Leonard Holmes of ParkQuick details the trials and tribulations of domain development.
by Leonard Holmes
Are you getting tired of parking domains? Are you serious about developing?
For the past 12 months I have been paying $800 a month to an educational organization to learn web development, Internet marketing, and SEO. This is a lot of money, and I ask myself every few months whether it is really worth it. So far I have decided that it is. Stompernet has been closed to new members since May of 2007. It is opening its doors again this coming week, but probably for just few days. It seems that people beat the door down to pay this much money for this kind of training.
They are also offering No-cost tools to assist webmasters and domain developers. Their most recent offering – Stomper Site Seer – is a web-based tool that you don’t have to pay for. It generates a lot of information about your site in one report. Even if you don’t sign-up for Stompernet (and most people won’t) their free educational offerings are amazing. This is stuff that you’d pay a lot for elsewhere. By giving away some of their material they hope to get people to sign-up. I plan to stay a member.
One major component of Stompernet is SEO. They provide unsurpassed training to help you rank in Google. Using these techniques I have been able to consistently rank on the first page of Google for the term “Domain Parking.” There is also a lot of training on building Online storefronts using affiliate links or drop-shipping. Some stompers have built multi-million dollar businesses from the techniques they learned (and others have struggled because of the sheer volume of information available). Faculty members include Jerry West, Howie Schwartz, Andy Jenkins, Andy Edmonds, Dan Thies, Brad Fallan, Dave Taylor, David Bullock, Don Crowther, Leslie Rhodie, Sherman Hu, Mike Stewart, Paul Colligan, and Ed Dale.
Stompernet includes professional coaching and face-to-face conferences several times a year (at no extra charge). The conferences usually last for three days on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The last few have been in Atlanta. I attended the last two and found them to be at least as valuable as T.R.A.F.F.I.C. or Domain Roundtable, but with a different emphasis. Many of the attendees are small business owners with mediocre domains. They learn from people like Brad Fallon, who makes millions every year with the site MyWeddingFavors.com.
The video that you view at the site has a playlist button that will allow you to view all other free videos, such as their Going Natural 3 – Video 1. This video will teach you how to design an AdWords campaign, using a real-world example that occurred when Google dropped an ecommerce site from their rankings.
When you finish reading this, go check out the video and try their tool on one of your developed or semi-developed domains. Stompernet will probably be closed again by the time the June NameMonetizer newsletter comes out, so I want DomainNameWire readers to at least have a chance at this training.