Obsessable.com Article

From Domain Pigeon’s profile on Obsessable.com:

Domain Pigeon is a website that categorizes and makes available unclaimed domain names and Twitter usernames. You can search for specific names or browse through untaken domain and Twitter names by popularity or alphabetic lists. For a fee, you can peruse the shorter and more popular Twitter names of only three or four letters, or look for both Twitter names and domain names at the same time to see if they match. The site also lets you know how many of the sought-after names are left and when the next update will occur.

Domain Pigeon makes it to Digg’s Front Page!

Domain Pigeon got posted on Digg–awesome.

And while I wasn’t here to see it, according to @diggfrontpage the link made Digg’s homepage this evening!

At the time of this writing, it’s currently on page 2:

Here’s the description:

Domainsquatting is one thing, but what about Twittersquatting? Domain search tool Domain Pigeon is now showing users which usernames are still open.

I’m not a huge fan of the “Twitter squatting” association but hey, can’t complain too much.

Lessons Learned Article

From cazcaz.net:

Matt Mazur, the founder of a web service called Domain Pigeon which helps people to find great domain names, has written down a great article about the first 6 weeks of his startup. He mentioned about DomainPigeon’s traffic stats analysis, business model changes, marketing strategies, design elements, targeting the right audience and lots of things more. That is really an inspritional article for the ones who need some :)

After reading all the article I just want to take your consideration into a few important lines from the text as a summary:

Traffic is not as important as you think to make money

If you have a good business plan and a revenue model then you can still make money with a few hundred visitors a day. Domain Pigeon is a nice example for this, It gets only 1700 visitors per week right now, but still making enough money to stay alive.

Design of a project always comed second (except special conditions such as if you re building a DeviantArt :). Do not stick with the design, focus on the content, idea and business plan. You will solve your problems about the design, anyways. Here is the deal:

Bad idea, great design – You stop working and move on.
Bad idea, bad design – You also stop working and move on, but at least you didn’t spend all that time on the design.
Great idea, bad design – Now that you know your product is one that people want, go ahead and make it look good.
Great idea, great design – If you’re lucky or talented enough to be in this category, go after it with everything you’ve got.

Decide on your target audience very well. Make your target as nich and narrow as possible.

If you say; “I’m targeting the people who would like to register a domain” it becomes like “I’m Walmart, I target people who want to buy things.”

Inquisitr Article & A Lesson Learned

From the Inquisitr.com:

Low-character names may be all snatched up when it comes to domains, but nearly 18,000 three-character names are still unclaimed on Twitter, one monitoring service says.

Domain Pigeon
says it’s detected 17,855 available three-character names on Twitter as of this morning. Unfortunately, you have to pay to sign up and see what the names are, but it’s still interesting to know that many are open.

The site’s creator tells CNET he’s found “quite a few good” names still available on Twitter. I’m hoping that these, which are currently featured on Domain Pigeon’s home page, are not among them:

@potties, @smelled, @orally,@erects, @dampest, @skinned, @gropers, @piggery, @elfland, @vinegar, @atticsalt, @spermoil, @cervix, @rapists, @garbagetruck, @umbrellatree

“Potties”? “Spermoil”? “Umbrellatree”?! Actually, “umbrellatree” isn’t half-bad. Maybe I’ll go snatch that one up.

So, yeah.

I should have vetted the names this week more closely to avoid this type of criticism. Even on the CNET article, the Twitter name he demoed in the screenshot was for ‘potties’.

Lesson learned: Be beyond reproach.

For the record I think ‘garbage truck’ and ‘elf land’ are cool names. :)