How to spot a dodgy email.

How to spot dodgy emails.

I have never thought too much about it until one of my clients forwarded me an email he had received from a person supposedly trying to steal my business. I had to look twice and realised that the entity was actually referring to an old domain my client had until it was stolen and cybersquatted.

You can view the cyber-squatted domain here: www.firstphaseelectricalwales.co.uk you will find it points to a clothing site yet again.

You can ready the whole three part cybersqualtting incident here:

Futhermore the domain supposedly changed hands in July of this year but my client is still getting emails this tells me the same entity is still using the domain name and still has my client’s data. Had the domain really have gone to a thirdparty they would not have had access to my clients data or email address. My client’s email that he received today was to his gmail email not his company email meaning how would the new owner know about my clients gmail email unless they were one and the same entity?

So when you open these emails two things that can happen if you reply to such emails they could either be malware infected and will be embed on your computer or you may get lots of spam messages whereby the sender will be then able to use your email address and spam other people.

Another way cyber criminals work is by using undisclosed email addresses this way they can send bulk emails. An undisclosed email may be used if you previously have had an email subscription and your email has be leaked or sold to a thirdparty that may then want to send out spam emails in bulk.

This goes against your privacy protection and you have to remember that email lists are worth a lot of money to some people so it stands to reason that they can be sold and misused.

How to spot a dodgy email.

This is an actual email I received to my private email account.

Apple know how to spell and they use their company name to send out information.

Check For Misspellings

The first and most obvious tip-off is misspellings. In the header above, the name of the company is spelled incorrectly, and the likelihood that a big corporation would misspell its own name is pretty unlikely.

Also look out for subdomain names such as info@subdomain.company.com No legitimate company would send out emails from their subdomain. Subdomains are the extension to a the originators website and are mainly used for blogs: https://ukdomainbrokers.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk/

So for all intent and puposes the above is an example of my sub domain and I would not send out an email from info@ukdomainbrokers.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk. I would however send one out from info@ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk

IP Address

Another quick trick is to look up the IP address the message came from. If it’s in a different country than the company, it’s probably fake.

Received From

The “Received” line tells you where the email originated from. If the email is actually from who it says it’s from, it would probably come from the company’s website. In the email above, the website the email came from has nothing to do with the company it says it’s from. If however the email mimicks your email the sender is hiding their identity.

Reply To

Same goes for the “Reply To” field. You can tell the email address has been spoofed because the “Reply To” address doesn’t match the “From” address.

Spoofing:

Email spoofing the process of disguising the original senders identity by creating email messages with a forged sender email address. The core email protocols do not have any mechanism for authentication, making it common for spam and phishing emails to use such spoofing to mislead or even prank the recipient about the origin of the message.

Final Notes.

Always check the recipients email. If you do not know or were not expecting anything from anyone DO NOT OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS.

If you get emails from web designer telling you your website is s##t do ask your current web designers to send an audit report of your website. Also if the sender is sending you an email from a gmail, hotmail or msn account without a company signature in the footer of the email this is reason for alarm bells to ring.

DO NOT USE OFFSHORE WEBSITE DESIGNERS.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES!

Do not reply to anyone that has a suspicious email address, especially if it is a long thread of letters and numbers that do not resemble a person or company.

Always check email addresses from the sender.

Lastly always mark emails that have landed in your inbox as ‘report phishing’ rather than simply deleting them as the email client will block this email from their servers to stop other people falling victim.

Start-up’s Growth Funding

Start-up’s Growth Funding

I am curious how some people/businesses secure funding other than through traditional methods like going to the bank with cap in hand and a business plan.

Obviously there are venture capitalists and private equity firms but how do you get someone to believe in you enough that they will part with millions of pounds or dollars into your business.

From personal experience I know what options I could try to get funding but that would mean me having to share my business, which I do not want to as I have been burnt badly in the past and “once bitten twice shy as they say”.

