Whonami- Choosing a cheap domain name for your Affiliate Website

Choosing a cheap domain name for your Affiliate Website:

Affiliate Websites

Of the different ways to make money from domain names, the cheapest way is to create an affiliate websites. However, this is also often the hardest and takes the most time. It either requires an extensive knowledge of search engine optimization techniques and/or the money to invest in PPC campaigns which could easily end up outweighing the amount of money made from the affiliate links.

How It Works, In a Nutshell –

With an affiliate website, you’ll first need to register a domain through any Registrar. Next, find a web host for the domain (most Registrars will also host the site for a small fee). Finally, develop an actual site, using a software package, or using an online tool, like DomainIt.com’s site-builder.

As you develop the site, look for companies selling products related to the domain you registered and sign up for their affiliate programs. You can find several affiliate programs through affiliate networks, which are sites that manage affiliate programs for companies. Two of the larger affiliate networks are ClickBank.com orCommissonJunction.com.

Once you’ve launched your website, you’ll have to start some traffic generating campaigns. Usually, this involves a mixture of search engine optimization (SEO), link building, and PPC advertising. Eventually, the traffic you get will begin to convert into real money. And perhaps, sooner or later, another domainer will show some interest in the site and give you a worthwhile bid on it.

How to Choose the Right Domain Names For Affiliate Marketing –

If you’re registering a new name and have no intention of reselling it, then the extensions won’t make too big of a difference, but of course a .com name is preferable over other extensions. If you expect your traffic to come from a particular geographical area, then you may want to register the corresponding ccTLD.

The biggest factor in choosing the right domain name for an affiliate website is using the right keywords that will give you a slight advantage over other domains. The name ‘TheWriteEditor.com’ won’t help increase the page’s ranking in search engines. However, a name like ‘EditingServices.com’ might. If you want to get more local traffic, a name like ‘EditingServicesAlabama.com’ would work even better. Other TLDs would work as well, but the ccTLDs would tend only to draw country specific search engine traffic as search engines are much less likely to send traffic from the UK to a .us domain.

If you choose to buy the domain from an online auction or sale, you sometimes stand a better chance of getting initial traffic to your site. But, if the site already has a fair amount of traffic, you’re going to end up paying for it in the cost of the domain. Smart domainers know the value of traffic and won’t give up an established domain name for pennies.

As far as how much traffic a domain name already gets, you will often have to rely on the seller’s claims in their listing, which could easily lead you into a scam. One of the first places you should check is Alexa, which will give you an overview of the amount of a traffic a domain receives. Another great resource is Estibot, which gives you information on the popularity of the keywords, potential traffic, and a domain estimate.
You can also find out how many sites link to an established domain and how old those links are could be an indicator of how many visitors the site gets. Simply using Google’s advanced search can yield this information.

Do as much research as possible on a domain’s history and the domain owner before laying down any cash or divulging too much information. You’ll find more great resources for researching a domain’s history in our domain tools directory.

Finding Affiliate Programs for Your Site

Some of the best places to find affiliate programs are on affiliate networks, such asClickBank.com or CommissonJunction.com. These networks offer several benefits:

  1. The gather online merchants into one pool so that their programs are easier to find by category.
  2. They make it easy to add links to your own site and track your click-throughs and conversions.
  3. They consolidate the payments from several companies and make your affiliate business much easier to run.

Another way to find great advertisers with big payouts to their affiliates is by searching the internet and asking for the advice of more experienced affiliate marketers in forums and other social networking sites. You can also check out affiliate directories such as the one at AssociatePrograms.com for potential programs to promote.

Developing Your Site

Website development is not a simple process. While there are many resources on the Internet for beginning web developers, you won’t find any sure-fire instructions for developing a great site from scratch. Unless you plan on hiring a professional, expect to spend some time and effort developing your website.

Using HTML editing software, such as Dreamweaver, can help you get started. Additionally, many web hosts offer online web-building tools, which will likely be easier for beginners than a more advanced software package like Dreamweaver.

Another option is to use a Content Management System (CMS) like Word Press. It’s a little more difficult to set up than a basic HTML page, but it’s much easier to add and change content with a CMS than it is with an HTML editor.

Promoting Your Site

There’s an entire industry set up around website promotion. It involves optimizing your website to make it more ‘likable’ to search engines, obtaining inbound links to the site from other websites, and paid advertisements (PPC ads) on other sites and search engines.

The fastest way to get traffic, though it can be expensive, is from PPC campaigns, but you have to be careful about the keywords you use to draw traffic and the amount of money you pay for clicks. It’s easy to end up paying more for the clicks than the money you make from the advertisers. In other words, your clicks can outweigh your sales.

While SEO tactics are much cheaper, they’re also much more focused on long term results and take a longer time to realize profits. Another problem comes from the search engines themselves, which are slowly learning to ‘filter out’ affiliate sites. To optimize your site and keep from getting ‘black listed’, you’ll need a fresh array of original content, links from other sites, and time (Google will usually list an older site before a new one when both sites compete for the same keywords).

