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Exact Match Domain Name Flipping Question(s)

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by LaidWayBack, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. LaidWayBack

    LaidWayBack Newbie

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    Hello all, this is my first post here on BHW, and I have a couple of questions regarding the flipping of exact match domain names.

    Basically, my idea is to flip exact match domain names, primarily targeting keywords that are a product name, some of which may even have "buy" as the first word.

    My question is, do any of you out there who have experience with domain flipping think that I could turn this into a profitable business?

    I am basing my purchases on exact search volume, looking at global monthly exact match search volume, and US monthly exact match search volume.

    So for example, let's say I get a domain name that has 6,600 global monthly exact match search volume, what do you think it would sell for, realistically, if anything?

    I'm not expecting to make millions, I would be happy even I could purchase these regularly and sell them for around $50 a pop.

    Another question I have is, what would my overhead be for a single domain sell transaction, over than the actual cost of me purchasing the domain name?

    For instance, I'm quite sure the domain transfer fees would have to be paid by the buyer, but what other fees would be involved? You can also disregard PayPal transaction fees.

    Also, I'm not limited in selling on flippa - I was actually thinking of creating my own website to list and facilitate transfers. In that case, I would have to protect myself against chargebacks, e.g. some So-and-so buys a domain from me, waits for the transfer to complete, and then files a PayPal, or funding institution based chargeback. Any information on how I can protect myself against this?

    If I did go through flippa, what would the overhead be for flipping a single domain? I'm not really interested in domain appraisal - I want to sell the domains strictly based on exact match monthly search volume.

    Thoughts? Answers?

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. kvmcable

    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    https://flippa.com/pricing

    Includes the price for flipping domains.

    Your method would have worked great in 2008, it's will not work today. EMDs don't carry the SEO weight they did 5 years ago. Study the top 10 ranking sites for one of your EMDs and you'll find most of the sites aren't using an EMD from a different TLD. They are using subdomains or category pages to gain URL benefit which is very close to EMD benefit.

    I don't advise your business idea as you have it planned.
     
  3. LaidWayBack

    LaidWayBack Newbie

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    I understand your reasoning and appreciate your honesty, however, I'm not planning on using different TLDs, would that change your outlook at all?
     
  4. dcuthbert

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    I did this a while ago before EMD's were devalued, but it wasn't very successful. I tried two ways:
    1. Listing each domain on Flippa
    2. Listing the occasional domain on Flippa, and set up a website with a list of all domains for sale. I would then direct Flippa buyers to my website to hopefully buy more - which they did sometimes.

    The problem with each method was:
    1. Unless I got a really great domain, I was only just making a profit once I paid Flippa's fees etc.
    2. To hold buyers' interest I needed quite a few domains, which meant a fairly significant outlay, and generally buyers wouldn't buy another domain, or if they did it would be one. Looking back I wish I had used this to build an email list of buyers, but I didn't think about that at the time :(

    I tried listing them on DP instead of Flippa, but everyone there was just lowballing, they would barely cover reg fee.

    In the end when the Penguin/Panda updates hit the sales dried up, and I ended up having to sell off the remaining domains for pennies so I barely broke even.

    This will work if you have a supply of short (eg two word) .com EMD's which are buying keywords and have good monthly searches. If the domain is longer than 2-3 words, forget it. EMD .net and .org (and other extensions) are also less popular. If you have a good supply then go for it, but Micro Niche sellers generally saturated the market so they're harder to find (unless you're picking up expired ones)
     
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  5. GamingOn

    GamingOn Junior Member

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    Yahoo EMD are still as good as gold. Google still good just like silver. :D

    ^_^

    Check yahoo tons of EMD in top ten rankings... Also I know many .com EMD's that are still in top ranking for buydietpills.om (the name of a diet pill there) and that is how it works it still works some people just don't think so.:D