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How Do You Decide Which Available Domains To Buy and Which To Walk Away From?

Once you have many domains then how do you decide which to develop?

7:26 am on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I hope this thread isn't too frivolous for this folder, but I didn't want to put it into Foo.

I am not a domain trader, but I occasionally look up domain name ideas that pop into my head.

Sometimes they are even available.

But, here's the thing. I only have time to develop my two/three main sites (as well as run my main business).

If I had the time to develop all the ideas I have, I'd be a millionaire (maybe). But then I wouldn't have time to enjoy it.

Also, I have gradually been letting some of my portfolio of domain names expire of the past couple of years.

So, here's my question (eventually). How do you decide what domains to buy? How do you categorise them (if you do)? E.G. Do you have some you put into a 'to develop later' category, others into the 'someone might want to buy this' category?

Just interested.
5:19 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You're not alone. I have the same thoughts and I've seen others express this as well. So many ideas, but not enough time to pursue them all. Is it better to spend a little time building a weak website for all of them, or to concentrate on one idea and build it with rich content? I have generally chosen the latter but I wonder is this the best approach? Is there a million-dollar-idea sitting idle, that would flush itself given some room to grow?

How do I choose which domains to buy? For one thing, I don't look them up unless I'm willing to buy. Sometimes the availability of the name makes the idea seem more appealing.
2:43 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes I wouldn't bother looking up available domain names unless I'm looking to buy a name for a specific project. There is no point in just buying names to put in your "to do list". Just buy a good domain name when you have a need for it.