Pacemakers.com is for sale –
I have been called an asshole – helpful – nice and anything in between. I may be an enigma to some but that’s because you all know me from being online, on Name Pros or twitter. I am not that complicated and my wife will attest to this.
I live 30 miles south of Buffalo NY near Lake Erie. We live in the country surrounded by farm land. I have a wife and two beautiful girls who are still in school; even though I am almost 55 years old. I married later in life after years in the military,college and bartending. I bounced around the SouthEast – I was the ultimate Peter Pan. I was in the Air Force near Silicon Valley, although it was not a robust technical juggernaut it is now. I also spent a year near @domainShane in Champaign Urbana Illinois, those were my fondest memories.
After a night of fights in the bar I was working in N.Y. and another whorish night with some random girl, I had an epiphany. I was 35 and still acting like I was in college, I needed a change. I applied to be a tech support agent in 1997 for a company called Clientlogic. They rushed me through Windows 95 class and put me on the phones. I had a computer engineering degree from 1986 before Windows was a thing, this was all new to me.
While I was climbing the corporate ladder I started meeting like-minded geeks like myself and we started talking about building websites. One idiot friend wouldn’t stop talking about domains – he wanted to start a site called Deaddogsdonteatchocolate – idiot. That’s when I started thinking about domain names. I bought Uglydork.com as my first domain in the 90’s and still have it. I went back to college and earned a second degree in Business and I still work as an IT manager so I can feed the kids, but I love domains. Domains pay for our vacations.
I shudder to think of all the domains I owned and either let lapse or sold for next to nothing. I am NOT one of the people who had the foresight to buy cool names and hold them. I sold mine for party money. Buying back then required paperwork and it sucked. I had tons of great names over the years that I should have kept.
About 5 years ago I sold a name I had been holding for $12,000 and I was hooked again. I started searching eBay for names and bought some garbage. I started buying garbage on Name Pros. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t duplicate my $12,000 sale? I didn’t look at extensions or try to learn, I made many mistakes. Chris.net was my most expensive lesson. After that loss I was on a quest to learn. Most everything I am going to share over the next while is trial and error. I have a habit of not listening or taking advice. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. I have been flat broke waiting for pay day and selling off names cheap and I have been flush with money on domain name buying sprees.
I will show you what tools I use – where I look for names and how I try to sell my names. I’m not going to pretend I know everything – I definitely do not!
This biggest issue I see in our industry is two-fold:
1. The guys who sell tons of names aren’t giving anyone useful information on how to sell, everything seems to me a secret or you need connections people are not willing to share. Why would they give the competition their contacts?
2. There is no central way to advertise to the general public. Do you think anyone besides investors are going to domain auctions or Name Pros?
Hopefully you learn something or maybe you share your knowledge. The huge guys in the industry are helpful and accessible, but they aren’t going to share the wealth.
Lets start with who I follow on twitter – I feel that these are a must
DO NOT START FOLLOWING THESE PEOPLE AND START ASKING FOR THINGS – YOU WILL BE BLOCKED! Watch – Learn – don’t try to sell them.
@DomainShane Absolute #1 on my list – daily newsletter filled with domains! YOU MUST FOLLOW! Great guy
@zuiker_chris – domain broker for Media Options – lots of free information – has helped me with advice – great guy
@DotWeekly – Jaimie knows every sale and inside information
@jstenn13 More insight
@DNAcademy Learn from the best
@andrewrosener There is nobody better right now at selling domains – Will tell you what he thinks without a filter. If you don’t have a thick skin – dont talk to him. I have brought him a couple of deals. DO NOT SEND HIM ANYTHING. Andrew will light you up if you bring him garbage. I have a Love/Hate relationship with Andrew – he has been great to me.
@onlinedomaincom Wealth of information
@MrJagSingh Jag is an amazing guy – he has gone out of his way to help me on multiple occasions – easily accessible
@MichaelCyger One of the masters!
@DNJournal Tons of industry news
@MorganDOTLinton Wealth of information
@DInvesting Wealth of information – Super Knowledgeable – great guy
@juddeme Wealth of information
@TLDInvestors Nice information
@DomainSherpa If you don’t follow and listen to Sherpa episodes you should not be in this business – all free information!
@buffalobills Because the Bills Rule