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What Was I Thinking?

I just looked through my domain name accounts.

There are over 30 unused domains in there.

What on earth was I thinking?

The problem is I know I will have yet another “brilliant” idea soon and do the self same thing. Get inspired, find a perfect domain name (or maybe not perfect), then sit on it for when I have time to develop it.

Do you find yourself doing the same thing?

What do you do to make sure you follow through on ideas? Share in the comments …

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  1. I’ve done exactly the same thing only with less domains…

    I own searchenginewars.com and heroesepisodes.co.uk

    They are doomed… unless someone wants to buy them! :p

  2. I’ve done exactly the same thing only with less domains…

    I own searchenginewars.com and heroesepisodes.co.uk

    They are doomed… unless someone wants to buy them! :p

  3. Hmmm…what a coincidence!

    I don’t have as many as 30, but I know exactly what you’re talking about.

    For my projects, of course, the big thing is time. If I can free up some time, I would focus on my domains/projects.

    Time…hmmm…the more I think about this, that might not be a bad strategy. Buy a domain and let it age until you release your site/idea. That way you do get an aged domain for SEO optimization and high-ranking.

    On the other hand, you may have a diamond in the rough. Should you sell it for $20,000? (I’m not buying, don’t worry).

    Or someone may come out with the same idea and you won’t be first to market (unless you have a catchy name).

    So many choices…

    Ehhhh…consider them an investment in your “portfolio” and hold on to them. πŸ˜‰

    JD

  4. Hmmm…what a coincidence!

    I don’t have as many as 30, but I know exactly what you’re talking about.

    For my projects, of course, the big thing is time. If I can free up some time, I would focus on my domains/projects.

    Time…hmmm…the more I think about this, that might not be a bad strategy. Buy a domain and let it age until you release your site/idea. That way you do get an aged domain for SEO optimization and high-ranking.

    On the other hand, you may have a diamond in the rough. Should you sell it for $20,000? (I’m not buying, don’t worry).

    Or someone may come out with the same idea and you won’t be first to market (unless you have a catchy name).

    So many choices…

    Ehhhh…consider them an investment in your “portfolio” and hold on to them. πŸ˜‰

    JD

  5. I’ve done exactly the same, had (what I thought) was a brilliant idea, bought the domain name(s) and then in cold light of day realised that my vision had several large holes that mean the project is a non starter. I have many more than 30!

    Amazingly I still renew them on off chance that I may find a use for them. Though recently i’ve been thinking of putting a forsale page up for each of them. I’d ask a hefty price and if someone wants to pony up the dough they can have them.

    Anybody want to buy crazymarks.co.uk for 5 grand 😎

    MD

  6. I’ve done exactly the same, had (what I thought) was a brilliant idea, bought the domain name(s) and then in cold light of day realised that my vision had several large holes that mean the project is a non starter. I have many more than 30!

    Amazingly I still renew them on off chance that I may find a use for them. Though recently i’ve been thinking of putting a forsale page up for each of them. I’d ask a hefty price and if someone wants to pony up the dough they can have them.

    Anybody want to buy crazymarks.co.uk for 5 grand 😎

    MD

  7. I have a few domains that are basically going to waste. I find it such a struggle to create content for topics you’re not really that interested.

    I know everyone has already said that but you don’t realise just how boring it us until you try it!

  8. I have a few domains that are basically going to waste. I find it such a struggle to create content for topics you’re not really that interested.

    I know everyone has already said that but you don’t realise just how boring it us until you try it!

  9. You don’t have a life do you Chris? Ah well, that’s why you’ve got 30 unused domains πŸ™‚

  10. You don’t have a life do you Chris? Ah well, that’s why you’ve got 30 unused domains πŸ™‚

  11. Glad it isn’t just me! I have a little over 50 aging like fine wines… Just last week I decided that at the minimum when I snap up a domain I’m going to at least build out a page and throw up a link to it to get it indexed.

    I think the problem is that you can never follow up on all the ideas and it is kind of a security blanket to know that you have them sitting around to work on if you ever run out of things to do πŸ™‚

  12. Glad it isn’t just me! I have a little over 50 aging like fine wines… Just last week I decided that at the minimum when I snap up a domain I’m going to at least build out a page and throw up a link to it to get it indexed.

    I think the problem is that you can never follow up on all the ideas and it is kind of a security blanket to know that you have them sitting around to work on if you ever run out of things to do πŸ™‚

  13. Hehe, know this all to well πŸ™‚
    In my case I really need to get the idea out in life right away and up on a website.. If not, another good idea will take its place within a short time and the domain will just stand and wait forever.

    Forge while the metal is hot

  14. Hehe, know this all to well πŸ™‚
    In my case I really need to get the idea out in life right away and up on a website.. If not, another good idea will take its place within a short time and the domain will just stand and wait forever.

    Forge while the metal is hot

  15. Hi my name is Barry and I was a domain name addict.

    It takes a lot of self-control, particularly as they are so cheap nowadays. I remember when I had close to 25 and was paying $30 plus a year for each of them.

