then focus your resources towards developing a handful of sites. I now have a new team member who will be helping me with development. I am looking forward to this as they proved that they can handle my requirements. It will be interesting to see what we end up building next. I am also in the middle of hiring a few folks to help at entries to my data center directory. This should be interesting.
If you dig deep into the list today you will find some decent names, but nothing to get excited about. The rare opportunities to pick premium domains at GoDaddy Auctions tends to present itself a couple times a month. I tend to hold out until those opportunities are available.
Happy Bidding and Enjoy Hump Day!
It has been one hectic week for me. I am nearing the finish line on a few projects and although the deadlines were not reached for most of them at least they are getting done. I learned a lesson on Flippa recently that I most likely will share in a later blog post. I’m also on the verge of working on a few more projects which will be geared towards the affiliate marketing world.
I also learned a lesson on oDesk which I will share. Remember that programmer I started with a few days ago? Well that didn’t work out too well, so I ended up having to find another person to do the job and this individual is already more responsive. It is a good sign when you have an outsourced programmer who will actually sit there at answer your questions. In addition to that, they are actually cheaper. Who would of thought that would of been the case? It is still too early to see what ends up happening, but I have a feeling it will be a great outcome. I can’t wait to share that experience with everyone!
Last but not least I have picked up a few gems lately. I’ll definitely share what those gems are in the near future. I’ve concluded that I absolutely love making domain lists and will eventually start publishing an available to register list in the near future. I used to publish those lists when I first started blogging and feel that some of you would appreciate such a list.
The domaining industry (some of you don’t feel it is an industry) is an interesting place. I’m not so sure about the future of it, but I can say it is an exciting thing to be part of at this time. The best advice I can give to you is to take a few of those names and put some blood, sweat and tears behind them. You owe it to yourself to recoup some of that money you have been spending over the years. The truth is a lot of us have spent thousands on domains and might not of recouped that money back. If you really sit down and look at the numbers for the average domain investor I am pretty sure it won’t be PRETTY. If this is the category you fall into, then slow the investing down and focus in on a few names and develop the HECK out of them!
It is the middle of October, so let’s all get with the program and end this year on a positive note.
Now for the list!
This weekend I worked some insane hours. Balancing a day job with side projects is tough work. For me, if you see the bigger picture you can push the extra mile to get things done. I had to make many sacrifices this weekend to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
Luckily I was able to sneak in a few minutes for the New Orleans New England game. I literally thought the game was over in the last two minutes so I ended up turning the TV off. What ended up happening after that? Of course Tom Brady ends up throwing for a touchdown in the last few seconds. I scrambled all over the place to see the video footage when my girlfriend told me what happened.
It was quite an amazing game! This week will be all about finishing projects and pushing closer to starting some of the new projects that I have. I look forward to working on a few creative ideas that I have had in mind for the past few months. Hopefully you had an amazing weekend!
Now for the list!
- Jason Thompson on My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-14-2014 About Guns, Bitcoin Values, Consulting Desk
- MarijuanaGuy on My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-14-2014 About Guns, Bitcoin Values, Consulting Desk
- Jason Thompson on My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-11-2014 Dont Bite My Style, EZ Marijuana, Rescue Tools
- MarijuanaGuy on My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-13-2014 Pure Heart, VPN Tools, Your Pizza
- Aaron Strong on My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-12-2014 Investing Path, Perked, Reliable Service
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- Customers Charged To Transfer Domains Away From 123-Reg? 8 comments
- My DomainFest 2014 Day 1 Experience 8 comments
- My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-12-2014 Investing Path, Perked, Reliable Service 6 comments
- My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-10-2014 Condo NYC, Email Sherpa, Slot Machine, Temple Store 5 comments