Aug 22nd Thoughts and Links

Unlike Al it’s not often I get the chance to receive free products so I was pleasantly surprised to get an Omni Chair which is a giant pillow or bean bag, as you can see my son gives it the thumbs up and I have to admit it is real comfy, my sister in law is 6 months pregnant and offered to buy it there and then so would also make a good gift for anyone expecting, they claim there are at least 10 ways to use it!

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Extend Firefox 3 competition winners have been announced which awards the best new extensions for FF and also includes updates to extensions.
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I remember hearing earlier this month about the sale of OD.com for $220,000 and many on the forums saying it was a good sale in current times but also a good buy, what many people presumed is that this was an end user buying it, I just found out in the last few days I know who bought it which was a slight shock! and it wasn’t an end user.

The guy that bought it has invested in it and will look to sell it on at some point, imagine dumping that much cash into a domain, don’t get me wrong I think he will make a 6 figure profit on it, just that it could take a while and that’s a lot of money to tie up but if you can afford it (and he can) best of luck.
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My dropcatching is stumbling along, I am going to test a different setup next month and can then perhaps report back, it does add a bit of excitement to each day never knowing if you’ll get something good. It also makes me aware of domains not on the forums which I had not previously considered.

For example I was trying to catch SailingWorld.co.uk which I had seen was dropping, I also had it booked with catchers, no joy, however I saw who caught it & made some enquiries and bought it for £500, now that domain would never have hit the forums so there are lots of deals to be done on these domains freshly caught that had previously always gone unnoticed by myself.
B.T.W. JourneyAdvisor.co.uk is for sale for £250, contact me if your interested.
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From reading the domain forums PPC seems to be down around 50% for many people from last year, I see more and more domainers are developing and Julia mentioned as much on her excellent blog. There really is a turning of the tide and I think this will really ramp up overall domain and website prices and domain prices in the future, it always struck me when buying domains that I felt I was getting many of them cheap considering how much value you can add just by developing, even poorly. Once ‘domainers’ become ‘developers’ the bargains will become even harder to find, such is life.
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This game looks really interesting if you have.. em, a job you don’t want to do, if I worked a night shift and just needed to be somewhere I reckon I could kill hours with this no problem. However foir something a bit quicker try parking lot.
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I’m in Escrow at the minute for a domain that I am buying, if anyone knows of any white label or good affiliate programs for car leasing in the UK I’d appreciate a link, contract leasing over x months type of thing.

About Scott Jones

Scott hails from the north east of Scotland and started earning online at the end of 2000 building websites for local businesses during which time he won an award from Lord Alan Sugar for Excellence in Enterprise. After having quite a bit of success with domaining Scott mainly runs educational evergreen websites which generate over 3 million visitors per month but is always on the lookout for a fresh thinking out of the box way to turn a buck. Follow on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Hi Scott

    I was just looking at OD.com and its forwarded to OfficeDepot.com. Has the new owner forwarded it there with an affiliate link or is Office Depot the purchaser?

  2. Bill Gates commented on domaining a while back effectively suggesting it was on the crest of a very big wave – looks like he was right for once!

    Didn’t the trend of developing domains for deliberate, future sales start some time back? Over the past year I noticed that sites were being bought, worked up and then flipped in a very short space of time.

    Like the house. Better not let my missus see the fireplace – we moved out of a large Victorian house a while back and she still grumbles about missing the place.

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  3. Its looking great 🙂

  4. Talking of PPC dropping, did you see Seth Godin’s post encouraging people to click on ads as a kind of “Tip Jar” to the blog that is showing them?

    Stirred up a lot of controversy in the blogosphere, with people accusing him of promoting click fraud!

    Cheers, Jon

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  5. your son looks very comfortable on the omni chair.$220,000!!!it’s awesome.thanks for informing about the both two important things with us.keep it up.i am gonna bookmark the site.

  6. Yes, this is a very good observation. As my PPC revenue slumped I got into quickly developing domains and effectively setting up link structures across my network of sites. $220,000 for a single investmenttakes some guts, but I hope for his sake, and the sake of the entire industry that it is not a regretful purchase!

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