    Now I don’t allow myself to buy a domain until I have a site (or holding page) up on a sub-domain of my main site first.

    Unfortunately, I am currently approaching 45 sub-domains πŸ™

  16. Hi my name is Barry and I was a domain name addict.

    It takes a lot of self-control, particularly as they are so cheap nowadays. I remember when I had close to 25 and was paying $30 plus a year for each of them.

    Now I don’t allow myself to buy a domain until I have a site (or holding page) up on a sub-domain of my main site first.

    Unfortunately, I am currently approaching 45 sub-domains πŸ™

  17. I have a habit of registering domains at the time myself and then forgetting to do anything with them.

    Domains are so cheap now though that it isn’t too much of a problem

  18. I have a habit of registering domains at the time myself and then forgetting to do anything with them.

    Domains are so cheap now though that it isn’t too much of a problem

  19. I’m right there with you. The one I hate sitting on the most and not doing anything with is NavyVets.com … 8 digits, two words… it’s a perfect name. I just don’t have time to get a site up on it yet.

    Sigh,
    Doug

  20. I’m right there with you. The one I hate sitting on the most and not doing anything with is NavyVets.com … 8 digits, two words… it’s a perfect name. I just don’t have time to get a site up on it yet.

    Sigh,
    Doug

  21. I feel your pain Chris. I have 18 unused names and just purchased two more yesterday. What was I thinking… lol

    Maybe in time they will come to fruition. I wonder what they will be worth if I just set on them for the next 5 years. hhhhmmmmmm

  22. I feel your pain Chris. I have 18 unused names and just purchased two more yesterday. What was I thinking… lol

    Maybe in time they will come to fruition. I wonder what they will be worth if I just set on them for the next 5 years. hhhhmmmmmm

  23. Yeah I’ve got a few of those. I’ve been trying to curb the habit though since I’ve come to realize there is such thing as not enough time.

  24. Yeah I’ve got a few of those. I’ve been trying to curb the habit though since I’ve come to realize there is such thing as not enough time.

  25. Seems like we’ve all got a few ‘ideas’ that never quite made the cut. I’ve got about 20 that are just enticing me at the moment.

  26. Seems like we’ve all got a few ‘ideas’ that never quite made the cut. I’ve got about 20 that are just enticing me at the moment.

  27. I only have 4 domains, 3 of which I use. If I get an idea, I generally spend hours fleshing out that idea rather than thinking up names and matching domains. Then, I realize why the idea wouldn’t work, hence saving money on the possibly awful domain purchase and time on developing a dead-end idea!

    Not to say I don’t have good ideas though, I have a few but they will be developed and named at a later date πŸ™‚

  28. I only have 4 domains, 3 of which I use. If I get an idea, I generally spend hours fleshing out that idea rather than thinking up names and matching domains. Then, I realize why the idea wouldn’t work, hence saving money on the possibly awful domain purchase and time on developing a dead-end idea!

    Not to say I don’t have good ideas though, I have a few but they will be developed and named at a later date πŸ™‚

  29. You’re certainly not alone Chris, fortunately for me, I just got something up and going on a domain I’ve been sitting on for over a year!

  30. You’re certainly not alone Chris, fortunately for me, I just got something up and going on a domain I’ve been sitting on for over a year!

  31. BryantNielson says:

    30… if I had only 30 sitting idle I would be thrilled. I started my obsession by buying over 600 domains. I have released just under 200 back to the open market, but I still hold a portfolio of 403 domain names. At present, I am only using 64 domaians and the balance are just sitting there.

    Many of my domains are a result of some ‘great idea’ that I want to persue at ‘some point’ in the future. I guess I best get busy… there are more domain names that time for me!

    Bryant Nielson

  32. BryantNielson says:

    30… if I had only 30 sitting idle I would be thrilled. I started my obsession by buying over 600 domains. I have released just under 200 back to the open market, but I still hold a portfolio of 403 domain names. At present, I am only using 64 domaians and the balance are just sitting there.

    Many of my domains are a result of some ‘great idea’ that I want to persue at ‘some point’ in the future. I guess I best get busy… there are more domain names that time for me!

    Bryant Nielson

  33. We have about the same number of unused domains. (Way down from last year!)

    Some of the unused domains that I’m keeping are variations on the name of an active domain. For instance, with and without hyphens.

    As well as protecting a brand from domain squatters, this gives you an easy way to split-test landing pages.

  34. We have about the same number of unused domains. (Way down from last year!)

    Some of the unused domains that I’m keeping are variations on the name of an active domain. For instance, with and without hyphens.

    As well as protecting a brand from domain squatters, this gives you an easy way to split-test landing pages.

  35. What would be cool is a domain partner-up site where people who are ready to act on a great domain name idea partner up with someone sitting on a great domain and they agree to share the profits. For the domain owner it’s better than just selling off your domain, and for the capital strapped idea guy it’s better than raising capital just for the domain.

