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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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11 Apr 2009 Selling Domains
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Selling Domains

The best ways to sell a domain

The best way to sell a domain depends mainly on the intentions of the domain owner. If you want quick cash you will have to be preapred to sell below a fair value, if you have lots of time then you can wait for someone who might be dependent on your name and spend a lot more than its realistic value might be.

As domainers are usually growing their portfolios they will have to judge if a certain price offer justifies a sale (maybe just because the proceeds can be used for another cheap purchase). In general your actions should enhance your overall portfolio value.  Try to get a good balance between selling many domains and a high sales price

Options for selling domains

  • Domain auction
  • Domain broker
  • Domain forum
  • Domain marketplace
  • Offering to potential buyers
  • Waiting for an offer

In our section how to sell a domain we will go through the options and also let you know how to find potential buyers and give you a tip on how to set the correct price for your domain.

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05 Apr 2009 Buying Domains
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Buying Domains

The best ways to purchase a domain

Getting your desired domain(s) can be a challenging task. In contrast to just registering an available domain you will have to be prepared to spend a lot more money. The current owner can set his price just as he desires. Sometimes you will be able to get nice bargains in other cases the owners might only sell well above a realistic price. So where can you find domains to purchase?

Options for buying domains

  • Contact current owner (by email or phone, check the whois for his details)
  • Domain auction (at conferences or marketplaces)
  • Domain broker
  • Domain forum
  • Domain marketplace (such as Sedo)
  • Drop catching (expired or deleted domains)

Before placing a bid for a domain think of the purpose that the domain will be used for. This can be helpful for finding the price you are prepared to spend.

Purpose of the domain you want to buy 

  • Domain development (Justifies price above market value)
  • Domain flipping (Has to be a bargain unless you already have a buyer at a higher price)
  • Domain investment (Has to have a fair price with long term upside potential)
  • Domain parking (Has to have enough traffic)
  • Resale (Has to be priced cheap)

Find out more about the options and purposes as well as about risks associated with buying domains and the 7 domain types in our how to buy a domain name section.

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03 Apr 2009 Registering Domains
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Registering Domains

The best ways to register a domain

When it comes to building a domain portfolio it makes sense to plan your approach. As every domain costs a certain registration fee that can vary a lot it is recommended to compare prices carefully. Remember even just a few cents more or less can add up to a large sum once the number of domains you own grows. Also domain owners might want to reconsider if there aren’t any cheaper options out there.

Having said that pricing is only one factor when it comes to deciding where to register your domains.  You will want your domains to be safe and the services that registrars offer in their pricing scheme often differ a lot.

Get more tips in our new how to register a domain section.

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