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Industry Veterans Launch TheDomains.com Blog

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MostWantedDomains.com, a closely held company founded by domain industry veterans Michael and Judi Berkens, just launched launched their blog, TheDomains.com. One of the features they created is the “Domain Parking Stock Index,” a weighted average which tracks all public companies which either own large domain portfolio’s and/or make a significant income from parked domains or PPC revenue.

The initial DPSI index includes Google, Yahoo, Baidu.com, Dark Blue Sea, Marchex, and Banks.com. It will be interesting to see if the DPSI becomes a barometer for the health of the domain investment business.

I wish Mike and Judi all the best with their new blog, and I look forward to reading their insight.

Cool Domain Name, Cool Blog, Cool Idea

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Gordon is a domain investor who I met and had several conversations on  DN Forum  and in person at Grand Central a few weeks ago.  He is  knowledgeable  about SEO and about domain names, and is a  genuinely good person.A few days ago, I briefly noticed a new industry blog at the domain name  DailyBull.com.    Little did I know, Gordon was the person behind this blog.  I think it’s the perfect domain name for a blog, and it’s great to see that it’s going to be a blog in this industry!

I am a proponent of giving back to the less fortunate when possible, and Gordon has a  great idea.  In almost every organization with which I have been involved (college fraternity, Interfraternity Council, corporate job…etc) the group raises funds for a specific cause as a way to help, show unity, and show strength.  I like the idea of working together as a community to help a cause that is important to people of all backgrounds.  Kudos to Gordon for this idea.

No matter what causes we support, it is important to give back and help the less fortunate.  

TaxCodes.com – Great Tax Name for Sale

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Offered right before tax season so you can build an informational site:

TaxCodes.com

BIN: $7,500
(or $6,000 + a commitment to do 15 hours worth of charity work)

My thoughts on development:

Build a directory for each state:

TaxCodes.com/NewYork

Provide basic info about NY taxes and provide links to NY tax code and tax forms. Post paid links for accountants on the sidebar. Only sell a few for each state to give a sense of exclusivity. The tax info will help with SEO, which will make the links more valuable…etc. Name was registered in 1999.

Top Notch Domains, LLC Acquires Lowell.com

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Top Notch Domains, LLC, a Nashua, New Hampshire based domain name investment and development company, is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Lowell.com.

Lowell is the fourth largest city in the state of Massachusetts, and it has a population of over 105,000 residents (as of the 2000 census). With its urban renewal efforts, Lowell has minor league sports teams, a highly regarded university, popular public facilities, great restaurants, and wonderful public parks. As a suburb of Boston, Lowell is home to several large companies, and the city is able to host large conferences with its ample supply of hotel and lodging facilities.

“Having been born and raised near Lowell, I am thrilled to have purchased this exceptional domain name,” said Top Notch Domains, LLC President Elliot Silver. “My company plans to develop a comprehensive website about the city of Lowell, providing the tools and information residents and tourists will find valuable. As Lowell continues to grow and thrive, we hope our website will grow into a resource for residents and tourists alike.”

According to the September 2007 eMarketer report entitled, “Local Online Advertising: Measuring The Market,” the firm projects that local online advertising spending will reach $2.9 billion in 2007, and by 2011 those figures are expected to reach $7.8 billion. This is an increase from $2.1 billion that was spent in 2006.

In a recent Associated Cities article, Monte Cahn, CEO of Moniker, a top 10 domain registrar and broker specializing in Geo-specific domain names said, “The expected increase in localized, online advertising provides the owners of these domains with the ability to capitalize on the trend, and generate significant return on their investment.”

Advertising opportunities will be made available once the website is relaunched in the first quarter of 2008. For more information, please send Elliot an email.

About Top Notch Domains, LLC

Founded by Elliot J. Silver while a graduate student at NYU, Top Notch Domains, LLC owns a strong portfolio of generic domain names including Devices.com, Customs.com, EasternCaribbean.com, TaxCodes.com, AlcoholCounseling.com, and many more.

Domainer’s Magazine Anniversary Gift

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Just received some good news from Jerry Nolte and Mike St. John about their Domainer’s Magazine publication. These guys (and the magazine’s staff) have worked incredibly hard, and this is an offer that should be graciously accepted by everyone who is interested in the domain industry. Thank You!!”

Matamoras, PA, December 3rd 2007-Domainer’s Magazine will mark their one year anniversary by offering the online version of their magazine free of charge for the year beginning with the January/February 2008 issue and are also offering the ability to view any of this past year’s issues as well. Fellow domainers and creators of the publication Jerry J. Nolte Jr. and Mike St. John stated that they are happy to offer this “gift” to its readers as a show of gratitude for their tremendous growth this year. Additionally, the two believe the increase in viewers will allow their advertisers to reap even more benefits than before!

Over the past year, Domainer’s Magazine has grown in size, advertisers, and distribution. Managed by two domainers themselves, it is believed that their experience assists the team in knowing the issues to cover in each issue. Staffed by a team of professional writers with true unbiased journalistic integrity it appears the magazine is able to hit topics readers want to see while giving the information in an impartial manner.”

About Domainer’s Magazine: Domainer’s Magazine was designed to provide valuable insight and thought leadership into the domaining world. It is a first class publication and the original magazine that targets this industry which is becoming noted by some of the premier financiers of our time. Their goal is to continue to be a world class publication that is the eyes and ears of the “domainer”. It is a sister company to iMonetize.

About iMonetize: iMonetize.com was founded in 2005 and is one of the fastest growing full service domain management, Meta-PPC optimization companies. It provides a suite of services for domain holders, expired domain speculators, registrars and web hosts to maximize revenue while accurately analyzing performance and origin. iMonetize provides the most user-friendly and detailed domain name statistics in the industry in most cases all the way down to the individual domain level.

TopNotchDomains.com is Relaunched!

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Yesterday, I announced that my blog was redesigned, and today, I am pleased to announce that my company’s website, TopNotchDomains.com was redesigned and launched this morning! The redesign comes on the heels of a logo contest I started on Sitepoint (after seeing the success of Sahar’s contest). Initially, I planned for just a new logo and business card, but I was so impressed with the quality of work of Mike McAlister and his SixOneFive Design company, I asked him to redesign my website.

I know the difficulty in finding a great quality designer who is trustworthy and cost effective so I wanted to briefly talk about Mike’s company. The main focus of SixOneFive Design is on creating brand identities. They work on complete image overhauls with logos (like my projected started), business cards, letterheads, websites, etc. The company stays on top of new design trends, and they integrate it into their work. Mike provides high quality work with a quick turn-around, and from my experience, the price was more than reasonable.

Another project Mike recently finished was a complete overhaul on ClickFacts Security & Audit which can be seen at ClickFacts.com. Other samples of Mike’s work can be seen at his site SixOneFiveDesign.com.  I hope you like the new look on my blog and TopNotchDomains.com, and I would like to thank Mike for his hard (and speedy) work.

***Although I am never paid nor compensated for my blog entries, I want to make it clear that Mike did not ask me for this recommendation, nor did I receive anything in return. Mike created a great website, logo and blog header for me, completed it very quickly, and he did it at a very reasonable price.

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