Offers I’ve Received on My Domains and What I’ve Done to Make it Easier for End-Users to Contact Me

As you know, I’ve been focusing my domain acquisitions over the last six-month on .COM domains. While my per-domain acquisition cost has gone up I have already seen better results when it comes to offers on my names. With my .US domains I can bring-in some nice passive income but offers from end-users have been few and far between.

Most of the .COM domains I am buying are expired names and my top sources are Snapnames and Go Daddy auctions. I have found that the best quality names I’ve found this year have been on Snapnames but Go Daddy auctions does have some gems on there if you take the time to sort through the list. Thanks to an automated tool I had one of my developers create I just get an email with the names that meet my criteria however I still do find myself looking directly on Snapnames and Go Daddy a bit each day just to see if there is anything that jumps-out at me.

I thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the names I’ve received offers on over the past few months. One of the changes I’ve recently instituted on some but not all of my domains is a dedicated landing page that makes it clear that the domain is for sale. You can see this landing page by visiting a number of my domains or just going to LintonInvestmentsDomains.com which is what I have ~300 names forwarding to right now. This is a very new addition for me, however already I’ve seen my offers jump-up a bit so it seems that making it easier for people to make offers does increase the number of offers you get.

I have only included names below that are getting serious offers, all the people trying to buy names for $100 aren’t included as these really are tire kickers so don’t tell much about how desirable a name really is to end-users or investors. Also as I’ve said before I don’t receive a ton of offers on my domains but I have seen an nice incease as my focus has shifted to .COM. Domains with a * next to them have received multiple offers:

CreditCardModification.com

CreditCardAdvisors.com

Kayaking.org*

FixCreditBlog.com

HyperSpaces.com*

DebtEliminationPrograms.com

Bubka.com

SolitarioGratis.com (free solitaire in Spanish)

AutoLiquidators.us

Equinox.us

TrackCredit.com*

Feel free to share some of the names you’ve received offers on below or just share your thoughts! Have you tried using a landing-page to easily allow people to place offers on your domains? I think this makes it easier for end-users who might not know about how to look-up WHOIS information. As usual I’d like to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • tvonthefuzz June 7, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Thats funny, I was thinking about doing the same thing this morning

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  • Mark June 7, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Great idea Morgan.

    For us non-techies, how can we put up a similar inquiry page?

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    • Morgan June 7, 2011, 11:34 pm

      @Mark – shoot me an email at morgan(at)lintoninvestments.com and I’ll help you get one setup for your domains!

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  • Phil June 7, 2011, 7:31 pm

    I have had offers on CheckMyCredit.me & DuiHelp.me recently.

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    • Morgan June 7, 2011, 11:33 pm

      Hi @Phil – I like those, both domains where the .ME really makes sense!

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  • Alexander June 7, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I have also done something like that, a page focusing on getting offers from visitors. Not surprised Morgan received multiple offers. Most buyers prefer a way to quickly and easily contact a seller and explore an possibility to buy.

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    • Morgan June 7, 2011, 11:33 pm

      Thanks for your comment @Alexander! I completely agree, it’s all about making it easier for people interested in buying your domains to contact you.

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  • Leonard Britt June 7, 2011, 8:38 pm

    IMO the best of the group is Kayaking.org

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  • BoM June 8, 2011, 3:21 am

    Morgan, Hey I’d love for you to help me get one set up as well You have my email addy? Right?? Thanks

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  • mohit gupta June 8, 2011, 5:28 am

    i registered some good domains from expired list as well:

    policyDeals.com
    Matureness.com
    loveBlink.com( 2004 registered)

    and few others,
    i am planning to get developed similar script that you are talking about for better and interesting domains..lets see how it helps!

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  • mohit gupta June 8, 2011, 6:32 am

    @mark You can use service like jotforms.com , wofoo.com, phpforms.com etc to set up similar form.its extremely easy to setup.

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  • BFitz June 8, 2011, 7:37 am

    I have seen great success this year using Parked.com and telling the visitor the domain is for sale at Godaddy. This also allows one to track visits easily.

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  • Aaron June 8, 2011, 8:00 am

    With http://www.Prebuilt.com, you can point to a functional website (or use one of our templates) and also show a frame at the top showing it for sale (or lease).

    See http://www.spots.org for an example.

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  • Robert June 8, 2011, 8:04 am

    localcloud.com

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  • Soud June 8, 2011, 9:35 am

    I list on multiple markets to get more eyeballs see my domains, however I list them as “make offer” to avoid selling the same domain on multiple markets when I’m asleep, maybe list as “fixed price” on one market only.

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  • Sharon Hayes June 8, 2011, 9:48 am

    Morgan, I’d done this for over a decade and had a lot of success HOWEVER with the recent changes at Google, domains being redirected like this are now getting in Google’s sandbox. I would NOT recommend it for either your own domains or even suggesting it to others. We are now going back to individual pages set up for each domain.

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  • Rodney June 8, 2011, 10:44 am

    I *love* the idea of putting the top domain sales for 2011 above the contact box to help set the tone of the offers that should be submitted.

    I agree with Sharon that it’s probably best to setup a separate hosting account and page for each domain to avoid redirect penalties.

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  • Randomo June 8, 2011, 11:03 am

    @tvonthefuzz – funny indeed. I was literally in the middle of setting up my own similar site today when I happened to see Morgan’s blog posting. But now, due to Sharon’s comment, I may avoid doing so after all. Will give it some more thought.

