Domain Name Investing as we know it is all but dead and gone in Australia, if not around the world.
The .com extension has seen an average price fall significantly over the past 18 – 24 months. For those who purchased .com.au extensions over the same period, their investment has all but been written off.
Personally, I’ve never bought a Domain Name – I’ve always picked up Domain Names that have either not been renewed, or never been registered.
If I came across a Domain Name I liked, I’d simply register it, host it and do a little SEO on it, then let it go. If it made some money via Google advertisements and paid for itself, that’s a bonus.
I’m not all that fussed about Domain Names now. At one point, I had about 100 or so registered, and fortunately sold a few, which make any losses seem totally insignificant.
My biggest profit came from the sale of 888Casino.com.au back in 2016. Due to a NDA, I cannot discuss the price, but it wasn’t all that bad – thank you very much ;).
There’s an old saying – “something is only worth what someone is willing to pay”. This is not only very true, but should be kept in mind if you’re thinking about buying a Domain Name.
What do I plan with my existing Domains? Well, I recently contacted my registrar and cancelled several dozen. What I have left will either be developed, or left to expire.
I’m not attached to any particular Domain Name, so I don’t particularly care if someone picks up one that expires. All the names I have left that aren’t developed have more than repaid what I’ve spent, so they aren’t any loss – even if I gave them away for free.
The reason for this post? I’m just putting it out there, that if you want one of my Domains before they expire, contact me. If you wait for one to expire, someone may pick it up – then YOU lose out, not me.
Besides, I’m concentrating on website auditing & security now, so developing (new) Domains isn’t all that important, nor of interest to me.
Interested in a Domain Name that I have? Contact Me.
Otherwise, if you operate a WordPress website and are in need of assistance, I can help.
I stole this post from my other website, Robert Crain.com.au. You see, I’ve been a bit busy of late, and haven’t had the time to write anything fresh for you. But I will, I promise.
Lately, I’ve been talking to a few people about website security, and the reasoning behind the importance of maintaining a totally secure website, especially when customers / clients pass to you extremely sensitive information, such as their names and addresses, as well as financial information such as credit card numbers.
Another major problem we, as website owners face, is that people generally stick with one or two passwords that they use for everything they do online – it’s not very smart.
Hackers will continue to attempt to gain access on the most vulnerable websites (no security), but you may be surprised to know that they’ll also attempt to hack into secured websites to try and ‘beat’ its’ security.
As an owner of several e-commerce websites, I see hackers try to gain access on an almost daily basis, but when they do try, they bombard your website through ‘brute-force’, and it can make your site ‘crash’, preventing customers access, and costing you money through potentially lost sales.
Below is a screenshot of one of my sites that had been under attack by Chinese and Russian hackers for about a week. I’m proud to say that the website in question did not slow down, nor did it crash. The hackers did not gain access, and it was business as usual on the front end. This particular plugin (Cerber), is just but one of ‘several’ security layers protecting my sites, and I must stress, this plugin alone will not prevent people gaining access to your site. What website owners should understand, is that we cannot stop hackers trying to gain access, but we can deny them access.
I often use the following analogy about my security –
Imagine having to walk through ‘a number’ of doors to get into your house, each 2 metres apart, but you had to enter a different 12 digit code, then insert 3 keys in each door, simultaneously. You’ll never get inside.
I’ve been asked dozens of times over the years to help clients that have attempted to do things themselves, only to ‘break’ their website security without even knowing it. They ‘thought’ they were doing the ‘right thing’ after reading self-how-to-do websites.
The problems that may result include the following;
A weaker website
Risk of losing sensitive client data
Risk of losing clients / customers due to lack of security
A reputation for not securing sensitive information
Possible legal consequences for lack of securing customer information
Complete website rebuild
Securing your website is the most important thing you can do for your business, as the cost of NOT doing anything could seriously place your business, and your future, at risk. Do you really want to lose everything because you were (and be honest here) too lousy to spend a couple of hundred dollars for a professional, to protect it?
Hackers don’t care about you, but believe me when I tell you this – You SHOULD SERIOUSLY worry about them, and what they could do to your website / business / future.
Don’t think that I’m an alarmist, trying to catch you out by making you feel vulnerable to hackers. Search news websites about website security.
Google now requires all sites to be secured. This is not to say your website won’t work, but what it means, is that secured sites WILL rank higher in their results.
Save yourself the nightmare of having to deal with the consequences of NOT doing anything, and Contact Me today so we can start working on securing your website. Any information you provide to me through this website is secured. I will not ask you for financial details, such as your Credit Card details. Any payments you forward to me, will be through direct deposit into an account specified via email, after we have agreed on terms and price.
Ultimately, it’s your decision whether or not to use the services of a professional like me, to secure your website properly.
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I stole this post from my other website, Robert Crain.com.au. You see, I’ve been a bit busy of late, and haven’t had the time to write anything fresh for you. But I will, I promise
So, who’s forgotten to add a Digital Certificate to their website?
I’ve recently updated several of my domains, as Google decided to play hardball with a few providers that I was with.
If you need to revamp your websites security, and need help, just contact me– I do charge.
It doesn’t take long to secure your website – it literally takes less than 30 minutes per domain on average, but obviously it’s also dependant upon size.
Nobody should have to point out to you that securing your website, and the communication your customers are making with you through it, is of utmost importance.
You should secure your site NOW, or risk losing more than just a little bit of data.
EDIT – 11/02/2017
I’ve received several emails asking if all that is needed to secure a website (wordpress in particular), is an SSL. Short answer is, no – especially with wordpress.
Depending upon your host, especially if it is cheap hosting, you may not have too much room to move in the way of security. Too many hosting providers will tell you that ‘their’ servers are the most secure servers on the planet….yet charge you only a few $$ per month in fees. It’s not the reality of the situation.
I’m not too interested in working on non-wordpress websites. After working with the wordpress platform now for more than 10 years, it’s safe to say I know my way around it.
What I’ll do, is look at your site thoroughly, then make certain recommendations to you – but please understand, each site is different.
It’s better to act now, BEFORE something happens, because it’s not a matter of ‘if’ you get attacked, it’s a matter of when.