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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: British vs American spelling Reply with quote

It's always worth remembering the different spelling when you're buying a domain. Some examples are:

travelling - British
traveling - American

adviser - British
advisor - American

I just bought a domain with the word "adviser" in it. I'd better aim it at the British audience as the Americans will probably think it's a typo.

Oh, go on then, I'll tell you. It's MiserAdviser.com and co.uk - could be great for money saving tips etc. Whaddya think?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm usually good with spelling but I'd always thought it was just "advisor", whether it be English or American. Embarassed

We did something similar with http://www.ukinformationcentre.com , grabbing the American version 'center' also, and making it redirect to the 'centre' one.

I'm not one for registering deliberately mis-spelled words (eg. acomadation) in a domain, although I know some would do this, but for legitimate differences in spelling I'd say this was generally good practice (or is it 'practise'...? Embarassed )

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wanna hire a professional and experienced proofreader?

Practice and practise - it's the difference between the noun and the verb.

I don't do this kind of stuff so don't blame me if I make a mistake. I only sometimes have a look at what other people have been doing for my company.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee! Was it really less than a month ago when I bought that domain? I'd completely forgotten about it. Embarassed Maybe I ought to do something with it.

I also bought CanadaMan.com around the same time thinking that it would be quite easy to flip, but I've not had any bites so far. I thought it would be ideal for a blog for someone who lives in or is emigrating to Canada. We fixed it up as a Wordpress blog including a couple of images to get them started.

Please have a look. http://www.canadaman.com

Any ideas where I'm going wrong? I have loads of domains and websites which I'd like to flip but I've had very little success. Can anyone please suggest how I might do better?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just don't think it's that easy.

Take that Canadaman site... $250 isn't a lot for someone to have to pay. But they could instead just go for an alternative available domain for a fraction of the cost. There's also presumably a reason why the likes of canadianman.com and canadaguy.com both haven't sold (currently just parked) also...

I'm not really convinced there's a big market for this kind of thing, and I think it's VERY hit and miss. You could get lucky but more often than not I think you'll find it's a struggle.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're probably right, Paul. Such a lot of bloggers stick to the freebies anyway. If the similar alternative domains are parked, then someone else (presumably another domainer Laughing ) also seems to think there's a market for it.

I thought it would be fairly easy to advertise it on a Canada forum and it would be snapped up. Not so.

I may have to rethink, and monetise the site somehow. The obvious would be to slap AdSense on it. Perhaps there might also be a way to create some user-generated content. I still think it's a really good domain name, so I'm not letting it go without a fight (or 250 bucks).

I was pleased to read that you thought that $250 "isn't a lot" as I was mildly concerned that I'd over-priced it, but I honestly thought it was a good price for the deal offered.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate it when tools tell me that my spelling is wrong! It's not, I'M BRITISH!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi its a really good point which I've never considered when buying a domain, daft really because i guess it could make a massive difference. Thanks for that, I'll bear it in mind next time
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good point here and one that I hadn't considered before
very relevant if you think your blog/site will get volume traffic from the US
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