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  • Randomo June 8, 2011, 11:08 am

    @Morgan – For my page, I was just planning to offer an email address for prospective buyers to contact. I was afraid that asking them to make an offer right off the bat might scare some away. Not true, you think?

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  • Alexander June 8, 2011, 11:14 am

    As Sharon commented, set up individual pages instead of redirection. You can quickly clone them by not including the domain on your page. It’s also easy to set them up with WhyPark, if you prefer.

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  • Joel June 8, 2011, 11:28 am

    @Sharon – It looks like he is using a 301 Redirect which is the best way for SEO purposes (from my understanding anyway). I could see if he was using an “A” record point to the same IP or something. But a 301 shouldnt put him in the sandbox. – no?

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  • Randomo June 8, 2011, 11:31 am

    @Alexander & Sharon – sorry for such a newbie-sounding question, but I’ve always thought of the sandbox as just something that lowers a site’s ranking in the SERPs.

    Since my contact-me-to-buy-a-domain page would be getting typeins (via frame redirect), from domains that have no SERP standing, what effect would a sandbox have? Or are you saying that being put into the sandbox would make the domains less valuable to a potential buyer?

    Thanks in advance for your guidance.

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  • Rafael Castillo June 8, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Cool! I will start creating a landing page for several on my sites.

    Got an offer for JapaneseCookingGames.com- $8,000.00

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  • Suzan June 8, 2011, 2:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. I just recently got into domain name acquisitions/sales and I’ve already received a few offers for NoHaze.com and AOKSex.com; both of which were just recently acquired.

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  • Perry June 8, 2011, 4:05 pm

    @Sharon – Would like to know why this is not a good idea? Does this make the domain for sale go back into the Sandbox in your experience?

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  • Logan June 10, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I get offers for SocialDemocracy.com quite a bit. I don’t have a landing page on it yet, but I do for several others like Thermometric.com. On my landing pages I push the visitor to Sedo.com to put in a bid. I do this because once I get a bid I’m satisfied with, I push the domain name to auction for 7 days. I want others on Sedo.com to know about the auction and potentially get caught up in a bidding frenzy. I recently sold TireStar.com this way.

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  • Steve Jones June 10, 2011, 9:48 pm

    I’m Sharon’s partner in Domainate so can answer a couple of the responses to her comment:

    @Joel: 301 redirects were what we were doing and most of them recently were deindexed or clearly “slapped” by Google, so Google can indeed see something done with 301s they don’t like. Bear in mind we feel this is due to their recent changes, as we have done this extensively over time and this deindexing only happened to us recently. Yes for SEO purposes 301 is the best kind of redirect to do, but redirecting hundreds of domains to one page seems to be what Google doesn’t like.

    @Randomo: Many buyers either buy many domains to mass develop or buy a domain to do a major site development, and either way if they’re wanting a generic keyword domain, it’s often for the SEO benefits. Additionally, we had seen number of inquiries on our for-sale pages noticeably decrease in the past month or two when this deindexing seems to have happened.

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  • Perry June 11, 2011, 7:52 am

    @Steve – ‘Many buyers either buy many domains to mass develop or buy a domain to do a major site development, and either way if they’re wanting a generic keyword domain, it’s often for the SEO benefits.’

    For these domains to be in the ‘Sandbox’ should not be problematic for skilled developers and/or end users. You build the site, obtain quality links, and in 6 months you’re out of the Sandbox. I understand you have more experience than I do in selling domains, but from only an SEO standpoint, a domain you’re trying to sell will be sandboxed no matter what.

    The search engines are smart enough to understand that a parked page (whether it’s Sedo or your own parked page) isn’t a developed website and the dropped domain has changed hands and whatever strength it once had from backlinks are now irrelevant (except for the traffic they send). The new owner will have to start from scratch anyway.

    I’ve done this with 2 online education domains I’ve bought from Fabulous Domains in the past year. Both were sandboxed when I purchased them (even though they were 4+ years old) and it took around 5 months to bring them out. Once a solid .gov and .edu link were obtained, traffic and rankings skyrocketed (as would be expected)

    Here’s a great article detailing this: http://searchengineland.com/do-links-from-expired-domains-count-with-google-17811

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  • Steve Jones June 11, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Perry,

    Mass developers can usually can get rankings in 2-4 weeks on long-tail keywords, especially with domains that are exact matches for them. They don’t want to wait 4+ months to start getting search traffic and seeing profit on their sites.

    Doing the redirects like Morgan suggested causes the apparent Google penalties and thus reduces the ability for the domains to get the quick rankings developers could otherwise get. Change in ownership alone does not cause domains to be sandboxed or banned.

    FYI, that article is over 2 years old…Google has made massive changes since then.

    -Steve

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  • Faisal Khan June 12, 2011, 1:29 pm

    That’s a great landing page you have there – my question is do people hesitate in giving you offers on your form? Wouldn’t it be more pragmatic to list your selling price? What has been your experience.

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  • Sam June 25, 2011, 12:05 pm

    How do you guys get so many offers? I have only gotten offers on 2 of my .Com domain names in the last couple of months (LitigationLender and LitigationLenders). I think it’s time to make some landing page changes, instead of just using Sedo’s hideous layout.

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  • Alexander June 28, 2011, 10:07 am

    Some parking pages are better because they have a contact page. When prospects contact us for more details or make an offer, we can communicate and negotiate ourselves. We can also arrange our own escrow after an agreement is reached – no commissions to the marketplace required. A $10,000 deal with less than $200 in escrow fee VS $1,000 or more when you use Sedo, Afternic and others … that’s a lot of savings!

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