Gobble Up As Many Domain Names As You Can
People who buy and hold domain names for the purpose of eventually reselling them for a profit are called “domainers.” It’s now big business, particularly given the Internet trend of “going local” and the rush to own local Internet real estate. Think “AtlantaDoctors.com” or “MidtownChineseFood.com” as two hypothetical possibilities. Minneapolis-based investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co. estimates Internet local ad spending will grow from $5 billion to $25 billion in the next decade.
Each B-to-B cataloger should be a domain-name acquirer in its own market niche for three reasons.
1. Make sure you own the domain-name real estate related to your brand, product or offer, particularly as the Web moves local.
2. When searching, it’s estimated your potential customers actually enter what they’re looking for (say, “personalloan.com”) as a URL into the search engine 25 percent of the time. Also, 15 percent of the time they bypass the search engine entirely and enter the expected URL right into their Web browser.
3. You can actually “park” your currently dormant domain names at a static advertising page with help from Yahoo! or Google (with your own ads at the top of the listing of course) to generate clicks and cash. At the very least this will cover the cost of holding and managing the domain names.
How to Take Action
So here are some suggestions on how you can act on this.
1. Get your marketing team together and brainstorm possible new domain names. Examine your business from multiple viewpoints — the customer, application, product and local perspective, among others.
2. Pay careful attention to your best-selling products and brands.
3. Think local. If you sell drywall supplies and compete with The Home Depot, do you want to own a URL such as “AtlantaDryWall.com” or “AtlantaDryWallSupplies.com?” (You can see how thinking local multiplies your URLs in a hurry!)