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I’ve Become a ccTLD Investor

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been learning about ccTLDs. I received feedback from a number of people, some of whom gave advice about investing in ccTLDs, and some who told me to stick with .com domain names. A couple people even specifically advised me not to invest in .US domain names right now, because my money could be better spent elsewhere right now. I really do appreciate all the advice, as it has given me an idea of how I should proceed with the ccTLD market.

I just recently became a ccTLD investor with my first .US purchases (an investment rather than a protective measure as I did previously). While I don’t think Americans or American companies will begin using the .US extension very soon, I do think its a great way for American companies to target Europeans who are more inclined to use local ccTLDs.

Because of this, I decided to buy many second tier .US domain names for registration fee, where I would be very happy to pay a significant premium if it was .com. I might not be jumping in with a huge splash, I am slowly wading in to this and am being strategic about it. Once I think my acquisition phase is initially done, I will reveal what I have been buying, but I don’t want to say what they are yet, since there are a number of similar names I am considering 🙂

These aren’t short term investments, and I will probably begin developing directories on a couple of them to see how Google ranks them and to do some experimenting with regards to traffic, return visits, time on the site, and other things that will help me evaluate whether consumers trust a .US and to see where visitors come from.

I will write a more comprehensive review of the TRAFFIC show on the return flight home on Sunday, but in short, the show was excellent, and it gave me the confidence to invest in something that wasn’t previously in my comfort area.

Top Notch Domains, LLC Announces Domain Consulting Service

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Successful Internet entrepreneur and domain industry veteran Elliot Silver has announced that his company, Top Notch Domains, LLC will offer domain consulting services for corporations and individual domain investors.   Elliot Silver has bought and sold more than one million dollars in domain assets, and his two companies own and operate several industry defining domain names and websites.   The company will offer the following consultation services which can be billed on an hourly or project basis:

  • Domain Portfolio Analysis
  • Domain Valuation
  • Domain Acquisition Strategy
  • Domain Sales Strategy
  • Domain Purchase or Sale Negotiation

“I have had considerable success as a domain investor, and I am happy to share what I’ve learned over the past few years.   Investing in the right strategic domain names can drive significant revenue,” said Silver.   “Likewise, paring down a large portfolio can also save a company money for other acquisitions or for development.”

To inquire about your domain consulting needs, please contact Elliot Silver.

Why I Don't Like the Burbank Website

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Subscribe to Elliot's BlogI will be the first to admit, I don’t like how Burbank.com currently looks. I don’t believe the current site is attractive or would make people jazzed about visiting the city of Burbank, California – a great city with a ton of activities. Don’t get me wrong, the content is good, but I just don’t like how it looks. So, I am doing something about it and building a completely new website.
When I first launched Burbank.com in July, I was under the gun. Every day that I wasn’t live Google links were being lost and the site’s ranking was being impacted. The site was previously a great Burbank online newspaper, but once I purchased it, the owner redirected the links to his new site. I feared losing Google’s trust, and I didn’t want to make it difficult to regain position once the site relaunched.   It was also very close to my wedding, so with many things going on then,   I essentially built a makeshift site. There are few images on the site, and there are Adsense ads to generate a bit of incremental revenue. This isn’t the idea geowebsite, in my opinion.
After spending the past several weeks working on the new site, I am getting closer to relaunch.   I am hoping the relaunch will happen next week or the last week in October. When I do relaunch, I will write another blog post about what I did and why, to help others who may be in my position. So take a look at Burbank.com now so you can get a good before and after comparison when the new site is launched.

Top Notch Domains, LLC Acquires FrenchRiviera.com

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Subscribe to Elliot's BlogFrenchRiviera.com and Secaucus.com Join Lowell.com and Burbank.com as Top Notch Destinations on the Web
Top Notch Domains, LLC adds world famous French Riviera resort domain name to its diverse portfolio and launches Secaucus, New Jersey website.
Nashua, NH (PRWEB) September 12, 2008 — Top Notch Domains, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of FrenchRiviera.com. The company will soon launch a vacation and tourist guide targeting visitors to the French Riviera, one of the most famous resort areas in the world. The company is not disclosing the amount of the transaction.
In addition to this news, the company also announces the launch of Secaucus.com, a guide to the city of Secaucus, New Jersey. Both of these announcements are aligned with the company’s strategy of developing informational websites on high value domain names.
“The French Riviera is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world, and I am excited to have the opportunity to develop FrenchRiviera.com into a world class travel website,” said Top Notch Domains, LLC President Elliot Silver. “FrenchRiviera.com is the first international geodomain the company has acquired, and I look forward to developing it. If you are visiting St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, South of France, or anywhere else on the French Riviera, FrenchRiviera.com will help you plan your trip – from hotels, to beaches, to night clubs and more.”
In addition to Secaucus.com and FrenchRiviera.com, the company also owns and operates Burbank.com, a guide to Burbank, California, Lowell.com, a guide to Lowell, Massachusetts, and TropicalBirds.com, a website with information and resources on tropical birds found throughout the world.
The company expects a full launch of FrenchRiviera.com in Q4 2008.
About Top Notch Domains, LLC
Top Notch Domains, LLC is a privately held domain investment company specializing in the acquisition of high value domain names. The company’s President, Elliot Silver, is the founder of ElliotsBlog.com, an award winning domain investment and strategy blog.

Where's Elliot?

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Sorry for the light posting this past week. I have been in New Hampshire and Lowell, Massachusetts doing research for Lowell.com. Now that the base of the site has been built, optimizing it for search has become the main priority. This involves going through each page, changing meta tags and anchor text to make sure each page can be seen and read by Google. Not so much fun, but a necessary part of development. Hopefully the fruits of this labor will help with the ranking of Lowell.com.
Once the website has been optimized (although I think it will be an ongoing process), I am going to begin seeking advertisers. In my visit to the city of Lowell spanning a few days, I met some business leaders and city leaders, and I was warmly received. I hope they saw my passion for this site, and I have really taken a liking to Lowell. My goal is to make the site mutually beneficial for the city, its residents, its visitors, and the businesses who will advertise on the site.
For now, it’s back to the optimization process. I should be back to blogging next week.

Top Notch Domains, LLC Acquires Burbank.com

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Top Notch Domains, LLC, a New Hampshire based domain investment and development company has acquired Burbank.com for an undisclosed sum. Burbank is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of California, with a population of over 100,000 residents. Previously, Burbank.com was used as a private Burbank news website.
The city of Burbank is known as “the media capital of the world,” as many of the largest media companies have headquarters or significant production facilities in the city, including Disney, Warner Brothers, and NBC. Burbank is located approximately ten miles from from Los Angeles, and it is home to one of the fastest growing airports in the US. It has beautiful homes, is a center for business and has a strong economy.
“We just launched our first geodomain website, Lowell.com, and I am looking forward to the development of Burbank.com,” said Elliot Silver, President of Top Notch Domains, LLC. “I am excited to fly out to Burbank on Jet Blue – non-stop from JFK, to begin researching this great city.” The company anticipates that a mini-site will be developed in the coming month, and Burbank.com will be fully developed by the end of Q3 2008.
Top Notch Domains, LLC also owns Salinas.com, which is currently being built into a guide of Salinas, California, a city of around 150,000 residents in California’s wine country. The company recently put the name for sale, but is reevaluating their position.

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