So my point is how can these companies have secured funding when looking at their domain names I would not touch with a barge pole.

api.video

ada.support

mojo.vision

celcius.network

infra.market

compound.finance

elodie.games

cellworks.life

drink.haus

3s.money

For starters what about GEO Targeting and GEO Fencing did no one tell them about how they will generate visitors:

https://ukdomainbrokers.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk/?p=1217

Surely there has to be more to this than meets the eye.

I am curious as the only way anyone would invest is if there was a product or service that had perceived equity, which most probably these companies have and that they did not spend silly money on these domain names.

I know if I personally had secured funding I would most probably prosper faster but I choose to be careful as I do not want to be dependant on anyone.

I have grown my business to offer website design, development, domain brokering, SEO & Marketing which is just a few of my services.

So I have no intention of borrowing money or having business partners, been there done that got the t-shirt.

Instead I will just plod on knowing one day I will be able to travel round the world and will be recognised for not having handouts but achieving everything on my own.

I am now concentrating on my personal branding as the more people that know about me the more I can gain people’s trust.

The key to success is personal branding if you can show people you are worth investing in they will.

Me telling the world to look at me!

If however there is a ‘Secret Santa‘ wishing to help with a life changing donation I would not say no unless there were terms and conditions in which I would most definitely decline.

Another person that I read about today was Charlie Mullins OBE, personally I had not heard of him before but have found out since he came from nothing and built a plumbing business empire and is now worth £70 Million.

So one has to ask one self how did someone how started out working from his two bedroom apartment become so rich that he was knighted?

I did a little digging, as well as the plumbing business he also buys and sells private number plates. Private number plates are just as unique as domain names and there has been a fair few investors that have made it big and have become millionaires selling high quality one word dot coms. So his plumbing business is backed by his number plate business and because of his personal branding he can now roll in the cash. Would I want him to be in line for the next London Mayor, propbably not just as I would not expect any top Domain investor becoming the next President.

Anyone wishing to invest in the domain names which I have on our marketplace is more than welcome to contact me and we can devise a business plan to develop the domain name into equity.

I am not a salesperson I am an entrepreneur!

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Town & Village Domain Names.

https://www.raczyna.pl and https://www.raczyna.com

I wrote a post a while back about Sovereign Domain Names over Iceland the Country trying to sue Iceland the Grocery Chain in the UK.

However moving on I acquired two domain names from where my mother was born in Rączyna (Raczyna.com & Raczyna.pl) in Poland, which I have since developed.

Now I have in the back of my mind slight anxiety because I know how crazy this country Poland is and I have seen first hand how they demand things, similar to the the Royals in UAE.

Upon doing some research it is apparent that Town & Village Domain Names cannot be trademarked unlike country domain names which in theory cannot be registered as they are part of the sovereign state. Meaning the Country Name alone cannot be registered and has to have a second or third keyword after it eg: ‘UK Domain Brokers’ or ‘UK Website Designers’.

So even though I have recently dropped some ‘Neom’ Keyword domain names I am now feeling slightly apprehensive because the Polish domain names are part of a blog to expand my personal branding and services, but also to teach local farmers about hemp cultivation and CBD products.

So your thinking why I am getting myself into a bit of a pickle is because the village ‘Rączyna’ has most of my family living there and because of an on going family feud I also wanted to let the whole village know what type of people my family are.

I have tried twice to offer an olive branch to make peace and both times was told they were not interested in making amends. So without mentioning their names, the villagers will put two and two together and will know who I am as news travels fast amongst villagers.

I have purposely not mentioned their names but have put the article under ‘Rączyna News’, not only that I plan to write an autobiography to include how they have treated my daughter and I. Basically to cut a long story short my Aunt has scammed her way into taking land that rightfully belonged to my mother. My proposal was that they could have the land as long as they started growing hemp. However my cousin said it was illegal to grow hemp which in the blog I have proved him wrong. I told him if he did not want to work with me I would make sure he would never be able to sell his produce should he changed his mind.

So even if they did not use their real names in applying for investments they would surely be found out once they sign written commission agreements which would require a sworn affidavit.

So either way my family bridges have been burnt and to think all I wanted was a public apology from my cousins mother and his wife.

