Want to know how to get started as a domainer? Do you identify yourself as a domain name newbie? You found the right article to get you started.
As a new domainer, there is an abundance of domain name industry information to soak in. Often times you may feel like you’re taking a drink of water from a fire hose. However, if you follow the right path, you can enjoy long-term success. This article will help you short-circuit the domain name learning process and get up-to-speed faster.
Step 1: Visit Domaining.com, Sign-up for a Free Account
Domaining is the process of buying, selling and monetizing domain names for profit. What better place to begin as a domainer than by visiting Domaining.com.
Domaining.com aggregates and sends out an email newsletter containing links to the latest articles from top domain name blogs. Click on the Create Your Account link on the top right side of the website. Follow the steps in the process and at the end you’ll have an account, a newsletter (you specify the frequency) and access to the cumulative knowledge of the domaining industry.
A Domaining.com account allows you can log in to many sites, including BargainDomains.com (auctions), Valuate.com (domain valuation system), PremiumDomains.com (premium value domain names), and Domainers.org (domainer directory).
Step 2: Discover Popular Niches
What are the most popular niches in the domain industry? Today’s popular domain name niches include jobs, resumes, hotels, 3D, education, games, products, services, and travel.
Keep an eye on the most popular culture and trends. By doing so, you can make inexpensive purchases and then resell them for a profit. Read domain blogs to keep up-to-date with the popular domain niches, and check the newspaper, Alexa.com, and popular websites for popular niches that are gathering steam.
But watch yourself. You can get into a niche for a small fortune only to find the niche is going nowhere, fast. See Andrew Allemann’s honest recollection of how he bought into the pre-fabricated home domain name niche. Also in this interview, Andrew discusses how he keeps an eye on the latest trends.
DNJournal.com reports on the top domain sales every Wednesday. As a beginner domainer, apply a bookmark to DNJournal.com.
Every Wednesday, Editor Ron Jackson reports on the top domain sales with a unique journalist style that has gained the respect of domain investors around the world. Click on the Domain Sales link on the left side of the website to view them. Read the top domain sales report to see what domains are selling and what categories are most popular.
Step 4: Visit Estibot.com and Sign-up for an Account
At Estibot.com you can appraise domains and get an idea of keyword metrics. Although the appraisal should not to be treated as gospel and used to buy or sell domains, it does provide insight for the domain name valuation. Without a free account, Estibot.com only allows you to perform one appraisal.
Over time, a new domainer will learn to trust their instinct when buying and selling domain names. In the beginning stages, appraise various domain names to get an idea on how to use the appraisal system.
The appraisal page shows the domain name DomainSherpa.com valued as $35. Not very impressive, especially as compared to the value of content you can find on the website itself.
The available extensions are listed above. The past reported sales are above, as well. A domainer can also browse the list to see all the domain names that sold in the category.
The keyword stats are located on the bottom of the page.
Step 5: Sign-up for an Account on Sedo.com
Sedo is the top domain name aftermarket in the domain name industry. Get acquainted with the company because they are consistently a top finisher on the DN Journal domain name sales list. They have popular auctions and are a good platform for domain name sales, whether a buyer makes an offer or buys a domain at a fixed price.
Sedo can help a new domainer appraise a domain name as well, as they provide a price suggestion tool. However, you have to be the final judge because a domain name can be worth 10 times or 30 times more than a suggested $100 value, for example.
Step 6: Become Familiar with the UDRP
UDRP is an acronym for Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy. Any trademark violations or wrongful use of a domain name can be reported to the UDRP for investigation and resolution.
Be careful to not register domain names of trademark holders. Visit and read UDRP.com to learn more about the types of domain names you should steer clear of.
Another great site for reading the most recent UCRP cases, and for searching prior cases, is UDRPSearch.com.
Step 7: Learn the Different Domain Name Registrars
Three of the most popular domain registrars are Go Daddy, eNom and Network Solutions.
Find the domain registrar that fits you needs. Go Daddy tends to be the popular choice because they are always offering a discount for new domain name registrations (e.g., reliable GoDaddy.com coupon codes), but many try to up-sell you a ton of services, while others charge you a little more but give you additional benefits for free such as URL forwarding or simple web pages.
Step 8: Visit Domain Name Auctions
Go to Sedo.com, Go Daddy Auctions, Moniker, and Bargain Domains. These are popular domain auction marketplaces.
As a new domainer, you can get an idea of what domain names are popular, which are selling, and how much domain names are selling for. Watch auctions regularly to find the hot domains, trends, and niches.
Step 9: Learn to Register Good Domain Names
What is a good domain name? Watch and learn.
Single word .coms: yes. Single words with another extension: yes. From there it becomes a gray area.
Usually, geographic (GEO) job domains such as SanFranciscoJobs.com, JobsinNewYorkCity.com, LosAngelesJobs.com, and other GEO job domains do well. Niche jobs such as HealthcareJobs.com, MedicalJobs.com, BrokerJobs.com, NursingJobs.com, and BusinessJobs.com are going to command high premium prices.
Although .com will always be king, you can look for .net, .org, and .us domains. Even the .co has a good crop of domain inventory that is still available. Product domains, resume domains, service domains, education domains, and 3D domains are currently hot.
Try to be as specific as possible. If you can’t find a certain domain, you can research the niches that people tend to disregard. For example, cover letter domains seem to be popular, especially since people are looking more for resume domains. Be careful on the domain name you register because you don’t want to spend too much on unmarketable domains.
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