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When new to domaining, there can often be a tendency to emotionally bid and buy expired domain names.

If familiar with expired domain auctions, specifically the GoDaddy aftermarket platform, then it’s likely you’ve been tempted to purchase closeout or buy-it-now domains for cheap.

You peruse the list and spot a desirable expired domain name that looks too good to be true.

You question yourself. How did this domain manage to slip through the cracks and off the radar of daily domain bidders in expired auction without a single bid?

The stars must have aligned for this expired domain and I to be united sings the voices in your head.

You buy the expired domain name thinking of the massive returns you’ll soon realize by developing or flipping.

Truth be told, we all have likely been down the path only to drop and not renew those domain gems we thought to have made us a fortune.

Don’t lose hope though. Today, I’m sharing with you a bit of insight to help you spot trending expiring domains that are undervalued. Continue reading

Maybe he meant for this title to read 460 or 46 .com domains hand registered instead of 4,600.

No I didn’t. The title is not a typo. It’s as real as a $2 bill, and the person that regged 4,600 domains is Ali Zandi.

You’ve likely encountered or heard of Ali by way of NamePros, DomainSherpa, or simply ZandiBot, now forwarding to StarFireHoldings.com.

I personally don’t know Ali, but from what I can tell, he’s a good hearted, high-energy, optimistic and opportunistic type a guy.

In his latest news, he’s shaken and stirred up quite a conversation over at TheDomains.com.

Why would someone hand register 4,600? After all, haven’t ALL the good domain names been long registered since the mid to late 90’s? Continue reading

I often field emails and phone calls from persons wanting to break into the vast world of domain investing.

Some think it’s a business where they’ll be the ones to purchase a domain on Monday for pennies on the dollar and then flip it for thousands or millions by Friday.

I call this person the simpleton domain loser. Yes, I was once this person.

Without adequate understanding and comprehension of the various domain niches, they think it is just as simple as hand registering domains or bidding up expired domain auctions.

If you want to lose money quickly, then domain investing is one of many ways to lose your job, shirt, house, and car.

Domain investing is a precise game of patience and thorough understanding of supply and demand economics.

So, where did I go wrong? Continue reading

Over the last few weeks, Rick Schwartz has fallen beyond head over heels in love with Twitter.

While his blog has long been silent without new posts, there is no commentary shortage via his @DomainKing Twitter account.

Of course, I follow Rick’s antics, thoughts, spats and other rare dispositions as they relate to business and domaining. The following tweet captured my attention and spawned this very post.

As I delve into the commentary of replies and rebuttals from Rick’s statement, I came across an intriguing back-and-forth between Rick and Elliot Silver (@DInvesting / DomainInvesting.com).

Elliot’s question got me thinking about what it would be like to have no domain investing experience and start from ground zero today.

After all, all the good domains are taken, right? I mean, is it really possible to purchase domains at hand-registration fee or up to $2,500, and sell the domains for $100K+?

The short answers are “No” and “Yes” respectively.

It is very possible to purchase domains at hand-registration fee or up to $2,500 TODAY, and sell the domains for $100K+ DECADES later.

But how, and how can you make such a claim?  Well, that’s what we’re here to debate. Continue reading

About 5-6 years ago, I agreed to work with a gentleman here in Austin to develop a website. For my time in developing the website and since he owned the domain, we agreed to split the advertising revenue.

At the end of our 2-year agreement, the same gentleman had a fallen out with mutual business partners about another website we operated. It was a pretty bad fallen out too, involving legal and lawsuits.

Allegedly, this gentleman had possession of a domain that was personally not his. He forced the company to purchase another domain name because he held the old name ransom.

Well, some time passed and cooler heads prevailed. The old domain was transferred to the company after some tough negotiations.

Not too long after this, I approached the gentleman with an offer about buying the domain that I had developed a website for years prior.

The domain was no longer being used, so I thought I had a decent shot at getting the domain at a reasonable price. Continue reading

And so the question goes…

Is redirecting expired domains really worth my time and money?

Okay, so you’ve successfully completed your expired domains homework, checking off the following boxes:

Now that your thorough research is complete, bids placed, expired domain auctions won and successfully transferred to your account, I’m certain you’re wondering what to do next, right?

Can you really boost traffic and search rankings using, more specifically redirecting, expired domains?

expired-domains-auction-dreamWhat if I told you that you could increase your web traffic by double redirecting expired domains?

Before I answer that question with a YES, hopefully, you gave a bit of thought to how you would use expired domains long before you got all starry eyed and in love with your precious new found gems of domains.

You did give thought and draft a plan before bidding on expired domains in auction, right? Continue reading

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to catch up a few articles as it pertains to SEO.

One of the articles really isn’t an article as much as it is a tutorial video. I’m not certain it’s a tutorial video either as much as it is a knowledge share.

Nevertheless, the knowledge share is by Rand Fishkin. If you’re not familiar with Rand, his background and expertise as owner and founder of Moz.com, then you’re missing out on value-add content that’s applicable to growing your business.

Each Friday, Rand randomly chooses a topic to share and expound upon for the search marketing and business world to gain greater insight about. He shares by way of video called Whiteboard Friday.

If you don’t subscribe, then you ought to going forward. You’re missing out on a lot by not subscribing.

In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, Rand talks about one of the most imperative a decision a business makes about it’s digital presence: selecting a domain name.

Whether good, bad, or plain jane ugly results, you’ll live with the consequences of the selected domain name for your business. Continue reading



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