Domain Flipping Strategies

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Hey fellow warriors,

Domain Flipping is probably one of the best business models out there for me. I know that I would enjoy the whole experience rather than spending time on SEO, PPC, CPA etc. I know that there are experienced warriors making a decent living just by flipping domains.

Would you guys and gals be kind enough to share any Domain Flipping Strategies so that I can embark on this fun business venture? I need your help to find the best practices to research, prepare for sale and flip $10 domains for let's say $200 each. My goal is to focus on this business model and reach my $3000 per month goal.

Is that possible and can you folks recommend any good WSO's or is there anyone kind enough to offer any coaching? I would be indebted.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    The golden age of domain name speculation might be in the past, I vaguely the scale and patience are needed, these people tend to site on many thousands of domains, waiting until a motivated buyer shows up, those 2000% profits might be few and far between. You might make a bigger return by doing site development/flipping where you more actively boost the value of each asset.
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  • Profile picture of the author altitudemarketer
    There are some good WSOs. If you go to the WSO forum just look at the number of views and replies next to some of the WSOs on the first two pages, and go with one with lots of replies, and read through. I like the stuff by Snowclone and was getting ready to try it... I'm just working on another project right now.

    I like the idea of flipping sites for the same reasons you mentioned.

    My idea is to just create some simple wordpress or tumbler sites and get them quickly connected through social media to related blogs and groups and fans on twitter, FB, Google+, etc and try to do a couple of guest posts on another site for back links once you find someone who likes your site. Then put up an affiliate offer and email collection, write some emails, and get some more traffic from all the free sources and maybe a few bucks for a solo ad... after about a week, I think you'd have a site to flip on flippa for well over what you spend on the solo ad and the hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Farmer
    Originally Posted by ProServices View Post

    I know that I would enjoy the whole experience rather than spending time on SEO, PPC, CPA etc.
    If you can learn to get sites up and running quickly AND Seo the site then you will be able to make a lot more from your efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author serryjw
    This thread is started every month. Yes, it is fun BUT you must learn the business or you will get killed. READ everything on namepros.com, listening to every vid on domainsherpa.com and subscribe to best newsletters...Good Luck! We are about to get 1000++ new extension in about 6 months. The industry is challenging now, try in 6 month!
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  • Profile picture of the author ProServices
    Thanks guys. That's some good advice but I still feel there is huge potential with domain flipping if done correctly. There is also the potential of earning money via adsense on parked domains. The investment is minimal but the profits can be rewarding
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      You are going to have to drive traffic to your parked pages unless you reg/buy EMD that have built in traffic searches.
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  • Profile picture of the author IggyRay
    Unless you're planning to use domain evaluation / buying automation tools and work with batches of thousands domains - you're later for the domains flipping party. nowadays it get all automated and saturated with major players - the potential earnings per domain flip got a lot smaller and nowadays it's just a numbers game...

    Unless you actually plan to invest in building a site around the domain and then bringing traffic to it but this is a whole different ball game
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  • Profile picture of the author DBradleyNMS
    You can see the frankly ludicrous people prices people think they can get for domains on some of the popular auctions sites. Colleagues of mine used to be involved in flipping back in the golden age, but wouldn't go anywhere near it now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    My advice is to listen to those who are actually doing it. Domaining is more lucrative today than in recent years. Supply and demand is the reason. It's a business you must take the time to learn, or you can lose a lot of money. Treat it as the business it is and there's no reason you can't be flipping hand-registered domains for hundreds every day.

    Almost 100,000 domains expire every single day, and there is an almost endless supply of highly marketable domains available at any given time. Learn how to pluck the needles from the haystack and you'll be doing well.

    It cracks me up when people say "the golden age" has passed. In the "golden age", it was much easier to register killer domain names. But it was much harder to sell because there were so many available. It's that pesky supply and demand thing that naysayers tend to ignore or forget about. Today, businesses easily pay hundreds or thousands for domain names because they can't find them on their own. As with any other specialized venture, they will pay you for your knowledge. THIS is the real golden age for me.

    serryjw gave you good advice. Spend a lot of time at domainer forums like NamePros.com and DNforum.com. Follow the blogs of pros in the business.

