Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Place Your Domain Bets on Haley Barbour

Iit’s a whole new ballgame in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Two frontrunners, Senator John Ensign and Governor Mark Sanford, just killed their chances by admitting to having affairs. Ensign was the 4th highest ranking Republican in the Senate. Sanford was chairman of the national Republican governors’ association.

In the fast-narrowing field of candidates, it suddenly looks like Mississippi governor and long-time leading Republican strategist Haley Barbour may be the party’s #1 prospect for the presidency. That makes domains like BarbourForPresident 2012.com, HaleyBarbourForPresident2012.com and others in that vein potentially valuable. Pick your 2012 candidates and lock up some good domains today!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Matrixx Class Action Reloaded

Matrixx, the maker of the popular cold fighter Zicam, has just announced it's pulling its products from store shelves, following a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Zicam has been linked to 130 cases of consumers losing their sense of smell. The company was sued in 2006 over the same issue; it settled more than 300 lawsuits at that time for $millions. Here we go again.

Let the class action lawsuits begin! And not just for the 1,000's of consumers who will claim loss of their ability to smell, but also for 1,000's of investors who have watched their stock (MTXX) plummet from $20 to $6 (Ouch!).

I grabbed matrixxclassaction.com and expect to sell it quickly to one of the many law firms looking to profit by attracting consumers and investors looking sue the company.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Medical Domains Mean Quick Profits

Breaking medical/health news is always a prime hunting ground for valuable domain ideas. Just yesterday, two medical research stories proved the point.

The global media went nuts over a dermatology journal report on fluorouracil cream, a chemotherapy agent that researchers now say is an effective anti-aging wrinkle-remover. Given the enormous size of the anti-aging market, any domain incorporating the word "fluorouracil" is pretty much guaranteed to have value. I bought fluorouracilcream.com for $7, registered it with SEDO, and got a $400 offer 2 hours later. I chose to put the domain into SEDO's 7-day auction with a reserve of $400. That means if no one bids higher, the original offer of $400 will be accepted -- a nice one-week return on investment. [The SEDO auction closed on June 22, with a second bidder coming in with one minute to spare, and closing out the sale at $410... netting me $369 on the sale.]

A second medical story popped up yesterday, offering more domaineering opportunities. A new study shows that red yeast rice capsules lower the risk of heart attack and are an effective substitute for statins, expensive drugs used to lower cholesterol and fight off heart attacks. Since statins are among the most heavily prescribed drugs, domains tied to "red yeast rice" are surefire winners. I grabbed redyeastricepill.com, but there are lots more combinations available.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sweet! Candy.com Sells for $3 Million

Lousy economy? Not in the wild world of domain sales! In just the past week, two domains sold for seven figures. Candy.com went for a cool $3 million, and Webcam.com brought $1,020,000. And remember -- each of those domains cost less than $10 to create. That's a heck of a return.

If you've got some good ideas for, ahem, "adult" domains (as in dirty words and phrases), you can submit them for free listing in the upcoming Moniker auction. Not all adult domains are disgusting. Consider SexyDirtySecrets.com, 6xLonger.com or LeWhiff.com, all of which can be purchased via email to DomainValues@yahoo.com.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Dirty Domains Auction August 7-9

They're called "adult domains" but they're just dirty or suggestive domain names, like teensexting.com or whocaniscrew.com, and they almost always attract good money. Moniker, the big domain seller, will hold an auction for such names August 7-9, but you've got to submit your domains for them to review by June 24. If you've got one or 100, send them in from this address -- it's all free. Moniker takes a 10% commission on successful sales. What have you got to lose?