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Why I Retired My Pet Websites

For more than ten years, I operated a group of pet related directory websites. DogWalker.com was the most popular of the group, and I also operated DogPark.com, DogGroomers.com, and CatSitter.com. I closed down DogPark.com more than a year ago, and the other websites were shut down a month ago. I thought I would share why I decided to retire these websites.

DogWalker.com was the first of these pet directory websites I launched. I don’t know if I would call it an immediate success, but at its peak, there were several hundred paying advertisers. I later acquired DogGroomers.com and CatSitter.com, and launched websites using the same WordPress theme and customized design. Those two websites were not as commercially successful from an advertising perspective.

Namecheap Launches Visual.com Website Builder

During the NamesCon conference today, Namecheap announced that it launched its website builder, Visual, which can be found on the brand match Visual.com. The news was shared by Namecheap’s Teddy Worcester, and since the news wasn’t announced via press release or through the Namecheap Twitter account, I am going to assume this was a soft launch:

Peter Askew Starts GDDO Newsletter

Peter Askew has become one of the most well known domain investors through the successful businesses he has developed. I am a big fan of VidaliaOnions.com and the story behind this business, and Peter regularly shares background about his other web development projects, including BirthdayParties.com and DudeRanch.com.

Earlier this week on Twitter, Peter shared that he is starting a newsletter on GDDO.com, a domain name he recently acquired at auction:

How Peter Askew Sold Brevard.com

Peter Askew is a domain investor who I admire because of his knack for website and business development on nice domain names. Earlier this year, I wrote about his VidaliaOnions.com business, and I also wrote about the launch of BirthdayParties.com. In addition to these lines of business, Peter also found time to build and launch Brevard.com, a geodomain with a focus on the town of Brevard, North Carolina.

This afternoon, Peter shared the story of how he built, launched, and ultimately sold Brevard.com. Peter’s story was shared in a series of tweets, and it’s a pretty quick read.

Trying Out GoDaddy WordPress Premium Support (WPPS)

GoDaddy recently launched a new service called WordPress Premium Support. From what I understand, customers who use the service can have GoDaddy’s WordPress support team resolve a variety of issues related to their WordPress-based websites. They are also able to add various forms of functionality to existing websites. I just signed up for the Basic Subscription plan ($79.99/month) to fix some issues and make updates to my website.

As you may have noticed last Friday, DomainInvesting.com was not accessible for part of the day. I attempted to update one of my plugins, and for some unknown reason, it basically caused the website to crash. Everything below the header was missing. Even after I deactivated the plugin, my site was still unavailable. My guess is that it failed because I had waited a long time to update this one particular plugin. Luckily, GoDaddy’s support team was able to use a backup of my website to restore it with minimal loss (a few comments and a couple of articles).

On Monday, I decided to sign up for GoDaddy’s WordPress Premium Support program to give it a shot. I still need to have that plugin updated correctly, and I am hopeful the support team will be able to troubleshoot the issue and get the plugin updated and functioning correctly. I also need to have the Subscribe to Comments plugin updated and implemented like I had it before. When the subscribe box disappeared, I deactivated the plugin and have not reactivated it.

I am using GoDaddy for two reasons:

Cannabis Cup: Ganjapreneur Interviews NORML Founder Keith Stroup

One of the potential pitfalls domain investors tend to have when they shift to development is a lack of active involvement in the vertical where their website operates. With my own websites, I have tried to get involved in the spaces my sites operate. I recently wrote about Ganjapreneur.com, and I want to share an example about how they are becoming involved in the cannabis space, beyond the website.

Andrew Rosener, the CEO of Media Options and the Founder & CEO of Ganjapreneur.com,  recently attended the 2015 Denver Cannabis Cup, an event billed as “the world’s leading marijuana trade show.” The event plays host to vendors who sell a wide variety of cannabis related products and services. There are also trade organizations, cannabis users, and a variety of marijuana legalization advocates in attendance. The purpose of Andrew’s attendance was to generate awareness for his Ganjapreneur.com brand.

While at the event, Andrew was

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