The best way to promote an affiliate site is to combine the PPC and SEO strategies, making sure the long term and short term campaigns are both receiving the proper amount of attention.

(Written by Igoldrush)

Whonami-There are some ways to monetize a domain names.

There are some ways to monetize a domain names.

There are several different categories of domain names investment and monetization; below are quick descriptions of each. Some methods are easier than others. Some methods have a higher return than others. They all have their pros and cons, and they all take time and hard work to utilize effectively.

  • Affiliate Websites – Think of a good domain name, register it, and then build a website filled with various advertisements for other sites that bear a similarity to your domain name, making money off anyone who clicks on the ads and purchases the advertised products.
  • PPC Websites (Pay-Per-Click) – These are very much like affiliate sites, except the revenue generated comes from PPC advertising systems like Google AdSenseand Yahoo Publisher Network.
  • Domain Parking – There are several services, like sedo.com, where you can “park” your domain. The domain will have a variety of keyword targeted ads, similar to the ppc and affiliate sites mentioned above. You make money off the ads that your parking company puts up. Additionally, you can also list your site for sale at the same time.
  • Domain Leasing – Rent the domain name out to advertisers or other interested parties.
  • Domain Purchase and Resale – Register a domain or buy an existing domain with hopes of reselling it to other domainers.
  • Domain Development – Register a domain name and develop a website for it, with unique content and some sort of business model.

(Written by Igoldrush)

 

Whonami-Top 10 Domain names sales in 2012 by DNJournal

No Domain Sold For Where Sold
1 Investing.com $2,450,000 Pvt Sale
2 PersonalLoans.com $1,000,000 DomainNameSales
3 Silver.com $875,000 WebsiteProperties
4 FreeWebsite.com $500,000 Pvt Sale
tie
4 WebHosting.co.uk $500,000 Sedo
tie
4 Challenge.com $500,000 Pvt Sale
tie
4 Jackpot.com $500,000 Moniker
tie
8 GiftBasket.com $350,000 FindYourDomain
9 VI.com $325,000 Pvt Sale
tie
9 BJ.com $325,000 Toby Clements Newsletter
tie

Top 10 Domain names sales in 2012. The domain name it took a minimum of $325,000 to earn a spot on the YTD Top 10 Chart this year, #1 Investing.com with $2,450,000

Whonami-All Are 3-Digit or 3-Letter Domains Names Sales Chart Total $1.35 Million

All Are 3-Digit or 3-Letter Domains Names Sales Chart

The weeks ending Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, The 588.com domain name changing hands for $1 million on China’s popular 4.cnplatform, as reported earlier this week at TheDomains. And $200,000 sale of #2 OBE.com on behalf of seller Anything.com – and Tracy Fogarty’s eNaming.com scored big with #3 419.com at $150,000.

No Domain Sold For Where Sold
1 588.com $1,000,000 4.cn
2 OBE.com $200,000 GetYourDomain
3 419.com $150,000 eNaming

Whonami-Non .com gTLDs, Domain name USA.wiki sold for $5000 in Jan., 2015

Non .com gTLDs (.net, .org, .biz, .info & others, including new gTLDs). Domain name USA.wiki sold for $5000

The .nets won the extension race with four chart entries nipping the .orgs who had 3.  Here’s how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 25:

NO Domain Sold for Where sold
1 USA.wiki $5,000 Sedo
2 SmartSource.org $4,500 Sedo
3 DearWorld.org $4,400 Sedo
4 Krankenhaus.net  $3,989 Sedo
5 Helicopters.net $3,000 Flippa
6 Bookmark.org $2,550 Flippa
7 Pragmatic.marketing $2,400 Sedo
8 Apico.net  $2,052 Sedo
9 Coding.pro $2,000 Sedo
tie
9 Debt.wiki $2,000 Sedo
tie
9 Lionel.net $2,000 Flippa
tie

Whonami-Country Code Top 10 Sales Chart In Jan 2015 by DNJournal

Country Code Top 10 Sales Chart In Jan 2015 by DNJournal. Sweden’s .se easily won the extension race with six chart entries, Spanien.se at $60,000 standing at No. 1

1. Spanien.se $60,000 Tradera
2. SE.se $52,000 Tradera
3. WebShops.nl $39,279 Undeveloped.nl
4. SD.se $24,000 Tradera
5. PS.se $15,600 Tradera
6. IT.se $15,400 Tradera
7. DJ.se $15,000 Tradera
8. FirstChoice.com.au $12,908 NetFleet.com.au
9. SEO.io $11,000 Flippa
10. Autoteile.eu €7,000 = $7,980 Sedo

Whonami-Top 10 domain names sales in Jan.2015 by DNjournal

Top 10 domain names sales in Jan.2015 by DNjournal: HomeCare.com and SuperSeats.com give Michael the 1st and 4th spots on sales chart, with the two biggest ccTLD sales sandwiched in between. The .SE Registry, continuing their sale of previously reserved Swedish domains  filled 3 more chart positions with names they auctioned off on EBay’sTradera.com platform. That group was led by #2 Spanien.se (“Spain” in Swedish) at $60,000and #3 SE.se at $52,000. The #5 slot went to WebShops.nl, a Dutch domain thatUndeveloped.nl sold for $39,279.