If You want to read about it here is the link: https://raczyna.pl/renata-chciala-publicznych-przeprosin-od-rodziny It is written in Polish but there is a translator widget you can use.

So even though I am slightly apprehensive I will wait it out and if the local authorities try to demand I release the domains to them as I have documented evidence that I did try to contact them a while ago to see if they had any objections or if they were interested in acquiring it from me.

Towns don’t have trademarks on their names so trademark law does not apply. Anything with a geographical origin cannot be used as a trademark. But once you include some additional letters or text then it is whole new ball game and these type of domains can be trademarked.

Hence “Cardiff” cannot be trademarked but “Cardiff Pizza” can.

The only time things could go belly up is if the domain damages the reputation of a specific town or village then the domain owner may be held liable for this damage, which will result in a legal complaint and that could result in you losing the domain name.

Obviously I have not said anything derogatory about the village, just about some of the people in it.

My main focus is to advertise hemp cultivation and CBD production. Even if I lost both these domain names which are merely pointing to my blog they cannot take my blog down and I will have plan B as I have acquired the following domain names which I would put in its place I am merely taking advantage of the fact how much traffic I can generate at this present moment in time:

www.polandmonthly.com

www.konopiepoland.com

www.cannabidiolpoland.com

So the only time I think it may be a problem is if:

The intended use for the website is illegal and detrimental to your town. (Which it is not).

If the domain is readily available to register then there should not be a problem unless it has been registered and is deemed as cybersquatting in exchange for a ransom monetary demand.

The domain is available for registration (if you can go through with the registration it means that it hasn’t been listed as reserved, registries have lists of domains not available to the public which sometimes include geographical locations), I beg to differ on this as when I first started out many years ago I got a ticking off even though it was not a geographical location for having guccishoes.wales in which Gucci demanded I surrender the domain name. This was many years ago may I add and have since learnt what you can and cannot register.

All I can say is whatever will be will be….

Just remember do not just buy a domain name and sit on it. Develop it to create traffic which will make your domain name more valuable and if you can offer a product or service you are in theory creating equity.

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We will help you write your perfect business plan, find you premises and funding. We will help with recruitment.

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You need to give value for money! Consider Developing a Micro Site, Perform SEO, add affiliate links and drive traffic to the domain name. Get your domain name in front of a global audience and on all search engines. Eventually your prospective buyer will find you.

A domain name has no value if it has no equity.

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Scam Alert Domain Name Phishing

Cyber Crime.

Scam Email to attempt cyber theft of my domain name.

Cyber crime is rife at the moment not just with domain theft but scammers doing everything they can to extract money from less fortunate people.

Yesterday I wrote a post on my other blog https://marketingagency.cymrumarketing.com/2020/11/03/scam-alert-letter/ about a Scam Letter I received from a banker, by coincidence an unrelated to the email I also wrote about a banker betting $5 Million Dollars on Donald Trump winning the election.

I named and shamed this person whom sent me the email whom most probably is not even using their real name. So low and behold today I receive another email to a website I own which is a Business Directory and Community Hub for the district in Cardiff UK where I live ‘Roath’.

Now you have to think to yourself how would this keyword be a conflict or beneficial to anyone in China?

The domain is: www.roathlife.com

The email is as follows and when I replied back it bounced, you can come to your own conclusions but I think some one is attempting to scam me and whoever it is has to get up earlier than me to catch me out.

Original Scam Email.

Nick Liu <nick@chinaregistryshanghai.org> 05:35

To  info@roathlife.com

(It’s very urgent, therefore we kindly ask you to forward this email to your CEO. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks) Dear CEO, This is a formal email. We are the Domain Registration Service company in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. On November 4, 2020, we received an application from Hongxin Ltd requested “roathlife” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (roathlife.cn, roathlife.com.cn, roathlife.net.cn, roathlife.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor in China?   Best Regards

Nick Liu | Service & Operations Manager

China Registry (Head Office)

Tel: +86-02161918696

Fax: +86-02161918697

Mob: +86-13816428671

6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

*****************************************

This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

My reply was:

Dear Nick Liu,

My name is Renata Maziak Barnes, I am the legal owner of the said domain names www.roathlife.com and www.roathlife.co.uk.
These domains have been registered and are developed by me. I also own www.ukdomainbrokers.com and specialise with UDRP’s.

