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Now’s a Good Time to Watch Snapnames & Namejet

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I don't really keep tabs on drop auctions, unless I am bidding on them. I also don't generally place a bid on a domain in auction to watch it, even if there are many other bidders involved. However, Mike's post, which has little to do with drop auctions, should make us more aware of what's dropping.

With PPC down, companies are less cavalier about spending significant money on dropping domain names because they simply won't be able to maximize the value with a parked page. For domain investors that develop or that buy and then target end users to re-sell, this is a big opportunity. Names that were selling for 4 figures are now selling for 3 figures, and there is less competition - especially for longer tail keywords. Some can even be picked up for registration fee after the auction ends.

In addition to the PPC slide, domain tasting has been virtually killed. This is causing more domain names to drop than ever before, allowing domain investors with a sharp eye to get deals. IMO, there are many great domain names that would be → Read More


Researching and Buying Dropping Domain Names

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I am still away for DomainFest, and two of my friends have written guest posts related to topics in which they are experts. On Monday, Jeff Behrendt of INForum.in, wrote about investing in Indian domains. Yesterday, Richard Douglas discussed social media for domainers. Today, Richard discusses investing in dropping domain names. Richard has a diverse background is systems administration, web development and security. You can read more about domain development on his blog or follow him on twitter.

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If you scan the drop lists, you've probably noticed a lot of good quality drops lately. And I think this trend will continue throughout 2009.

When I look at drops, I'm looking for domains that could be developed into full sites.

In addition to checking keywords, search frequency and advertiser interest, here's a few tips of how to spot good drops for development.

Domain drop tips

1. Domain age - look for domains that are 8+ years old. The SE's like old domains, it's a trust issue. I've had great results taking an eight → Read More