James Iles

Top Topics: What Do You Do to Keep Motivated?; Price Upon Request...

By James Iles, Oct 27, 2019
  1. In this week's Top Topics, we touch on the subject of motivation. With domaining being largely an individualistic venture, how do you keep yourself motivated? Elsewhere, investors are discussing the subject of terminology for landing pages, after Rick Schwartz mentioned that "Price Upon Request" works better than "Make an Offer".

    What Do You Do to Keep Motivated?

    Domain name investing is typically a solo venture. Whilst there’s often interaction with other domainers either privately or via a forum, you’re ultimately responsible for your own strategy, investments and income from domaining.

    Motivation, at times, can be difficult to maintain in domain investing. Even with regular acquisitions and sales, the best investors can lose a certain amount of drive.

    Here, an investor asks what keeps you motivated as a domainer. Contribute to this discussion, and help other investors who may be struggling with motivation at the moment.

    Topic by: @DefinitelyDomains

    An All In One Solution for Landing Pages?

    With the general fall in revenue from parking, many investors have exclusively switched to using landing pages for their domain names, to easily give potential buyers a way to make an offer or start a conversation.

    There are several providers of landing pages, but investor Page Howe has asked for suggestions for a landing page provider that essentially gives a domainer everything they may need in a landing page service. Does such a service exist, or is it a case of creating a custom solution?

    Topic by: @Page Howe

    What Extension Failed You?

    There are hundreds of domain name extensions. The dominance of .COM has been plain to see for a couple of decades, but that hasn’t stopped investors either speculating or investing heavily in other extensions. Even legendary .COM domainer Rick Schwartz paid reportedly $200,000 for before selling it for just $6,500.

    With that being said, this discussion is all about the stories of extensions, old and new, that failed you.

    Topic by: @Tin Nguyen

    Price Upon Request

    Earlier this week, the aforementioned @Rick Schwartz posted a tweet that created some buzz. Instead of using the term "make an offer", Rick recommended using "price upon request". Efty was quick to offer a "price upon request" landing page.

    The terminology has created a debate about best practices for domain inquiries. Will you be trying out the price upon request method to see how it measures up to "make an offer"?

    Topic by: @Nikhil Jain

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  4. James Iles

    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry professional currently working on numerous domain industry research, acquisition and sales projects. Contact [email protected] For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected]

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  6. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Thank you for the great selections for threads to highlight @James Iles.

    Really impressed that Efty responded so quickly to the point raised by @Rick Schwartz and now offer a Price Upon Request option.

    On the lander front, it seems to me that over the past year we have seen a marked improvement within our industry. Efty have expanded and improved their offerings, and Sedo now offer a number of options for those who want a cleaner look focussed on BIN sales especially.

    Clearly the professional trust-building landers from DAN have always been a strength from the company, and the Epik ones that allow in essence one page independent websites for each domain, complete with SSL certificates and allowed hyperlinks, are a dream for those who like to customize appearance, add lots of text, and link to relevant resources. They even can get ranking after a few months I have discovered.

    Thanks again for drawing our attention to these topics.

  7. The Durfer

    The Durfer Upgraded Member Gold Account Blue Account VIP

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  8. Jason Morris

    Jason Morris Established Member

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    this "price upon request" seems interesting, but data has indicated Buy It Now does improve how quickly domain names can sell. Part of this seems to be Rick's obv agenda to push everyone to raise domain name prices. I agree we all should, and agree with most of his opinions, but few are in the financial position he is likely in atm - so for me, "price upon request" seems pretty flippant, assuming, and really would drive most buyers away. What industry uses "price upon request" in a way that moves product? I can't think of a single one.
  9. Soofi

    Soofi Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Thanks for compiling this one on regular basis.
  10. Josytal

    Josytal Top Member VIP

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    Thanks for sharing. I think "price upon request" is certainly not an option for most domainers.
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