    I might just build such a system. I just need a good domain name. πŸ˜‰

  36. What would be cool is a domain partner-up site where people who are ready to act on a great domain name idea partner up with someone sitting on a great domain and they agree to share the profits. For the domain owner it’s better than just selling off your domain, and for the capital strapped idea guy it’s better than raising capital just for the domain.

    I might just build such a system. I just need a good domain name. πŸ˜‰

  37. I have a bunch of domains too. It’s the curse of ideas people!

    I wish I had the time to develop more of them. But some of them are getting developed – eventually πŸ™‚

  38. I have a bunch of domains too. It’s the curse of ideas people!

    I wish I had the time to develop more of them. But some of them are getting developed – eventually πŸ™‚

  39. Yes I’m in the same club as well. Not quite 30 though (You must have a lot of ideas Chris)but still enough to warrant getting the old credit card into action to renew every now and then.

    For me its definitely a time thing being gainfully employed in the day and working on web projects at night. It is better to focus on one thing at a time though as that way you stand a fighting chance of completing one thing rather than being half way through 4.

  40. Yes I’m in the same club as well. Not quite 30 though (You must have a lot of ideas Chris)but still enough to warrant getting the old credit card into action to renew every now and then.

    For me its definitely a time thing being gainfully employed in the day and working on web projects at night. It is better to focus on one thing at a time though as that way you stand a fighting chance of completing one thing rather than being half way through 4.

  41. I have a nice little collection of unused domain names. I don’t think it’s a problem at all! I think of them as “Someday/Maybe” projects (to use GTD jargon). I might get to them at some point, I might not, but when I do, I have one of the pieces ready.

    mblair has a good idea, to build a simple page & redirect.

    For a tiny bit more work, you could even put up a single paragraph and 3-5 links to useful related resources, with, of course, a link to your most closely-related main gig. Kind of like a Squidoo lens but very basic. I’d probably get one bone-simple open-source CSS template and use it for all. Knock one of those out a week and you’re all done in a few months. Or throw a “populate my domains” party over a weekend and crunch out the whole thing!

    Hell, Chris, open it up here as a contest and give a prize to the one that gets any traffic. πŸ™‚

  42. I have a nice little collection of unused domain names. I don’t think it’s a problem at all! I think of them as “Someday/Maybe” projects (to use GTD jargon). I might get to them at some point, I might not, but when I do, I have one of the pieces ready.

    mblair has a good idea, to build a simple page & redirect.

    For a tiny bit more work, you could even put up a single paragraph and 3-5 links to useful related resources, with, of course, a link to your most closely-related main gig. Kind of like a Squidoo lens but very basic. I’d probably get one bone-simple open-source CSS template and use it for all. Knock one of those out a week and you’re all done in a few months. Or throw a “populate my domains” party over a weekend and crunch out the whole thing!

    Hell, Chris, open it up here as a contest and give a prize to the one that gets any traffic. πŸ™‚

  43. I’m the same way Chris. I’m sitting on domains and I wait until I have time to make them. The difficult thing is finding the right time. If you don’t feel up to making the website, it will be useless to try creating it. One thing that always helped me to make a website was people bothering me about it. That usually stopped my procrastination and made me to do it. I guess we all need deadlines and motivation to get the site going.

  44. I’m the same way Chris. I’m sitting on domains and I wait until I have time to make them. The difficult thing is finding the right time. If you don’t feel up to making the website, it will be useless to try creating it. One thing that always helped me to make a website was people bothering me about it. That usually stopped my procrastination and made me to do it. I guess we all need deadlines and motivation to get the site going.

  45. Linda Martin-Peoples says:

    It’s just part of being Charter Members of
    “The Great Idea Club”…(the nature of the beast, maybe?)

    Same reason we write down bright ideas in notebooks,
    or on sticky notes, (or on our hand) no matter where we are, or in the middle of the night…

    And we collect Domain Names to go along with the Great Ideas, because basically we are very optimistic…

    And we’re also “collectors” (don’t most of us also have nice collections of things for other, unrelated projects…like maybe re-modelling, restoring a car, or a craft project, etc….?)

    Because “one of these days” we’re going to get around to ALL of it, don’t you see…

    And maybe because, God forbid, one day we should wake up and have nothing to do! (A fate worse than death…?)

    But mainly, it’s because we believe in the future…
    and this is just one of several things we do to show it!

    Linda Martin-Peoples

    (And Domain Names take up a whole lot less space than some collections!)

  46. Linda Martin-Peoples says:

    It’s just part of being Charter Members of
    “The Great Idea Club”…(the nature of the beast, maybe?)

    Same reason we write down bright ideas in notebooks,
    or on sticky notes, (or on our hand) no matter where we are, or in the middle of the night…

    And we collect Domain Names to go along with the Great Ideas, because basically we are very optimistic…

    And we’re also “collectors” (don’t most of us also have nice collections of things for other, unrelated projects…like maybe re-modelling, restoring a car, or a craft project, etc….?)

