[thelist] advice on acquiring a web property

Michael Pemberton mpember at phreaker.net
Thu Sep 6 09:08:55 CDT 2001

It will really depend on what kind of traffic your are generating.  If
the users are the kind that play russian rulette with domains, then it
shouldn't have much of an impact.  If, however, you are depending on
return traffic to keep your logs tuning over, you may have problems.

It is hard to hang an "under new management" sign on a domain.  Once
people are in, you can quickly inform them of your recent change of
ownership and point out the benfits of your new site.

With regards to the use of *.co.* (I can only think of two well known
contries, off the top of my head, that do this), it is not likely that
people will look for your site using the random use of common words.

This would lead to the paradox that your are  looking at the site
because it is a common word and this s being cancel out be the fact that
it is in an obscure country setup (.co instead of .com).

Marc Seyon wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I'd greatly appreciate some advice on a current idea I have.
> I recently met someone who has for sale a site bearing a very high value
> URL. I'd rather not disclose the name of the site. But it is along the
> lines of [popularword].co.[countrydomain].
> I have some observations and impressions about the site.
> 1. As stated, the domain is an EXTREMELY common internet term.
> 2. In this country, .co.country domains are much less well known. Very few
> companies use them. Most tend to go for .com domains. Very few even use
> org or .net
> 3. The site has been online for about 3-4 years, but has only been at that
> address for about 2 years.
> 4. The site is by consensus of several experienced developers very poorly
> done and I'm not sure there many people who would revisit it, as it is now.
> That said, do you think that if the site is purchased, redeveloped and
> properly marketed it can be of value, or would the existing site have
> already created an irreparable damage in those who have visited? Something
> along the lines of "This sucks, I'm never coming here again".
> Thanks.
> -marc
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