While I would never have set my stall out as a domainer I do thoroughly enjoy the research, tracking down of owners, negotiating and buying domains at what I perceive as good value, it’s just good fun. After buying up my geo’s in June – Sept I pretty much kept myself busy and didn’t do anything on the domain front.
Enhancement.co.uk was bought late last year & will be a project for this year, it’s a cracking domain I paid £1350 for, I have a database of cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK so will be developing the site out, some days this earns £10 with just a few clicks but lead gen will probably be the future.
Bling.co.uk was a punt bought a couple of weeks ago, I thought it may get type in traffic and the previous owner didn’t have it resolved at all, on doing some research it’s clear that bling.com owned by an American domainer benefited greatly from the release of Bing.com Microsoft’s search engine
People looking for bing.com often type bling.com instead as quantcast shows above. Unlike Google, Bing don’t promote or use bing.co.uk for the UK so there would be nothing like the same type of spike but I was still curious and on it’s own merit bling.co.uk would be a great name for a blog about expensive gadgets and products aimed at the UK, turns out it gets around 35 type in visitors per day and was bought for £2k so not massive traffic but could certainly help it get traction if developed out with type in visitors every day.
I went through all my old emails that I keep in a folder in relation to domains, looking to see if there was anything I should go back and re-visit, always a good exercise. Duel.co.uk was one I was offered for £2000 which I felt too expensive and passed on, I do like it but more brandable than product related so could own it for a long time with no clear use, I decided to put in a cheeky offer under £1k and they accepted which was nice!
On the sales front I have a few enquiries on the go and in deep discussion about one of my better names however the buyer wants a payment plan which is causing issues, if that deal was agreed I will have secured over £100,000 of domain sales in 2010 from around £10k invested, it just as easily may not though, I’ll be quite happy either way, great domains can’t be replaced easily so keeping ownership of my better names would not be a problem.
My most expensive domain purchase will be concluded at the end of this week.