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!