Is H1N1 A Domainers Dream? It is for me!

So as many of you know (or maybe don’t know) I’ve made a good amount of money monetizing trends. One of the biggest trends I cashed-in on is the “Stimulus Check” trend with a few simple MiniSites that made thousands of dollars. Since then I’ve been doing my best to spot trends and monetize them and if there is one trend I can see coming at me like a freight train it’s H1N1 – or the Swine Flu as we so gracefully call it.

H1N1 hysteria is now in full force to the tune of 673,000 Google searches/month and 74,000 searches for both “H1N1 a” and “H1N1 virus”. So I’ve been on the look-out for some good domains that could, with a little tweaking, make me some nice trend-domaining cash.

What I’ve learned most about trend Domaining over the past two years is that TLD doesn’t matter. In fact I found that my .us and .info’s made more than my .com’s! What mattered was the site that you built and the text you had on the site. Oh – and of course some good anchor text on sites like EZineArticles or Helium doesn’t hurt (am I giving-away too much strategy here…)

So tonight I bought and – like I said – TLD doesn’t matter to me when it comes to monetization! Will either of these domains be another money-maker for me? We’ll see – I’m going to whip-up some of my trend-domaining MiniSites tomorrow and we’re off to the races!

{ 27 comments… add one }

  • Chef Patrick October 22, 2009, 9:19 pm

    I have a good friend that makes $5-$25 a day with these H1N1 domain names.

    Good luck with yours Morgan.

    • Morgan October 22, 2009, 9:20 pm

      Thanks – should be an interesting trend to hop on! Now I just need my H1N1 shot which UCLA Med Center still doesn’t have!!

  • Jason October 22, 2009, 9:34 pm

    I don’t eat pork, so I don’t think I need to worry about H1N1 domain names… are you going to throw adsense at these names?

  • Bruce Marler October 22, 2009, 10:57 pm

    Good luck Morgan. This is going to be a solid trend for a good time to come. Good pick up, with proper content and SEO it doesnt matter what extension you are working with . Smart move.

  • mike October 22, 2009, 11:55 pm

    good writeup… just saw a good name at snapnames

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 7:59 am

      “H1 N1 Flu Virus” only gets about 3,000 searches a month – so while it sounds good – it doesn’t compare to those keywords getting 50,000+ searches/month

  • Cedrick Reese October 23, 2009, 12:00 am

    I have been trying to get in on this trend for a while and could not find any good names. Today I registered and I also agree that with proper monetization and domain can make some money.

  • J.R. Jackson (Internet's $8-Million Man) October 23, 2009, 1:42 am

    Maybe I will buy the domain h1n2 and get a jump on the next government created virus – lol


  • Chris October 23, 2009, 2:59 am

    Anyone want to buy Email me..

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 7:59 am

      Nice! Over 49,000 searches for this last month. How much money are you making with it? Since I already have two terms with higher search volume I’ll buy it only if it’s making money 🙂

  • Stephen Douglas October 23, 2009, 5:07 am

    Morgan, shame shame shame! Trying to make money on suffering of others. You’re like a… a… HMO! Or even a doctor, or hospital, or drug company. These people, they’re like parasites profiting from the pain of others. I’ve even heard that many companies make profits from the fact we have to eat. They charge money for FOOD!!!

    Me, I won’t deal in buying domains based on human suffering, unless of course the domain is valuable. Am I selling my soul? I hope not.

    HEPAMASK.COM is rocking very well right now in flu season. Shame shame on me! And those antibacterial domains are are flying out the window in sales!

    good story bro

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 7:57 am

      Haha – thanks Stephen and shame on your too! To be fair – not making money on suffering – if the site has useful information that helps people get the information they need then it’s actually helping people!

  • Michael October 23, 2009, 5:53 am

    I’ve tried this in the past with other medical sites for hiv/aids, arthritis and hpv. I just recently let the domains drop because they weren’t getting the success the success I wanted, and I needed to put my focus elsewhere. It will be interesting to see your level of success with these sites.

    good luck.

  • bruce J tedeschi October 23, 2009, 6:03 am

    I have ton, wanta sell ’em?

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 7:57 am

      How much are they making? Trend-Domaining is all about revenue!

  • Mike K October 23, 2009, 6:59 am

    I tried to have fun with it with
    I’m not making any money but I think it’s fun. Any suggestions would be welcome.

