I make mistakes every day. As many decisions and actions as I make a day it’s inevitable that I’m going to make a few. I don’t think my percentage of success to failure is any worse than anyone else it’s merely that as an owner of two businesses and the constant decisions I have to make both prepared and on the fly, lend itself to more opportunities for error. Here are a few I’ve made over the last few months
1. Hand Registered SFSDAEWG.COM. Yup, typed it in and paid for it. Here’s the short version of the story. I was testing to see if a Godaddy Coupon for $5.99 worked (it did) but I forgot to erase it from my cart. Came in a week later and renewed 30 or so domains and missed it. Now I am the proud new owner of a shitty domain………..and yet it’s still better than many of the domains I get asked to buy each day
2. Forgot to change my owner contact info on a domain I bought 5 years ago. Not a big deal except that I had just sold it. I don’t really have that many domains but I still forget to change my contacts occasionally. Sold the domain, went to send the auth code to my email and yep, not my email. Fortunately Godaddy can unlock the domains for you under special circumstances and 24 hours after I changed the contacts it was OK to transfer
3. Sold a name at Buy It Now and didn’t own it anymore. It was an email I loved getting from Sedo. “You’ve sold a name at Buy It Now” Only problem I had long since sold it. It was less than what I sold it for but I was more embarrassed than anything. It reminded me that I had a bunch of names still listed at Sedo that I don’t even own. I moved my name to Internet Traffic and forgot I had to manually go back and change all my names.
4. Shared some things with an Internet friend that in hind site I shouldn’t. Not really any thing that will come back to haunt me but I get to talking and talking about others, and end up sharing some opinions that are better off not shared. After recently having two people threaten to share our email exchanges, it reminds me that when I speak to people, both through email or in person, I should not say anything that I wouldn’t the whole world to see. Again, most likely nothing will come of it and if it did it wouldn’t be that big of a deal but I know better.
5. Forgot to post a daily domain list that I had written, TWICE. I spent two hours writing each list and then forgot to post it. I was busy each day and then at the end of the day I noticed traffic was down a little bit. Why? because I didn’t set the timer on the post. By the time I noticed the Godaddy auctions were over and the Namejet list had closed. The post is time sensitive and therefore no good the next day. I did this a second time but fortunately got it up before Namejet closed.
6. I messed with Crazy. I got into a couple war of words with two people that were better left alone. I truly felt I came out on the good end and received countless emails telling me how much they enjoy the zingers but it I still should have let it go. I need to find better things to do on Friday or Saturday nights.
7. Paid for a domain with a Paypal balance. It’s a HUGE no no. I was burned on DnForum a year or so ago by using a Paypal balance and I promised never to let it happen again. You have no way to get your money back if you use your balance so I always use a credit card or Escrow.com. The default is my credit card but I have a decent balance from selling some domains lately and have been in the habit of paying things out of balance. It was only $500 (“only” is relative I know) and I kind of knew the seller but I know much better than this and yet my hasty, late night, gotta get it done, actions could have burned me.
8. Didn’t pull the trigger on a few domains I really wanted. Usually it goes the other way. I overpay for domains I want because I get caught up in an auction but there were two domains that I wish I had purchased last month. They both ended at the next bid after my highest bid. I should have pushed it more but I was away from a computer, as I often am at closing time, so I lost out and I would have gladly paid 20% more