DomainReport.ca - Today the domain report is pleased to bring you our profile on dnforum.com member and .ca domainer - Namefox - and his current project at SEOspecialist.ca. If you're a member at dnforum, you have probably noticed that Namefox is a frequent poster in the .ca discussion and sales threads.
The idea of these profiles is to show other .ca domain holders what others are doing in this space, what is working, what is not, how people started out, and so on. If you're like me, you find the people involved in domains to be as interesting as the actual buying, selling and development of domains.
If you would like to be profiled, please send me an email to rob (at) borhi.com and I will get back to you with a list of questions you can answer at your own leisure. Not to be left out, I plan to profile myself in the next few weeks as well.
Well then, let's get started with our profile on Namefox today!
What is your DNForum handle?:
And your first name?:
Where do you live?:
What year did you start domaining and how/why did you get into it?:
2000. I got into it as a result of owning an online business selling specialty blankets. I owned the .com for my business and I bought the .ca to protect my brand. I started snooping as I always do and found some really good .ca's relating to blankets so I registered them. It was a natural (or unnatural) progression from there.
How many domains do you own? What % are .ca?:
I currently own 250; 50% are .ca.
What do your family/friends think of your domaining?:
My girlfriend is amazed and likes the money. My friends are blown away at the return on investment and are always asking to be taught.
How much time do you spend on domaining?:
Probably about 20 hours per week. All hours are not totally out of necessity but out of love for the game. I like to hunt for good domains.
Are you full-time or part-time domaining? if part-time, do you hope to get to full-time, or is it just a side business for you?:
I was F/T but am currently just P/T but am hoping to get back into F/T domaining/ecommerce in 2009.
Do you develop domains, do PPC, sell domains, or all? What methods have worked best for you?:
I do a multitude of things. I buy/sell, PPC, develop and start e-commerce sites.
What will you try in 2009 for domaining that you haven't tried yet?:
Focusing on more development definitely.
What was your best domaining move (.ca and other extension)?:
I would have to say getting in early and listening to my instincts.
Your worst domaining move (.ca and other extension)?:
Buying crappy, non-commercial domains in the beginning.
How do you sell your domains?:
Mostly on DNforum.com but I also contact end users.
Right now, are you doing more aftermarket buying, or fresh regging?:
I do alot of fresh registrations but I do find myself buying aftermarket when good opportunities arise.
What is occupying most of your time right now in domaining or websites?:
Although I am very internet literate, I still don't have great web design skills. I am increasing skills in this area.
What do you think of the future of the .ca extension, say in 5 to 10 years?:
There will be a lot more awareness in Canadian culture of the .ca domain space. We are seeing an increase in usage of .ca domains in business and this will only increase. With CIRA running things, I don't really know where they are headed but I sure hope .ca domainers band together to increase their say and louden their voice.
What advice you would give other domainers or someone just starting out?:
It really all depends on your pocket book. If you have a small budget, do not start of frantic. Get some advice, buy a few good domains and develop them. Focus on bringing in traffic and increasing revenue. Once you feel you have a good understanding of the internet and domaining, start buying more domains. If you have a large budget, buy in the aftermarket and preferably my domains ;-)
Is there anything else you would like to add? Any projects you currently have on the go?:
I have been doing my own search engine optimization successfully for over 8 years. About 2 years ago, I started contracting out my services to other people and companies. Just recently, I started SEOspecialist.ca and am signing on with new clients every week. I am also working in conjunction with Ready Network and am doing contract work for them. If you or any one you know are looking for an SEO specialist, send them to SEOspecialist.ca.
Thank you for your time in answering these question!