Domain Superstar Dashboard – Now with .ORG

June 21, 2010 by  
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As Joel recently blogged, we’ve been hard at work updating our dashboard and revamping the back-end of our tools.

The biggest update is that we’ve added .ORG lookups to our Type-In Traffic Finder, Bulk Keyword Checker, and Geo-Domain tools for premium members. A lot of our users have been asking for this feature for a long time, and we were finally able to get access to the .ORG zone file which enables us to locally keep track of all available domains.

We’ve also added some other incremental updates

We’re also researching new tools to build and are applying for zone file access for all of the different TLDs, which will allow us to provide nearly instantaneous lookups for domain availability checks.

Lastly, we’ve introduced a $10 day pass which gives premium access to all our tools for 24 hours. This option works nicely for those who aren’t domaining every day, but would occasionally like to use our tools to find some premium domains.

We hope you like the updates and look forward to seeing you on our site! Feel free to leave any new tool ideas or features you’d like to see in the comments!

Wealthy Investors Flee to Tangibles Like Art: Are Domain Names Next?

June 17, 2010 by  
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Picasso's Angel Fernandez de Soto

Picasso's Angel Fernandez de Soto (courtesy of Reuters)

In a recent Wall Street Journal describing how the ultra premium art market is benefiting from the recent downturn in the economy, Godfrey Barker points out how there seems to be a “flight to tangibles” like art by many wealthy investors. Are ultra premium domain names next?

It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that many wealthy investors could flood the premium domain name market looking for a safe haven that has many of the same characteristics as a premium piece of art.

What do you think?

Will traditional investors become more web savvy and invest in premium domain names as another alternative investment class?

Is premium art a sound comparison to a premium domain name? What are the similarities? What are the differences?

Check Out the New Domain Tools Dashboard!

June 8, 2010 by  
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If you haven’t checked out our premium suite of domain tools in the last, oh, 30 minutes or so then CLICK HERE to visit our newly redesigned domain tools dashboard with all kinds of JQUERY goodness. Many more tools are on the way so stay tuned. You can use all of the basic tool features for free but if you would like to sign up for a $10 full access 24 hour pass then sign up here!

Short Brandable Domain vs Long Keyword Domain: Which one Would You Choose?

June 7, 2010 by  
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If you had a choice between one of the two domains in the following niches below where one was a short brandable domain and the other was a long keyword domain then which domain would you choose?


Are You Building a Blog or Building a Business? (and Does it Matter?)

April 30, 2010 by  
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Blogging can be fun. Blogging can take up a lot of time. Blogging is very rarely a solid business model. Yup, I said it. Blogging is a great add on to an existing business model to stay in touch with your customers, add fresh content to your website, target some long tail keywords to rank for, etc. but if your primary aim is to build a business model where the business model begins and ends with blogging then I hope that you think a couple thousand dollars a month is the big time because that is likely all you will ever see – and that’s if you have a clue what you are doing (which you probably don’t) :).

Harsh? Maybe. For those of you that love blogging and are convinced that it is your ticket to riches then just let the above paragraph motivate you to try harder – for those of you that realize that you probably don’t have the skill or the know-how to be a tier A blogger AND you also realize that even if you have the skill and the know-how to be a tier A blogger and that most tier A bloggers don’t really make that much money then read on.

Let me clarify.

Some bloggers are bloggers in name only. What do I mean by this? Well, the really smart bloggers realize that they need to offer a product or service to actually make some real money. In short, they need to build a business.

They can either build a cool web app like my credit card finder website I mentioned in a previous Case Study Friday and tack the blog on as an addition to the main part of the site for some of the benefits mentioned above in the first paragraph or they can offer a useful service via their blogging like Johns Wu did before he sold for $15 million.

You might be tempted to think that Johns Wu was just a blogger when he sold and in some respects he was BUT, and this is an important distinction, Johns Wu was much more than just a blogger – Johns Wu was providing a useful service each and every post. He was in the business of providing close to real time in depth and personalized analysis of CD rates, mortgage rates, etc.

You might also be tempted to just say that Johns Wu happened to “choose the right niche”  in which to start a blog and you are certainly right to some extent but if you peruse the Wise Bread Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs List you will notice that there are many other bloggers in similarly potentially lucrative niches just like Wu but they are simply blogging. Many certainly offer interesting and useful posts that I and many others enjoy reading but are that many of them actually building a business and offering a high quality specialized service (or product) like Bankaholic? No.

You might have noticed that we haven’t been blogging on this Domain Superstar blog a whole lot lately. OK, not at all. :) Well, we have been working like dogs on a lot of different projects that are growing by leaps and bounds and our next big project is a complete overhaul of the Domain Superstar tools dashboard.

Our Chief Technology Manager, owner of Domain Superstar LLC, and coding ninja, John G will be promoting himself to a full time position at Domain Superstar LLC :) so in the next couple weeks we will be redesigning the dashboard and adding many new tools for finding great domain names. If you have an idea for a tool you want or a feature you want then just let us know. You ask for it – we build it (within reason :) ).

That is our reason for slowing down on the blogging. What about you? Are you building a blog or building a business?

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