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  1. #1
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    Over half a million hits a year . Need help on typo

    Two years ago, I bought a typo off someone for $2k. At that time, the typo generated between 4-600 uniques a day.

    But I had a good feeling about the actual website itself and rightly so, I now get between 1.5 to 2k uniques a day.

    Given the intense frustration of users not landing where they expect to land, can someone think outside the box and help me monetise this traffic??

    All I can say is that it is a typo of a top ten global internet site.

  2. #2
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    Is it a typo of a trademark ?

  3. #3
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    It is, although a completely improbable typo..

    Lets say site is twitter.

    Normal typo would be something like twiter, twittter twwitter

    An improbable typo would be something like twiwtter

    Does that make any difference at all??!!

    And what is your advice with regard to my question? This company is not known for going after typos.

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    maybe a search box ala cowboys.com and be happy with a 2-3% ctr.

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    If the only route to monetisation is by playing off of the name of which it's a typo, then you're going to have the same legal issues regardless of how 'improbable' the typo is. As developing typo sites is fruitless you are left with either a) providing ads related to the domain visitors are really looking for (a *very* dodgy road) or b) a generic search/park page which will not perform very well. Perhaps sell it?

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    Agree about the legal issues, name doesn't sound very safe. Regarding monetizing it sign up with a bunch of parking companies (make sure they are ones with autotargeting) and try them all for a few days-week. You'll soon find out what works.

    "twiwtter" etc - if it is really improbable then you'd want to make sure it isn't bot traffic. The name should make sense as far as traffic goes. 1500-2000 uniper day is a massive amount of traffic for a typo name.
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  7. #7
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    I bet is Bot traffic.
    Bots have been very busy lately...
    I have a couple of domains that went from having 1 to 2 vists a day to 150 daily (In a matter of weeks) sadly Sedo counts them as real vists.
    In addition I was offered a domain with 200,000 visits a month, owner claims noto have any idea were traffic is coming from.
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  8. #8
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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the input, and I do accept that no matter how weird the typo, it shouldn't really have any bearing on the fact that I could be infringing on a trademark

    One thing for sure, this is definately not bot traffic.
    This is a top 5 site - (no more info!!) good luck for those who research what it is but with monthly traffic that gets in the region of at least 50,000,000 (its much more than that) the math adds up. especially given its metoric rise in the last two years!!!

    The typo traffic has risen steadily over the last two years from 400/600 uniques a day to anywhere between 1500 to 2000+ a day.

    There, I've practically given it away!!

    Anyone wants to PM me on what I should do, please feel free to get in touch. No noseyparkers though!!

    Thanks for everyones input

    Rob, I have resisted doing what you suggested I should not do with a link to the real site, as I want to stay under the radar.

    A generic landing page has proven fruitless though. Less than 1% CTR and next to nothing from Google as far as ppc goes.

    this one is a tough cookie
    Last edited by millerscrossin; 10-25-2009 at 11:48 AM.

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    Originally posted by millerscrossin
    A generic landing page has proven fruitless though. Less than 1% CTR and next to nothing from Google as far as ppc goes.
    It is either that or let it target and take on more legal risk. I don't think you'll find any magic answer with this.

  10. #10
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    Originally posted by Domo Sapiens
    I bet is Bot traffic.
    Bots have been very busy lately...
    I have a couple of domains that went from having 1 to 2 vists a day to 150 daily (In a matter of weeks) sadly Sedo counts them as real vists.
    My names are now up to 300 and 400 daily each respectively ..
    Weird.
    Alexa has given them a rank accordingly and so is quancast

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    Last edited by Domo Sapiens; 11-16-2009 at 11:48 AM.
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    Originally posted by Domo Sapiens
    My names are now up to 300 and 400 daily each respectively ..
    Weird.
    Is interesting.

    I have a LLLL.com that is getting 100 daily. 2x from a month ago. But is China traffic. Getting some clicks actually.

    Unfortunately I lost all my Sedo stats when I bailed.
    "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in!"

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