Domain name/ Sales amount/ Where sold

1. HomeCare.com $350,000 NamesCon/RightOfTheDot Auction
2. Spanien.se $60,000 Tradera
3. SE.se $52,000 Tradera
4. SuperSeats.com $48,888 Sedo
5. WebShops.nl $39,279 Undeveloped.nl
6. RBU.com $27,500 Sedo
7. SD.se $24,000 Tradera
8. 2009.com $22,500 Sedo
9. PJT.com $19,799 Sedo
10. Nachos.com $18,051 Flippa

Whonami-How to export a domain name’s zone file records?

How to export a domain name’s zone file records?

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.
  3. Click the domain you want to use, and then select the DNS Zone File tab.
  4. Click More, and then select Export (Unix) or Export (Windows), depending on the format you want the file to be in.
  5. The system generates a ZIP file that contains the zone file records for your domain name. Save the file to your computer.

From the Domain Name Details page, you can export your domain name’s zone file records to use with a third party or to archive. For example, if you want a third party to manage your DNS, you can export the zone file records from us, and then import them into the third-party system. Archiving your DNS records gives you a backup copy of them if you make a mistake while editing your DNS.

The exported data follows the BIND zone file format and RFC 1035. You must manually edit the exported data before a BIND DNS server can use it directly. These edits will differ based on the requirements of the server to which you are uploading the exported file.

Whonami- You can find and buy expired domain names

You can find and buy expired domain names.

Domain names expire on different schedules, depending on the original Registrar they were registered with. Since desirable domain names can be grabbed in seconds once they become available, the only way to have a chance of securing a domain name of value is to be prepared by arming yourself with the knowledge of exactly when it will become available.

There are several sources of expired domain name information, some free and some that require the payment of a subscription or membership fee.

One of the best free resources is JustDropped.com. From this site, you can research which domain names have expired in the last 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days or 60 days.

Always bear in mind that crawling for interesting expired domain names requires effort, whether it’s thinking up search terms and feeding them into a search engine, or painstakingly stepping through a long list of expiring names. With over 20,000 domains expiring some days, the hunt for quality names can often feel like searching for a very small needle in a towering haystack, but the effort can be worthwhile should you succeed in tracking down and registering a highly desirable expired domain name.

Which Domain Names To Look For

One assumes you’re hunting down expiring domain names for one of two reasons:

  1. To use the name yourself.
  2. To invest in the name for possible resale later.

If you’re hunting for names to use in building a site or service, you’ll already have a list of criteria as to what makes a good name, including suitability to the product or service it is intended to represent.

When hunting for expiring names, you also need to bear in mind who the previous owner of the name was and what they were using the name for, if anything. While most expiring names can be considered “fair game” (meaning they are available to be registered by anyone), you clearly wouldn’t wish to run afoul of the legal department of a giant corporation such as Microsoft or IBM. Even if you’re eventually proved to be in the right, always watch out for trademarks.

Many times, a simple WHOIS search is sufficient to reveal the current owner of a domain name that has been placed on hold and ready for deletion. However, there can be times when the ownership information is not as readily available, such as when the original Registrant’s information has been deleted in the domain record and substituted for information provided by the Registrar.

This is where the “Wayback Machine” offered by Archive.org can come in handy. This site allows you to view stored “snapshots” of millions of sites around the web as they appeared at different points in time. To check for information on the expiring domain name you’re interested in, enter “www.ExpiringDomainName.com” into the search box at Archive.org’s main page and see if any snapshots have been recorded for an old site at that domain. If some snapshots exist, you can browse the snapshots to get an idea of who the previous domain Registrant was and what they were using the domain name for.

Buying Expired Domain Names

While it is still possible to manually register some expiring domain names near the moment they become available, the competition surrounding the most desirable names has become so heated that manual methods alone are unlikely to be successful.

An entire mini-industry has sprung up around the backordering, or grabbing, of expiring domain names. While none of the solutions below provide an infallible solution to the problem of securing expiring domain names, they can help even the playing field.

The biggest firm in the expiring name acquisition game, and perhaps the most well-known, is SnapNames.com. For a fee, SnapNames will register expiring domains on your behalf, but if it’s a good domain there will likely be some competition. If two or more people attempt to “snap” the same expiring name, the name will be placed up for auction between the interested parties the moment SnapNames acquires it.

There are other such services that help you register expired domains in addition to SnapNames. Browse our Domain Backordering section of our Domain Resources for additional companies.

To maximize your chances of getting an expired name, it can be helpful to backorder the name at several of the automated services simultaneously. Since most of them charge only for successful registrations, you won’t be charged for any unsuccessful attempts.

Before jumping to the domain investment section of the guide, let’s talk about Multi-Lingual Domain Names.

(Written by Igoldrush)