Congratulations to Morgan Linton and Daina on their recent engagment. If you’ve been around Morgan the last year you could see the relationship escalating and pretty much assumed this day was coming soon. It’s always nice to see young love and it’s especially nice to see that his new wife enjoys domain investing and all that he does. He truly has a new partner. If I was to give him 5 points of advice in regards to domain investing.
1. Put a list together of all your domains and websites, where they are registered and for how long. Do the same for your passwords. Make sure it is kept updated and put in a safe deposit box. If anything ever happens to you, you want to make sure she has all the info necessary to access your assets.
2. Speaking of assets, your domains and websites are assets and need to be treated as such. If you get married you better decide how you want a divorce to affect your sites and domains. There is a domainer that recently got divorced and he is having a hell of a time divying up the pot. It’s hard to talk prenup during such happy times and if you want her to have them fine, but you still have to think about the “what ifs”
3. Use the “outsider” point of view to your advantage. We are too biased and we don’t have estrogen. Ask them what they think about certain purchases. They can save you a ton of money by pointing out things we miss. Don’t dismiss it as “what do you know” because she doesn’t and some times that’s a better opinion.
4. Don’t tell domain jokes around the house. They aren’t funny to anyone but other domainers. Even then it’s pushing it. Domaing Gang has a zero percent chance of drawing a laugh in most houses. Saying Mike Mann does steriods draws a “really?” rather than a chuckle.
5. Spend some time apart but just as importantly always spend time together after the kids. I tell all couples this. You need to grow as an individual just as much as a couple. You need you time. To be who you were before you met. Certainly you are a better person once you’ve found the person that you love but you also need to be you. Your friends are YOUR friends and although they certainly will accept your new wife, they are your friends not hers. Keep that friendship growing. Friends are as important as a wife. They fill another part of who you are. After you have kids you need to do somewhat of the opposite. It is common for each person to take on different roles in raising the kids and many times that forces the parents to quit building their relationship. When the kids grow up, you’ll look at each other and say “who are you?” because your jobs were to work and raise the kids. In short, there was you, then it was you and your wife, then it was your family. You have to work on all three of those indepently.
And you thought I just had domaining advice.