    Because “one of these days” we’re going to get around to ALL of it, don’t you see…

    And maybe because, God forbid, one day we should wake up and have nothing to do! (A fate worse than death…?)

    But mainly, it’s because we believe in the future…
    and this is just one of several things we do to show it!

    Linda Martin-Peoples

    (And Domain Names take up a whole lot less space than some collections!)

  47. Unfortunately I can offer no advice here, as I am exactly the same way–although nowhere near 30 or 50! But this is how sad I am: I will put up an intro or placeholder page for a new site, which promotes what’s coming in ‘just a few weeks.’ Then a year from now, that same, tired, outdated page is still up there, with NO progress made on the promised content! Not good for business, eh?

    And while it’s easy to blame my full-time job for not allowing me the time to follow up on these self-starter projects, it really comes down to my lack of discipline and focus. That’s got to change…

  48. Unfortunately I can offer no advice here, as I am exactly the same way–although nowhere near 30 or 50! But this is how sad I am: I will put up an intro or placeholder page for a new site, which promotes what’s coming in ‘just a few weeks.’ Then a year from now, that same, tired, outdated page is still up there, with NO progress made on the promised content! Not good for business, eh?

    And while it’s easy to blame my full-time job for not allowing me the time to follow up on these self-starter projects, it really comes down to my lack of discipline and focus. That’s got to change…

  49. I wouldn’t beat yourself up over it. People spend money on dummer things. What is a few dollars for a potential great idea?

    Wouldn’t it be dummer to NOT get the domain and have it be taken when you get around to the idea.

    Besides, when you can buy a domain for the cost of a good craft brewed beer, well . . maybe my argument just came apart here.

  50. I wouldn’t beat yourself up over it. People spend money on dummer things. What is a few dollars for a potential great idea?

    Wouldn’t it be dummer to NOT get the domain and have it be taken when you get around to the idea.

    Besides, when you can buy a domain for the cost of a good craft brewed beer, well . . maybe my argument just came apart here.

  51. I’m with my friend Mike Robinson on this one. I tend to over-think my ideas (usually to death) before I start thinking about domains, so all of my domains (only 2) currently have sites up and running on them.

    Now, considering how cheap it is to buy domains these days, I’m not sure why I don’t buy the domain as soon as I have the idea. I mean, if the idea pans out and then I can’t get the domain, that would kind of suck.

  52. I’m with my friend Mike Robinson on this one. I tend to over-think my ideas (usually to death) before I start thinking about domains, so all of my domains (only 2) currently have sites up and running on them.

    Now, considering how cheap it is to buy domains these days, I’m not sure why I don’t buy the domain as soon as I have the idea. I mean, if the idea pans out and then I can’t get the domain, that would kind of suck.

  53. I have about that many unused domains too. I really need to take a bit of time and at least put placeholder pages on each. Little bit of information, maybe an affiliate link or three, and there’s a slim chance it will do something.

  54. I have about that many unused domains too. I really need to take a bit of time and at least put placeholder pages on each. Little bit of information, maybe an affiliate link or three, and there’s a slim chance it will do something.

  55. This is the right thing to do. I don’t believe in the supernatural too much, but usually when you have an idea, somebody else in the word will think of it too exactly at the same time.

    Then you’d better off registering first. You can always decide later wether you want to develop that new idea or trash it – or sell it.

  56. This is the right thing to do. I don’t believe in the supernatural too much, but usually when you have an idea, somebody else in the word will think of it too exactly at the same time.

    Then you’d better off registering first. You can always decide later wether you want to develop that new idea or trash it – or sell it.

  57. WOW…it’s obvious many of us do the same thing. We have a brilliant idea and then buy a domain to match and then never use it. I have about 50 domains of which I am using about 6, 12 if you include the ones for my wife’s business. What makes this more funny is I just got an email from GoDaddy saying I have 6 domains expiring on the 12th.

    Now this makes me think….OH NO…do I renew these? What if I don’t and then see it get picked up and then THAT person is using it for their brilliant idea….

    Can’t have that..better to renew it than to let it fall to someone that is working harder than me and actually uses it.

    And so it goes every few months when a domain it up for renewal…

  58. WOW…it’s obvious many of us do the same thing. We have a brilliant idea and then buy a domain to match and then never use it. I have about 50 domains of which I am using about 6, 12 if you include the ones for my wife’s business. What makes this more funny is I just got an email from GoDaddy saying I have 6 domains expiring on the 12th.

    Now this makes me think….OH NO…do I renew these? What if I don’t and then see it get picked up and then THAT person is using it for their brilliant idea….

    Can’t have that..better to renew it than to let it fall to someone that is working harder than me and actually uses it.

    And so it goes every few months when a domain it up for renewal…

  59. Guilty! I was actually considering a contest to give away the remained of a blogging related url to someone. Your post reminded me to give it some more thought.

  60. Guilty! I was actually considering a contest to give away the remained of a blogging related url to someone. Your post reminded me to give it some more thought.

