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Friday, February 27, 2009

Selling and Buying Domains

Some people are seriously into the business of buying and selling domains. Seriously!

My thought on that is its like a share market you cannot anticipate what is the worth of a domain until it gets the demand. You buy something anticipating the you can sell it for a very high price on the other hand it also could be true that no-one would ever be interested in it.

Though I don't have official information on the numbers, I can post the numbers that I came across in a lot of discussion forums.

The following are considered to be the highest paid domain names ever sold. If you have some different numbers, you can post your comments here. $7.5 million $5.5 million $5.1 million $3.3 million $2.9 million $2.2 million $1.8 million $1.3 million $1m $1m $970,000 $830,000

Its true that the numbers are very high. In fact, companies are willing to pay such huge amount because it increases their business.

Try typing - yes its a single character domain name. It is owned by PayPal.


While surfing across, I found that the domains is priced at $6,064,800 and at $346,020. Now I think this is very dumb way of buying and selling domains.

If someone has to buy these domains then it has to be Indian Railways and would they ever think of buying it for a whopping $6,064,800 (Rupees 303,240,000 at $1 =50 Rupees) ? Certainly Not. On the other hand, I think, the following are good domains that may find buyers at least in the long run. - $657,200 $480,000 - $345,800

Targeting the domains with a specific company in mind would end you in no-where. The essence is, buy a domain which can attracts wide range of audience, which is easy to remember and preferably short.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Write & Sell Ebooks Online

If you have some good writing skills you can write a book and sell it online. The effort needed in writing might be huge but it is a onetime effort. Once you are done writing it, get it reviewed and create an eBook.

You have plenty of sites that let you sell eBooks. For instance

If you have programming skills, you can create and sell your software applications on Share It

If you plan to sell directly from your website then you can choose PayPal's website payment service or Amazon's flexible payment service to get paid directly.

Gmail Crrraaashes

Gmail went down at 2.PM IST yesterday affecting as many as 110 million users worldwide. You can imagine how many people are using their service and how badly they might get affected because of a few hours of disruption.

It is believed that this was the result of several thousands of computers operated by a few people hitting the gmail servers continuously for a few seconds.

It is said that Google has service level agreements with corporates to provide 99.9% gmail availability time in a month and with yesterday's disruption it already was down for 0.44% time in this month. With no other service provider meeting the pace and standards set by Google, I don't think corporates would take this glitch as a serious issue.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Send free SMS from your E-mail

You can send SMS from your yahoo or any other email. Every email provider has a domain name. Within that domain your phone number has unique identity.

If your phone number is 1234567890 and the domain used by the connection provider is then you can drop a mail to The recipient of the phone 1234567890 gets an SMS.

This service is available in India also.

Click here for international service providers.

Click on link1 or link2 or link3 for details on sending SMS Indian service providers (Airtel,Idea,BSNL and others)

I have already tried it so I can say this works for most of the providers.

AIM Money - New source of Ad Revenue

AOL has launched AIM Money less than a year back. If you are a developer, wish to develop some gadgets using AOL sdk then you can register for their AIM Money program and earn some revenues. All you need to do is develop gadgets and let AOL show their advertisements. Greater the number of downloads of your gadget, larger are the chances that you will earn a lot of money.

As of now, they haven't published any details of Top earners... also developers haven't come forward putting forward their experiences so it appears to take sometime to gain full momentum. Though I doesn't seem to be in a full swing as of now, I think it is right time to give it a try. Competing when there are huge number of gadgets is tougher than making it before others enter in the field.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A whopping $37,000 in a day ! iPhone the new way to go ?

The man behind the popular iPhone game iShoot is Ethan Nicholas 30-year-old computer programmer. He wrote the game by spending about six weeks, holding a bottle in one hand and coding with another. He wanted to make a decent money by selling it for $2.99 per download. Did he expect that it would earn him a fortune ? I don't think so.

This programmer was earlier employed by Sun Microsystems. On January 11th he gave his two weeks notice to Sun Microsystems. He earned a whopping $37,000 before taxes on a day when his best sale in a single day. He said there were more than 17,000 copies of game on that day. That implies he earned $2.17 per copy.

The iPhone games have become a new source for good revenue. Even if you develop a game for $3 per copy and it makes at least 5,000 copies in its lifetime then you should earn no less than $10,000. This opens up a huge scope for new developers to get in and earn some quick money.

Give it a try and let me know if it works for you.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Earn money from Photography

Amateur photographers pull up your socks to earn some money with your hobby. Adography has introduced a market place where you can sell your photographs. The companies that are looking for photographs post ads mentioning the requirements.

The details on how the model works can be found here.

Though it appears to me as a good model to reach out thousands of small and medium businesses (SMBs), in the current state of recession it might take sometime to gain the momentum. Once the market gets to the normal pace, I believe Adography should gain some good momentum.

For novice people like me who like clicking the camera, I think this is a good money earning source. I haven't started using their service yet but down the lane, I think I shall give it a try.

Google's Street View - Invasion on Privacy ?

Google has started Street View on the Google Maps. With the street view, you will be able to roam around any street, view cross roads, trees, houses, even watch vehicles parked in front of the houses.

I did view the clarity and it is awesome. I felt as if I was moving on the roads of Las Vegas!

This technology displays so much details that two people sued Google but they eventually lost the case.

I had always been a lover of Google tools but on this, I have my own apprehensions. A common man can virtually visit any country,state and street directly from his desktop, analyze the geography. Mind you, "No Visa Needed" and "No one keeps an eye on you to study your intentions".

Have to wait and watch whether this proves to be something useful for mankind or it results in more disasters.

Watch CNN and CNBC on Internet

Do you know that you can view Television channels on Internet ?

I know that for some of you this might be very old news but believe me, there are people who don't know about it.

Here we go with a couple of channels that you can view on your computer.

Click on the image to watch the channel.


JimKarter - March 2008 Earnings: $61,343.62

I started looking at the various ways of earning money. One good source of earning money online is by advertising.

How it works
Blog publishers and website owners subscribe to advertising programs like Google Adsense, Kontera and display advertisements on their sites. When the visitors click on the ads being displayed, the publisher earns some $$$ (Cost-Per-Click).

How much I can earn
I also had the same question when I started researching on the ad revenue from various sources. After having done some basic analysis, I came to a conclusion that it could range widely. If you publish quality content, are regular and have a lot of visitors then you can estimate good revenues. On the dark side, if you are as lazy as me then don't expect any revenue from this program.

Now comes the talk about numbers. As I said, it ranges widely. I had seen people making <$1 per month to people like JimKarter making a huge money (as good as $60K per month or even more).

Thats true. I came across this guy who made $60K in March 2008 only from advertising revenues. Can you believe it !

He also published his various sources of revenues which appears below.

How do I subscribe to advertising programs
1. All you need to have is a blog or a website
2. Register for an advertising program like Google Adsense or Kontera
3. Copy and paste the JavaScript code they provide you on your blog or web page.

From what I read, Google Adsense isn't open for blogs on so you have to have your own domain. Anyway for a beginner, it is worth experimenting with other ad revenue programs before Google Adsense.

What are you waiting for ? Go and start generating revenues ...It may take sometime to see some decent numbers. Don't get frustrated in the first few months when you see no income.
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