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  1. jrowlinson

    jrowlinson Active Member

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    We are a UK company who have started writing content based websites in bulk. In the last 6 months we have written around 50 sites (Child Safety at safekids.co.uk, How to Create a Great CV at greatcvs.co.uk, Travel Safety at safetravel.co.uk etc etc).

    We are intending to write 1000 sites over the next 18 months and now have the staff to do it.

    Our preference is to purchase existing domains and we have bought a few. In general though they are too expensive as budgets are tight given the volume of text we have to write.

    Would it work if I posetd a list of sites we are writing at the moment here and domain name vendors could let us know if they have domains for sale for between £100 and £250?

    At the moment we need a domain name for first time home buyers. Anyone have anything that would work?

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    .............. PM sent...
     
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    Post the sites please.
     
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    Sites

    We will do sites on almost any subject that is not timely. We would not do 'hotboybands.co.uk' but would do 'sleepmaster.co.uk' etc. We also don't want financial sites.

    If you could send a list of what you have for sale either privately or post a url to look I am sure we will find one or two of interest.

    We don't have a list of the 1000 sites. We generally plan for 10 per week and do that by visiting a library etc. We have an editor, 6 sub editors and a stack of freelance writers. It's an evolution of sites really.
     
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    Would you be able to purchase large volumes of names i.e. several hundred at a time?
     
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    living-space.co.uk
     
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    See site in signature please, not all are for sale but most are.
     
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    Itry.co.uk (i Try)
    Dressedup.co.uk
     
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    PM Sent.

    Bluestig:mrgreen:
     
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    domains

    for property
    forsale-rent.co.uk
    sale-rent.co.uk
    scottishpropertysales.co.uk
    ..........................................z
     
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    ukjudo.co.uk
    politicalcircles.co.uk
    domainsdirctory.co.uk
    airportaxi.co.uk
    petsurgery.co.uk
    privateincome.co.uk

    pm me if your interested
     
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    weblogz.co.uk

    PM me
     
  15. jrowlinson

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    Hi,

    Thanks to everyone for replying. I managed to buy 4 domain names (not a lot but a start) from individuals.

    It's funny but the people who hold thousands of names are much more difficult to deal with. It strikes me that if someone holds 2000+ names then selling 10 for £4000 would not be a bad deal - but apparently it is!

    I am going to continue to post a list of subjects that we are writing sites for on a new thread and if people who want to sell names could reply then that would be great.
     
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    it does depend what the 10 names are :)

    I know a few people with the odd few thousand names that I would give £4k and my right arm for ten of them :)
     
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    I think the answer to this is statistics. Owners of very large portfolios should be able to sell a number of domains from their portfolio each month without having to heavily discount. i.e. an end user will often pay £1500 to £2000 for a nice two word generic. That will make 10 for £4000 deals not too attractive if those 10 domains are quality domains (where individual offers under £1000 would normally be turned away). For a small portfolio owner decent offers for domains can sometimes be scarce i.e. a 400 domain portfolio will statistically get one tenth of the amount of offers of a 4000 domain portfolio so those smaller portfolio owners may be willing to take much lower prices when interest is shown. There may come a point at which your offer may appeal to a very large portfolio holder but its way above 10 for £4000. 50 for £25,000 may get interest and would possibly be better value in the long run for your own corporation if each of those 50 domains were quality generics that attract more visitors.
     
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    Nigel, Maybe I am really missing something. Traffic for us comes through content and links. The saying is that (unique) content is queen and links are king. This is true for us for sure. Having well written content that is totally unique and informative and that attracts great links is the way forward. We have many .gov links now and they are like gold.

    The domain name really doesn't matter - it really doesn't. We will NOT purchase a domain name that has been parked and has no history.

    It really does seem to me that there is a trade to be done in picking up expired domains and selling them on at between £100 and £300 each. These are the people that I am dealing with - they are both sensible and have something of value. If someone does say 5 a week that's £50k a year (at £200 each) for not so much work.

    Maybe one day the horizon will change and all the people hoarding 1000's of domains will find the value of them is not quite so high - or never was.
     
  19. Edwin

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    Bingo! You've hit the nail right on the head there. Especially since many nice generics get traffic from typeins that's not dependent on old links or other factors, but is just "there" like the air we breathe - and a certain % of those typeins can turn into sales enquiries :)

    I understand your point but you're coming from a very specific vantage point where you're looking to build a lot of sites.

    Most sales in fact happen when end-users see the need for a generic domain (or small family of related names) to help them stick out from the crowd of me-too companies in their niche. Being the only company to own woodenwidgets.co.uk in the "wooden widget" niche gives them a certain measure of credibility that's hard to manufacture any other way.

    After all, aside from companies that are already household names, all that visitors have to go on when choosing a company from search engine results (or ads), from a directory etc. is the description and in many cases the URL of the company. A decent generic should garner more clicks and more pre-trusting visitors.
     
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    Edwin,

    You're forgetting that the user has to find the website in the first place and in general it's done through a search engine (probably google). So WoodenWidget, WidgetsFromWood, WoodWidgets, TimberWidgets does not really matter that much unless you are building a big brand around them (like pepsi etc).

    I used to own books.co.uk, flowers.co.uk, wine.co.uk and many others like this and let them lapse - mainly because I was doing other stuff. If I had them now they wouldn't help me in what I am doing. Though I am sure I missed a few quid in not keeping them on.

    If anyone has any domains with OK names (but not great ones) and history and possibly even some Google PageRank (1 or 2) then I will buy them if we can build a site (please PM me). We have an editor, 6 sub eds, 3 film crew and around 300 freelance writers. That's how we are adding our value - though at the moment we have no real business plan for making money.
     
  21. Edwin

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    If those are the actual domains, then you missed a few hundred thousand quid, not a few quid. I expect each of your examples would receive several hundred typeins per day.

    For comparison purposes, I own map.co.uk and maps.co.uk and each averages 500 daily visitors purely from typeins i.e. people typing the URL into their browser address bar to "see what's there". That's close to 200,000 annual visitors who will come regardless of whether an eventual site ranks #1 or #999,588 on the search engines...
     
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