Which Domain Registrar Is Your Favorite?

I have only started buying domains a few months back. Before I actually took the big step and signed up for a new domain, I pay attention to the discussions on some webmaster forums. From the discussions there, I realized that everyone has his or her own preferred domain registrars. What’s yours?

The seasoned webmasters would, probably not have a single favorite domain registrar. It is more likely for them to have multiple accounts with different domain registrars, as this would be convenient for sellers to push domains to their accounts. By buying and selling domains registered through different registrars, they actually get to know about them better, their quality of their services, their reliability and efficiency.

For the small time webmasters though, who would buy maximum a few domains per year, there is a big probability that they will start buying their first domains from a single domain registrar and continue doing that for their subsequent domains if they are satisfied with the domain registrar in the first place. A similar scenario can be observed with the purchase of web hosting.

Considering the importance of having a good experience during the purchase of your first domains, I would like to recommend here several domain registrars which I have had experience with. So far I could only comment on the pricing, the ease of use and the quality of the assistance provided by the registrars, I wish I could talk about domain transfer but I don’t have the privilege to do that just yet. Anyway, here are a few registrars which I have tried, I consider all of them to be good and would highly recommend them, but that is my own opinion. In any case, you should take this as a starting point, write down their names, their website addresses, go google about them and enquire further in webmaster forums before you try them out.

GoDaddy
GoDaddy is an unanimous choice among most webmasters, it is fairly safe to say that GoDaddy is the world leading domain registrar. It is a standard setting domain registrar, every so often domain registrars would be compared with GoDaddy. There has not been much complaints from its clients, I suppose that its staffs are very professional and you should have no trouble during domain transfers. GoDaddy is also known to provide affordable and stable hosting. Unfortunately, I do not have the privilege to register a domain through GoDaddy yet, mainly because it does not accept payment from unverified PayPal accounts. Enough said, its price for a new dot com domain is $9.99, there is no free WHOIS protection, but you could probably get discount coupons by googling. Discount for mass purchases is also available.

Namecheap
Namecheap is a good domain registrar, I have 1 dot com domain registered through NameCheap. I do not have any problem setting the domain name server (DNS) to point my domain to my hosting, this is really unfortunate because I don’t have the chance to evaluate the support given by the support team. Its fee for new dot com registration is currently $9.29 per domain, which comes with a free 1 year WHOIS protection. I hope the WHOIS protection is free for subsequent years as well, otherwise I would consider transferring my domain to other registrar. Payment methods include credit cards, verified and unverified PayPal.

Name.com
Name.com is actually my favorite among 3 registrars that I recommend here. I have 2 dot com domains registered through Name.com and helped a friend to register one domain through it too. It is fairly easy to change the name servers of your domain, but on Name.com there are other more advanced settings such as DNS management settings. I have emailed the support several times and the staffs got back to me in less than 12 hours each time, they actually read through my problems and provided me with genuine advices, and don’t just point me to their help documents. Thumbs up for their support! Here are other reasons why I like registering my domains through Name.com: its fee for new dot com registration is only $5.99, and the new registration comes with free WHOIS protection (indefinitely as long as your domain is renewed through them, I suppose) and free Google apps which include 6GB email capacity (which you can create up to 200 email addresses with your dot com suffix for friends and family), free webpage creator powered by Google, calendar, etc. This means that for as low as $5.99 (and $9.99 for subsequent years), any family can have their own firstname@lastname.com email addresses and some simple webpages without having to worry about separate web hosting accounts, now this is a great deal! Payment methods include credit cards, verified and unverified PayPal.

There you go, these are the registrars which I have dealt with and would recommend to any budding webmasters depending on their needs. As for GoDaddy, I would confidently register my future domains through it, if I have my PayPal account verified.

Do you have your own favorite domain registrars? Which one is your most preferred registrar and why? Do you have advices on how to choose a good domain registrar? I hope you would be willing to share your advices and tips with us by commenting here.

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Finally, Flipping the Site For Maximum Profit

So, you are ready to flip the site? Good. The site is on the web, probably three or four months old, has a ton of links linking to it, is bringing in some very nice amount of money each month ($50 is nice when working with this). Good. Now comes the fun part and the part that really gives you gratification. You’re going to sell it.

This is not really that hard to understand; however, people tend to get duped and sometimes lose out on some money when doing it. There are two places that I strongly suggest selling your sites. The first is Digital Point and the second is Site Point. Each has its benefits and each has its cons. However, it’s your decision to pick which to use.

With Digital Point, you’re going to get people very interested in your site very fast. If it is bringing in ANY money each month, they’re going to pay from 10 months revenue to one year revenue and that’s it. So, if it brings in $50 a month, they’ll pay anywhere from $500-$600. That’s nice; however, the site, arguably, can be worth more if the content is good.

