Trend Domaining 101: Top Five Places to Spot 2010 Trends

As 2009 comes to a close it’s time to start picking the hot trends for 2010. Trend Domaining can be a lucrative yet secrative business since there are a limited number of domains that can provide the best-fit keywords for a particular trend. I’ve spent a lot of time identifying trends in 2009 and ALL of them have been profitable most in the 500% or more ROI range. My most profitable trends for 2009 were based around the following keywords – “BailOut”, “Stimulus”, and several keywords in the auto sector.
I have already identified some hot trends for 2010 however as with trend Domaining I’ll wait until I’ve finished making my purchases before sharing my top picks. What I am happy to share is WHERE I look for these trends. It is also essential to realize that trends are seasonal! There are different trends in Q1 and Q4 and different strategies for each.
Never rush-into a trend. Instead buy one domain with the top keywords in the trend, build a one-page site on the domain, and see if the trend is really as hot as you think. If the trend is hot that simple one-page site should get some traffic and revenue in a fairly short period of time. Otherwise, let it sit and once it hits – you know you have a good trend. If this sounds too good to be true – it’s not…but if it hasn’t happened to you yet then you may just be focusing on weak trends.
Below is a list of the top five places I look to find trends:
1) News (newspaper, online, television)
2) Business Magazines (around this time they will even have issues with a focus on spotting 2010 trends…just look at Entrepreneur Magazine)
3) Google Trends
4) Friends and Family (pay attention to the expertise of people you know)
5) Blogs (Don’t look for hot trends on Domaining blogs – look for experts in an industry to tell you what’s on the radar for next year)

As 2009 comes to a close it’s time to start picking the hot trends for 2010. Trend Domaining can be a lucrative yet secrative business since there are a limited number of domains that can provide the best-fit keywords for a particular trend. I’ve spent a lot of time identifying trends in 2009 and ALL of them have been profitable most in the 500% or more ROI range. My most profitable trends for 2009 were based around the following keywords – “BailOut”, “Stimulus”, and several keywords in the auto sector.

I have already identified some hot trends for 2010 however as with trend Domaining I’ll wait until I’ve finished making my purchases before sharing my top picks. What I am happy to share is WHERE I look for these trends. It is also essential to realize that trends are seasonal! There are different trends in Q1 and Q4 and different strategies for each.

Never rush-into a trend. Instead buy one domain with the top keywords in the trend, build a one-page site on the domain, and see if the trend is really as hot as you think. If the trend is hot that simple one-page site should get some traffic and revenue in a fairly short period of time. Otherwise, let it sit and once it hits – you know you have a good trend. If this sounds too good to be true – it’s not…but if it hasn’t happened to you yet then you may just be focusing on weak trends.

Below is a list of the top five places I look to find trends:

1) News (newspaper, online, television)

2) Business Magazines (around this time they will even have issues with a focus on spotting 2010 trends…just look at Entrepreneur Magazine)

3) Google Trends

4) Friends and Family (pay attention to the expertise of people you know)

5) Blogs (Don’t look for hot trends on Domaining blogs – look for experts in an industry to tell you what’s on the radar for next year)

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  • PPC Ian December 11, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the tips Morgan! I especially like the one about building a one page site and seeing if it takes off. Search engines give preference to age so if you believe strongly in a trend, developing that one page (or few page) site early on can give you a significant leg up against the competition in terms of organic traffic volume.

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    • Morgan December 11, 2009, 7:31 pm

      Thanks @Ian! Glad you enjoyed this article!

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  • Francois December 12, 2009, 7:15 am

    Yes Morgan, as the best names are already registered it’s probably the best way to make a lot of money domaining, guess trends and register names that could be popular in the future, but be patient.

    My feeling is when these trends above start to become visible it is already too late. Think they are people really much smarter than you (and me), and that use automated tools that analyze loads of data daily from multiple sources to search any possible emmerging trend.

    My personal advice:
    Check out realtime news like the ones in Twitter and Facebook.
    And don’t use them to register names, but imagine what impact these news should have and register complementary names, it’s where you have the huge chance to find some future gems available.

    Example: If the first day you were aware of the swine flu in Mexico, and swineflu.com was already registered then don’t look at register swinevirus.com or other possible variations of low interest but imagine what will this involve? A huge campaign of vaccination for example and grab swinefluvaccine.com, imagine people will panic and would like to know if they are contamined, so grab swineflusymptoms.com… all looks to have a significant type-in according Alexa.

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    • Morgan December 12, 2009, 2:35 pm

      Thanks @Francois – excellent comments. That being said – I have some tools of my own that I use – remember my background is in software development 🙂

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  • @crowdmanage December 12, 2009, 8:11 am

    i recommend trend testing via a free blogger site, ezine, squidoo, or hub rather than a hand regged domain as they rank quicker.

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    • Morgan December 12, 2009, 2:36 pm

      Google and Yahoo give a BIG SEO boost for exact-match domains – that is the key to trend-domaining. Otherwise you are just doing trend-blogging which really isn’t in the Domaining space.

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