Domain Name Addiction
March 26, 2008 · Print This Article
My wife is addicted to shopping, my daughter is addicted to chocolate and my friend is addicted to old cars. I’m addicted to domain names. I currently own over 300 domains, I would say at least 20 are highly valuable.
How do you stop a domain name addiction?
Simple, turn the domain names into a commodity. If the domain names are generating you income, you can keep the addition without feeling guilty.
Either start developing the domain names into the ideas you had when you bought them, I appreciate this is easier said than done! Alternatively, you can go the same route I did and create Adsense sites. They don’t make big bucks, but if done properly they should provide you with a) enough money to cover the renewal fees and b) a good indication on what domains to develop from analysing the site’s stats.
On average it took me 4 hours to create an Adsense site for the majority of my domains, which I dedicated to my Sunday mornings for a year.
Hour one - Research Keywords (find those niche keywords that have searches with no competition. Keyword Tracker is great for this using their KEI formula) Collect images, copy and links.
Hour two - Content - Write the content in your own words making sure you add the keywords to the copy once or twice.
Hour three - Add content and Adsense to a simple template and carry out on-page SEO from your keyword research.
Hour four - Upload the site to the server, set up an email account and set up Google Analytics.
Here are 5 benefits to creating a site early on with your domain names rather than just letting them get cold sitting with your domain register:
1) Providing you add some good content to each site, you should generate enough income via Adsense or affiliate programmes to pay the renewal fees.
2) If the onpage SEO and content is good, other sites that link to you may get your site climbing the search engine rankings generating more traffic/revenue.
3) It’s a lot easier to sell a domain name with an established site on it. If the site is listed in the search engines, with links, you will see a nice ROI.
4) You can monitor each site to see what sites are proving popular. Build the sites that are getting the most links/traffic and you could see a nice return.
5) Keeping busy developing sites will not give you enough time to search for other domain names!
How many domain names do you own? Have you got a domain name addiction?