  61. Yep, you know though, I’ve found that I’ve used domains years later that I’ve bought that I’m SO glad I did buy at the time.

    But I’m with you, I have close to 100 sitting around.

  62. Yep, you know though, I’ve found that I’ve used domains years later that I’ve bought that I’m SO glad I did buy at the time.

    But I’m with you, I have close to 100 sitting around.

  63. Wow, is there a Guiness Book of Records entry for the individual with the most registered domain names already? If not – there’s certainly a few candidates here πŸ™‚

    Thanks Chris, this post and the comments have been a real eye-opener for me. I’m embarrassed to say that I own only 1 domain name and I can now understand why people register more than that.

    My obsession is gmail labels – how many is too many?

  64. Wow, is there a Guiness Book of Records entry for the individual with the most registered domain names already? If not – there’s certainly a few candidates here πŸ™‚

    Thanks Chris, this post and the comments have been a real eye-opener for me. I’m embarrassed to say that I own only 1 domain name and I can now understand why people register more than that.

    My obsession is gmail labels – how many is too many?

  65. 30 unused domain names? You’re right, what were you thinking? πŸ™‚

    Don’t feel too bad because I own a few domain names I’m not using, but I have ideas for them. Although I guess it’s easy to kinda forget about domain names after you buy one and the initial excitement wears off.

    You should try to sell most of them and maybe recoup some of your money or even make a tidy little profit!

  66. 30 unused domain names? You’re right, what were you thinking? πŸ™‚

    Don’t feel too bad because I own a few domain names I’m not using, but I have ideas for them. Although I guess it’s easy to kinda forget about domain names after you buy one and the initial excitement wears off.

    You should try to sell most of them and maybe recoup some of your money or even make a tidy little profit!

  67. I’m just going to say that I’ve also done it, like so many other people who confessed before me, LOL.

    In fact, I’m trying to revive one of my blogs at the moment, and it’s taking a big chunk of my time. I just can’t imagine how some people can take care or a dozen blogs and sites!

  68. I’m just going to say that I’ve also done it, like so many other people who confessed before me, LOL.

    In fact, I’m trying to revive one of my blogs at the moment, and it’s taking a big chunk of my time. I just can’t imagine how some people can take care or a dozen blogs and sites!

  69. Ed Erickson says:

    I’ve got 14. One is my wife’s for her transcription business, but the rest I just bought centering around four ideas. This leads me to say one thing—

    I better not be talking about having 13 domains crying for use one year from now! I am excited about what these domains WILL become!

    My first post btw. Been lurking for a week. I really do appreciate your blog Chris and am chewing up your Killer Flagship Content ebook. Great stuff!

  70. Ed Erickson says:

    I’ve got 14. One is my wife’s for her transcription business, but the rest I just bought centering around four ideas. This leads me to say one thing—

    I better not be talking about having 13 domains crying for use one year from now! I am excited about what these domains WILL become!

    My first post btw. Been lurking for a week. I really do appreciate your blog Chris and am chewing up your Killer Flagship Content ebook. Great stuff!

  71. Steve, with me it was every few WEEKS that registrars were calling on me renew some domain or another. I finally got so fed up with all the calls, emails, and letters (from all these registrars offering deals to SWITCH my domains to them) that I saw fit to do a bit of ‘domain pruning!’ Now I’m once again down to a manageable lot…but it’s growing again!

  72. Steve, with me it was every few WEEKS that registrars were calling on me renew some domain or another. I finally got so fed up with all the calls, emails, and letters (from all these registrars offering deals to SWITCH my domains to them) that I saw fit to do a bit of ‘domain pruning!’ Now I’m once again down to a manageable lot…but it’s growing again!

  73. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with more domains than sites! I have 23 domain names. Earlier this year I decided to buckle down and do something about them. Six somains of local interest are being sold off in a four-figure deal to a friend. She’s planning on staying here; I’m not. Of the others, three belong to other people but are registered on my account.

    That leaves me with 14 domains. All but one have a blog up on them now, though 2 of the blogs still need to be developed. I have an inspiration for the 14th which will become a collaborative blogging project. And now I’m very hesitant to buy any more domain names. That’s a lot of blogging! I may have to sell a few of the remaining sites off to keep my sanity. Anyhow, thanks for letting me know I’m not the only domain buyer out of control here.

  74. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with more domains than sites! I have 23 domain names. Earlier this year I decided to buckle down and do something about them. Six somains of local interest are being sold off in a four-figure deal to a friend. She’s planning on staying here; I’m not. Of the others, three belong to other people but are registered on my account.

    That leaves me with 14 domains. All but one have a blog up on them now, though 2 of the blogs still need to be developed. I have an inspiration for the 14th which will become a collaborative blogging project. And now I’m very hesitant to buy any more domain names. That’s a lot of blogging! I may have to sell a few of the remaining sites off to keep my sanity. Anyhow, thanks for letting me know I’m not the only domain buyer out of control here.

