I have about 30 CityRealEstateAgent.com and CityRealEstateAgents.com domain names in my portfolio for cities from throughout the United States (such as JacksonRealEstateAgent.com). I listed them for sale in a couple of places, but they didn’t sell to domain investors. They also don’t get a lot of type-in traffic, so the revenue is light. Because they’re very targeted for long tail terms that get searches, the only way I will get traffic is via search, which won’t happen with parked domain names.
This week, I will be working with Craig Rowe of WhyPark to rapidly build sites on these domain names. I plan to use several widgets on the sites, including some provided by Zillow. In addition, I will use the automated content provided by WhyPark, and supplement this with some unique content about each city (I will be working with a copywriter for this). The goal is to get listed in search engines for each search term, which will drive some traffic to the site.
While I don’t anticipate these domain names will make a lot of PPC revenue, I do have an ulterior motive for this project. I plan to email 10-15 real estate agents from each city, offering their related domain name for sale. I will use a version of my end user sales email.
In addition, I will have a link on each page for agents to learn about advertising information. I will offer banners and/or text links, which will be fairly inexpensive for advertisers, but it will be a revenue stream from where there once was none. The only downside is that if I get an advertiser, I can’t sell the name without a problem, so it will have to be enough of a revenue stream to make it worth while.
Assuming the domain names rank well in the search engines because of the unique content, they will have more value to real estate agents. Instead of discussing the theoretical ranking increase for a keyword domain name, I will be able to prove it by saying, “JacksonRealEstateAgent.com ranks higher for the search, ‘Jackson real estate agent’ than your website, despite the fact that you’re a real estate agent from Jackson.”
As with everything I do, I will let you know how the sites perform. I will be looking for the following things:
- Search engine ranking in Google and Bing
- Advertising inquiries/advertising revenue
- Domain Sales
- PPC revenue
WhyPark makes it pretty easy to add widgets and content, but I am going to ask Craig to provide a tutorial later on in the week for dummies like myself who probably wouldn’t be able to figure it out on the first effort.