gingerale24 - 10:06 pm on Sep 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
I was hoping someone could offer some advice about my current situation. I bought a domain roughly four years ago that was a combination of my niece and nephew's names.
I never used the domain for much more than file storage via FTP, but about two years after I first purchased it, I noticed that I was getting a large number of hits each day. I used google analytics to track this, and the hits continued to grow.
Turns out that a major retailer opened an online store whose name differed from my domain name by one letter. All of these hits on my site were from people making typos.
Now this online store is a major deal, and I'm getting, on average, 350-500 hits per day. I imagine this number will go even higher during the holiday shopping season.
I've received several emails over the last year from a persistent fellow who wanted to purchase the domain from me. He claimed to be a graphic designer who wanted the domain as the home of his new design shop. The amount he could 'afford' to pay for the site kept going up each time I refused him. (It started with "$800 is all I can pay". By the last email, it was up to $5000.) After googling a bit, I found out that he buys/sells domains for a living. Surprise, surprise.
Can anyone give me advice as to how I should proceed at this point? I registered my domain before the online store ever opened for business. I think that puts me in the clear in terms of accusations that I'm a leech trying to squeeze them.
One friend said I should gather all the data I've collected through google analytics (esp during the holiday rush), and then approach this company with my hard data in hand and tell them about all the potential sales they might be losing, etc, etc.
I'm new to all of this, so any feedback would be enormously appreciated.