  75. Only 30 πŸ™‚
    I have quite a few ‘great idea at the time’ domains, some are ok, some were just a waste of money and won’t be renewed. I’m no domainer but I currently have about 90 domains, some of which are being used for client sites and a few for my sites.
    Actually doing the ‘great idea’ is something I always stumble at. I am a world class procrastinator and think too much, make every project into the next amazon or similar and then never get started as it’s just too big for little old me.
    One day I will get round to it πŸ™‚

  76. Only 30 πŸ™‚
    I have quite a few ‘great idea at the time’ domains, some are ok, some were just a waste of money and won’t be renewed. I’m no domainer but I currently have about 90 domains, some of which are being used for client sites and a few for my sites.
    Actually doing the ‘great idea’ is something I always stumble at. I am a world class procrastinator and think too much, make every project into the next amazon or similar and then never get started as it’s just too big for little old me.
    One day I will get round to it πŸ™‚

  77. I do similar too, in fact I just looked at a list I have and thought, sheeat I realy should do something with those…and then I read a blog, just like this and get all distracted again! It’s a vicious circle!

  78. I do similar too, in fact I just looked at a list I have and thought, sheeat I realy should do something with those…and then I read a blog, just like this and get all distracted again! It’s a vicious circle!

  79. I’ve only got two domains that really haven’t been developed yet, even though I had great plans for each of them. When I had registered them, I was kind of surprised that they were both still available so I grabbed them without a clear plan in place.

  80. I’ve only got two domains that really haven’t been developed yet, even though I had great plans for each of them. When I had registered them, I was kind of surprised that they were both still available so I grabbed them without a clear plan in place.

  81. I have 18 unused domains. I fall into the trap of “hey, that would be a cool name for a project” then life steps in and, well, we all know how that story goes.

  82. I have 18 unused domains. I fall into the trap of “hey, that would be a cool name for a project” then life steps in and, well, we all know how that story goes.

  83. I have purchased several domain names over the years around specific focuses of mine at the time. I have let some lapse and kept most of them. I bought the names thinking that I would do something with them. At the same time, if I don’t develop a site or business around them, I direct them to the sites that I do have. So, if anyone is searching for your domain or topic, they will find your site. You need to decide if it is worth keeping all of those names. If you can afford it, then it may be worth siting on them. Who knows someone may come around and buy some of them?

  84. I have purchased several domain names over the years around specific focuses of mine at the time. I have let some lapse and kept most of them. I bought the names thinking that I would do something with them. At the same time, if I don’t develop a site or business around them, I direct them to the sites that I do have. So, if anyone is searching for your domain or topic, they will find your site. You need to decide if it is worth keeping all of those names. If you can afford it, then it may be worth siting on them. Who knows someone may come around and buy some of them?

  85. Ha! I do the exact same thing, Chris. But not nearly as bad. I have about 4 unused domains where I thought “Hey, this’ll be a cool project” and I never get beyond registering the domain name. 0.o

    As for what gets me to complete them? No clue, as I hadn’t even started them yet. doh…

  86. Ha! I do the exact same thing, Chris. But not nearly as bad. I have about 4 unused domains where I thought “Hey, this’ll be a cool project” and I never get beyond registering the domain name. 0.o

    As for what gets me to complete them? No clue, as I hadn’t even started them yet. doh…

  87. I don’t have any unused domain names, but I have many clothing items, brand new with the tags on them, purchased for $1 at the thrift store that don’t fit me.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time. lol

  88. I don’t have any unused domain names, but I have many clothing items, brand new with the tags on them, purchased for $1 at the thrift store that don’t fit me.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time. lol

  89. 22 Domain domains. Only work on 1. I am learning CMS Joomla and going to work on them eventually…

    Have had a couple that I did not like anymore and they went to auto renewal!

  90. 22 Domain domains. Only work on 1. I am learning CMS Joomla and going to work on them eventually…

    Have had a couple that I did not like anymore and they went to auto renewal!

  91. Yeah I have a few as well.

    One I am waiting for a client whether he wants it now or not. Four others that clients have brought and are waiting for them to do something and one myself that I am waiting for a design for…

  92. Yeah I have a few as well.

    One I am waiting for a client whether he wants it now or not. Four others that clients have brought and are waiting for them to do something and one myself that I am waiting for a design for…

  93. @Matt – I quite like those domains, but don’t take that as an offer πŸ˜‰

    @Jonathan – Time is a massive issue, I am not sure how much of an investment mine are but I think I will do something with some of them!

    @Mark – Renewals, why do we do it when we don’t know what use the domains are? πŸ™‚

    @Adam – Yup, one of them in particular would make a good blog but not by me any more, lost interest in the topic. Perhaps I just need to find a writer … hmmmmm

    @Jack – Heh πŸ™‚

    @mblair – Ha, that is one way of looking at it!

    @Claus – My metal has cooled quite a lot …

    @Barry – My first domain (lapsed a long time ago and been snapped up by others at least twice since then) was Β£100, so about $200 at todays rates. I could have bought at least 10 for that πŸ™‚

    @Kevin – They are cheap but expensive to just have lying around πŸ™‚

    @Douglas – Nice domain, I can see that being a good site

    @Novice SEO – That’s the problem, they are worth a lot more when you do something with them, even if it is just get them some PR and sell text links.

