Exactly 2 years ago today I bought my first domain off of Namejet.com. I was on vacation in Sri Lanka and a few weeks earlier I found out that the domain name of a company I co-founded had expired and would be auctioned on Namejet since it was registered with Network Solutions.
I was keen on re-gaining ownership of the domain so I signed up for an account and had to set my alarm at 3AM in the morning to participate in the last few minutes of the auction. I still remember the stress of it all, only heightened by the poor wifi signal in the hotel. I remember cursing it and wishing I was back in the U.S. using the wifi there, which is a lot quicker if you set up a plan with infinity dish or a similar company. Then, to my surprise, there was quite a number of other participating bidders. But it was all worth it for the adrenaline when I placed the winning bid and once again I was happy to be in Sri Lanka. That night I not only ended up being the owner again of the NewChinaCareer.com domain (it costs me $314) but I also learned that sites such as Namejet is where savvy investors snapped up great domain names before they came available for the rest of the “regular” folks. I was instantly hooked and have been actively investing in domain names ever since
I’ve never been a very active commenter, but reading domaining blogs quickly became part of my daily routine and allowed me to quickly get up to speed and avoid many of the newbie mistakes and pitfalls. I really appreciate those in the industry that regularly share their tricks of the trade and personal views such as Shane “DomainShane” Cultra, Elliot Silver’s DomainInvesting.com (who happened to be this blog it’s first ever reader for all the wrong reasons) and Chris from TLD.org. Invaluable for me as well are those that spend the time to pen down extensive reviews on services and products and interviews with industry leaders such as Raymond Hackney and Michael Cyger from DomainSherpa.com.
I’m determined to make an effort in the new year to give back and contribute by sharing my own experiences, mistakes, strategies and thoughts here on DNgeek.com. Happy New Year!