Buying at the right time

I have had a couple of requests to document the develop of domains so I’ll try and do that with netbooks and notebooks, my first job was to buy them which I have done, tick.. Nothing much to explain there, sent emails negotiated deals and both were bought this month in early December.

Next job has been to get them indexed and found so I added a link to them from a post on here, a sig link on a forum and my main pc site in the footer, also in a couple of the posts on PCs that relate to netbooks or notebooks as they are very relevant. I paid one of my writers to do a good explanation of what they are and what to consider when shopping for a netbook or notebook, this is even more relevant for netbooks being new to the market so they both have a homepage with some good information on them. Each article cost me $30 so apart from the initial capital on the two domains so far I have only spent $60.

I also added an amazon store so that if visitors did want to purchase they could buy from a company that converts traffic very well and has a good choice, while in some ways I bought at the right time in others I was a bit late to the party. Getting the domains in December meant I pretty much missed out on the Xmas sales however I did sell some, sold 16 items of which 6 were actual netbooks so a bit of commission due.

Buying at the right time means that I was lucky enought to get the deals done in time before the next guy came along and thought about buying them, therefore I received the offer to buy one for £5k and not the previous owner, phew! I also caught on to a surge in traffic as popularity and interest grew. While notebooks looks on the face of it to be the better domain netbooks gets the traffic. Both sitting around the same place ranking wise on page 2 in

Netbooks has achieved 1800 visitors and getting over 100 per day now while notebooks is doing 10-20 visitors per day.

I’m not worrying about rankings or traffic at present, I have only had them for a couple of weeks, stage 1 is to add value, buyers guide done!

Next will be to add a bit more content, looking for some comparison charts between the main models with advantages and disadvantages, again these are costing me $30 each and should add useful value to visitors and in turn help the site grow and become more valuable to readers and hopefully in turn more link worthy so that’s it for now, will come back to these as and when I work on them and document results.

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.


  1. Nice! Have you guys seen the script you get with the affiliate review foundry? There is a nice little comparison script too in there that would be good for these sites!

    This is not an affiliate link (but perhaps it should be) 🙂

    Here’s to a great 2009!


  2. Taking action is the key to all of this.

    You toke action and made a wise business decision. Therefor you will reap the benifits 🙂

    btw, been reading a few of your other blog posts and there amazing!

  3. Personally I don’t like Amazon Astore. Because you can only buy the products specified by the webmaster. I experienced many times, visitor also buys many unrelated products and that is not possible with Astore. You will loose commision. I once made more than €100 commission from unrelated products with one visitor.

  4. Scott, if you want to do some link exchanges on a few sites, let me know. I avoid paying for links where I can, so prefer to do trades with people I know.


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  5. Scott,

    You might want to check out this:

    Seems Psion (are they still around) are after people using the term netbook. 🙁

  6. Odd your domain would be the obvious target to start with…

    I’m not sure how far they’d get however as it seems they (Psion) have allowed the term to become common use.

    • Unfortunately, Psion do still have legal rights in the name and I am sure Scott would not relish a legal fight if it came down to it (Psion will have deep pockets).

      I am sure however that Scot is well aware of the situation and will keep a close eye on developments - useful (or planned Scott?) to have the notebooks domain as an alternatve

  7. Sigh… you’ve surpassed my 100 visitors a day on SoLinkable in only one month… I have so much to learn in terms of traffic building. But at least I’m enjoying doing it 😀

  8. I was one of the people asking you on explaining what you did to rank well so I am very happy to see you starting these posts.

    I have a question regarding the writer that you use. Where do you find someone that will create great articles and not just rubbish (even at $30)?

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  9. Just looking at the drop lists, and is currently available.


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  10. Like Scott I got on the netbook bandwagon, registering a handful of domains just before Christmas. They’re currently parked but include, as well as ones ready for the international/US market such as, and several others.

    I welcome offers from domainers with the knowhow to develop them as price comparison/ affiliate stores, in return for which I am offering 50 percent of profits + 25 percent of any resale on each domain.

    Scott, if you’re reading and like the sound of the latter offer (i.e. half of profits + a quarter of resale) I’m a writer and could produce original content (regularly updated) if you were prepared to handle the rest, i.e. hosting, link-building, collecting commissions. It might be worth designing the stores so they serve products from multiple providers rather than just Amazon? Like this one does:

    I agree with you that the netbook market is set to explode next year and beyond. I read somewhere it’s predicted to be worth £20 billion a year by 2012. My domain names aren’t quite as hot as the generics in your portfolio, but nevertheless have the key criterion of containing the relevant keyword. If you’d like to partner with me to get the sites live, I’m happy to agree to 50% commission + 25% of any resale if or when we choose to sell. I’m a professional writer so delivery of well-researched SEO content will be inhouse.

    While I’d prefer Scott for his background with and track record, anyone else reading with a similar ability to get affiliate stores-cum-price comparison websites built quickly, indexed and making money is welcome to come in with an offer.



  11. Yup sitting on a Domain is the way to go then slowly building natural back links without it being SPAM! is the key.

    Stick a blog on it allways helps but you have to maintain and know the subject matter!

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