I started typing this out as an email to Peter Askew a.k.a. @searchbound on Twitter a.k.a. The Onion Guy, but
1) I've never met him and it ran kind of long, which starts to get weird when you've never emailed someone before.
2) I just spent all last weekend resurrecting my old ass blog posts and getting this thing set up to post again.
I bought IntroCave (https://introcave.com) in the summer of 2018. I would say there were two posts that contributed pretty strongly to me taking that plunge that I had read on Hacker News:
During due diligence, I noticed that most of its search traffic came from searches related to "intro maker" and intromaker.com was parked/available. I negotiated for that and bought it alongside the branded website, thinking if it can make ~$3k/mo on a crappy domain it could probably do a lot better rebranded as intromaker.com.
The results of that experiment are still TBD–I'm waiting until the original site pays for itself before potentially nuking it to $0 with a domain migration.
IntroCave / IntroMaker is video rendering as a service. I get random ideas from time to time for other niches that could use the same tech. While going through some old files from the previous owner, I found a handful of old Valentine's/wedding videos and started thinking about video valentines…
Domain Search #1:
Search Intent: 100-1k/month on "video valentine" with no paid ads running on that keyword
It seems pretty easy but very low yield. Probably not worth the effort.
What about birthdays?
Domain Search #2:
Search Intent: video birthday (which would be more like a zoom room?) has 1k-10k, but the rest are still in the 100-1k range. Some paid ads, but kind of duds.
What about "virtual"?
Domain Search #3:
Search Intent: 10k-100k searches, high competition, ad spend.
Which is a way-too-long way of saying I bought virtualbirthdaycard.com for $12.
No idea what I'll do with it. A lot of birthday venues for little kids have a video projector set up to play a video at the party. It might be cool to do something like:
Or simpler ideas:
Or maybe just sit on it. If the plural version is worth $10k (well, it's listed at $10k. worth is harder to argue), maybe someone who really, really wants to do one of the above will come along and offer a few grand for it (what a value!).