I heard about Fantasy Domaining Contest a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a try. I must say, they’ve built a pretty cool system. If you haven’t signed up yet, go check it out. It’s a good way to test your skills. On the home page, it displays top 10 contestants, and guess what, I’m in top 10. The question is Am I Cheating?

I spent a little bit of time on it just for fun and was a good way to test out my skills. Although, I must say PPC/parking is not my strongest side. Type-in traffic can be tricky, I have many keyword domains that don’t get any traffic, and I have one crappy name that does better than all my other domains combined.

Ok, so Fantasy Domaining Contest gives you 1000 domains to pick and choose and you can only have 25 of them in play at any given time. So how did I get to the top 10, to be honest, I don’t have much time for games. I can’t even remember the last time I played xbox or playstation, lol. So what did I do? Well, I took the full list of 1000 domains and ran it through my TopDrops.com filter, seems like cheating? Well, I don’t think it’s against the rules as you can do all the research you want.

So I was able to quickly filter down the list and get the top exact match keyword domains. However, the some of the top ones were already gone as per game terms, only 10 people can keep a certain domain in their 35 domains list. I signed up late, and many of the top and great domains were unavailable, and some of them were obvious, such as “FreeSoftware.com” I think was one.

Even with many top domains gone, I still managed to get into the top 10 :) while, I don’t think I’m going to win, it was a good test/indicator for me. And type-in traffic does indeed go with exact match keyword domains with a few exceptions. It was also a good test for TopDrops.com filter.

I think guys at DomainFest did a great job putting this system together. In fact, it gave me an idea that went on to my project list and that is to build a game-like system for domainers to play and improve their domaining skills. What do you think of the idea?

I just have a couple of pointers to the guys at DomainFest about the contest:

  1. Don’t limit to 10 swaps – maybe have a daily limit, otherwise, it limits the engagement of the users. Once you run out of the swaps, you’re stock and it would have been more fun to keep everyone in play to have a true winner.
  2. Make Offer/Trades are useless – while they are handy features, they won’t work in this situation. The reason is that users already know the value of the domain, and are going to try and trade the domains with least amount of earnings. This is why, no one even bothers.
  3. It’s not right to limit top domains to 10 contestants – this is because people who register early get an obvious advantage and new users have a very small chance to win with all the great domains gone. I think every user should have equal chance to win and it shouldn’t matter when they register. This will also bring out the true winner.

 

Nevertheless – I do want to thank Oversee.net/DomainFest Team for creating such a great system.

 

So who’s going to DomainFest? I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to go.

DomainFest is also doing a “Pitch Contest” see here for details. I still am debating if I should apply for it for TopDrops.com. I wanted to ask your opinion, Do you think I should apply for it?

I am sure there are far better and more innovative projects out there, but TopDrops.com is going to be a great tool for domainers, so I’m not sure.