    You DON'T have to invest in hundreds or thousands of domains. If you've learned well, you can flip domains the same day or week you registered them. If you want to build a large portfolio you can, but it's not necessary.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    By the way, all you have to do to know the truth about how viable domaining is, is to check the weekly sales. There are dozens of major domain listing sites. One of the larger ones is Afternic, who's sales are over a million dollars per week Afternic Weekly Sales: July 29, 2013 - August 4, 2013 | Afternic BlogAfternic Blog

    Also follow sites like Do the Math: Domain Market Comeback Continues With $725,000 Sale of MathGames.com

    These are only published domain sales. Most domain sales take place privately.
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  • Profile picture of the author dragtastic
    This takes a long time to learn the difference between a sh*t domain and something you can actually flip.

    Personally I go after exact match .com domains.

    I suggest going to namepros.com, domaining.com, dnforum.com

    A few weeks ago I bought an expired .com domain for just under $8 and flipped it 2 days later to the owner of a small business for $1250. I am not an expert but I dabble in A LOT of different ways of making $

    For dropped domains, I use: justdropped.com, expireddomains.net

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Victøry
      Originally Posted by dragtastic View Post

      This takes a long time to learn the difference between a sh*t domain and something you can actually flip.

      Personally I go after exact match .com domains.

      I suggest going to namepros.com, domaining.com, dnforum.com

      A few weeks ago I bought an expired .com domain for just under $8 and flipped it 2 days later to the owner of a small business for $1250. I am not an expert but I dabble in A LOT of different ways of making $

      For dropped domains, I use: justdropped.com, expireddomains.net

      Good luck!
      I'm gonna have to disagree with this. It doesn't take long at all to understand the value of a domain to flip if you do your needed research. I just started testing this route recently and it is WAY EASIER than I thought it would be.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I never was really good at that. I mean I have tried some. I seem to like to horde my domain names and not give them up and when I do, I already spent so much in yearly fees its hard to make a profit.

    I do know though it can be lucrative and people who say times have past are usually the ones that gave up cause the rules changed.

    Everything changes, you either adapt with the changes or get out.

    Example; Me and google, amazon and ebay are no longer friends. Its not to say there is no money there, its just I don't want to adapt to them cutting my profits and making me redo my sites all the time is all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
      Originally Posted by hustlinsmoke View Post

      Example; Me and google, amazon and ebay are no longer friends. Its not to say there is no money there, its just I don't want to adapt to them cutting my profits and making me redo my sites all the time is all.
      And that's exactly what I love about domaining. It doesn't rely on any third party sites. The methods I use today are exactly the same as when I started 10 years ago. The new ideas and systems I create are entirely under my control, but the base domaining techniques have not changed.
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  • Profile picture of the author website design
    1) Stick with short, geo, brandable, keyword .com

    2) 1 quality domain is worth more than 50 average domains. Focus your time and effort.

    3) Find an end buyer first, if there's potentially 1000 possible buyers for the domain you're on the right track - define their needs and find a domain and build a website to sell them.

    4) Build site, get traffic then contact all the potential end buyers - launch an auction and if you're good at sales then watch the bids come in...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    One easy way to flip them is to buy niche related domain names, put some content up, seo them (assuming you own your private network or a good list of friends) and sell them for a couple thousands based on rankings. Company owners don't mind investing in a already ranked site, and your effort is almost null, especially if you can write good original copy for your sites.

    I stopped doing it somewhere last year, but it's a pretty cool method to keep cash flow, and it doesn't take rocket science.

    New niche domain / long original content / seo / list of potencial owners in the niche = sale. There are some other small tricks to keep Google happy for some 6 months, I am sure you'll learn along the way.

    Oh! Invest in money niches in your location. I used pool companies, real estate, travel, and a few others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Domain flipping can be a great way to make lots of money if you know what you're doing.

    Find a valuable domain name and find the people who would be interested in paying premium dollars for that domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Motson
    I agree with Gene.

    People have been saying "All the good domain names are gone" since 1995... yet domain names keep selling - and people keep making money from them.

    Just do due diligence, follow Domaining.com, sign up at DNForum.com and don't jump in to purchasing names until you feel comfortable.
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  • Profile picture of the author smiles76
    Businesses that solve problems and create value for customers/buyers will remain successful. What value are most domain flippers creating for buyers?
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