I have some interesting news to report. In a previous posting I wrote about how I was unsure what to do with my 9000 domain names because I was losing money on the vast majority of them. And, in another posting I wrote about how I developed big sites on some of my domains but they still only made less than $1/day.
So, since I obviously have no good plan for making money from domains, I did what any wild and crazy Internet entrepreneur would do: I bought more domains. Here’s a list of my recent purchases:
Pastries.com – $12,500
AdvertisingAgency.com – $33,000
Physical.com – $42,500
FanLetters.com – $600
Humidifiers.com – $50,000
NurseryRhymes.com – $13,050
Fairies.com – $32,500
LocalArea.com – $4,500
Adventure.com – $200,000
Feminism.com – $5,000
I said I have no “good plan”, but after kicking around a bunch of ideas, I do have some sort of plan for these domains. For
Pastries.com, Humidifiers.com, AdvertisingAgency.com, Physical.com, FanLetters.com, Feminism.com, and TattooShops.com (which is a domain I already owned), I am going to setup WordPress article type sites. I have used WordPress before (this blog that you are reading right now is in WordPress) but I have never used it just to try to increase search engine traffic. Google likes frequently updated sites, and because WordPress can be set to automatically publish articles over time, it is ideal for keeping a site frequently updated. Plus, WordPress offers a bunch of good SEO tools and features.
At LocalArea.com, I am in the process of setting up a site showing local news, photos, videos, deals, concerts, job listings, reviews, etc. for each city/town in the USA. The site will be fully automated, and have its own page for each city/town so that will hopefully be good for getting search engine listings.
I plan to turn NurseryRhymes.com into a site with lyrics and music (midi and wav files) for over 1000 popular nursery rhymes.
Adventure.com will be a site all about adventure, with sections such as:
Online Adventure Games (what I have now at http://adventure.com/games/ )
Adventure Travel (articles, videos, vacation offers, etc.)
Extreme Sports (videos, articles, etc. )
Adventure Movies / Videos
I bought all of these domains cheap enough so that if I don’t make money from developing them, I can sell them instead for hopefully at least what I paid for them. So, there is little risk for me in buying them. I will post an update on my blog once I have all these sites fully launched and know how well they are doing.