It goes without saying that the Internet represents a nearly limitless wealth of options when it comes to building a business or potentially making money. Domain name flipping is without a doubt one of the ones we’re hearing the most about. However, getting your hands on really good domains can be quite the challenge. There are very few truly valuable domain names out there that are not already owned by someone else.
That said, a good domain name flipper needs to learn how to successfully purchase good quality domains from existing users, but actually doing that is harder to accomplish than it is to fantasize about. Some of the best domains are owned by people that aren’t actively looking to sell them and figuring out how to get in touch with them about a potential offer can be challenging in and of itself.
Finding Contact Information
The first order of business once you’ve successfully identified a domain that you’d like to own is to locate a contact source. This will need to be accomplished by tracking the domain name itself back to its owner. Start with a WHOIS search for the owner’s identity and any relevant contact information that might be on record for the person.
In most cases, you’ll find a variety of options when it comes to means of contact. You may discover a physical address and there will most certainly be an e-mail address. In some cases, you might be able to unearth a telephone number as well.
If not, you should at least be able to figure out which hosting company is responsible for the domain. Contact that company and request that your information be forwarded to the owner of the domain. Most ISPs will be happy to comply.
Approaching the Domain Owner
Make sure that you handle the process of inquiring about the domain properly. This means making sure to act like a serious professional as far as your language and tone. Never open communications with casual greetings like “hey dude”, for instance. (Avoid doing this even if you’re approaching someone that owns a surfing website or a skateboard shop.)
Serious, respectful greetings are what is called for here. In the event you’re contacting the person via email or snail mail, make sure you format your message properly and check it thoroughly for spelling or grammatical errors. Terrible spelling or bad grammar can easily make you look like someone who’s either unintelligent or not at all serious about what you’re asking.
Open communications by simply inquiring about the domain in question. Don’t make an offer right off the bat. Just ask whether or not it’s for sale or whether the person would be interested in considering a sale in exchange for the right offer and see what happens. It’s possible that the person could respond to you with an asking price that’s a lot lower than what you were originally willing to pay.
Which Type of Communication Is Best?
Let’s say that you locate the contact information attached to a given domain and actually have more than one option at your disposal as far as how to get in touch. Which method is the best? Which is most likely to guarantee the kind of response you’re hoping for?
Experts generally agree that telephone is the best way to try to contact a given domain owner. The reason for this is that the great majority of people tend to pick up their phones whether or not they know the person calling. The telephone also puts you in direct contact with the person you want to talk to immediately.
Snail mail is likely to wind up in the junk pile or be ignored. Email from an unknown person could well get trapped in a spam folder or wind up written off as junk email, as most people are wary of opening email from people they don’t know. If you do decide to get in touch via an email, make sure you enter a subject line that is likely to get the recipient’s attention and distinguish itself as legitimate correspondence instead of junk mail.
It’s always a good idea to at least prepare to have your contact attempts ignored though. Many business owners ignore anything that isn’t an order or a sale. Still more won’t even bother to dignify an unwanted inquiry with a response, even if they do receive it.