It is hard to believe that it has been almost 4 years since I decided to put the Southern California Domainers meetup together. This meetup played an influential role in me meeting Morgan Linton, now a very close friend of mine. We worked together to build it to the point where it is at now and I am very thankful to have had Morgan on-board since the meetup’s inception.
Now that Morgan has a startup that he and his wife are committed to evolving he will still be involved in the group, but won’t have the time to help co-organize it.
With that said the meetup has been quiet for the last year, that is until Kevin ignited new energy into it. He is a big believer in the domaining industry and I recognized his passion early on to wanting to grow the community by all means possible. The sky is the limit with this meetup and the adventure that it has taken me on thus far has been amazing.
I want to thank both Morgan and Kevin for helping making this dream become a reality. It can only get bigger and better from here on.
Our next meetup will take place on September 26th, 2013. This meetup is the first meetup we will have this year. It will take place at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in the Marina.
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA.
WestLosAngeles.com, a new domain I just acquired will be the pizza sponsor for the meetup! Make sure to come enjoy a few slices of pizza pie and business networking!
The meetup will start at 7:30 PM, but I am sure we will be there for a few hours enjoying good food and conversation. If you haven’t RSVP’d to attend please do on our meetup page: www.meetup.com/domaining
Thanks and the SCD looks forward to seeing you there!
This week has started with a plethora of good news. Everything seems to be falling in place and hard work is finally starting to pay off. This morning I got up around 6 am to ride my bike to the park and workout a bit. Truth is the workout is actually the bike ride to the park and everything after that is extra. I’m dedicating myself to at least two to three workouts per week. I have more energy when I exercise and that allows me to get more done.
On Friday I am debating on purchasing some tickets to my first gaming competition. The League of Legends semifinals are occurring on September 27th and September 28th at the USC Galen Center. Next year I am going to join a team and see how far we can end up getting competition wise. My girlfriend is even pushing me to do this as she knows how much I love the game!
On other fronts I have some great news, but I am going to save that for another post. Now let’s get rocking on the list! There are some solid names dropping today. I would like to say that this is one of the better list, but then again I think all of the lists that I put together are decent. Happy domain hunting!
It has been a crazy start to the week. There has been a lot of work to finish and it just started! I am really looking forward to the meetup on Thursday. The Southern California Domainers meetup has really turned into something. Sorry for the late list, but there truly are some good catches. Hopefully you can reg a few! Enjoy!
It has been a busy day at work today. Better late than never! Here is the list for today. Happy Sunday!
This morning I arrived to work and realized there were no cups. A morning without coffee will not work for me, so I am heading over to Starbucks in a few minutes. This made me think about domain names and for some reason I correlated the two. A solid domain without a website doesn’t work either. Like the way I made those two relate?
This past couple days has been non-stop for me. It is definitely time to slow down and enjoy a day or two without the computer around. I absolutely love what I do, but sometimes you have to step away from it to really start things fresh with a new angle. In a few days I will be hiring an assistant to help me input entries into DataCenterDirectory.com. I want someone to be working when I’m not able to.
It is important to fill that directory up with as much solid information as possible so it goes from just being a directory to actually being a resource. I am also going to have more articles published and create a new section solely dedicated to white papers. With a little effort I am creating a new business, one which will only get bigger and better.
Focusing on one project at a time is key. Yes, I have other projects lined up including a startup but I won’t be working on those until DCD is generating a nice revenue stream. That’s when I can sit back and let the site run itself.
Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What are you working on these days and how long do you plan on focusing on it? Have you set any goals to achieve? You should have some answers to these questions and if you don’t sit back with a pen and paper and really think about the questions.
Now let’s get into the list!
It truly is incredible what you can learn within a day. After releasing the new version of DataCenterDirectory.com I decided to start calling data centers. I ended up connecting with a GM at a fairly large establishment and now have a direct contact into the business. I learned that building a directory site isn’t necessarily about filling it up with entries or instantly generating money. Building a directory site is about connecting with the people in the niche that your directory site is dedicated to.
Although it will be a slow and tedious process, I plan on calling each business which is added to the directory. I don’t care if I am the one adding the entry or if the business itself has added the entry. I don’t see myself just building a directory site, I see myself building a business network. I want to develop an extensive rolodex which will help me not just on this project, but on other projects which will be developed after this.
I can honestly say I own one of the best data center domain portfolios. Calling a data center business and mentioning that I am calling in reference to DataCenterDirectory.com really calms the waters for the person on the other side of the phone. The domain name actually speaks for itself and I can’t really imagine many other names doing such a thing. This just goes to show that a quality domain name can get you much further in the end. If a name sounds like a brand, those that you mention it to will take you more serious than they would have otherwise.
This is just the start of the adventure, one where all signals are pointing up. I can’t wait to see who I end up connecting with next. A solid domain, basic website and a phone are all you need to end up doing the same for yourself. There is nothing like calling someone and pitching them on the vision you have. The conversation with the GM ended up positively and I followed it up with an email which I can see turning into a partnership down the line.
Now lets get into today’s list!
Yesterday I was able to finally release the new version of my Data Center Directory. It is the absolute bare minimum that I would let be publicly released, but I am happy with the way it has turned out. As domain investors it isn’t always easy to stick to one project. We are always thinking about the next big idea. The funny thing is many of us are already sitting on that idea, but we are easily distracted so a good idea is never given the attention it rightfully deserves. What good is an idea, if you only keep it to yourself?
