Cheap Domain Names for Those Wanting to Try Quick Website Flipping

on December 12, 2008 in Freelance Writing Business

If you're considering quick flipping a website as another income source based on your content, but you don't want to spend $6-10 up front on a domain that may or may not sell, you may be interested in this deal:

GoDaddy seems to be offering .info domains for $.99.

While they're not going to be as valuable as a .com when you sell the site, I've found they can be just fine, especially if your price is mostly based on the content and the domain is well-targeted and keyword-rich.

I picked up 11 domains this week there with the intention of quick-flipping some sites (since some folks don't like sales indexed, I'm not going to list the domains here).

They were also offering free privacy protection on the registration (meaning your details won't be public in the WHOIS records while you're waiting to sell the site).

I don't know how long those deals will be going on, but I just thought they were worth mentioning.


While I won't be giving out the domain names publicly of anything I want to quick-flip, I will be talking about what I'm doing to prepare them in coming weeks (for some it will be more than just slapping content into the site).

On a sidenote, if you do register your domain with GoDaddy, they're fine for that. I do, however, recommend strongly against using them for hosting if you don't already have a hosting account. First of all, it's not a good idea to register a domain with your host (you run the risk of having it held "hostage" later if you want to change hosts). Also though, I've found you have far less freedom with Godaddy's hosting than with others. Just my $.02 on that.

If you're considering earning a few bucks with a quick flip, these deals make now a good time to give it a try.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.

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  1. LaToya Irby December 13, 2008 Reply

    I snatched up a few .info sites at the 99 cents price from GoDaddy a few months ago. Private registration wasn’t free then, so I had to pay for that. I have a couple more domains in mind, so if private registration’s still free, I’m going to catch those now. I’m experimenting with Adsense on these, but I may consider flipping them depending on how successful I am with Adsense.

  2. Kimberly December 14, 2008 Reply

    Jennifer, I’m really working on diversifying my income and have been interested in learning more about flipping websites for a while – thanks for the REAL information you’re providing. My question is how do you know which niches are in demand? I assume personal finance, green living and real estate/mortgage might be. I’m planning to buy a few domains to start buiding in a couple of weeks but still feel sort of lost.

  3. Jennifer Mattern December 14, 2008 Reply

    LaToya – Either way, as long as you’re able to turn them into another income stream, it’s a great thing to be doing. :)

    Kimberly – For niches, the first thing I think about is what I know and enjoy. If I know absolutely nothing about a topic, I’ll resent the project, and won’t put my best into it. I also look for evergreen sort of topics, rather than the hot niches of the moment (which could change tomorrow – literally). If an evergreen topic can be enhanced because it’s timely, then I go with that. For the 11 domains I just registered for quick flips, I chose things I enjoy, things I know something about (even if not in my writing specialty area), and I chose things that would have an appeal in the New Year (while popular year-round, some niches will be naturally searched for more at certain times of the year – fitness in the new year, maybe travel in the summer, holiday things in the winter, education / school topics in the fall, etc.).

    You can run your niche ideas through a tool like the Adwords Sandbox to let you know if people are actually searching for those topics or not (and whether or not there’s decent advertiser competition for related keyword phrases).

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