That leads me to Site Point. On this site, people are willing to invest more for each site. I have seen some sites sell for 24x revenue; however, that can be rare. Try and push for 16 or 18 months. The downfall is that they charge $20 per listing, so it can get very expensive and begin to chisel away at your overall earnings.

Once you have sold it, transfer the domain name to their domain company and get the site off your FTP. Congratulations, you have just flipped a site and you have a nice chunk of change in your hand. However, for the amount of work you probably did and the time you spent, the money might not seem like an all that great amount. So, here’s what I suggest.

If you are working on a Monday-Friday time schedule, each week, dedicate time to making five sites. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday write the content for the sites. Sure, it can get very tiresome writing so much content; however, you will get all the content writing done fast. Get the sites up at the end of each of those days. Use the same steps I described in the previous posts.

Now that the sites are up, spend Thursday and Friday promoting the site and building links for it. If that is your ONLY job for those two days, you’re going to be able to get a lot done. You’ll be able to submit to directories for each of the five sites (that may take two hours) and you’ll be able to really do some blog commenting. Basically, you want to consolidate all the work in chunks so you are as effective as possible.

Do the same thing each week and, after a few weeks, you’ll have an array of websites. Once they are bringing in a comfortable amount, sell. One note, though. Although I suggest waiting for $50 a month, you can wait for $10 a month or even less. However, I really suggest that if you can wait for it to get to $50 a month or even more, do it. The gratification at the end will be much greater.

So, there you have it. This is my step by step method in creating a site for the sole purpose of flipping it. It’s a lot of work; however, the reward is great. If you have ten sites that are bringing in $50 a month, that’s $500 residual income. If each site sells for $500 (10x revenue), that’s $5,000 a month plus that $500 residual income. Not bad, huh?

However, please remember one thing. This is not a full proof method. It does take experimenting and sometimes, sites just don’t work. If a site is not working, keep trying, but don’t waste too much time on it. After a while, just say, “Whatever” and start a different site.

All in all, this works. It’s what my friends use and, when I do it, it’s what I use. Try it out for yourself and see if you can replicate it. Perhaps you’ll find even more success. Hey, you may make a living from it. You may not. But, regardless of whether you do it for some side cash or for a business, I wish you the best of luck. It can be irritating at times, but it can be very rewarding.

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Jacob is an avid guitar player as well as a biology major in college with hopes of becoming a professor. When not blogging on The Webmaster Blog, he is over at his political opinion blog.

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Monetizing the Site to Flip It

Alright, alright, so now you have the site and now you’re promoting the site and getting traffic to it, whether it is organic or not organic really not mattering. But, the important thing that I am sure you want to know about is how to monetize the site. I am going to be honest and say that monetization is not just throwing up an Adsense ad and calling it a day. It can be very difficult to monetize a site; however, if you experiment, you can definitely start making money from the site.

Since we are playing around with the idea of a website about the Solar System, I am going to tell you how I would monetize this. If you can think of other ways, that’s fantastic. It is those that can be creative that will make the most money. So, for a Solar System website, you’re probably asking me what to use.

First and foremost, please go ahead and slap up an Adsense ad. However, play around with the colors. If you are getting moderate traffic, play around with the colors and the placement to see which is going to bring the best clicks. Try and place the ads near the content since that’s where the reader’s eyes will probably be. This will give you a CPC means of earning.

Sign up for Clickbank or Commission Junction or any of those and try to find a product that has to do with space. Perhaps promoting a DVD collection about space or something might get you some good affiliate sales. Sure, you may not make much from it, but if you can start getting more and more traffic, this could really help.

Another alternative to this is to use Amazon.com and their affiliate program. Although with the Solar System idea, it won’t make much, the nice thing about it is that they leave a cookie so that if I were to click on an ad on your site and then I buy something else on their site after you directed me to Amazon, you still profit. So, if you’re promoting a book and I buy a 50” TV, all the better for you.

Finally, sign up for John Chow’s TTZ program. I suggest doing this because even if you don’t make a sale, you make money because that’s another CPC. However, since it is products, that can bring in some money for you. Once again, it’ll probably be books and movies about space. It may not bring in much; however, we’re not looking for much.

In the end, what you are looking to do is try and make the site earning about $50 a month. If you can get the site to earn $50 a month, you’re going to definitely bring in a lot when you sell it. However, that’s the final step…How do you sell it? How do you really make the site bring in the most when you sell?

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Jacob is an avid guitar player as well as a biology major in college with hopes of becoming a professor. When not blogging on The Webmaster Blog, he is over at his political opinion blog.

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