27 Okt 2009 Domain Development
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Domain Development Strategies

Once you have a bunch of domains you will find out that parking your domains might not make you as much money as you thought. The only way to increase visitors and possibly the revenue is by building your own websites. There are several domain development companies offering their help and also individuals are offering their services on forums, but costs can add up. So decide wisely how much you want to outsource and how much you can do on your own. 
If you intend to do everything by yourself you will need hosting for your domains (from around $6/month), a Web designing software (like Dreanmweaver or build your sites using WordPress for free), possibly templates (if can’t design them by yourself), content (that has to be well researched) and advertising (to earn cash).
It is recommended to choose a niche that doesn’t have much competition so you can get a good ranking within search engines.
Details on the process of domain development can be found in our how to develop a domain section.

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14 Jun 2009 Domaining Conferences
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Domaining Conferences

Domain Industry Events and Meetings

Attending domaining conferences is the best place to find domaining contacts. And remember it should be one of your main tasks to learn as much as possible about the business as possible. As it will not be easy to develop all your strategies from the scratch it is always great to have other people pass on some of their knowledge.
Domaining conferences seem be an expensive way to start your domaining business, but after all it might help to avoid an even more costly experience. And usually domaining conferences are a lot of fun with parties as well. 
Most domaining events are in the US, but you can also find one closer to you if you life somewhere else.  The first domaining meeting dates back to 2004 when the most popular traffic conference started its operation. 
In our other section you can find out more on domain conferences with an extensive listing of the next events. If you are setting up a conference and are not included in the listing  or want to change dates etc. please make a post and I will add your details.

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20 Mai 2009 Available Domains
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Available Domains

Guide to Finding Available Domains

It is probably the hardest domainer task of all to find unregistered domains that can be registered for the normal registration fee.

The good part there are still plenty of valuable domains that you can pick up, but you will have to be creative. You wont be able to find available good dictionary words in most TLDs. You will have to come up with keyword combinations or look out for new opportunities. Local ccTLDs (like .es) often still have quite good names available. Another possibility is to look for new TLDs, but be aware many of those can be a waste of money.
But surely the best way is to gain knowledge and discover techniques to come up with valuable available domains. More on the topic is in our how to find available domains section.

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08 Mai 2009 Evaluate Domains
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Evaluate Domains

Domain Valuation Guidelines

One of the hardest tasks in the domain business is to calculate a fair valuation of a domain. Several factors increase or decrease the value of a domain but there is no way on earth to find an exact value of a domain. One can see that some domains change hands very quickly and sometimes the premium can be 50% or more. Of course the fair price did not change so fast it was just that a new buyer was prepared to pay that higher price.

Take into account that domain appraisals from respected companies can differ by a huge margin, because they might use different methods to determine a fair price. The single most factor one can look at are the prices for which similar domains have changed hands in the past.

Other important valuation factors are

  • Extensions (TLDs, is it a .com or something else?)
  • Potential for development
  • Traffic (number of visitors)

Further 32 factors can be found in the section how to evaluate and find a fair price for a domain.

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17 Apr 2009 Park Domains
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Park Domains

Domain Parking Strategies

In order to generate some cash it is recommended to park all of your domains that are currently not used in any other way (e.g. developed). You should compare results of different parking companies carefully as results can vary hugely. Optimizing (changing keywords, categories etc.) the domains with the most traffic is another task that should be on top of your task list to increase revenue.

My thoughts on the future of domain parking, disadvantages and the basics can be found in our new section how to park a domain name.

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