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How to sell domains to offline business?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by minimo88, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. minimo88

    minimo88 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    hey bhw,

    This is the first time i have really ever tried something like this and i need some tips on how to do this.

    I am going to buy a domain name and sell it to a local business for profit.

    The problem is that i don't know what to say or how to say it.

    should i just call up the business and say "hey, i am selling a domain would you be interested!" - I know this is the wrong way of doing business.

    So could some of you offline marketing veterans offer some tips to a newbie?

    thanks for any help
    minimo88
     
  2. andreyg13

    andreyg13 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Try contacting Meathead, he maybe could help you out if he is not busy
     
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  3. oxonbeef

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    Asking someone if they are interested is the biggest mistake you can make when selling something. It gives them the option to say NO.
    Selling domains alone will be difficult, You should create sites and rank them then they
    will have more value.
    Not only ranking alone provide stats of traffic.
     
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  4. TheDonald

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    The question is, why would they buy domains from you? Is there some advantage you offer over goddady?
     
  5. ALiveGeek

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    I'm going to play devils advocate here.. Just for fun. Lets say I notice Joe's Print Shop is doing very well and is no longer a one man business. He may be interested in JoesPrintShop (dawt whatever) if I register it he can't and may want to buy it to expand his business online. If I can persuade him he needs a website, that may get his creative juices flowing and make him want his business name

    Its a longshot i know, best i could think of.

    sorry for the domain sillyness, account restrictions n all =\
     
  6. Johnnyfox

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    This post is kind of vague. What exactly are you trying to sell? If you walked into my print shop which is called johnnyfoxes print shop and tried to sell me johnnyfoxes print shop as a domain I may be interested. If you are just selling random domain names you have then you are going to be wasting your time. Offline businesses have no idea of why a domain name is valuable because the majority of them are just concerned with getting asses in the door.

    If you are selling them domains that have their business names in them that are attached to a basic web template that looks (in this example) like a legit print shop site, you may be onto something.

    But if you think you can sell a business owner on the idea of why they need a domain name / website, you are in for a tough lesson. These people just don't care about anything except ringing phones and cash registers clicking. If you can directly show them how buying domain x will get them customers, you are a great salesperson and they will probably be interested....

    that is on the occasion that you can actually get the decision maker to talk to you.

    Just my two cents, I have actually sold several domains to offline businesses, and it was not the easiest thing I have ever done:)

    The ones I have successfully sold were "businessnamedawtcom" and the businesses that bought from me already had a lesser domain name like "citynamebusinessnamedawtnet" you know what I mean?

    Best of luck, Hope I made some sense, been a long week and it's pretty late ;)
     
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  7. minimo88

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    @johnnyfox

    I am going to sell a domain but now i think of it probably a website with some decent seo ranking.

    The domain i had in mind was "printshopcityname.com" that kinda thing if you cathc my drift

    @ALive Geek

    I know that method but i had doubts in my mind because your selling to them a domain similar to thier companys name wouldn't they phone up their lawer or something?
     
  8. ycfme

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    If Joe own's his trademark yur' plan is shot....

     
  9. freened

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    Craigliste is the best ! sure :rolleyes:
     
  10. jinxy71

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    your answer: wikipedia "domain registry of america"
    direct mail is the best idea, but email may work as well if you can design an official landing page. good luck!
     
  11. DamnTees

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    Make sure the name isn't trademarked otherwise registering a domain name and holding it hostage will be a big mistake especially if you physically approach the owner. Usually it is alright to contact people with similar businesses to domains you own just by change ex. I own att.com and there just so happens to be AT&T walking around.
     
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    I just tried something interesting. I searched for available domains in my town and 2 other towns. I typed in root canal dentist city1

    root canal city1
    root canal city2
    root canal city3
    root canal dentist city1
    root canal dentist city2
    root canal dentist city3

    I searched for any top level domians that were open. All 18 were available. If I just concentrated on the orgs for example, I bet I could easily just sell them all to a dentists in my area who does root canals. Up sell him on hosting, seo, and web development. I guess what I am trying to say is just pick a nice keyword and see what happens.
     
  13. macdonjo3

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    Oh yeah.... They are just gonna be throwing the money at you... :S /Sarcasm

    Why do you think it's going to be easy? And why the HELL would they ever want 6 random exact match domains for 3 different cities?
    If it was this simple to make money, I'd have thousands of indians buying those exact match domains and selling these dentists SEO and hosting. Seriously.

    Dentists aren't stupid, they've been in school for longer than everyone in this thread's university time added up.
     
  14. Jeany

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    play with the owner's mind. make them think of the ROI.. ;)
     
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    I feel like the best route here would be is to just try. Yeah dont ask if they are interested. Just tell them how much new business they will get :)
     
  16. liviug

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    This is something I'm currently trying locally.
    Build a site, rank it , get some laser targeted visits for professionals(like dentist, hair artists ....), then rent the page for a monthly fee.
    There was a thread that inspired me.

    The guy was form UK , making 10,000/ month renting those for like 400/ site and he had 3 dentists per/site.
    I think newbies like me have a bigger chance of making money than ad sense.
    Because you can rank some low comp KW and monetize them great.
     
  17. social engineer

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    bit black hat but wasnt there somthing about direct linking a business competitors website onto a domain relating to a company and then explaining to the company that you can get the domain back for $50 - $100
    or you sell the domain of the company to the rival company etc etc

    another one similar having a domain name of a school and have it direct linking to a beastiality site or rape porn site.
     
  18. tcguy

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    Go to conventions where there are auctions for domains...
     
  19. minimo88

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    I am actually trying that now