Some "Old School" Things I Do To Aid My Internet Marketing

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I carry a notebook wherever I go in which to write down my ideas. Most of those ideas turn out to be useless but occasionally one of them will work out.


In that notebook I also write down ideas for domain names and the second I get home I try to buy them.


I never search for a domain except through my provider with the intention of buying it right there, right then because there are people out there who can see domains being searched and will buy them out from under you if you don't but them as you search.


I learned the hard way on that one as I once searched and didn't buy on the spot, came back and found that the domain had been snapped up by some guy in Hong Kong who has a reputation for doing just that.


I use business cards. Cost me about twenty bucks for 500 and they have made me thousands.
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  • Mebbe kidnap the guy from Hong Kong?


    Seems he got this figured.
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    • Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

      Mebbe kidnap the guy from Hong Kong?


      Seems he got this figured.

      I think it's Hong Kong, might be Singapore though. Anyway there is indeed this guy who has some kind of bot that is capable of monitoring domain name searches and he's got like 80 gazillion dollars and will snap them up right quick!
      Read about him someplace but don't remember where.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Actually, there are several third party software thingies that will grab up domains on temporary registration if someone has looked up the domain and left without buying it. If that happens, wait a couple weeks without look at the domain and it will be available again - but it's a pain. As you mention, registering the domain WHEN you find it prevents the problem.



    I carried a small notebook for years to write down 'niche ideas' - if I was in a big box store and saw a lot of customers attracted to a particular display or item, I checked it out as a potential niche later. Same was true in Walmart or drug stores - or remarks by friends about things they purchased or were interested in....



    I choose domains by choosing the niche first an then using a site like nameboy to find all the domains that might work - and area available - without identifying myself as 'looking' for them.


    I don't use business cards - the beauty of working online is I dont' have to get that close to people....
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    • Yeah, I thought there had to be software like that!

      Thanks for your insightful reply!

      I hand out the business cards when I am at the bar because they also have info on them about one of my hobbies.

      I sometimes think that I may spend too much time at the bar but wine is good, mkay?
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    When you find a .com domain is taken, do you find value in buying up the .ca, .net versions etc if they're available? Do you sit on them or put them to use?
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by palmtreelife View Post

      When you find a .com domain is taken, do you find value in buying up the .ca, .net versions etc if they're available? Do you sit on them or put them to use?
      Yes, l closed down one domain this week, which was supposedly worth a few hundred, then on the page link Godaddy was selling it for $69, (after refreshing the page it became a 401 page error) so Godaddy software gives inflated domain values, why beats me.

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      • Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        Yes, l closed down one domain this week, which was supposedly worth a few hundred, then on the page link Godaddy was selling it for $69, (after refreshing the page it became a 401 page error) so Godaddy software gives inflated domain values, why beats me.


        I think it is a ploy on their part to sell domain names at inflated figures.
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        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          Originally Posted by The Real Harry Mitchell View Post

          I think it is a ploy on their part to sell domain names at inflated figures.
          Yes, after deleting a domain, they then try to resell it for $69, eventhough it only costed $15 a few years ago, or hope that some will actually try to sell it for $400.

          I had one person contact me recently, (yeah, smells fishy) who wanted to sell me some domain name that sounded similar to the one l killed, l obviously ignored him, as l am not going to p***s away $400, for a similar one for $15.

          Best to sell it to a corporation with no brains and big cash liquidity, plenty of penny stock companys that may bite.

          But to the average struggling site owner, it is to laugh.

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          • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
            Yes, after deleting a domain, they then try to resell it for $69, eventhough it only costed $15 a few years ago, or hope that some will actually try to sell it for $400.
            Can't really blame them for trying to re-sell it quickly for $69 or more. People will sign up to get alerts when a domain becomes available, so it's a matter of demand. When someone receives the alert, they know they need to act fast since others will have received the alert as well.