If you are a domain investor who struggles with this, then I suggest you take a few hours out today and really glance over your portfolio. Find three names you absolutely feel are winners and do everything in your power to build them out. Better yet, make sure that the domains you pick are topics you truly enjoy. I spent several years in the hosting industry and absolutely love data centers. In my opinion data centers are current day gold mines, which house the majority of information stored in the world. Pick a topic you are passionate about and build the heck out of it.
Yesterday was productive for me. I was able to handle what I needed to handle at work and I was also able to reserve space in a nice venue for our next Southern California Domainers Meetup. I absolutely love putting on domainer meetups and look to do so more frequently this year. The venue we chose can be viewed on our meetup page. If you happen to be in Los Angeles next Thursday make sure to join us. If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor the meetup, feel free to contact me.
Now for the list! I took some extra time this morning to browse through some names which didn’t have bids on them. You’ll notice some of the names in the list are absolute steals. Happy Bidding!
After work yesterday I road my bike to the park and proceeded to start my exercise regiment again. I want to start exercising as frequently as I put out these lists and will need to dedicate myself to doing so. If there is one thing that I do not like about having a regular 9 – 5 job it would have to be the lack of physical activity I am able to involve myself in during the day. The only times I leave my desk are to get coffee or when I head out to grab lunch. Are you noticing a pattern here?
I barely leave my desk during the day! I am debating on joining the Spectrum Club down the street, because I’ve been known to sign up for gym memberships before and barely ever use them. Talk about a waste of money, besides I like to exercise outside. As most of you know today would be my Friday. I am really looking forward to getting the weekend started. Another week has flown by and I have no complaints about it. Balancing a normal work schedule with side projects has been a bit of a task, but it is one that I am starting to master.
I am very lucky to have a great job which is only located a few minutes from my house. It is so close that in the next few weeks I will ride my bike to work as opposed to driving. That should be a fun challenge.
Today’s list is a basic one. I don’t know what else to call it as there really isn’t much impressive in it. Hopefully you can find a couple of diamonds out there as I surely didn’t! Enjoy!
Yesterday I participated in one GoDaddy Auction and found myself fat fingering a bid. I have never done this before and instead of entering a $1,200 bid I entered a $12,000 bid. I ended up calling GoDaddy to fix this, but lucky for me the bidding only went up to just under $3,000. This name was worth much more than that and anything below $5,000 for the name would of been a steal. GoDaddy was very attentive to this issue, but they never gave me a firm answer on if they would of deleted my problematic bid. In the end I got off the phone with a new GoDaddy rep which said would handle any of my future issues.
I’ve never had a GoDaddy rep before. I guess this could be beneficial if I end up making a mistake like this in the future. She was insistent in having me pay for the domain right there and then. It made me think that some of the employees get a commission for processing big sales. Obviously $3,000 isn’t that big of a sale, but it was funny to hear her push to have me pay for the name over the phone. Hopefully I can end up keeping the name. If that is the case it will be the best name I have ever owned. Who would of thought that I would ever say that?
On another note, we are moving closer to choosing a venue for the next meetup. I am thinking either the Marina or Beverly Hills at a place where we had one of our previous meetups. This meetup is solely about reconnecting with the group and allowing everyone to really get a chance to hang out with each other. Some of the best meetups we have had were informal ones. I want to get back to having regular meetups and this will be a great way to do it. If you are in Los Angeles next week make sure to join us.
Turn this into an affiliate travel site for flights to Baton Rouge. These do quite well.
Sounds like a nice brain food brand to me!
Renting college textbooks is nothing new. We used to sell our textbooks over and over again. I guess you could call that renting.
This is one place I want to explore. The last time I had a chance to travel to Denver was when I competed in Junior Golf Tournaments.
This 4 letter domain just sounds right. FODU networks?
With all of the startups launching these days, this domain could be used to develop a site which features the eco-friendly ones.
I had to do it, but then again I didn’t. I should of bet on the Mayweather fight!
If you saw my hair now, you’d think that I was using this.
Join now only for a limited amount of time!
Just the quotes please. I used to run a hosting company which used the word Just. There is something powerful about that 4 letter word.
Sell this domain to MediStaff.com.au. Sounds like an easy flip to me.
This brand just sounds funny and yes the word Nerd works well with the .org extension.
There are a ton of these sites out there already, maybe you can make one that is better.
This is exactly how I like to be paid.
Looks like a business in Calgary let this one expire. I think this is an awesome brand name. I wonder how high it will go.
There are a lot of crappy apps out there today. Fortunately for you, this domain could be used to feature the quality ones.
Nice name for a hosting provider.
Drop box has completely mastered this concept.
I wonder what would be sold at this boutique.
Nice name which pertains to a real product.
Superfoods are awesome and I am going to make a superfood shake right after this blog entry.
For some reason I like the three 8′s!
This could be turned into an interesting site…
Jason’s Daily Read:
Here is a great stop wasting your time article, one which we all tend to read and kinda forget about. It is a good read and something we could all learn from.
All of the specials have expired! If you didn’t have a chance to take advantage of the 2 for 1 product driven affiliate site special, then I am sorry. I am busy at work building sites for those that did. Thanks to everyone who supported me in this effort and slowly but surely all of your sites will be built. Thanks again!
My girlfriend is a huge 49ers fan and it wasn’t much fun watching them get beat last night. I couldn’t believe that they ended up losing by 26 points. I thought it would be much closer than that. I mean come on, these guys made it to the Super Bowl last year.
I’ve got one name that I will be bidding on today and hopefully I ended up winning. Better yet, when I end up winning hopefully the name doesn’t get renewed! Alright time for the list!
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