Category Archives: Domain Names

21 Geo-Social Media Domains You Can Register Today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some unregistered domains your can get your grubby little domaining mitts on.

Here’s 21 {geo}socialmedia.com domains you can register today:

alabamasocialmedia.com
alaskasocialmedia.com
arlingtonsocialmedia.com
honolulusocialmedia.com
illinoissocialmedia.com
kansassocialmedia.com
longbeachsocialmedia.com
louisianasocialmedia.com
mississippisocialmedia.com
mspsocialmedia.com
nevadasocialmedia.com
newhampshiresocialmedia.com
nolasocialmedia.com
northdakotasocialmedia.com
oklahomacitysocialmedia.com
renosocialmedia.com
rhodeislandsocialmedia.com
southcarolinasocialmedia.com
tahoesocialmedia.com
westvirginiasocialmedia.com
wyomingsocialmedia.com

Have at ’em.

25 Tourism .ORG Domains

I like tourism sites. Often times, a quick development process with a small bit of research can result in site that has a relatively low-effort revenue stream or site that is easily flippable on the developed site market. .Org sites are often lucrative in this market as many states and tourist destinations have based “official” sites off of the .org extension.

Here are 25 sites currently available for registration including 15 State sites. Go get ’em:

travelkentucky.org
travelmissouri.org
travelsouthdakota.org
travelpennsylvania.org
travelnewhampshire.org
travelvermont.org
travelgeorgia.org
travelarkansas.org
travelkansas.org
travelmississippi.org
traveloklahoma.org
travelmaryland.org
travelnorthdakota.org
travellouisiana.org
traveldelaware.org
visitchesapeake.org
visitmesa.org
visitwinston.org
visitwinstonsalem.org
visitsantaana.org
visitgreensboro.org
visitgarland.org
visitarlington.org
visityonkers.org
visitstpaul.org

What happened to my domaining?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything meaningful on any subject, let alone domaining. So where am I?

At one time, I would have categorized myself as a semi-pro domainer. At my peak, I owned around 2300 domains and was earning a healthy multiple in revenue – primarily from parking. The bulk of my holdings were one and two word dictionary terms, short and brandable names, and quite a few that centered around my areas of expertise.

I was in a classic 80-20 situation with 80% of my revenues coming from about 20% of my domains (actually closer to 12%).

In 2008, I started getting the sense that the shit was going to hit the fan with the economy. No real knowledge other than a gut feeling; inquiries to buy domains were down dramatically, I had relatives who thought they’d hit the lottery with real estate valuations – including a couple who succumbed to refinancing and taking out some profits on the valuation increases (yeah, they got burned). Things just didn’t add up.

Having a career I enjoy on most days, running the web development side of a small ad agency, I started thinking that stock piling some liquidity might be a pretty solid investment for in the near term. And seriously, trying to manage that many domains on evenings and weekends with two toddlers running around is not an easy task without serious automation. A chance conversation on a golf course led to an offer to acquire roughly 90% of my domains in a deal that closed in October 2008. If I had a crystal ball, I couldn’t have picked a better time to unload.

I now hold about 165 domains and plan on whittling down the list to around 100 by the end of the year. In the transaction, I held back about 30 of my top performing names and have started to enjoy the profits rather than continuous reinvestment. I’ve also spent time on some of my sentimental domains, developing the sites around them I envisioned when I purchased them in the first place.

I still think domaining is a solid investment, but you’ve got to hustle.

p.s. I promise to blog more, including publishing my available-to-register domain lists which were fairly popular.

13 Wine-related Domains

13 Wine-related domains you can register today, fresh off the drop:

naparidgewine.com
sonomawineguys.com
freewineclub.com
newlinewines.com
montagewines.com
americanwineco.com
bigbearwine.com
buckheadwinery.com
cimarronwines.com
classicrockwine.com
dancingbearwine.com
featuredwinery.com
winedorknyc.com

Auctioning Domains at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley

I was just notified that I have 8 domains that made the cut at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley domain auction taking place April 27-30.

My domains up for bid in the extended auction:
beatwriter.com
brandingtips.com
cheapskills.com
companyseminar.com
greekseasonings.com
lowerincome.com
minutetrainer.com
theconvergency.com

If there is any interested parties who may be interested in bidding on these, please drop me a note. If I can confirm 2 or more potential bidders, I can possibly get these promoted to the live auction.