            Business ideas sitting on the back burners, waiting for a domain to open up will begin to take off, so the demand can be high for discarded domains.
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            • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
              Originally Posted by palmtreelife View Post

              Can't really blame them for trying to re-sell it quickly for $69 or more. People will sign up to get alerts when a domain becomes available, so it's a matter of demand. When someone receives the alert, they know they need to act fast since others will have received the alert as well.

              Business ideas sitting on the back burners, waiting for a domain to open up will begin to take off, so the demand can be high for discarded domains.
              No, more power to them if they actually got someone who would bother, but yeah a penny stock, may be interested especially after the SEC ruling is lifted, lol.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    The notebook idea is gold. Old skool way to allow ideas to become solid or concrete in your mind. I dig it. Tech can detach us from the process a bit much. Pen and paper can foster great creativity.
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    • Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      The notebook idea is gold. Old skool way to allow ideas to become solid or concrete in your mind. I dig it. Tech can detach us from the process a bit much. Pen and paper can foster great creativity.

      AND..................if your hard drive blows up......well.................paper is paper!
      Thank you for your understanding and your insightful reply!
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I use index cards to keep track of my ideas. I file them by category.

    I live by a daily to do list. I have a daily routine for my online business for each day of the week. For example, I do the same online tasks every Tuesday.

    I've also done very well growing my online businesses with postcards.

    Old school methods are definitely alive and well.
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    • Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

      I use index cards to keep track of my ideas. I file them by category.

      I live by a daily to do list. I have a daily routine for my online business for each day of the week. For example, I do the same online tasks every Tuesday.

      I've also done very well growing my online businesses with postcards.

      Old school methods are definitely alive and well.

      Yup. Thank you for hour insightful reply!
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    Banned
    That's good way
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  • Profile picture of the author amirali999
    When you find a .com domain is taken, do you find value in buying up the .ca, .net versions etc if they're available? Do you sit on them or put them to use?
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    • Originally Posted by amirali999 View Post

      When you find a .com domain is taken, do you find value in buying up the .ca, .net versions etc if they're available? Do you sit on them or put them to use?

      (1) Sometimes.

      (2) Depends on the nature of the domain name and whether or not it can easily be monetized.
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  • Profile picture of the author themarketsoup
    Good ideas. I used to have a habit of noting things down. But for some reason when it comes to domain names I always end up scratching my head to find a domain name on the spot. I do get random inspirations for names but never thought of making a note of them. I would not want to be a prey for that Hong Kong guy
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    • Yup, that;s the way you do it! Play the domain game on the internet!*
      *Apologies to Dire Straits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trafficstorm
    Hello there.
    Your carrying of notebooks to write down idea(s) is a real good idea i think.

    I had a question about your domain names.
    As you said one of your domain was snapped away by some other guy, was that only the .com domain or others as well?
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    • Originally Posted by Trafficstorm View Post

      Hello there.
      Your carrying of notebooks to write down idea(s) is a real good idea i think.

      I had a question about your domain names.
      As you said one of your domain was snapped away by some other guy, was that only the .com domain or others as well?

      Just the .com that I had searched for but now now when I buy a .com I go all the way around it and get the .net, .info and .biz.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymax
    Descriptive domain names could be a good idea. I used to be with Jerky Express and my advertising domain was MoneyMakingMeatSnacks. (can't post a link) I didn't have to rely on a description for people to know what my business was about as the domain said it all.

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  • Profile picture of the author JrSezk
    This is definitely something to be "noted down"
    haha sorry with the bad pun
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    • Originally Posted by JrSezk View Post

      This is definitely something to be "noted down"
      haha sorry with the bad pun

      I LOVE IT!
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Not many people today do what you do. I mean carrying a pen and a notebook. Maybe technology has detached us too much from the basics and I think you are doing really well on this.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I also use my cell phone to take notes or record an idea that I have. Even still, nothing beats pen and paper.
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    I had my notepad on my mobile phone, when I got my ideas the moment I noted it on the list.
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