Your domain names are on different GEO territories to myself being the owner from the time 2020-03-06 and I have actively developed my sites, therefore  there is no trademark conflict as I was the first person to publicly publish my domains names.

I would suggest your client refrains from registering the domain names because this could cause a problem in future, although I have no intention of ever marketing my business in China.

www.roathlife.cn is not registered and has no whois data

www.roathlife.com.cn is not registered and has not whois data
www.roathlife.net.cn is not registered and has no whois data
www.roathlife.org.cn is not registered and has no whois data

I await your reply at your earliest convenience.

Yours Truly,

Renata Maziak Barnes
Founder
www.roathlife.com
www.roathlife.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 7565253529

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NEOM Domain Names.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – NEOM -Saudi Arabia.

A while ago I read an article on a newsletter I am subscribed to about Saudi Aramco who are majority owned by Saudi Royal Family who tried to take a dead mans domain name.

The company in question was ‘Saudi Aramco’ and the Domain was Orizon.com. The domain at present does not point anywhere and is a dead link to “the site cannot be reached”.

The domain was originally registered in 1997 by Orizon Multimedia Inc. The owner of the company used the domain for his business and later shut it down. The owner then passed away last year.

So Saudi Aramco which happens to be owned by The Saudi Royal Family’ and is a state-owned oil giant that reached a record-high valuation of $2 trillion after going public in December 2019, meaning it has outside public shareholders but the Royal Family have the highest stakes, decided to file a cybersquatting complaint under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to try to get the domain.

Now from reading more about NEOM which is a planned futuristic city on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea owned by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, I decided that there could be a sovereignty issue, going by how they acquired orizon.com.

I decided that although I would still support my NEOM Domain Sellers, I personally would drop all my NEOM related domain names for one simple reason and that is ‘Sovereignty’ if the Saudi Royal Family want full control to include digital assets all they have to do is just insist on taking them, after all these domain names have been registered after NEOM City came to light.

I wrote a while back about Iceland the country suing Iceland UK’s grocery store for having the .co.uk counterpart of the dot com. So reading that Saudi Aramco was given Orizon.com as a gesture of goodwill makes me think that who ever was on the board should have stuck to their guns and compensated the family of the deceased man but that did not happen, which I think is unfair.

Now I have had interactions with the Royal Family in the past and I have reached out to them directly and have had no response back relating to the domain names. Which tells me they have no intention of buying them and when the time is right they will most probably just acquire them in what ever means they can.

So my gut feeling is they know that they could have these domain names if they so wished, hence they are not interacting until the time is right.

Further reading has highlighted there are problems with the NEOM project.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/saudi-crown-princes-500bn-city-of-the-future-in-crisis-kmg9mqznp

https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/abdul-rahim-al-huwaiti-executed-saudi-special-forces-protesting-forced-eviction

In my own professional opinion the powers that be who have their own advisers could have taken the decision to hand register all the domains to secure global positioning before all the domains got out of hand when they first went to build on the project and made it public.

But instead this has not happened and if looking at the footage of bricks and mortar real estate and what happened to Abdul Rahim Al Huwaiti is anything to go by, what hope is there for NEOM digital assets?, I shudder to think.

The advisors are to blame for not managing the digital properties properly as when you build anything to do with business you have to secure your brand including digital assets.

So if anything the marketing advisers are at fault for not securing these domains when they had a chance.

Now it is going to them an arm and a leg (no pun intended) to start a UDRP and get the domain names back. Legal fees are (between $1500 & $4000 1-5 domain names).

