What I Learned This Week

This has been quite a week – I started by flying to Vancouver on Monday morning and now I’m sitting in my Mom’s living room in Berkeley. Life is an adventure and as I’ve said many times on this blog, I’d be the worst guy to sit at home in front of a computer all day.

A week full of adventure comes with plenty of lessons, not all of these are Domaining-related but they are all important…and I’m ALWAYS learning!

  1. Walking outside in a bathing suit in freezing-cold weather with 30 MPH winds is not a great idea. Taking a video of it does provide some comic relief and I’ll be sharing it with you soon.
  2. Alaska Airlines now has WiFi on their flights from Los Angeles to Vancouver – big win for me!
  3. As I expected traffic was down by 10%-20% for my credit/debt/law sites Weds – Fri due to the holidays. This makes sense to me and I’ve seen the same behavior for years. January is a hot month for credit/debt since many people make this their New Years resolution.
  4. Driving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area the night before Thanksgiving takes 7 hours and 15 minutes vs. 5 hours normally. All this traffic was just getting-out of LA, smooth sailing after that.
  5. Being with Family is one of the most rewarding, relaxing and best feelings in the world. Daina and I left our busy lives in LA and are now completely relaxed sitting in my Mom’s living room getting ready to make a fire.
  6. PHPMyDirectory has major incompatibility issues with Go Daddy, after troubleshooting for a few hours I moved to Hostgator and it worked right-away. The key to the whole installation is IonCube, if that means nothing to you now it will if you install PHPMyDirectory.
  7. So many Domainers are desperately trying to sell their domains, I’m seeing more good deals than I’ve ever seen. Lots of great names dropping too – plenty of excellent .com’s for anyone that missed th gold rush in the late 90’s – great names are expiring every day!

Okay, now it’s time to head-up to Tilden Park and go for a hike with my Mom and Daina. I hope all of you are getting a chance to take a break for the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoying time with family.

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  • Tim Davids November 27, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Big agree…great deals to be had right now that 5 years from now or so should be solid investments. You make your money when you buy.

  • Leonard Britt November 27, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Recent things I picked up…
    A SEO trick which EPIK is using on their EPI wiki sites is titling videos with href and the Youtube link. I implemented that on several sites to see what effect it might have. If it seems to work, I can expand it to other sites and internal pages with videos as well.

    I tested RapidDomainBuilder.com affiliate and lead generation templates with about fifteen domains and a very brief Adwords campaign. Conversion rates for affiliate sites were comparable to what one would see with an Adsense-monetized site though the affiliate payouts weren’t spectacular. I only generated one lead which paid about $2. So I’m not convinced it makes sense to spend a lot of time trying to generate organic traffic to these sites. If you already have type-in or a site which already ranks well, it could do okay.

    I don’t shop much for clothes but while my wife was at Macy’s I went walking around the mall and found some good deals on shirts at Sears and a pair of athletic shoes at Target for $12!

  • TeenDomainer November 27, 2010, 1:07 pm

    I learned to take advantage of what you know if you have been involved with something other have not use your experience to build something out or buy a new domain.

  • Paul November 27, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I know you switched to Hostgator already, but regarding lesson 6, I had issues with Associate-O-Matic & IonCube on Dreamhost earlier this week. The solution on this page solved the problem in seconds:


    (There is a GoDaddy hint too, which I have not tried)

    – Paul


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