MMA Fans: 2 Domains You Can Register Today

Recently dropped and available for registration:
MMASTOPS.COM
FIGHTRUMORS.COM

Both domains appear to have clean registration histories and could give you a valuable/logical two word combo domain name in the hot MMA (mixed martial arts) space. MMAStops.com see a valuable future either as a calendar displaying future events or a video library of submission moves. FightRumors.com could see a nice life speculating about upcoming match-ups.

Go get ’em fight fans.

29 .com Recruiting Domains

29 .com Recruiting domains available for registration at the time of this publication.

DETROITRECRUITING.COM
ATLRECRUITING.COM
NEWHAMPSHIRERECRUITING.COM
SANFRANRECRUITING.COM
HAWAIIRECRUITING.COM
IDAHORECRUITING.COM
CONNECTICUTRECRUITING.COM
WYOMINGRECRUITING.COM
RHODEISLANDRECRUITING.COM
WASHINGTONDCRECRUITING.COM
KANSASCITYRECRUITING.COM
OAKLANDRECRUITING.COM
COLORADOSPRINGSRECRUITING.COM
MSPRECRUITING.COM
NOLARECRUITING.COM
KANSASRECRUITING.COM
DELAWARERECRUITING.COM
SOUTHDAKOTARECRUITING.COM
RENORECRUITING.COM
TAHOERECRUITING.COM
SANANTONIORECRUITING.COM
DESMOINESRECRUITING.COM
OKLAHOMACITYRECRUITING.COM
COLORADORECRUITING.COM
ORANGECOUNTYRECRUITING.COM
NORTHDAKOTARECRUITING.COM
OKLAHOMARECRUITING.COM
MONTANARECRUITING.COM
ALASKARECRUITING.COM

Expiring Domains for Sale

Thinning out some domains. $25 each via Paypal (shartley[[at]]gmail[[.]]com) and I’ll get you the auth code to initiate a transfer. If the domain has expired and still within my basic-fee redemption period, add $10 to the Paypal and I’ll renew it prior to transfer (which will in effect give you a 2 year registration).

MINIFOOTBALL.NET, 2008-07-09
OMAHALAWFIRM.COM, 2008-07-11
COFFEEROASTING.ORG, 2008-07-15
GOLFSHIRTGUY.COM, 2008-07-16
MCCORMACKSOMAHA.COM, 2008-07-18
ACCESSOMAHA.ORG, 2008-07-21
PROPAPILLION.COM, 2008-07-22
FANTASYFOOTBALLWIRE.COM, 2008-07-26
VISITOMAHA.NET, 2008-07-27
FREEFOOTBALLPICKS.WS, 2008-08-04
MYFREEFOOTBALLPICKS.COM, 2008-08-04
ALLNATURALSTEAK.COM, 2008-08-07
ORDINARYGOLFER.COM, 2008-08-07
PROFOOTBALLEDGE.COM, 2008-08-07
FROMDENVER.COM, 2008-08-10
STEAKEXPERTS.COM, 2008-08-10
KLJLAQ.COM, 2008-09-12
PROPAPILLION.ORG, 2008-09-27
BEANSCOFFEESTOP.COM, 2008-09-28
CONVERGENCY.INFO, 2008-10-12

Domains should be assumed to have little to no parking revenue in the last 6 months although a few of these have had minor returns.

Sahar Says…

In response to the DomainBits, Sahar Sarid, follows up on his blog – Conceptualist:

There are many new blogs out there, many who are quick to give advice without “walking the walk”. My only advice here to readers is to pay close attention who the advice is coming from. It is, in my humble opinion, more important than the advice itself.

There is no doubt that I am one of the – if not THE ONE – head-scratchers on the list to which he is referring. Cool, I’m down with that. I’ve never met Sahar, in fact other than a couple local folks who dabble in the trade and the odd email/comment with other well-known domainers, I really don’t participate in the online conversation about the industry all that often. Hell, there are very few domain blogs that even link to me. In fact, as he was writing my name and linking to this side, he was probably thinking to himself “Who the fuck is this guy?”

I don’t make a living purely from domaining, but it does add a little residual income to the mix. I’m far more interested in advertising/marketing, content, and just running my ever-growing web dev shop at my agency. Domaining to me is a hobby. Of course, had I not foolishly turned down a $100k offer on a brandable domain before the bubble burst, I might be singing a different story. But I digress.

I’m not calling Sahar out because he doesn’t know me, in fact his point about knowing where the advice is coming from is absolutely 100% true, in domaining, and in just about everything. So, don’t take my word for it, get out there and start doing it.

Start small and make mistakes and learn from them. You’ll learn far more from making mistakes than you will from the ‘advice’ you read on blogs because what works for one, might not work for another.