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Bob Hawkes

Time For A Break From Domain Names

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By Bob Hawkes, Oct 4, 2019
  1. TCK

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    Like any business, you get what you put into it. You can’t make sales on autopilot because there are actions that require manual intervention. But it all depends on your goals.

    I think what @Bob Hawkes was referring to is taking a break when you find yourself “hitting your head against a wall” or “swinging punches at air”. Metaphors are mine. But he can clarify.

    A break can also involve spending more time learning about domaining and less time doing it.

    This is the break I take most often. I switch between acquisition and development modes. This is because I acquire domains with a devolpment (business use) frame of mind. My belief is that domains should be working for you during the wait period. That’s where development is important.

    Now, I understand that most of domainers have no development knowledge or the budget to hire a developer, which can be expensive for multiple domains. One solution is to use some of the funds from a sale to development, but that can also be risky.

    We are working on low cost, low risk solutions in this space. Follow us on Twitter if you want to get updated. Apologies in advance for the shameless plug.
     
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  2. poweredbyme

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    Once setup manually, auctions can restart automatically until the domain expire. You can literally make sales on auto pilot if you don't need to change auction data. A domainer should have lots of free time if not busy with acquisitions and watching auctions of others.

    For venues other than registrars, just make sure there is no BIN and auction doesn't end in the days of your holiday. So you can transfer the domains if sold.
     
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    hi, am new with you, I have one question I want an answer please :
    it is possible to win in front of a domain name broker, their auto bay system can not lose, in front a manual purchase?
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    I agree. If all is going smoothly for you, you have a nice balance in your life, and you are having domain success at a level you define, I don't see any particular need to a break.
    I wish I had thought of that statement and included it in the article! (y)(y) That is a brilliant statement of a key idea @TCK . I think many of us could benefit from spending more time refining our domain skills and less time concentrating on domains to add to our portfolio.

    Of the types of break I covered, I think a break from acquisitions is both the most easy to implement and potentially has the most benefits.

    Thanks again for all the contributions and reflections.

    Bob
     
  5. oldtimer

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    @Bob Hawkes , I was just thinking that if a few people like you, me, and @Rob Monster (and a handful of others) took a break for one week that would give the whole domain Community a big break. :)

    Lets declare a Domaining Holiday for everyone! :)

    You can take a poll to see what time of the year would be a good time for a Community (or an Industry) wide Holiday.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  6. NameDeck

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    We should at least get 1 day known to be 'domainer day'. Just about any profession has 'their day'... these days :)

    Would be cool if the established registrars would support that by giving back to us domainers with some amazing promos. Like, my secretary gets a bonus on secretary day. I feel left out :(
     
  7. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Quite apart from any idea of a break, having a day designated as a domainer day could make the existence and services of domain investors better known, and if done well could enhance positive views of the community. Has this ever been done before? Would be nice to highlight some of the positive stories of the people who are domainers. I agree having at least a few major registrars on-board to help promote it would be good.
    Bob

    PS Edit I am not sure I like combining domainer day with a break day though. I like domainer day to spread word of community, and break day as a reminder to balance our lives and maybe take breaks from acquisitions.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  8. oldtimer

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    lets make it like Labor Day Holiday for Domainers.
     
  9. DpakH

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    [email protected], what is feel is, a break is very important in every profession to start fresh.
     
  10. PriyankaS

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    I take regular Short breaks every few months from my work. Brings me fresh approach when I come back resulting in increased productivity.
     
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    Great piece of advice!

    Domaining is long term thing imo ... effort should be made when we buy, but then, when we sell, patience is needed. It can take lot many years to make a good sale.

    I think the advice to "take a break" is very valid for those who are trying to flip intensively .. but if we consider it as a long term investment, it is not that difficult to reply to inquiries, or to post once a day at Linkedin :)
     
  15. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    One well known and respected domain investor has recently taken a "break" from most domain related activities for In case you have not heard, @Michael Cyger ran across Washington state solo and unassisted over running between 18 and 33 miles each day over a 13 day period (with one rest day to recover from quad related issues). Quite the accomplishment! You can read all about it at his associated website mike.run.

    I doubt most of us (OK speaking personally not me!) have such ambitious stories to share, but would be interesting to hear from those who took an extended domain break, not just to take a break but because they were doing something interesting that required a break.

    So tell us your stories!

    Bob
     
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    before vacation, ensure all good name in good status(not going to expire), put them on registra market place with BIN only....and let those ugly name drop....

    after break, u will find some name just automatically SOLD, and aslo, those headache gone with less hurt for your heart....

    I call this an effective break...👫
     
  17. oldtimer

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    Now I guess we are only talking about taking a voluntary break here, but there might also be occasions that one has to take a break due to an unforeseen and unexpected event such as having to be hospitalized for a necessary operation, and this made me think if people here would trust another domainer to handle their portfolio for them if they were somehow not available to do it themselves, now we are not talking about family members who might not know anything about domains, but other domainers in the community here or in the Industry at large (assuming that they are willing to do it).

    @Bob Hawkes , It would be nice to take a poll to see how many people here trust another domainer to handle their portfolio and at what level (completely or limited access).
     
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    Have had an involvement with domain names since 1996, both as an end-user and as what I'll call
    an advanced hobbyist with a modest portfolio.

    Break time as occurred most assuredly over the years, with the break being from an aggressive
    active pursuit of new names to add to the portfolio.

    Always checked email for anything re my portfolio as that is my obligation to inquiries or BIN .

    In effect, I think of my break as " putting the brakes " on foolish speculative purchases - and
    I too love(d) silly names.

    The break lets the wallet cool down and gives me time to re-consider whatever niche I might have been
    tossing money darts at.

    There are so many tools and options today to check on names, niches, trends, comps that
    my domain activities today, at my level of involvement, is almost like being on a break.

    And KUDOS to NamePros, the all-inclusive multi-facitied Forum that consolidates so much material in it's content coverage and the various links and external references that reading NamePros with regularity is in itself a break from the vast searching for similar info across the web.
     
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    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    This is so true and so eloquently expressed by @WatchDogue Has NamePros ever considered some sort of testimonial section? If so this should be at the top, particularly coming from a Top member who started in domain names in 1996! Thanks so much for all of your contributions and reflections in many different threads @WatchDogue, and reminding us how important NamePros is to us all.

    I probably would have dabbled in domain names and then left for some other "hobby" were it not for the NamePros community. I am constantly amazed that such a diverse and large community works so well almost all of the time. Thanks to everyone who makes it that way, both technically and management/moderation wise.

    Bob
     
  21. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Yes I had hoped that more would respond to that part of the question about breaks, but maybe it is best served in its own thread and with a poll like you say. I have placed it as a priority item on ideas to research and develop into posts, and will hopefully do so before too long, and will include a poll with it, as you suggest.

    I think it is a serious problem, because most of us do operate solitary and do not have family members who have an interest in domain matters things.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Bob
     
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    I am domainng for 6 months & have seven small 7 domains. I refilled 116 usd in namecheap & earned 96 from marketplace. my first domain was reged in APril.

    I dont think i should take a brake.
     
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