Maybe I am getting crotchety in my old age, but there are a few things that irritate me when people contact me about their domain names. I understand that people want to sell their domain names (or service) to me because I have a public presence, but there are some things that irritate me and will almost always lead to a deleted email without a response.
I want to share 5 things you shouldn’t do or say when you contact me about your domain name(s) or service(s). I presume this annoys other people as well, so perhaps it’s time to rethink your outbound email strategy:
Add RE: or FW: to a subject line when we haven’t exchanged emails. I am sure this will improve open rates, but if you try to deceive me by adding something to the subject to make me think we communicated about something before, I will almost certainly not respond and will likely flag your email as spam in Gmail.
Ask me to sell your domain name. It should be abundantly clear that I am not a domain broker and don’t sell domain names on behalf of anyone else. Ignoring this on a contact page where it explicitly says “Top Notch Domains, LLC is not a domain broker and does not offer private domain consulting services.” is a surefire way to have your email deleted.
Try to sell me a new gTLD domain name or recently registered domain name. If I want to buy any new gTLD domain names, I will go directly to the registry and try to work out a deal. I don’t right now, and I certainly won’t be buying any from another investor any time soon. It should be abundantly clear when someone sees the types of domain names my company owns.
Tell me I have a similar domain name to the junk you’re selling. Sure, I own Stallion.com but I definately will not want to buy Stallion-Studio.net (made up unregistered example) from you. This is especially the case when the domain names being sold are either pending delete or are being listed for sale by someone who is frontrunning.
Ask a ridiculous price for your domain name. I like to think I am a pretty savvy buyer when it comes to domain names and my budget can be flexible. However, I am not going to spend $250,000 on a domain name that may be worth $10k wholesale and would be a $250k dream sale. Sometimes I price my domain names ridiculously high when a company inquires. When I am doing outbound sales to other domain investors, I understand that my pricing needs to be at a wholesale level.
Bonus: Don’t tweet at me if you have a terrible domain name for sale. I have never bought a domain name after someone tweeted at me, and based on the quality of domain names that have been sent to me this way, I doubt I ever will. The most likely scenario is that I will mute you.
If you can think of other irritating things people do when selling domain names, I invite you to share them in the comment section.