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Why I Write My Blog

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I started my domain blog a few years ago because I wanted to be able to give advice and not have to worry that a well thought out article I posted on a domain forum would be overlooked as a result of many new posts being added, and it would just get pushed to the bottom, without being read and discussed.

Having a blog has given me the opportunity to create discussions, which I have learned from and hopefully others have as well. There have been things I’ve done right and done wrong, and it’s great to get instant feedback and advice from others who may have already done the same thing or thought about doing what I’ve discussed.

I have enjoyed meeting many people who only know me from my blog, and I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. For the majority of the time, blogging has been fun and rewarding.

It’s been fun writing articles and sharing some of the things I am doing in my business. Because I am writing about my business, sometimes I take comments more personally than I should. Instead of always giving a well thought out reply, I occasionally have been defensive in my reply. I apologize to anyone I have offended by doing that.

I enjoy sharing with you, and I enjoy learning from you, and I look forward to continuing this. It has been a fun 3 years and I look forward to more.

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

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It’s the time of the year to give thanks, and I have a lot of things for which I am thankful.

I appreciate all of you who visit my blog, and especially those who contribute in the comment section. I appreciate your taking the time to visit when you do, and I am thankful for all of your feedback, advice, and even the criticism.

I am very appreciative of the companies who advertise on my blog. Domain investors spend a lot of money and generate a lot of money for a number of companies, and it’s nice that many support domain-related websites like mine. Without them, I don’t think I would be able to dedicate as much time to the blog as I do.

I am fortunate to be supported by a great family who trekked down to New York for Thanksgiving. If you are in the US, I hope you have a great day today and are surrounded by good family, happy friends, and great food.

Sunday Updates

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I am back home after a fun week in Las Vegas. I think we probably stayed a day longer than we should have. Didn’t do so well at the tables, but staged a comeback at the Playboy Club at the Palms. Aria is beautiful and has some great restaurants. I’d recommend staying there or Mandarin Oriental the next time you’re in Vegas.

On to some Sunday updates:

– Just before leaving for LV, I was able to buy DogGroomers.com, DogGroomers.net, DogGroomers.org, DogGroomer.net, and DogGroomer.org. I am fairly certain that I will develop DogGroomers.com, but I need to figure out what to do with the other names. Should I build smaller sites, sell the domain names to recoup some of my investment, or give some dog grooming companies a deal to develop these names with links back to my site.  TBD. Advice appreciated.

– The next few weeks are going to be interesting for DogWalker.com, since the first renewals will be starting. I think over 80% of the Paypal subscriptions are still active, but I don’t have experience with renewals yet, although traffic has been very strong. Fingers are crossed.

– Stephen Douglas, who has a good collection of 3D and other future trend domain names, has started a blog thread about 3D domain names. If you’re looking for some info about investing in these types of names or future trend names, you might learn something from his insight.

– Good post about domain sales from Sahar today. Nice to see him blogging regularly again about domain names.

Sunday Update

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Today is a straight up lazy football watching day. If I do anything but watch football and maybe answer some emails, I will be a bit disappointed in myself. Here are some Sunday updates.

– The Chocolate Show I went to was not what I expected. I hate waiting in line for anything, but I ended up waiting in line for 45 minutes to get in (wouldn’t have waited if my wife wasn’t there). It was crowded inside and was not really much of a tradeshow. I didn’t even mention my domain name to anyone.

– So far so good on DomainQuestions.com. Lots of traffic producing good questions and answers. I need to work on some spam issues though… I have been deleting them as I see them though but it’s annoying to deal with. If you have any questions, comments, bugs, or any feedback about the site, please let me know.

– It might not be that smart of me considering this is what I do for a living, but I don’t really follow the activities of ICANN. George Kirikos of Leap of Faith Financial Services does follow ICANN closely, and he provided some comments on the DAGv5, which was supposedly the final version. All I can say is what a clusterf**k this seems to have become.

– I heard Andrew’s Austin Domainer meetup was a lot of fun. Wish I could have been there, but maybe next year.

– With TRAFFIC San Francisco and Domain Roundtable in Nassau happening in March, I think many people will have to choose one or the other. If you’ve thought about it, which conference are you more likely to attend?

Sunday Updates – New York City Marathon Edition

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It’s a big Sunday for me, but I feel lazy right now. My wife is running in the ING New York City Marathon this morning, and she’s been up since 4:30am. I will be running around finding a couple of good spots to watch the run, so I am sure I will be tired when it’s all done.

Here are a few updates for Sunday:

– Yesterday, Adam posted a comment in a post that appears to have turned into a  referendum  on .TV, “They might change their mind and use it when Google launches Google TV.” I hadn’t thought about Google using .TV, but that could change the awareness of .TV and bring more value. The big issue is that Google seems to be using Google.com/TV instead. In fact, Google.TV forwards to Google.com – not even their Google TV website. Whether Google brands .TV or .COM could have big implications for .TV investors (I am not one of them yet).

– The more I think about it, the more I know how valuable a generic domain name is to a business. You can see it with the sale of Quidsi (owner of Diapers.com and Soap.com) to Amazon. Even more important though is the founders’ entrepreneurial spirit, business  acumen, and ability to raise VC funding if necessary for growth.

– Speaking of Quidsi, it was reported on the Next Level Media, LLC website that Quidsi previously acquired YoYo.com for $500,000. I believe this domain name was owned by a well known domain investor’s company.

– Good article on TheDomains.com yesterday about separating different business units into individual companies for legal purposes. It’s a reason I have two completely separate companies with different focuses. It’s a good read if you are serious about domain names.

– I finally want to congratulate my brother Scott for passing the Bar in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I acquired a pretty easy to remember domain name for him to use when he’s ready… SHS.com.

Halloween Sunday Updates – IDN Event + Epik + More

Happy Halloween to everyone! We had a smallish Halloween party on Friday night, although I can’t share the costume I wore – apparently it’s not blog-appropriate.  Here are some weekend updates from the domain business.

  • I had a great time at the IDN Event in the city last night. I plan to post a full recap about the event tomorrow, but Gary Males and Aaron Krawitz deserve a big ovation for putting the event together with so many people in attendance.
  • For those of you who are concerned about your Epik websites, I want to remind you about a post Rob Monster wrote on the Epik blog back in March.  According to Rob, “The price for the Epik product portals is a one-time setup fee of $249 which includes custom graphics, custom copy, backlinks, and product sourcing.   Epik shares 50/50 in the net revenues and covers all operating costs. There is no lock-in and if after 1 year on the platform, if you have not sold your domain or the site has not yielded at least $249 in gross revenue, we’ll refund you your setup fee, no questions asked.”
  • I am still trying to figure out the next move for BumperProtectors.com. I think I will probably keep the site as is and hope that Rob is able to work things out with Google. I have faith that they will make some changes to make things better.
  • If you’re going to AdTech in New York this week, let me know. I don’t have firm plans yet, but I will be stopping by the Javitz Center to check out the exhibit hall at some point on Monday or Tuesday.

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