Notice anything odd? Yeah I did too... there is no jacksonvilleflyfishing.com. Yeah, it's a long URL, but c'mon, that should be a layup. So I changed that.
I hopped on GoDaddy and grabbed jacksonvilleflyfishing.com and jacksonvillefly.com last night in an internet land grab. Am I going to do something with them? Maybe at some point once I actually live there. What that is...beats me. Do I feel a little dirty for sitting on a domain without clear intent to use it? Perhaps a touch.
Now you might ask, (or probably not, as I'm sure you've stopped reading this post by now) is this the first time I've grabbed a domain out of impulse? Unfortunately, no. Most usually come from some brainstorm that I have that I'll create this awesome website to do something remarkable with, but then I usually give up on it as on most days I can barely keep Troutrageous! up and running.
Some examples of my misguided and neglected domain purchases are below:
|Although Troutrageous.com is not on this list, |
one might argue that it is also misguided and neglected too.
At the moment, I think most, if not all of the above redirect here. The only one that I know doesn't is tenkaralife.com. I bought that back when I started my Tenkara Tuesday posts in 2011...I thought I was going to spin them off into their own website at some point, but they never really picked up much momentum. Instead, I just redirect the URL to a blog started last year by the same name; Tenkara Life. The author probably doesn't even know I do it, I just figure it's good karma.
Anyway, the real reason for this post is if you've ever considered this, there are coupon codes for GoDaddy right now that are pretty attractive, and have nothing to do with Danica Patrick. The first (the one I used) was 50% off the domain and free Private registration in one code. So you basically get your fancy new URL, and your personal information hidden from the masses for $5.
If that doesn't get you to take the fly, there's another code too for 70% off the domain only, which is a good deal if you're not so concerned with the private registration.
Oh, and let me make it clear I'm not getting compensated or anything for blogging these coupon codes, just thought it might be a good opportunity if anyone out there wants to do some domain prospecting themselves, or simply change their blog URL from a blogname.blogspot.com or blogname.wordpress.com or whatever to a legit address...
All this also got me to thinking...
Are there any other domain prospectors out there?
Anybody else own some URLs that they just don't really do anything with?
If so, do you feel a little bit dirty about it, like me?
Feel free to comment below....
(I don't expect a big response to this, but figured I'd ask...)