Doug’s post MrBlogging.com is For Sale! has got me to thinking that perhaps I should lighten my load by selling some of my own sites. Let’s face it, 9 blogs can be a bit much to handle and if I can get a half decent price for one or two of them I’d be foolish not to sell them. Once sold I will have the cash in my pocket and more time to concentrate on my existing blogs.
Doug mentioned Flippa as a site that flips or sells websites, but after checking them out I decided they weren’t for me. I did a bit of searching on the web and I’ve signed up with Sedo who I think offers all the tools needed to buy and sell domains through a very large community of users that come from all corners of the globe.
Using their facilities it is also possible to sell established sites, as long as they meet some simple criteria. Like I said I’ve only just had a quick look around and from what I can tell it involves submitting traffic stats that I assume is used to establish the value of the site. If the stats don’t meet their requirements the site is simply listed as a domain sale.
You can also use Sedo to park your domains which I’ve heard can be quite profitable. They explain Domain Parking as;
Domain Parking is a simple way to earn money from your domains’ natural traffic. If you have registered domain names, but they are not currently being used, then domain parking is a great way to put those domains to work earning you revenue. You can make money without even lifting a finger! The idle domain is used to display relevant advertisements – every time a consumer clicks on one of the advertisements you earn money.
I’ve listed three sites with them as domains and am now waiting for them to be processed which apparently takes a couple of days. I will keep you updated as to how things progress.
OK, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and have a shot at running a blogging contest. It seems that every Tom, Dick and Harry blogger is running one these days so I figured I may as well give it a go.
I reckon that there are two things that make a contest appealing to people. One is that it’s free and easy to enter and the other that it’s relatively easy. Correction, there is a third and very important factor, the prize has to catch the contestants interest.
Let’s start with the prizes.
- First Prize: $20 and I will place a 125×125 banner in my sidebar, in the Wassup Ads section. As you can see that is a premium spot, especially considering this is a PR3 blog.
- Second Prize: $10 and a spot for their 125×125 banner
- Third Price: $5 and they also get to display their 125×125 banner.
So in essence I am paying you to display your banner, now that’s something that doesn’t happen every day.
Now for the rules.
- You need to join my Cool Blog Links site. It’s absolutely free to join and all that is required is that you place a small code on your blog. Once in place it will display the following smal icon as well as enable the site to keep track of certain statistics. Having the icon also allows people to vote for your blog. The top ten also have their ranking displayed within the Icon and I occasionally do posts rewarding the top 10 members with a bit of link luv!
- You need to join my Blogger’s Forum and have at least 5 quality posts up your sleeve. I think, being bloggers who comment regularly on other blogs you all know what is required of you there. If there are any categories you would like me to add just leave me a comment.
- You need to do a post promoting this contest.
- This one is necessary as I need some way to gauge the top three participants. I reckon the easiest way is to use the Top Commentator plugin. So the top three commentators at the end of September who have met all the conditions will be rewarded the prizes.
The contest starts now so that gives everyone time to meet the conditions, but as my top commentator plugin resets every month, that part of it starts on the 1st of September. Naturally I will not be counting any ‘nice posts’ and other non quality comments which will be deleted so as to not be counted at all. I also reserve the right to refuse any banners or sites that I feel are not appropriate for displaying on this blog.
That’s it. Let the contest begin.
Edit: Contest ends on the 30th of September
Thanks Christine for pointing that out.
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I’ve been blogging for several years now and I discovered relatively early in the game that having the right domain name had terrific SEO benefits. Nicolas’ post Domain Name Issues explains many of the issues involved with choosing the right domain name.
My problem was that knowing the SEO benefits of choosing the right domain name I still chose domains because I liked the sound of it rather than for any SEO reasons. I mean really, how many people would actually use the search term Wassup, or Blogsire? My Load Of Bullshit blog was really a fluke as I never imagined how many people would actually use the word bullshit when searching the net.
With my last two blogs I thought it was about time I did things right and so I purchase domains that reflected what I was intending to market, Top Software Online for tackling the shareware software market, and Top Sexual Aids for targeting the sexual health market. The latter is not quite a month old and it is already doing fairly well in the SERPs or search engine results pages, and it is entirely to do with the domain name.
This is extremely fortunate for me becuase I do not feel comfortable using the url when commenting on other blogs :blush_tb: If anyone has any ideas how to market this blog I would love to hear from you.
Speaking of purchasing the right domain name, Doug is actually selling MrBlogging.com! What a brilliant domain for a blog all about blogging, not only is keyword rich, it’s easy to remember and looks damn good to boot. Not to mention you won’t be embarrassed to leave your url when commenting.