So if each domain was settled out of UDRP through my services at a cost of $1200 with $1000 going to the domain owner and $200 per 1 -5 domain acquisitions there would be a saving of between $200 and $2800. Or in the case of 6 -10 domains the cost would be $1500 with $1200 going to the domain owner and $300 as part of my services, which would be a total saving of between £500 & $3, 500. I am confident that the domain owners would much prefer to settle rather than pay to defend themselves. Either way it is a very uncertain situation and we will have to see how this pans out.

WIPO FEES.

https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/guide/#i

Therefore what it will cost them to go through a Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy the Domain Name Consultants for NEOM might as well pay the domainers a fraction of the cost of a UDRP and avoid all the time and money dragging it through courts.

I am now available for Domain Acquisitions Service and will help acquire the domain names for a fee and would hope that all NEOM Domain Investors are compensated some monetary value as a gesture of good will.

I am now personally concentrating closer to home and supporting local businesses and one day hope to visit Neom when its built.

We all need to work together not against one another. By offering gestures of goodwill to compensate for peoples troubles you too will also be rewarded by God.

PHISHING EMAILS & SCAMMERS

PHISHING EMAILS & SCAMMERS.

PHISHING EMAILS.

What is phishing.

People who prey on vulnerable people online are called cyber criminals.

These cyber criminals use a multitude of strategies to help someone part with sensitive information in order then to commit a crime.

The most common is email phishing whereby the recipient opens an email with a virus in it called malware. Malware can infiltrate the users computer and will collect data without the user knowing. Another way a cyber criminal targets a user is through telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure an innocent person into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. This as a consequence can lead to identity theft.

If you notice an email that has clickable hyperlinks and attachments do some due diligence.

I will post a couple of emails that I have had today.

Cyber crime has been around for a very long time with the first phishing lawsuit filed in 2004 against a teenager from California who cloned a website “America Online”. This fake website conned people into thinking it was the real deal and as a consequence sensitive data from users was stolen to gain access to credit card details to withdraw money from their accounts. There are other ways that cyber criminals work other than through emails and website phishing. These other methods can also be ‘vishing’ (voice phishing), ‘smishing’ (SMS Phishing).

Most Popular Email Phishing is ad follows:

(In most case you do not know who has sent you the email but cybercriminals are being clever by cloning a popular organization such as Netflix, Apple, HMRC, GOV websites and Banks).

  1. Always be vigilant and open the senders email address to see if the sender looks legitimate or not.
  2. Sometimes the sender may look legit as in the example I set out below but may have a clickable hyperlink. Never click on clickable links or download attachments if you are not expecting anything from anyone or do not know who the sender is.
  3. Sometimes the cybercriminals may use an alternative website very similar to the original one to make it look like the email was sent from the real company. Usually by simply opening the senders email address you can see if they are the ‘Real McCoy’ or not. If you have been cc’d and you can see multiple recipients this is either spam or a virus.
  4. Sometimes you may get an email saying you have been hacked and you are being blackmailed to pay them with bitcoin within 24 hours or all your data will be sold on the dark web. Never interact with these people as it only could cause further problems, instead block and report and change you passwords.

What do you do when you receive these email?

Depending on your email client. I use outlook for mine I can block their email and then report them as phishing emails. I think what Microsoft does is bounce all emails from the sender after they get reported or block them permanently.

Remember that clickable hyperlinks and attachments could contain payloads like ransomware or other viruses. Hyperlinks are either blue or purple and your cursor turns into an arrow when you hover over them.

Below is a couple of dodgy emails I received today one forwarded from my client and when I phoned the number it went dead. (I did not click it ). The other thing may I add is if you type any words after the forward slash of any domain name that does not correspond to a created page, the search results will always be the same and will come up with a 404 error message or page not found. This is a way for a non IT person who relies on Web Designers and may not realise the danger they may be in by receiving an email like the one below and may inevitably end up get hood winked and scammed.

This is a virus email was sent to my client and then forwarded onto me.

The second email was from an Insurance Company.

