Learn About Epik & Rob Monster in Today’s Webcast

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Rob Monster is one of the most approachable people in the domain space, and I think his company has a good business model that may work for some domain investors. Epik just launched BumperProtectors.com this morning for my company, and as I promised, I will keep you apprised of the results in a future post.

For now though, I would like to remind you that Rob will be taking part in a free webcast this afternoon at 2pm EST (approximately 2 hours from now). The purpose is to learn more about Epik and Rob, and to learn how their services may be able to help you develop your domain names, as I did with BumperProtectors.com.

You need to sign up prior to the webcast to participate, so you might want to do that ASAP. I am sure this webcast will be available at a later point if you can’t make it or have other things going on, but you’ll want to check it out, especially if you’ve never connected with Rob before.

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  1. Elliot,

    I agree with you. I spoke with Rob last week and it was a friendly insightful conversation. Epik is the *first company I’ve ever hired to develop a domain for us.

    For the past 10 plus years, we’ve created our own websites – but I’m impressed enough with Epik’s new tools and network approach that we’ve given them two orders to start.

    I’m interested in how your new site performs. Shoot me an email and I’ll share my two sites. Launching in a few weeks.

  2. Looks good Elliot, just one suggestion, no where do I see it indicate ” Search by make “, I see search price range and product which is ok but… so I tested the search function at the top by make/model..ford..nissan etc. And it works, brings up products for those make only, great function to have labled or mentioned near search bar.. like ” Search make of vehicle here ” . Any way jmo bottom line is non of that stuff shown matters if I dont own that car.

  3. Just curious if you plan to use EPIK for other launches or was this a test case to assist in making that decision? With most any development it takes at least six months to gain traction with the search engines.

  4. I want to also disclose that I paid full price for this and have the same revenue share as others.

    I plan to test a couple other sites. The difficult thing for me is that I am constantly turning over inventory.

    • @ Josh

      $249 + 50% rev share. The only work I needed to do was change the DNS. The name wasn’t earning much nor getting traffic before, so we’ll see what happens.

  5. Wow thats great Elliot, right up my alley seeing as I am challenged in regards to that stuff. DNS I can chaNGE!

    THANKS

  6. Forming business relationships to increase revenue and traffic is well worth the sacrifice. Otherwise, many domains sit around only making revenue money for parking companies, while the owner earns peanuts.

    @Elliot,

    Do you have to pay any other fees beside the $249? Is that a one-time only fee? Essentially, Epik builds the domain into a popular website, and then all you have to do is share 50% revenue with them.

    Does Epik also advertise the website? Or do you have to advertise the website? I think that $249 would actually be well worth the cost to develop a few of my domains.

  7. @Elliot

    Thanks. I never knew about the 50% revenue before. But, I’m sure it’s worth the deal. Adding that revenue share into the package improves your revenue outlook. The domain name and the market are also important to generating revenue. Thanks.

  8. Elliot,

    I’m actually on the webinar right now. Sounds good. I met Rob at Traffic NY back in 09 and we spoke about his platform but i just never followed up. Question would be, does Epik take a share if you sell the domain?

  9. I don’t believe so. I haven’t signed any type of agreement with them. I think the new owner would have to continue with the rev share if he/she chose to keep the site up.

  10. The revenue share is 50% to begin, and increases to 80%. Income below $1000 is subject to 50% revenue share. The
    share is split as follows:

    MonthlyNet Percentage Payout
    1,000 50% 500
    2,500 55% 1,375
    5,000 60% 3,000
    7,500 65% 4,875
    10,000 70% 7,000
    15,000 73% 10,950
    20,000 77% 15,400
    25,000 80% 20,000

  11. I’m sure that you’re probably already working on smoothing out the kinks, but I’m skeptical that your bumper protectors site is going to have any type of seo advantage with all of those links to unrelated products at the bottom of the site in addition to not having a whole lot of relevant content. Unless you have a huge type in advantage, SEO should be a top priority to monetize your domain.

  12. Thank you for this post, Elliot. Unfortunately, I came across it after the 2pm time for the event.

    If you know how I can access a replay, I’d be interested.

    Thanks,

    Ellen

  13. IMO this site should rank at least with some SEO work. Google likes exact match .COM & .Net domains and I can see the exact-match competition for this phrase isn’t too intense – 267K. Yahoo doesn’t care about TLD but places strong emphasis on exact-match domains. Because of this it takes much longer to rank at Google & Bing than at Yahoo.

  14. ” MonthlyNet Percentage Payout ”
    1,000 50% 500
    2,500 55% 1,375
    5,000 60% 3,000
    7,500 65% 4,875
    10,000 70% 7,000
    15,000 73% 10,950
    20,000 77% 15,400
    25,000 80% 20,000

    Ouch! Is this true?

  15. Josh – yes it’s true. Epik keeps 50% to start. Epik keeps less as the income gets higher. The domain owner will keep 80% of net income (money in the bank) at $25,000.

  16. Epik stated they are averaging about .18 per click for customers. Is this .18 coming from their
    primary feed? Where is all the revenue going from the google ads? Is that shared at any % level with the site owner?

  17. James:

    1) Epik receives an average of 18-cents per product click. Click on a [harddrives dot com] product listing & the vendor (eg seagate) pays out “18-cents on average” to the domain owner. (pre-revenue split).

    2) G Adsense is paid out, but the data can not be released per Google adsense tos.

    3) The domain owner knows the amount of google adsense receipts per reports and the control panel (to be released in future). This figure is split on a revenue share basis with Epik too.

    4) If the customer buys a product, then there is revenue sharing based upon dollar amount, product, vendor, etc.

    Each click generates a tracking id so a purchase made the next day is still credited towards the epik domain site owner.

  18. TJ – Thanks for the information. Are you sure epik is paying a rev share on a product spurchased? From my understanding the bizrate/shopzilla feed is only a ppc and does not compensate for actions of purchases?

  19. James – that is a good question – to a basic issue. I have to admit I am ignorant on the contractual terms between Epik, wishpot and bizrate/shopzilla’s completed sales. I assumed there is a % benefit if a customer-vendor sale ensues, but I could be incorrect.

    I did previously inquire about the payout ratio – and wishpot is using different feeds, depending upon product. This varies, of course, to the b) drop shipping, c) e-commerce platforms Rob mentioned on the call yesterday.

    I’ll ask & if Elliot is ok with it, post the answer.

  20. “…From my understanding the bizrate/shopzilla feed is only a ppc and does not compensate for actions of purchases?”

    James, I was incorrect. You are correct. My apologies as I should have known, with a little due diligence, this issue.

    Best, TJ

  21. This looks really interesting for some of the direct match domains, I’m a bit confused where the $249 figure comes from, on epik
    I only see different packages none of which are $249.

    epik.com/services/index.php

  22. to be honest, I hardly see any development on these so called epik sites. They all are pretty much templates. And not only they charge an initial fee, they also take a percentage?

    gee, I think I should launch something similar for free, just the percentage. Would anyone be interested?

    as a Web Developer, I don’t see much done here and certenly not a lot of unique content. Unless, there is something hidden that I don’t see?

    In fact, I have developped similar platform for my domains.

  23. I just wanted to add that I meant no disrespect for Epik or Rob, in fact, I think Rob is a great guy, and they do provide great services. Iā€™m just not sure where the $249 came from as I just checked their site and they do not have such fee and their service fees make sense as they create unique content for your domain.

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