    @Eric – Time can be our most precious asset!

    @Cory – Yeah, quite a little support group right here πŸ˜‰

    @Mike – Seems like you have more self control than most of us πŸ™‚

    @Karthik – Well done πŸ™‚

    @Bryant – Wow, that is a serious collection!

    @Sheila – Yeah some of mine are .co.uk or .org/.net variations but I don’t tend to register those quite as much any more

    @Rob – Sounds a good project πŸ™‚

    @Nathania – Yeah I think it is an idea-person affliction, also possibly a curse of optimists πŸ˜‰

    @Mark – One thing at a time is a good idea, I think we tend to get caught up on the scarcity thinking someone else will run with it.

    @Sonia – I love the squidoo lens type site idea, good one πŸ˜€

    @Shortshire – I try to get others involved now as motivation, I don’t like letting people down so I have to pull through and get off my behind

    @Linda – You make it sound such a positive thing, thanks for that πŸ˜€

    @Terry – Focus is so important but sometimes so hard to achieve, at the same time it is good to prioritise what gets the mortgage paid!

    @Linda – Mmmmm …. beer … Yeah they are not so expensive but I do feel guilty “wasting” money on them

    @Adam – That is one of the motivations to snap them up, and then all the variations, what if someone else gets there first??? πŸ˜‰

    @Stephanie – I’m going to have to do the same

    @Gabor – Yeah it is crazy how that happens. Scott Adams has a theory that we “catch” ideas rather than “create” them. I kind of believe it.

    @Steve – Familiar feeling, “I haven’t done anything but you just know someone else will do great things with it and sell it on for a million” πŸ˜‰

    @A Blog – A give away is a nice idea so long as you can live with someone else building on your domain!

    @Jim – It’s a nice comforting thought that they do come in useful

    @LAChick – Now the thing is, do you think 1 domain is better or some of the people here with a ton of them? πŸ™‚

    @Brad – Even if I do sell up I think I should do something with them first. Perhaps it is just my lack of negotiation but in my experience you get more for domains that have been worked on than pure domain value alone.

    @pelf – Outsourcing and delegation. Although I do know one person who personally writes a whole network of blogs!

    @Ed – Thanks, kind of you to say πŸ™‚ I have a domain for my wife and another for my daughter. Plus a couple more family ones. The rest are my crazy ideas πŸ™‚

    @Terry – I think I could do with pruning back the obviously duplicate ones but then I risk someone taking the not so good domain, running with it and causing confusion for the good one should I ever use it!

    @Linda – It is a lot of blogging unless you get other bloggers on board?

    @Garry – Like you I am no Domainer, but they do make money when they get the hang of it though, perhaps it is worth investigating

    @rob – Heh, sorry for exacerbating the problem

    @derek – That’s happened to me too “wonder if – wow it’s available – ka-ching – what do I do now?” πŸ™‚

    @Dave – Tell me about it πŸ™‚

    @Jason – For someone to buy them though I would need to publicise and I am not ready for that yet πŸ™‚

    @Philip – Getting started is always the hardest part

    @Rebecca – My wife buys clothes for our daughter all the time without considering if they will ever get worn πŸ™‚ So it is not just me who wastes our cash πŸ˜‰

    @ecoshopper – Auto renewal is what keeps all of mine there, I should really let some lapse

    @Jermayn – I get clients to register their own, I prefer having them look after their ongoing payments for hosting or domains as it is better for them to have those vendor relationships directly so they get notifications, invoices and contacts without me mediating. I have enough trouble remembering all my own accounts πŸ˜‰

  94. @Matt – I quite like those domains, but don’t take that as an offer πŸ˜‰

    @Jonathan – Time is a massive issue, I am not sure how much of an investment mine are but I think I will do something with some of them!

    @Mark – Renewals, why do we do it when we don’t know what use the domains are? πŸ™‚

    @Adam – Yup, one of them in particular would make a good blog but not by me any more, lost interest in the topic. Perhaps I just need to find a writer … hmmmmm

    @Jack – Heh πŸ™‚

    @mblair – Ha, that is one way of looking at it!

    @Claus – My metal has cooled quite a lot …

    @Barry – My first domain (lapsed a long time ago and been snapped up by others at least twice since then) was Β£100, so about $200 at todays rates. I could have bought at least 10 for that πŸ™‚

    @Kevin – They are cheap but expensive to just have lying around πŸ™‚

    @Douglas – Nice domain, I can see that being a good site

    @Novice SEO – That’s the problem, they are worth a lot more when you do something with them, even if it is just get them some PR and sell text links.

    @Eric – Time can be our most precious asset!

    @Cory – Yeah, quite a little support group right here πŸ˜‰

    @Mike – Seems like you have more self control than most of us πŸ™‚

    @Karthik – Well done πŸ™‚

    @Bryant – Wow, that is a serious collection!

