Monthly Archives: July 2010

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:

Hooked on Audible

I’ve had an membership for a couple of years, plus the additional promo credits my mom dumps in to my account periodically (she’s on the board of her local library).

Recent purchases in the last couple of months:

Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
If you have EVER enjoyed anything with Anthony Bourdain, from Kitchen Confidential to No Reservations on TLC, stop reading this and go get it. Bonus, Anthony Bourdain narrates.

Shop Class as Soulcraft – Matthew B. Crawford
Had a difficult time getting in to it originally, but wasn’t the book’s fault – too many work interruptions. Giving it another go soon.

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead – Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen
On a recommendation, in my listen queue.

Linchpin – Seth Godin
I go back and forth on Godin. The Dip has been a mainstay in my decision making. Linchpin has often been a description of me in my work responsibilities. Worth a read listen.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis
Wasn’t overly impressed. Lewis is an entertaining read, but get The Greatest Trade Ever by Gregory Zuckerman instead. I’m assuming the narration of Zuckerman’s book is acceptable, I read the print version.

Rework – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
I hate to say “The New Era of Business” but I appreciate the moxy of Jason Fried and the rest of the 37 Signals gang. Focus on your product and make it the best it can be. Don’t listen to your users for feature request as you’ll weaken your core (nutshell summary). The bigger message is eat your own dog food and keep yourself nimble.

Emergency – Neil Strauss
I can’t recommend this one enough. The author (and narrator) originally set out to get a second passport and went down the rabbit hole of survivalism. The way the story turns out will surprise you. I purchased the print version on release and just had to get the audio version.

I’m always open to recommendations as I’m typically sitting on a few credits every month. Fire away in the comments.

All links are non-affililate links.

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.