What I Wish I Did in 2011


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2011 was a great year for me, I have almost no complaints. I'm 19 years old and am enjoying every second of life. That being said there are always things that when we look back we wish we would have done so I am going to run through some of mine that relate to domain names for this last year.

1. Updated my Sites More

With college and running I neglected to keep adding articles and links which hurt my revenue. My sites survived but now instead of just doing a little work on a few sites over break I am going through each one and fixing them back up so that 2012 starts off great. Not updating some sites in 2011 cost me.

2. Stayed on top of the Drops. 

For a while I was able to keep looking at drops every night, but when choosing between looking at dropping domain names and college parties, I hope everyone would make the same choice I did and go out. Now with some new tools I am trying out I plan to get back into the action.

3. Dropped More Domains

While I think auto renew is a great way to make sure you do not ever forget a good name, some of the names I picked up in my middle school days domaining are frankly awful. I need to drop them but again things got in the way like homework and exams so I kept seeing emails from godaddy about charger to my credit card to renew worthless domains. The money could have been much better spent.

4. Add a For Sale Link to my Parked Names

This Year I finally moved all of my domain to a parking provider (DomainPower) before most of them were doing nothing. My names do not get much traffic, but they make a few bucks each month. The biggest thing I was able to do was add a banner on the top that says this domain is for sale. This increased sales and offers and led to my best month of the year in November. Make it easy for the buyers to contact you!

5.  Stay More Connected via Blog and Social Media

I really enjoy the domain community and by not blogging or checking into social media sites I felt out of the loop. I would check on Domaining.com every now and then but I was not as involved as I had been in the past. I missed the interaction and the fun that every day brings. So in 2012 I look to do more and carry on more conversations.

What did you not do in 2012 that you are going to do this year?

Related posts:

  1. My Advertising Revenue is Up in 2011
  2. My 2011 Business Goals and Resolutions

Comments

4 Responses to “What I Wish I Did in 2011”

  1. DomainAssets.ca
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 11:01 am

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    Great post! my focus this year is “selling” and cash flow. It’s fun domaining and acquiring domains, but no business happens until something is sold.

    Rather than just getting domains and letting them sit there waiting for an offer, I’m going to focus on doing something with them – monetizing them (sales is a form of monetization).

    I’m going to learn more about sales…and hopefully sell more domains, haha.

    Cheers,
    Jim

  2. Ms Domainer
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

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    Teen Domainer,

    You might want to spend this vacation turning off automatic renewals at Godaddy on domains that you are thinking of dropping.

    Probably you should keep automatic renewal on your important properties.

    By opting for manual renewal, you can think about the domains you’re not sure of AND take advantage of the numerous GD coupons listed on Namepros.

    No sense in spending more money than you have to!

    Happy New Year!

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  3. @Domains
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

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    Nice list – you can still do these things in 2012, I know they all apply to me too!

  4. TeenDomainer
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

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    @ Ms Domains I am doing that now only keeping it on the names I really want to keep.

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