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clueless
03-12-2006, 04:06 PM
Hi everyone, i'm new here. Was wondering if someone could shed some light for me. I'm not rich and was wondering how to go about buying domain names. Not ones that are expireing etc, but just names that havent already been used. Example, say business.com was available and I just parked it for $8.00 at go-daddy. Eventually, just the name would be worth money no?

I've typed in a thousand names I thought would be money making domain names and they were all taken. If I type one in at some point and it happens to be available, is it worth buying it just to park? I'm not a web designer and know nothing about how everyone is going about this game. Thanks for any insight.

Rob............ :confused:

Chris
03-12-2006, 04:15 PM
Is it worth it to buy something that is worth more than what you paid for it? Yes.

Will you find any really good names like business.com? No. You're 10 years too late for the prom for that.

clueless
03-12-2006, 04:22 PM
Thanks Chris, yeah I kinda knew that. I'm just wanting to invest a very small amount of money into something. Not really for a quick turnaround, maybe even long term. How about useing popular american domain names and useing them in spanish or other foreign languages? Am I onto something here or still way behind the times wasteing my own?

Thanks again,
Rob......

Shawn
03-12-2006, 04:30 PM
I'd spend your money elsewhere.

clueless
03-12-2006, 04:32 PM
I'd spend your money elsewhere.


Why do you say that? Why are all of you here?

:confused:

Shyflower
03-12-2006, 06:15 PM
Why do you say that? Why are all of you here?

:confused:
I can't speak for the others, but I am here because this forum is full of successful, professional, and honest business people who can help each other find solutions to real business concerns.

Erin
03-12-2006, 06:37 PM
So you want to be a domain sitter? (Or is that domain squatter?) A lot of people will love you for that.

As a rule the less time and money involved in making a large sum of money, the less the chance of making that money (think the lottery). Thousands of people think the same was you do, and probably the only people making consistent money are the domain registrars.

Are you more open to suggestions for how to make money? Or do you have your heart set on registering a future million-dollar domain name?

clueless
03-12-2006, 07:13 PM
Thanks, I'm all ears ;)

Erin
03-12-2006, 07:23 PM
Well, tell us a bit about yourself--do you have more time or money to invest? Do you have good programming or other web skills? Do you have any particular area of expertise?

The standard and short answer is to set up a content site and put AdSense or YPN ads on it. ;)

clueless
03-12-2006, 07:25 PM
Well, I've typed in about a thousand more names. Everyone was taken. Getting a little frustrated I typed in "thinksmart.com", of course it was taken LOL.

Wont you please advise a tired working man ):

Erin
03-12-2006, 07:34 PM
I guess I misunderstood your response to my questions:
Are you more open to suggestions for how to make money? Or do you have your heart set on registering a future million-dollar domain name?So you are looking for a good domain name? You can check out sedo.com for an idea of what things are in demand and what they are going for.

clueless
03-12-2006, 07:37 PM
Thanks Erin, No I'm not experienced in web design/programming or anything like that. I'm a construction worker turning 36 in 2 weeks with a spine thats seen better days. I shoot photography on the side for a little extra income. As for money to invest, I am limited in that area but could start somehwere I'm sure. Maybe a few hundred dollars tops at the moment.

I was looking at this website called pool. Domain names/websites already built with ads on them etc. Is this what your talking about?

http://www.pool.com/domainsforsale.aspx


Are they worth a small investment? If so, why are they for sale and does one need certain skills to maintain them etc?

Thanks for any insight, what got me curious about this stuff is an article I read on that college kid who started the milliondollarhomepage. It cant be that easy, if it is, I am definitly in the wrong business working way too hard for my dinner.

Rob.............

Erin
03-12-2006, 08:02 PM
Ah, that helps a lot. So you're a beginner. That's okay. So am I compared to some people here. :)

It might make you feel better to hear (an unconfirmed rumor) that the "MDHP" guy hired an $8,000/month publicist to help him get the word out about his site. So he may not have been the Pet Rock guy we thought he was.

pool.com is similar to sedo. I've actually used pool myself, but not sedo. These places are more for pros, so it sounds to me like these places might be end up being a waste of your money. You really need to know what you're doing if you're going to get into this business, especially if you have only a few hundred dollars to commit right now.

But the good news is that you can started for only a few dollars. You mentioned that your spine isn't up to snuff. Sorry to hear that. :( But the good news is that a lot of medical information sites pay really well. If you started a site with good information about your spinal problems, you might be able to get some good traffic and revenue.

On a side note, how did you hear about this forum?

clueless
03-15-2006, 07:32 AM
Thanks and sorry for the delay in getting back. Guess the site was down :eek: .

Well, I stumbled upon the site just browsing around reading different things. I registered 2 domains just for the hell of it. Names I thought were catchy.

contractorchaos.com and logolots.com

I have ideas for both but would need to get a hold of a excellent webmaster. Have one guy in mind locally but hes a pretty busy person. Guess theres only one way to learn in this game, by doing. Thanks!

Who the MPHP guy?

paul
03-15-2006, 11:39 AM
I think that for less than $50.00 you could get hosting and have someone install the free Wordpress blogging software for you. It would not take a lot of effort to learn enough to make postings on your site that way.

Not everyone is aware of the old joke about what are the first three letterrs in contractor and if you wrote and published regular comments about the contracting business I think you would begin to develop some traffic. In any case it would start to bring you up to speed on how the website publishing business works.

You might also look at www.markupandprofit.com for more contractor repated ideas.

Good luck.

FPU
03-15-2006, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone, i'm new here. Was wondering if someone could shed some light for me. I'm not rich and was wondering how to go about buying domain names. Not ones that are expireing etc, but just names that havent already been used. Example, say business.com was available and I just parked it for $8.00 at go-daddy. Eventually, just the name would be worth money no?

I've typed in a thousand names I thought would be money making domain names and they were all taken. If I type one in at some point and it happens to be available, is it worth buying it just to park? I'm not a web designer and know nothing about how everyone is going about this game. Thanks for any insight.

Rob............ :confused:

Well since www.business.com was sold for millions you can do very good if you pick off names cheap and find buyers for big money www.men.com sold for millions too!

clueless
03-16-2006, 04:07 PM
Well, I reg'd a few names for myself and a couple for the hell of it. One being (clear throat) kinky.com in spanish, the other being kinkygirls.com in spanish. Since kinkygirls.com in english just sold for over $20,000, who knows? It was only $7.20 each. Undeveloped of course, but gonna sit on them.

Erin
03-16-2006, 04:12 PM
I think the contractor ideas sound good. If I were you, I'd use wordpress and start writing articles.

Good luck with it. :)

clueless
03-16-2006, 04:22 PM
Thanks Erin, I'm far from a writer I'm afraid. Was just kinda hopeing some lawyer would like it. No? Hmmm..........I dont know to be honest. Got the name from a news clip locally talking about contractors ripping off customers.

What about the spanish names, any thoughts appreciated. Namepros wont help me out there ): But they have been a great group with much insight (:

clueless
03-16-2006, 04:25 PM
http://www.nbc4.tv/investigations/4754093/detail.html

spotmea30
04-13-2006, 09:14 PM
To say all the good names are taken is nonsense (IMHP)...

It all comes down to creativity with domain names (http://goflyasite.com/blog/2006/04/04/are-all-the-good-domain-names-taken/).