In the last few days I attempted to set up dentistry insurance only to find the Cardiff in particular al though it applies to all of Wales in the UK as from Friday 23rd October to 9th November 2020 we are on lockdown again. So before I could even set up the dentistry plan I then had second thoughts and cancelled it this morning and asked if the company I was dealing with was associated with Close Brothers and they said they were not.

I then rang ‘Close Brothers’ after attempting to copy and paste the url into my browser

https://www.closebrothersbanking.com/registration/

and found the url/domain does not exist.

I did however phone the real Closebrothers.com website and they did seem to have my account details but they could not tell me who set up the new insurance?

They did however say if I have cancelled the health plan that I told them about then the company should cancel any direct debits.

From what I can see I only have one DD with this company for my home insurance which was renewed this month but that would not be a new DD, it would just carry on.

What Closebrothers did say was that my insurance DD was made through Atlantis 1.

When I asked for their website they could not tell me the domain name and upon further investigation I came up with https://www.autonetinsurance.co.uk/ which has no mention of Atlantis 1 other than in Companies House https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/03642372 which appertains to Autonet Insurance Services LTD.

Why set a name called Atlantis 1 and then use a totally different name for the domain name……….very confusing and I have not got a clue who sent me this email and why. Obviously I will have to wait it out.

Be careful we do not want to be shark bait!

Using Offshore Web Designers – Domain Dispute Part 3

If you have been following the story of the electrician that lost his domain name because the website designers in India forgot to renew the domain name (so they claimed) and it was later registered to someone who then made a clothing site even though the keywords in the domain name did not appertain to the inventory on the site.

Since then my client sent an invoice for the loss of business and a covering letter saying he would be taking legal action the website designers then sent my client an email, saying they would re-design the site and instructed him to clear his cookies and caches.

So this means they are associated with the person who registered the domain in bad faith.

This is how the site looked like before it was taken down with the clothing inventory.

And this is how it looks like now:

So this person has lied through his teeth, said he did not know who registered the domain and upon receiving an invoice took the website down.

Since I got involved with this I have had multiple phishing emails coming into my inboxes on a daily basis, I do not know if it is coincidence as I cannot prove anything, but it seems fishy to me.

I have now registered on behalf of my client and we have a contract in place the dot UK version of the .co.uk which is now pointing to his website I built for him courtesy of someone I was talking to on Namepros.com forum about this.

So this web designer has lost all hope in hell of my client ever doing business with this company in India ever again.

I certainly would not go to these lengths to keep a client as it is unprofessional and underhand and just gives a bad name for people in the industry that want to make an honest living.

Anyone reading this should avoid this person and the company like the plague or in the present climate the coronavirus.

Stay safe people and support local businesses, they need you right now.

Domain Names, Landing Pages & Affiliate Links.

What are Landing Page and What are Affiliate Links.

As I have mentioned before for your domain name to be seen, you need to put in in front of a targeted audience.

Fair enough you can list it on marketplaces, like Sedo, Afternic and Godaddy to name just a few, and in most cases they will provide you with landing pages.

Their landing pages however 9 times out 10 are sub domains that are linked to their own website you have listed your domain name on.

Your domain is then forwarded to the sub domain page and the results will be that the websites will accumulate the traffic to their sites which is not beneficial to you unless someone physically types in your domain name on a search engine to see if it available (This is called direct traffic).

These organizations do not perform SEO for that individual page as it would be time consuming and not worthwhile. They may provide you affiliate links which you have no control over, so essentially they are making money on the back of you if you have 1000 visitors or more landing on your page you will get a small percentage of whatever these marketplaces offer.

It is more beneficial to build your own landing page. blog or website, monetize it and generate traffic so you have full control over your audience.

A landing page is a static one page standalone web page designed specifically for one purpose to drive traffic to your one product or service. It is a page for marketing or advertising a campaign. It is where a visitor “lands” after clicking a link in your email or in the search results of search engines.

A landing page is designed with a single focus or goal, known as a call to action (or CTA, for short).

It’s this focus that makes landing pages the best option for increasing the conversion rates of your marketing campaigns and lowering your cost of acquiring a lead or sale.

