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Cost Benefit Analysis of Buying Domain Typos and Estimating Traffic to a Mispell of my Domain
aish1108




msg:4013765
 8:10 pm on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am thinking of buying 5-10 new domain names. All will be misspellings of my website's domain. I want private registration for all. The website has lots of traffic. Revenue is all advertising, visitors are worth say $0.02/visitor

I currently own 1 misspelling of my domain. It is registered at GoDaddy and forwarded to my website. It is expiring next month.

I have no idea how many visitors land on this domain and therefore I have no idea if it is worth spending the $100 to renew privately for say 5 years.
($10 to register + $10 for private = $50 x 5 years = $100)

Add 10 more domains and suddenly it's $1000.00. That's a big investment

In summary:

1) What's the easiest way to track how many people are forwarded from the one misspelled domain which I already own? (I can then make at least a semi-educated guess as to the worth of all other misspellings)

2)Where is the best place to buy 10 domains and forward all of them to my website?

Thanks

[edited by: Webwork at 8:39 pm (utc) on Oct. 26, 2009]
[edit reason] Per Charter we don't allow "suggest a business" threads to limit promotional spamming [/edit]

 

bwnbwn




msg:4013778
 8:26 pm on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

aish1108 I have no idea who you paying 10 bucks for a private option for but that is crazy. Mine does it for free if I elect to go private but don't.

aish1108




msg:4013779
 8:35 pm on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well who does it for free.... that's why I am asking

Webwork




msg:4013782
 8:44 pm on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

2)Where is the best place to buy 10 domains and forward all of them to my website?

Well who does it for free

Sorry, aish, but per the Domain Forum Charter [webmasterworld.com] we don't allow threads that call for members to suggest, endorse, vote for, etc. a domain service provider - even those that may provide a "free" service. We also don't allow "search this phrase" response as it's the same thing by another device. Such threads become open doors for forum spamming. (Not saying, at all, that such is your intent.)

Now, the idea of performing a "cost benefit analysis" of registering typos of your website's domain name . . . THAT's a discussion worth having. ;)

Regarding estimating traffic aren't you able to track the referrers from the 301 re-direct of your other domain? If so, then I would use that data and compare the results of other common(?) misspellings of your website's "root" words/letters to get an idea of the volume to be expected.

Example: Lawyer? Laywer? Lwyer?

aish1108




msg:4013905
 11:54 pm on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Regarding estimating traffic aren't you able to track the referrers from the 301 re-direct of your other domain?

I just checked the domain in the GoDaddy control panel and for some reason I set it up 3 years ago as a 302 instead of a 301.

I use Google Analytics and AWstats for my main website. I've often wondered why I've never seen any stats for the misspelled domain. Though it was a bit odd. I guess the 302 isn't considered a refferer?

Insomniak




msg:4023562
 4:17 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think 302 still counts as a referrer, maybe the typo traffic was just too negligible to notice?

Depending on how popular your site is and how stiff the competition, perhaps you don't need 10 more typo domains.

aish1108




msg:4023972
 7:11 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, I'm not sure why I can't find any data in Google analytic Referer report.

Regardless, I ended up setting up the domain with Google Adsense for Domains. I figured this way I'd get an basic idea of how many people are landing on the page.
Plus, I've always been curious how much money the domain is worth as a parked domain, (Someone else owns a VERY common typo for my domain....) and now I have an idea.

I think I'm not going to renew the domain I own and I'm not going to buy the typos

However if you own say an e-commerce website where a returning visitor is worth more then a few cents. I'd imagine someone typing in your domain in the address bar is probably a returning visitor, well then as Webwork says above
THAT's a discussion worth having. ;)

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