It’s good to be back in Australia – particularly in Far North Queensland. We are so fortunate to live in this great country.
The picture above is of Castle Hill in Townsville. I walk up there most mornings (today included). The views from the top are sensational – you can see directly across the Coral Sea to Magnetic Island. There is truly something magical about the flora and fauna in this part of the world. Apparently there are are around 50 bird species either visiting or residing on the hill. Not to mention the snakes!
All we need now to make it even better is some rain. 🙂
I’m glad I didn’t stay an extra week in the USA as I was originally planning to. If I had, I would have been in New York where they are experiencing the worst blizzard in many a year. “Snowzilla”!
Got to give a big shout out to our national airline Qantas. I flew internally in the USA on American Airlines, and whilst their planes are new and very comfortable, in my opinion their service standards and friendliness are not a patch on Qantas.
I also love the fact that if you’re loyal to Qantas, this pays off in many ways. We all have a choice where we spend our travel dollars, so recognition and privileges are so important these days.
I mentioned this before, but I love travelling. Because it seems every time I do, I sell heaps of domains!
Whilst I was away on this trip, I sold 14 domains – a couple of which were decent 5 figure sales. More about these transactions next week.
Analysing it, I think it is because I use the fact that I’m away to create a “sense of urgency” with my prospective buyers. I often tell them (truthfully) that they’ve caught me at a good time because I’m overseas and I need the dough! 🙂 I still make sure that the price is a win / win though.
I was looking at some results of ‘.au domain sales” on Flippa yesterday. Not talking about domains with websites or revenue – just straight out domain names.
The results that I have seen are disappointing. And that’s being polite. When a domain like Boy.com.au goes up for auction and only attracts three bids (with a maximum of $US315), then you know there’s a problem. Plenty more examples like this.
There is also another major issue in my opinion. I was chatting with a fellow domainer yesterday, and he has been trying Flippa out with some of his better domains. Not only are the bids few and far between – and very low – but potential buyers also have the ability to leave what can be quite disparaging remarks / questions. Like questioning the pedigree of the domain.
On the face of it, that may be fair enough, but it seems like this is a tactic employed by a few buyers to “cast doubt” into the minds of others. That way the price stays low. Sorry if that sounds cynical, but that’s what it looks like to me.
The other problem is that these comments remain on the WWW. So anyone who Googles the domain in future will come across the listing on Flippa; see the comments and the pathetic price it was passed in at. Apparently if you want to get rid of the listing on Flippa, you can do so if you pay a fee. Hmmm.
Until next week …
Best wishes for your online success.