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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Is There a Need for The Domain Finder?

Several months ago, I introduced a new service just to find domains for people–something I’ve done a number of times in the course of the ongoing marketing consulting and copywriting work I do for my clients.

I set up a dedicated site for this, at For a very reasonable flat fee, I would provide a minimum of three workable domains.

Considering how often I’ve heard people complain, “auuugh, all the good domains are gone!”–something that in my experience is far from true–I’ve been kind of surprised at the lack of traffic and interest.

I have an affiliate program for it (which also enables the affiliate to sell my books and other services), though I admit I’ve not been at all aggressive in seeking out affiliates. Pretty much only told my own newsletter readers.

Yes, I know…I should be contacting and following up with 30 or 50 prominent Internet entrepreneurs. I should be doing Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. I should be sending out press releases.

The problem is, I have too many other irons in the fire that have a more immediate payback, or that are very time-sensitive, like doing the publicity for my just-launched seventh book Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers.

So meanwhile, this sits on the back burner, and when I get some time (or an intern), I will do some of those things and see what happens. It was, if nothing else, a nice chance to see if I can write a decent one-page salesletter.

Oh, and if you’d like to be an affiliate for me, start by visiting this link–and then do me a favor and drop me a note (shel AT principled profit dotcom) to tell me you’ve done so. I know of at least one application that never made it to me (my assistant is checking on what might have happened to it).


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