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 7:56 am

      Mike – the problem with that name is that “Online Flue Vaccine” gets almost no search traffic – less than 100 searches a month on Google. “H1N1A” gets 74,000 which is why I bought – my focus with trend-domaining is search volume.

  • Cliff Jones October 23, 2009, 8:00 am

    I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to respond to one of your postings as I’m subscribed to

    I own the following domains and they are for sale:

    As you say these are quite an oppurtunity at this point in time especially as the org is related to medical.

    I can be reached at cjones(at)

  • TechFilipino October 23, 2009, 9:47 am

    It’s a good and interesting concept, I’ve just started to capitalize on this. It’s a win win situation, visitor gets the information and we get paid for it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong, unless, of course, you provide the wrong info lol.

  • Cheino October 23, 2009, 5:20 pm

    No excuse can change that universal law:
    “Don`t build your luck on others unluck”
    Sorry if I disturbed

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 6:22 pm

      I think you might be confused – I am building a site with 100% factual information that will actually help people learn more about the flu. With so many junky sites online about H1N1 I hope to be able to provide valuable information to people. All of my data comes directly from the CDC.

      Look at Hospitals – they are some of the most lucrative businesses out there…if they didn’t make money, they wouldn’t exist. You wouldn’t scorn the CEO of a hospital for running a great hospital would you? My sites are information and help people – I would never trick anyone or lead someone in the wrong direction. The goal here is to help people learn more about the flu and get the best information possible and that’s what it does.

      Please understand that I absolutely love helping people – it’s in my nature – so I think this site is a particularly good fit. I received over 2,000 emails from visitors to me Stimulus Check sites complimenting me on how useful the site was for them. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering and love learning and teaching – that’s what I bring to this business and I hope with each site I make I can help create a valuable resource online.

      Make sense?

  • Minnie Pearl October 23, 2009, 7:34 pm

    nobody searches for the term “h1n1a” despite how many search results google returns (with no advertisers). Therefore OnlineFluVaccine has just as much luck as yours if developed. Maybe even a better shot since it’s a .org and more trusted by google.

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 8:23 pm

      Incorrect – The Google Adwords Keyworld Tool which comes directly from Google shows 74,000 searches for “H1N1A” just last month! According to Google “online flu vaccine” has so few search results they don’t report it which usually means less than 100.

      Also you should read-up on SEO – Google does not care about TLD. I’ve been doing SEO for 15 years so have learned a bit over this time period.

      If you develop and target some good keywords and use some solid anchor text from high-ranking sites you can build-up the traffic over time. Having keywords in the domain with a such a strong search volume like “H1N1A” though is a BIG win!!

      Thanks for your comment and remember – Google doesn’t care about TLD so .org, .us, .com, .info – they’re all equal in the search game!

  • minnie pearl October 23, 2009, 8:46 pm

    In an article you wrote on you website on July 15th 2009 entitled ‘Which TLDs are the best for SEO, you wrote: “Now it should come as no big surprise that search engines do take TLD’s into account when ranking a site – however how much emphasis they put on TLD has always been a mystery, especially when it comes down to our favorite 10,000-pound gorilla – Google.” As for the google keyword tool H1N1A gets no search whether you do a broad or exact. Well, that’s not totally true. It gets searched globally 390 times if you leave it in broad. On the other hand, H1N1 a with a space between gets 74,000 global in broad, but none in exact which you should be using since it is two words at that point.

    • Morgan October 23, 2009, 8:56 pm

      Thanks for all the comments Minnie – I did think back in July that .tv was getting some bad mojo from Google. It turned-out that bad mojo was actually due to the fact that someone had hacked my blog and put spam links in my header!

      As for broad vs. exact with H1N1A the fact that the domain name is itself named H1N1A will pick-up good SEO for both since the search string is in the name itself.

      I didn’t mean to insult your domain – didn’t think it was a terrible name – just for trend Domaining I’ve found that having high search-volume keywords in the URL helps a lot.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Like I’ve always said – whether you have something nice or mean to say I’m happy to post it! I write this blog for my readers so I want to give you all a voice!

  • Ron W. October 25, 2009, 7:11 am

    It’s interesting that Microsoft own the name

  • Ron W. October 25, 2009, 7:24 am

    Microsoft recognizes this too:

    they own the domain name


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