Saturday, September 20, 2008

Life Fish



I've been buying up lots of domains and looking for ways to monetize them. Stumbled across something called BANS sites and decided to pay the $100 to join their forum and use their software. I was reading through the introductions in the forum and this post made me lol. This guy will never succeed at being an entrepreneur. I don't need to know anything else about him. He needs to get a job, or keep his job if he has one. Some people are just fish.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

For those worried about Thailand

I've gotten a lot of emails from people concerned about me being in Thailand or about them coming or going etc. I just got an email from Best Western about it and they summed it up perfectly:

  • All other areas in Bangkok remain unaffected by the rally. There has been no significant disruption to life and business in the capital beyond added traffic congestion in a few areas. The vast majority of the city, including all the major tourist spots (including The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun-Temple of Dawn, and Sanam Luang – The Royal Ground), shopping centres and riverside attractions, as well as all roads and public/private transport systems are functioning normally. Bangkok's city taxi and rail services are unaffected. All hotels and resorts in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open for business as usual.
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok’s international airport) and all regional airports around Thailand are operating normally. Rail services in provincial areas of the north and northeastern regions are operating normally. Service has also resumed on most of the rail services to destinations in the south. (Call Centre: 1690). Major surface routes between Bangkok and other parts of Thailand are unaffected. Travel to key destinations around Thailand, such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Northeastern Thailand (Isan) and other parts of the country remains unaffected.
Basically if I didn't follow the news I would have no idea anything was going on. Everything is normal here. It is as if there were a huge demonstration in Sacramento and people who lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco should somehow be worried about that. Doesn't bother me :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The domain game

Over the last year or so I have been studying buying and selling domains a fair amount. Lately I've kicked it into high gear and am making some solid progress. The premise behind the industry is very attractive, buy a web address and hold onto it, then sell it for an insane amount of money at some point down the road. When I started out though I was a fool. I registered anything and everything that popped into my head, and probably wasted a good $3-5k on pointless names.

Now I think I've gotten the basics down though. Some of the rookie mistakes I made:


-Registering the name of an existing company is not a path to riches, it is a waste of money. They can sue you for trademark infringement and nobody will buy the name from you anyway. An example of this is one name I bought, www.paypal.bz. I thought it was going to make me a bundle. It is worthless.

-For all intents and purposes, .com is the only way to go. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, registering names with any other extension is going to be a waste of money.

-The most liquid and valuable domains are names that I thought were silly when I started out. Names such as TVD.com and QR.com are worth an insane amount of money. If you find the right buyer (a company with those initials) they will pay a fairly unlimited amount of money for the name.

It is quite fun and I've recently started making some actual purchases of domains, not just registering my own. Here are some of the ones I've picked up:


www.WUIU.com
www.DETY.net (it means Children in Russian)
www.SAVVYPOKER.com
www.ONLINEFREEROLLS.com

Of the domains I bought previously I think the only ones I have of any value are:

www.POKERPIE.com
www.XOSSA.com
www.RAKEBREAKER.com
www.FORCLOSURECONNECTION.com
www.STRASSA2.com

Maybe one or two others, but I have a bunch of simply retarded names that I never should have wasted money on. Some examples:

www.ADSENSEDOMAINPARK.com
www.CHOCOLATECHIPMEDIA.com
www.KIKKERMEDIA.com
www.ANDERSHEDEN.com
www.HEDEN.co.uk
www.RUNWAY.la
www.POKERRROM.ws

These either: A) violate a trademark, B) are too long or C) are not .com or D) are just stupid.


I'll report my progress as I go along and make more purchases.