NamesCon is coming up and you’re going to hear all different thoughts from various people about why they go and why they don’t. I’ll tell you that like everything is life, the conference is what you make it. If you want to go and make connections and put in some effort you absolutely will. I remember the first time I met Mike Sallese. We were either at a live Domain Sherpa show (before I was a regular) or a live auction. I can’t remember which but a name came up. ButterCrackers.com. He walked up to me and said “that’s my name” . Hey said it with such a smile and looked so proud of the name that for the rest of the show I called him ButterCrackers. Half because I couldn’t remember his name but because it was a hilarious domain. Not too long after I got back I received a package addressed to me at the nursery from Mike. Yup. A big box of generic butter crackers. We’ve been friends ever since.
It shows that just a little something that breaks the ice, starts the conversation, or is memorable could build a relationship. There is no such thing as good old boys club for most attendees. A smiling face and a handshake will pretty much do the trick. Add that initial meeting to a gathering at night and the stories will flow. Its amazing what a few beers will do to a conversation. The bar at the Tropicana is always a great place to start. You’ll see the who’s who of domain investing there at some point and the evening almost always starts and ends there.
If anyone blows you off then you really didn’t want to work with them anyway. And don’t get upset if someone ignores you or doesn’t acknowledge you. Again, its part of business. I’ve been active for 9 years and dozens of people ignore me in every room I enter. Heck, We didn’t even make the top 10 domain blogs for Daryl Lopes……..yesterday. And there are only 8 active blogs. Not everyone is going to be your best friend and your new domain friend. But there will be some that get you. And those some will make you happier and more profitable because you’ll be able to share information that will make you a better domain investor. Sure, you could meet them via email but meeting them in person and putting a face to a relationship is always a better start. NamesCon gives you that opportunity. 4 days of it.
Like I said, the afternoon and evening is where everything happens. My advice would be to sleep in and stay out late. It would also be to pace and limit your drinking. A drink or two to smooth the edges always is good for a conversation but too many and you because known as the drunk guy instead of the guy you’d like to talk more to. Another piece of advice is to bring your story. People remember who you are by what you do for living or hobby when you’re not domain investing. Josh is is a paramedic EMT, Cyger was a Six Sigma expert, Drew Rosener was the fish guy. Everyone was something else when they first started. If you have a big name , and make sure its really a nice name, make sure people know that. Steven Kennedy was the Strawberries guy because he was a very young kid at the time but he owned Strawberries.com, or maybe it was Strawberry. But either way it was how we knew him. In short, give people something to remember you by.
I know this is socializing 101 but I write this every year to remind people what a great opportunity lies ahead at our biggest conference. Anyone that thinks they don’t need it is limiting themselves. I don’t think you have to go every year but its a must every couple years IMO. I can almost guarantee that there will be a relationship or a helpful tip or trick that will pay for the entire trip. If you think you don’t have time I’ll tell you what my wife says when I say I can’t make it to her parents for the weekend. “When you really want to do something you always find a way to make it happen. If your friends ask you to somewhere you suddenly are able to get off work. When I ask you to go to my parents its always an important weekend and you can’t get off. Make THIS something you really want to do” So I say the same thing. Find time. Make NameCon something you really want to do, Here are today’s names. Click through to see the current price and to fund this daily list
Quote of the Day: “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” ― J.K. Rowling
Domain of the Day: ABBI.com Buying a first name for under 5 figures is getting tougher and tougher every year
Namejet and Sedo Names and Others
PacificHighway.com One of the most scenic and iconic highways in the US. To me, that makes a great brand. Met reserve so it will sell
PrancingHorse.com the symbol of Ferrari. Good way to have a Ferrari site without trademark problems. No bids
Catchfly.com Actually a native plant and plant names make great brands
Comfortland.com I feel like I could get a waterbed there
Coddle.com I think this one does very very well. I will say $5000 plus
82.io Don’t think I’ve ever seen a NN.io up for auction
Fuzzu.com No bids. looks and sounds fun
Boot.com My favorite one word name in the last few months. Reserve is more than fair.
DAZ.com I think this one sells as well
Godaddy Domains With Multiple Bids
NaughtyBox.com Forget a man crate. I want a naughty box
StarWatch.com Everyone loves celebrities. Although could be an app that helps you find and see the stars at night
CentralInsurance.com Good generic insurance company name. 22 years old
PerformanceQuest.com I feel like I will get better just by setting up an appointment
Glodex.com Not sure how the letters dex got into so many names but its a popular ending in businesses
HolidayZone.com This is the time of year when you can more than pay for a name like this with decent buildout.
GreenToken.com Not quite as valuable with crypto crash but worth money before and after the surge
JobStep.com A computer term that most people won’t know but makes a good brand for the employment industry as well
FibGlass.com What cool people use instead of the words fiberglass
Joora.com My favorite 5L on the list today
MyDrones.com “My” names have a good history of sales
VeryWise.com you better be if you are going to use this name
DivineWisdom.com A soothing name
Dhama.com Sounds like the guy that would be giving out the divine wisdom
GoKPop.com K-Pop is an amazing thing. Taylor Swift is a blip compared to their stars
Zaraz.com Under $100 at press time
Godaddy Domains With One or No Bids
Fuzzz.com I’ll through in another Z to keep it at $12
CountryRain.com Sounds like a new liquor from Nashville. No bids
BeaverBeach.com I’ve been there. Smells terrible. Must have had a fish kill
SpankU.com Some people REALLY like spanking
ElectNobody.com I know some people feel this way some times. Sell it to them when they do
GingerPickles.com Not worth anything but would get a laugh every time you gave your email out
BestSitemaker.com I know its something people search for. Not sure if Wix has an affiliate program
GoodNames.org Love the good names part but the .org is a bit tough to use when you are trying to show you sell the best
UltraAlert.com Sounds like a next level alert system. No bids
ChinaSummit.com No bids. China is growing pretty fast. I’m sure there will be a summit there eventually
538.me Worth $25 as an email alone in my opinion
Jonsy.com Nice 5L with one bid at press time
DuraVape.com Long lating vape
The Rest of the Names With Bids