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Points to consider before buying domains

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by jack_nicholsan, Sep 6, 2010.

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  1. jack_nicholsan

    jack_nicholsan Registered Member

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    Hello guys

    I am thinking of buying 3~4 domains? I have no intentions of creating a websites over these domains. Just want to resell them after some time.

    I have got 2 questions

    1) What points should I consider before buying a domian? Like for how long should I register, (any other points cos I am a newbie)


    2) How can I make profits from domain selling??
     
  2. varundbest

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    Broad and precious niche.
    Good keyword in domain.
    Try not to have a lengthy domain or any "-".
    Prefer .com extension.
     
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    jack_nicholsan Registered Member

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    Thanks m8. Was browsing DP forum and the users were gone mad after ".co " domains. I don't think that's the case is here
     
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    let them, I wont bother about .co till I see any site ranking with it in google.

     
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    If you're talking about hand registrations, the list of things to factor in is much shorter.

    If you're talking about acquiring existing names in hopes of flipping them, that's more to think about.

    For hand reg's, like said before, good niche. Easy to remember and/or pronounce and/or short. Yes, com/net/org are the shiznit, but a lesser TLD can still turn...some ccTLD's are pure ghetto while others are not as bad. Yeah the goog and others might give an extra point or two to names that have been registered for more than one year, but that's just one or few points in their overall scoring system. I don't think potential buyers really look much at the length of the existing reg. I'd buy them from the cheapest reputable registrar you can find, cheapest because you want to minimize your overhead and reputable because there are some crap registrars out there, and if you use a reputable one the push to a buyer will be less difficult.

    If you're talking about acquiring an existing name that's a whole other barrel of monkeys. You have to look at its history, whether it's ever been goog banned, used for spam or malware, other shite like that...existing names can have interesting histories, and sometimes they can be diamonds in the rough with their lifespan, but sometimes they can be turds waiting to boomerang on you.

    Either way, whatever names you end up with, if you're trying to flip them, you're best off putting *something* on them. Doesn't have to be big at all, then SEO and drive traffic to them. List them on multiple aftermarket sites for sale. But don't put the cart before the horse too much - get some decent names first, then proceed to try to flip them.

    peace - gregs.
     
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    jack_nicholsan Registered Member

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    Thank you Very Much. :D Cleared quite a few thoughts. But still stuck with some problems. Pls see.

    Just a noob question>>> By hand registration "did u mean the brand new domain"??

    How can I find "cheapest reputable registrar"?

    How can I confirm that the domain has never been goog banned or used for Spam?
     
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    Glad to help. Answers to your q's:

    yeah, hand reg = "new domain" - reason I put rabbit ears around "new domain" is a hand reg can be either a name that has never been registered before, or a name that was registered and dropped at some point and is now available again for registration

    I will save q2 for last because it is such a "hot topic"....

    On the history of a domain and its previous usages e.g. spam, malware, goog bans etc. - If you are looking at buying a "previously-owned" name (e.g. from an aftermarket, flippa, tdnam, whatever), it's a good practice to do a basic background check. Some things to check:

    - look it up on archive.org and look at some of the screenshots in the wayback machine there - what did it used to look like? What was the content about? what language was it in?

    - goog it - look at the backlinks - those will often tell you the niche, and sometimes indicate if a name was a filesharing site, porn, malware, splog, etc.; if you see a lot of spam complaints or complaints from customers of the site, that's at least a yellow flag

    Those are a couple quick and dirty tests. There are others.

    On the issue of registrars, there are tonnes of recommendations, reviews, complaints and stuff here in the bhw domain name forum. I don't recommend using a reseller (be they a godaddy reseller or a company whose tertiary interests are domain names e.g. yahoo). I also don't recommend 1&1 based on some bad experiences.

    I don't have problems with enom, namecheap, godaddy, or a few others. internet dot bs gets good marks too. Just do some research, read around here, and read a bit on other forums (like namepros or like that).

    peace - gregs.
     
  8. pirondi

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    There is only one point: number of searches.

    Why someone will buy a domain that dont have searches ?

    But if you will try to do this manually forget,there are tons of people using software just to buy the gold domains,so is better that you try to found some automated method of research domain than try to compete with Experienced marketers with tons of software.