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14 September 2010

Domaining Crash Course Starts Today

This will be a short post, since this is another day of traveling for me. As of 8:00am, I’m going to be on a bus to Kentucky for 10 hours. Am I excited about that? No, not at all.

Here are some updates:

  • I’ve decided to kick off my self-administered “Domaining Crash Course” by reading The Domain Game by David Kesmodel. David is a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and I ordered the book from Amazon this weekend. Based on the reviews, it’s more of a historical account of the domaining success stories from the mid-90s (Schilling, Schwartz, etc.), than a how-to book. I’m looking forward to reading it, and will give some more thoughts when I’m done.
  • This weekend I sent out over 150 emails to travel agencies and rental car companies in Germany and Australia alerting them about a domain that’s been pushed to auction at Sedo. A lowball offer came in, and I countered with a higher (but not scary or unrealistic, in my opinion) amount, and amazingly enough, the buyer came back and counter-offered. I decided to push to auction to become familiar with the process. In terms of the emails I sent out to end-users, my primary tools were ZFBot (for looking up related domains and WhoIs information) and Tout Mail App. I plan on writing a detailed post about the process, but I’m waiting to see if it yields results. I don’t like writing about things before they happen—I believe you should back up everything you say, so in a few days I’ll let you know whether this works or not.
  • The active auction is for this domain, in case you’re curious. It translates to “Car Rentals Australia.”

That’s it for now. I still haven’t finished packing! As always, thank you for reading, and feel free to post a comment or drop me a line on Twitter. Have a great day!

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Nadia is the editor of DomainSushi. Her love affair with domain names and web development dates back to 1998, and she is passionate about educating the tech community, small business owners, and laymen about domain name strategy. Follow her on Twitter: @DomainSushi.

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