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Useless domains!

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by William Martin, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. #1
    My client bought about 80 bloody useless domains with no keyword relevance etc - all pointing towards the same URL prior to engaging my services. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what I can do with these domains.
    SEMrush
    Obviously I'll let them expire but they have a couple of years left to run and I just wanted to check that there was nothing I could really do with them before I just forgot about them!

    Thanks for any advice.
     
    William Martin, Oct 14, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Perrow

    Perrow Well-Known Member

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    Are there any good ones?

    You might be able to sell some of 'em.
     
    Perrow, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    My 1 1/2 cents: I personally would offer them for sale for what he paid for them and hope to unload a few and cut my losses.

    The time, effort, and money spent on making using each a viable site could be better spent in optomizing and marketing original site.

    Shannon
     
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    William Martin Active Member

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    Think i'll flog em - any tips on where I can sell them?
     
    William Martin, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    Perrow Well-Known Member

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    Give us some examples :D
     
    Perrow, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    You could list in buy sell or trade area here. If they have potential you could list on a site that routinely sells domains. As Perrow said, showing a few might invoke comments of those used to buying and selling domains which lets me out but you might get some honest replies.

    Shannon
     
    Smyrl, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    classifieds Sopchoppy Flash

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    William,

    I would remove the redirects from them asap.

    There was a session at SES NYC where this came up and G & Y stated they would consider this a punishable offense. Not sure about MSN.

    If your client decides to sell them, PM me a list of the names. I might be interested in one or more.

    -jay
     
    classifieds, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    briandunning Active Member

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    Pointer domains are a punishable offense? Pointer domains are used all over the Internet.
     
    briandunning, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    e10 Well-Known Member

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    If they truly are useless and you don't think they'll fetch anything why not use them as a giveaway or competition prize or swap them for links or give them to charity? Get rid of them so they are not hanging round your neck like a fat albatross and if you can't recoup the money try and get some marketing/pr value out of them.
     
    e10, Oct 14, 2005 IP
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    Brian,
    Don't shoot the messanger :)

    1,2 maybe even 10 domains redirected are ok but 80, 100, 200+ are going to potentially get you in trouble.

    -jay
     
    classifieds, Oct 14, 2005 IP
  11. Caveman

    Caveman Peon

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    What evidence do you have to support this?
     
    Caveman, Oct 15, 2005 IP
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    classifieds Sopchoppy Flash

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    Read the thread. It's not my theory. I'm relaying what I head at SES.
     
    classifieds, Oct 16, 2005 IP
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    I can offer you some pr 7 and pr 6 links for them.
     
    greenway, Oct 16, 2005 IP
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    Blogmaster Blood Type Dating Affiliate Manager

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    #14
    A lot of domains can seem useless but may have type-in and linktraffic from sites linking to the site it used to be. If you have linktraffic, built content can easily get you ranked well. I am not saying produce doorway pages, but you should consider finding a use for the domain names if that traffic is somehow relevant to his business.
     
    Blogmaster, Oct 16, 2005 IP
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    ringtoneguy Peon

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    Park the lot at some place like SEDO, and get PPC. It can add up.
     
    ringtoneguy, Oct 17, 2005 IP
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    INV Peon

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    If they are useless it wont add up at all. Should consider selling to get a small fraction back. I mean they must have some value, I mean they must be something better then ajskdjkasd.com :D Please post a list, I buy domains daily and many people on this forums do as well and might find something we might like.
     
    INV, Oct 17, 2005 IP
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    Please post the list. I would have liked to give some feedback, but without some example of what kind of domains they are, can't offer much.
     
    spdude, Oct 17, 2005 IP
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    why not create several mini sales sites possibly link them up to the main site?

    If not try sedo and see if anything happens through a couple of links to each site and see if you can get traffic into them
     
    tdc, Oct 17, 2005 IP
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    Maybe MSN should register a few hundred useless domains and point them to Yahoo and Google to knock them out of their own SERPs :D.
     
    norfstar, Oct 17, 2005 IP
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    Regarding the pointer domains issue. I would just add that if you have 301 redirects you should be okay, since that tell the search engine the destination domain is the real domain, please ignore this domain, etc. However, if you are just pointing all those domains simply via IP, you could get into trouble. I had a site removed from Y for this. I had totally forgotten about the pointers, they were setup years ago, before I knew what I was doing and that it could cause problems with dup content, etc. So now I have them all removed or using 301 redirects and things are looking better. Still not back in Y though... ;-)
     
    my3cents, Oct 17, 2005 IP