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confessions of a domain name junkie

January 15th, 2010

It looks like the Google Adsense for Domains team has added the ability for domain owners to add keyword hints to help Google provide the most relevant ads that match their domain.

Here’s the instructions on the Google Adsense support site for adding keyword hints.

Here’s the official Google Adsense blog post about this news.

Are you using Google Adsense to monetize your unused domains?

Has it worked better or worse than other parking programs like Fabulous.com or Sedo.com?

December 30th, 2009

The domain name waktukecil.com is for sale for $100. #waktukecil is a popular topic on Twitter right now. Waktukecil means “When I was a child” in Bahasa Indonesian. People are tweeting about their childhoods. This domain would make a perfect site for people to share stories about their childhood.

Click here to buy the waktukecil.com domain name

January 30th, 2009

Just got this in via email from DotSter.com:

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And the fine print:

* LIMITED TIME OFFER. BOGODOMAIN coupon expires February 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm PST. BOGODOMAIN coupon is valid for one new, one-year .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, .INFO, or .US domain registration with the purchase of one new, one-year .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, .INFO, or .US domain registration. All renewals after initial purchase will be at standard list price. Coupon is not valid with existing domains and services, renewals, other coupons, or special pricing.

Go get your buy one get one free domain at dotster today!

January 19th, 2009

I read an interesting post in Elliot J Silver’s blog about a recent UDRP case lost by former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman.

I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV, but after reading some quotes from the panelists that made the decision to deny the complain (without the respondent even offering a rebuttal), it almost sounds like the panelists are saying that Meg Whitman is not “famous enough” to have her name protected:

From the panelists:

“fame alone is not sufficient to establish common law trademark or service mark rights in a personal name. Rather, the Complainant’s personal name must be used such that a relevant segment of the public comes to recognize her name as a symbol that distinguishes her services from those of similarly situated service providers. “

For example, Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods is a globally known name who’s “brand name” notoriety spans many genres and sectors. People immediately associate their names with something.

It sounds like they are saying that Meg Whitman‘s name, while known in tech circles, is not immediately known across the board as being attached to something. Like her personal brand isn’t as universal.

However, looking at this quote from the panelists:

“Unlike the complainants in Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc., and Steven Rattner, supra, the Complainant here has presented no evidence of the actual use of her name as a source indicator in connection with the services she is claiming.”

It seems like they may be saying that Meg Whitman (the complainant), simply did not present enough compelling evidence to prove that her personal brand is as widely associated with a specific service.

There’s a lot of talk in social media about the idea of “personal branding“. This seems like one of those factual based examples that support the argument that you need to work to establish yourself as a brand.

Although I have never personally heard of Monty Roberts, it seems he presented enough evidence of his personal brand in this UDRP case to convince the panelists that he should hold the rights to a .org domain name containing his name.

How’s your personal brand doing?

January 6th, 2009

I just read Mike’s “01/05/2009: Domain Newbies and Junkies… When is enough, enough?” post at wannadevelop.com where he talks about “domain junkies” and “domain newbies”.

I know Mike probably doesn’t know me from Adam, but I just wanted to set the record straight that this “DomainJunkies” doesn’t fit the profile of the “domain junkies” that Mike observes :)

I started this website in 2000, way before most of the domaining boom started. I’m not a major player by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m hardly clueless about the value of domain names and the state of the industry. I tend to avoid vanity and country extensions unless it’s a strong keyword for a site I will develop personally. I still don’t get .tv, and I’m openly prejudiced against anything that is not .com

I honestly prefer to develop a domain name into a great website, and most of my domain name purchases happen after I get yet another idea for an amazing website. Not all my ideas turn out to be great, a couple have actually made it to amazing status, but over the years, my todo list gets longer and longer.

To be honest, I actually agree with some of Mike’s observations (and the ones in Jamie’s post) about the state of sales threads in domain name forums. They could definitely use a bit of an overhaul. At the same time, a savvy developer can find some gems for sale if they keep an eye out. Like my grandma used to say “one man’s regfee is another man’s treasure”. Yep, she was a forward thinker, my nana.


The first step is admitting you have a problem :)
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