    @Sheila – Yeah some of mine are .co.uk or .org/.net variations but I don’t tend to register those quite as much any more

    @Rob – Sounds a good project πŸ™‚

    @Nathania – Yeah I think it is an idea-person affliction, also possibly a curse of optimists πŸ˜‰

    @Mark – One thing at a time is a good idea, I think we tend to get caught up on the scarcity thinking someone else will run with it.

    @Sonia – I love the squidoo lens type site idea, good one πŸ˜€

    @Shortshire – I try to get others involved now as motivation, I don’t like letting people down so I have to pull through and get off my behind

    @Linda – You make it sound such a positive thing, thanks for that πŸ˜€

    @Terry – Focus is so important but sometimes so hard to achieve, at the same time it is good to prioritise what gets the mortgage paid!

    @Linda – Mmmmm …. beer … Yeah they are not so expensive but I do feel guilty “wasting” money on them

    @Adam – That is one of the motivations to snap them up, and then all the variations, what if someone else gets there first??? πŸ˜‰

    @Stephanie – I’m going to have to do the same

    @Gabor – Yeah it is crazy how that happens. Scott Adams has a theory that we “catch” ideas rather than “create” them. I kind of believe it.

    @Steve – Familiar feeling, “I haven’t done anything but you just know someone else will do great things with it and sell it on for a million” πŸ˜‰

    @A Blog – A give away is a nice idea so long as you can live with someone else building on your domain!

    @Jim – It’s a nice comforting thought that they do come in useful

    @LAChick – Now the thing is, do you think 1 domain is better or some of the people here with a ton of them? πŸ™‚

    @Brad – Even if I do sell up I think I should do something with them first. Perhaps it is just my lack of negotiation but in my experience you get more for domains that have been worked on than pure domain value alone.

    @pelf – Outsourcing and delegation. Although I do know one person who personally writes a whole network of blogs!

    @Ed – Thanks, kind of you to say πŸ™‚ I have a domain for my wife and another for my daughter. Plus a couple more family ones. The rest are my crazy ideas πŸ™‚

    @Terry – I think I could do with pruning back the obviously duplicate ones but then I risk someone taking the not so good domain, running with it and causing confusion for the good one should I ever use it!

    @Linda – It is a lot of blogging unless you get other bloggers on board?

    @Garry – Like you I am no Domainer, but they do make money when they get the hang of it though, perhaps it is worth investigating

    @rob – Heh, sorry for exacerbating the problem

    @derek – That’s happened to me too “wonder if – wow it’s available – ka-ching – what do I do now?” πŸ™‚

    @Dave – Tell me about it πŸ™‚

    @Jason – For someone to buy them though I would need to publicise and I am not ready for that yet πŸ™‚

    @Philip – Getting started is always the hardest part

    @Rebecca – My wife buys clothes for our daughter all the time without considering if they will ever get worn πŸ™‚ So it is not just me who wastes our cash πŸ˜‰

    @ecoshopper – Auto renewal is what keeps all of mine there, I should really let some lapse

    @Jermayn – I get clients to register their own, I prefer having them look after their ongoing payments for hosting or domains as it is better for them to have those vendor relationships directly so they get notifications, invoices and contacts without me mediating. I have enough trouble remembering all my own accounts πŸ˜‰

  95. Undeveloped Domain names:

    1)are potential investments – like real estate
    2)can be parked and earn their keep or more
    3)can be offered for sale to see what size offers come in
    4)can drain your bank account and leave you feeling broke
    5)can be rented
    6)can be released to the wild
    7)are most often held on to like a lottery ticket, with the same effect
    8)can make you feel dumb
    9)are often focused on an idea, rather than type-in traffic
    10)commercial domain names with hyphens, misspellings, numbers instead of letters or more than 10 characters should be 86’d (see 8 and 6 above)

    Happy domaining!

  96. Undeveloped Domain names:

    1)are potential investments – like real estate
    2)can be parked and earn their keep or more
    3)can be offered for sale to see what size offers come in
    4)can drain your bank account and leave you feeling broke
    5)can be rented
    6)can be released to the wild
    7)are most often held on to like a lottery ticket, with the same effect
    8)can make you feel dumb
    9)are often focused on an idea, rather than type-in traffic
    10)commercial domain names with hyphens, misspellings, numbers instead of letters or more than 10 characters should be 86’d (see 8 and 6 above)

    Happy domaining!

  97. Oh,

    I have 60 domain names that should be 86’d, but for lucky number 7 above!

    Although, I did recently by a domain name and three alternatives (plurals and “er”) and am developing it now http://www.webpageadvisor.com/blog. But the math just does not add up all of the renewals, does it?

  98. Oh,

    I have 60 domain names that should be 86’d, but for lucky number 7 above!

    Although, I did recently by a domain name and three alternatives (plurals and “er”) and am developing it now http://www.webpageadvisor.com/blog. But the math just does not add up all of the renewals, does it?