My Last Domain Investing Tip of 2009

2009 is almost over and I thought I should end the year with a final tip on how to make money with domains. This is a tip I’ve been using all year and plan to use significantly more next year. Most likely this will be a major theme in the Domaining world in 2010 and years  to come.

It is time to take a break from PPC and put focus on affliate marketing…but here’s the catch – don’t just use one affiliate program. Sure – you may have experience with one program but it’s easy enough to join two or three and try all of them. No matter what you do make sure you have multiple forms of monetization on your site.

As Domainers become website developers (which is what happened very clearly in 2009) it will take learning how to get the most revenue from your visitors. I’ve found the key to this is providing fresh, original content that actually provides your visitor with what they were looking for and affiliate programs that tie-in closely to the subject-matter of the site. Remember – it’s not about plastering your site with Affiliate banners and links – it’s about building a site that first and foremost is a destination – a site that people visit and find the information they are looking for. Second to this is putting the most relevant affiliate programs you can find so that your visitor hopefully will find something that catches their eye.

At the Affiliate Convention in Los Angeles this year one of the seminars discussed how so many people paid very little attention to their landing pages and just plastered their sites with ads. Put yourself in your visitors shoes – if you found your site after searching for your targeted keywords would you be happy with what you see? Does your site look like a parking page or an actual information site?

So that is my final tip for the year – focus more on affiliate marketing and get comfortable with a few programs to ensure you can provide the most relevant ads to your visitors. The Domaining world has changed dramatically in 2009 with a huge shift towards development. As this trend continues it will be the Domainers that become good Affiliate Marketers that can really make some good money in 2010 and beyond!

Happy New Year everyone and get ready to grab your share of the revenue in 2010 – there’s plenty to go around!

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • DomainShane December 31, 2009, 8:24 pm

    I’ll add one thing. If you are making money selling the affiliates products, just think how much you could make if YOU sold products. The big money is not the salesman but the owner of the company he sells for. That’s where I’m headed.

  • Tim Davids January 1, 2010, 7:01 am

    Big agree…it will be great news when domainers look forward to meeting up at affiliate and SEO conferences instead of domain conferences.

    @shane. Agree here too…category killers rock 🙂

  • PPC Ian January 1, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Excellent post and I couldn’t agree more. I’d like to also point out that I totally see people from the affiliate side getting more interested in domaining. This is actually my personal path. I didn’t really know much about domaining until 2009 and was more focused on the web publishing/content side of things, building a few focused, large sites supported by AdSense and affiliate ads. When I first started reading blogs like yours (in addition to Rick Latona, Arbel Arif, and Teen Domainer), I learned a world of information that has shifted my outlook a bit, placing more emphasis on quantity of sites (and my choice of domain names). In 2010, it’s a big goal of mine to look at the world through the domainer’s lens in additional to my affiliate and corporate SEM background.
    Happy new year!

    • Morgan January 2, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Great point @Ian!

  • Bebs January 7, 2010, 4:17 pm

    this site looks more like “birds of same feathers, flockin’ toget-here.”

    i’d bn siitin’ on my online domain since 2004, until i activated it at the start of 2010…and am now running with domaining idea, henceforth.

    a good friend had just asked me “to check it out”. you “geeses” validate strategy to monetize our ordinary-man-on-the-street affiliates’ “average 66 hrs per month” internet v 3.0 experience.


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