One thing I think about when deciding to invest in a domain name is to see if there is commercial value to the domain name. There are many excellent domain names that have meaning, but if nobody is going to use it commercially, it will be difficult to sell. That should be an important consideration to make when buying a domain name, and I think it’s often overlooked.
- Great rebranding and redesign from Ray Hackney. I like the new TLD Investors brand better than the previous brand, and that is probably attributed to the fact that I dislike the term “domainer.” I think Ray is most likely the busiest writer in the domain space, and I enjoy reading his insights. I hope he has a smooth transition to the new url and he gets some Google love!
- People often ask me my opinion on ccTLD investments and foreign language .com investments. I think there is a market for ccTLD domain names (obviously), but I don’t think I own very many, aside from the repurposed TLDs that are generic. I own a few non-English ccTLDs, but I haven’t made much money from them. I stick to what I know, and that would be English keyword .com domain names, but I do think there’s probably money to be made in those verticals. Not for me though.
- As you can see on the right sidebar, Dots.com is coming up for auction. It was previously a clothing company, and Hilco Streambank is auctioning it. Bids are due May 6 with an auction scheduled for May 8. Assets include trademarks, domain names and customer list. If this is of interest to you, check out the bid sheet and/or contact Jack Hazan at Hilco Streambank.
- I got the new Twitter profile late last week, and I just updated my account with the new profile. The new Twitter profile graphic dimensions are 1500 pixels wide x 500 pixels high for the header graphic and 400 pixels high x 400 pixels wide for the photo avatar graphic. I think the new layouts look pretty sleek.
- Some people are critical when they see the same topic covered on several domain blogs, even if it seems clear both articles were being written at the same time. It also seems some people are critical when a blog doesn’t cover a topic, even if it’s being extensively covered elsewhere. You can’t win! I try to cover topics of interest to me and topics that will impact my business. Sometimes I deviate, but I don’t want to write about things that aren’t interesting to me or won’t impact my business. I can also cover things I know about, and I am not going to write an article based on what someone else blogged about because it’s not fair to them. If you have something that you think would benefit other domain investors by sharing, please contact me.
- Always check the spelling on your backorders! If you see a great keyword domain name and it has fewer than expected bids (ie 25 bids when it should have 250 bids), double check the spelling! There have been many times I’ve been in an auction, especially because of a last minute backorder, only to realize it’s a typo!
- I registered for the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I will share more details tomorrow, but I will be biking 47 miles in a day in August and I am super excited to participate. I did a 70 mile bike ride a few years ago, so I am more concerned about the fundraising aspect than the actual ride.