A landing page for other purposes other than domain names may have funnels to engage the reader to accept an offer or may want you to sign up, register or buy a product. These type of landing pages in most cases do not have affiliate links.

A domain name landing page should have some information about the domain name you are trying to sell and the URL address must be visible in the search bar, so not only can your domain be found through a direct search, it can also be found organically and if you are considering PPC advertising then also in a Ad result.

However, I must point out running ads can be costly and email campaigns (you need subscribers for this as it is unadvisable to send unsolicited emails to people you do not know and have not given you consent to contact them).

Do consider the costs of doing it yourself as opposed to hiring someone especially when it comes to search engine optimization.

It is best to learn as much as you can about SEO to optimize your landing page to its full potential. That’s how I learnt to do things by learning everything there is to know about SEO. Obviously if you get stuck I can give you some free advice and helpful pointers but obviously cannot do it for you unless you pay me 🙂

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It can also take a very long time to see immediate results. Hence it is beneficial to add affiliate links to your landing pages to monetise your page, whilst generating traffic for a potential investor. If you want immediate results you need to invest in PPC advertising such as Google Ads.

You could collect data by asking your readers to subscribe to an offer you may have such as a free e-book? Lead Generation Landing Pages: Also called “lead gen” or “lead capture” pages, these use a form as their call to action. This form almost always collects lead data, like the names and email addresses of visitors. This is good if you intend to send out emails to prospective buyers who are interested in domain names, buying, selling and investing. You will have these people on your list ready for when you send out a newsletter. You could also integrate software that can capture ip addresses and emails, such as chat bots. By having a chat bot, you can interact with the user in real time.

B2B marketers and companies selling high-ticket items use this type of landing page to build a list of prospective customers. As the saying goes the money is in the list. Ecommerce brands can also use these pages for list-building or offering free shipping or special deals.

Clickthrough Landing Pages: Often used by ecommerce and SaaS (software-as-a-service) marketers is a way to get the user to clickthrough and go straight to the product sales or subscription. A simple button as the call to action is all that is needed to send the visitor into the checkout flow (like the app store) or completes a transaction.

Driving Traffic to Landing Pages

There are several options of how to drive traffic to your landing page which unlike marketplaces you have no control over.

  1. Pay Per Click Advertising (Google or Bing Ads)
  2. Classified Ads on Directories (Free and Paid Ads)
  3. Newspaper and Magazine Ads
  4. Leaflet Distribution Ads
  5. Networking
  6. Linking to Social Media Pages
  7. Email Campaigns
  8. Organic Traffic with a SEO optimized landing page.
  9. Blogging
  10. Vlogging

Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Marketing helps monetise your page whilst you are waiting for an investor to buy your domain name. You can convert your visitors into paying customers of your affiliate links you promote, but you have to understand the conversion rate if you are promoting something that has a low commission rate as an example I will use £10 for all intents and purposes and you want to make £100 per month you would essentially need 10 people however the conversation rate for this for every 1000 visitors the click through ratio is between 1-2% so you need 1000 visitors a month to make £100 -£200. The higher the commission and the more people you have to your landing page will determine the outcome of your income.

You can of course find high paying affiliate links, but you first need to develop your landing page before being approved.

Affiliate Marketing is better than selling and sourcing your own products you are essentially selling other people’s products without drop-shipping or handling the inventory or the headache of shipping and returns.

My favourite is Amazon and as you can tell you can find affiliate links throughout this site. I suppose because they are so popular and literally every use Amazon for one thing or another it makes sense to promote then and make some money from them.

However, with Amazon Associate Central they only give your visitor 24 hours to buy something after they click your link as the cookie only lasts that long. However, if the visitor puts any product into their shopping basket but does not check out Amazon will extend the cookie for 90 days until the visitor checks out that item.

You can find the link to join in the footer of their website.

I also use Awin, Rakuten Link-share, Google AdSense, Sharealsale, and High Paying Affiliates, I must advise that your landing page will be checked out before you are approved.

My reading recommendations of affiliate marketing and landing pages books are as follows: