Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably can answer it..
There's nothing bad about the random email. I still do that. I just get tired of doing the whole whois.sc thing everyday and this is alot funner, because the clients are already qualified. Every magazine a new magazine issue comes out. I dont have any competition this way. All I do is break the ice. Now if only my phone game was as good...
If you all need any advice or would like to share more do so..
I've come a long way from registering names like micester.com (available again) and using 1and1. Those were the days...
You sure do think out of the box..
Thanks for sharing...
Do the emails you use to contact the companies/organisations/corporates via whois reach the management staff ?
Alot come back returned. That's why I always check out the main site first and get to know my contacts. Read either the mission station or "about us" section of each site. Compare the founder to the name on the whois info. Alot of sites I had success with have a "contact us" section, and usually the contact email is.
So with your returned emails, follow up with that email..
I love getting the occasional " No we're not interested " email, it means that someone relevant seen my email and took the time to read it. I usually polish up my unsuccesful email campaigns..
Aside the fact that your approach is probably the most useful one that i've read in a while, I actually do have questions:.
I assume that you built a data base over time, consisting of the companies that you've contacted, their email addresses, staff members, responses, etc.? If so, are you using any kind of CRM software, excel,...?.
In the event that someone actually turns your approach down, do you approach them again with a different HostGator at some point later on or are you filing them as generally not interested in acquiring domains and/or traffic?.
More later,..gotta run into a meeting,..sucks to have a job other than domaining!.
I've heard that there are CD's available with email, telephone numbers, etc of top management staffs...
I use no software at all. Im a little behind on the times. My only contact is the initial contact if there is no interest. I always responds to declined offers politely, but I never press the issue further, always leave a link to a site at the bottom of your return email..
As for the job issue, I still work. I have a little coffeeshoe/convenience store in my hometown. When it gets slow, it leaves me ample time for domaining, plus I like the little stress involved. But yes, it's still a job..
In parting I say that if anyone needs more advice. Feel free to pm or email me. There are some other techniques I used in the past that were successful, but yet more costly..
The best advice I can give is to not worry about the constants "no's", and keep emailing.