Terran Marketing Purchases GraphicDesign.com

This announcement got preempted a bit because of my 100th post and a post I made yesterday about Terran Marketing looking to hire a few quality project managers for some of our sites. Nonetheless, I wanted to get a post up about our latest purchase as soon as possible. I feel like graphicdesign.com is another great acquisition for us and here is why….. By The Numbers The Google Keyword Tool has become a virtual home for me over the past few months. I’ve searched so many terms that I can usually take a pretty good stab at how much something gets searched (in a decent range) before I type it in. However, every once in a while there is a term that totally shocks me (either high or low). Graphic Design was definitely once of those terms. When I saw 201,000 exact match searches I thought for sure I forgot to check the “exact” box and that it was still on broad – uh no. This term actually gets 2,740,000 broad match searches. It was one of those holy &#(@ moments where Jim and I just looked at each other and laughed. The math got even more staggering when we saw that the CPCs for this term are flirting with $10.00. In addition to the great search volume and high CPCs, this already semi-developed site currently ranks in the middle of the 2nd page for this term. That is with zero SEO, only 6 pages on the site, and very few links. We speculate that with very little work this site will rank on the first page within a...

Terran Marketing Is Hiring

Terran Marketing Is Hiring Project Managers Experienced in SEO and Affiliate Marketing We have announced some recent acquisitions and there are other major keyword domains we have acquired that have not been announced (but will be soon). As we continue to grow, we have an immediate opening for two project managers that have proven experience in SEO and affiliate marketing. One of the positions is with OnlineDegree.com and the other is for a keyword domain with similarly large visibility and upside. By design, we keep our management structure flat. These positions will effectively be the CEO of the respective sites and will report directly to both Jim and I. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Creating, building, and maintaining affiliate / advertiser relationships Design and monitoring of A/B testing Recruiting a network of industry experienced content contributors and advisors White hat SEO link building Site performance reporting Social media strategy and execution Qualifications: A minimum of 3 years of experience with SEO and affiliate marketing. A passionate user of social media both professionally and personally with outside of the box creativity and originality in developing social media strategies. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Experience working with WordPress is a major plus. Experience working with programmers and graphic designers. NOTE: You won’t be required to do your own programming or graphics, but you should be able to communicate effectively with them. Preference will be given to candidates from Dallas or willing to relocate to Dallas within a few months of accepting the position. At a minimum, travel to Dallas for initial training of 2-3 weeks will be required...

A Major Milestone

I was about to post about another domain purchase Terran Marketing made today when I noticed it was going to be the 100th post on my blog. So, instead of posting about our latest purchase, I just wanted to take a moment and thank all my readers who have inspired me since I started my blog about 8 months ago. To say the least, I was very conflicted when I decided to start this blog. I’m a fairly private person by nature and don’t like to talk about my personal life or business dealings with people I know, let alone total strangers. However, as I stated towards the end of a blog post back in February, I felt like I had some social responsibility to pay forward some of my knowledge. There are risks talking about your plans, successes, and failures in a public forum. Besides the obvious of looking really stupid when something you do doesn’t work, there is also the risk of creating undo competition with your projects. This is something I’ve been dealing with already – with people copying my site’s themes, strategies, and even content (word for word). However, I refuse to let it get me down or let a few people ruin it for everyone else. I’ve had people copying my ideas since the early days of the online poker affiliate industry. They say it’s the greatest form of flattery, but I’m not sure about all that. I’ll post about our latest purchase later this week, but for now I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for inspiring me to keep the...

Terran Marketing Purchases OnlineDegree.com

I’ve been touting some new purchases for Terran Marketing and I’m excited to finally be able to make a post about one. As the title of this post suggests, our latest purchase is OnlineDegree.com. This is a great play in the ever expanding online education space and we hope to develop a game-changing type site with this one. By The Numbers The numbers in this sector are quite impressive especially when you consider the CPCs are in the $30.00 rage. These are some of the highest CPCs I’ve ever seen, and certainly the highest CPCs for anything in our portfolio now. To compare, Website Hosting has a CPC in the $12.00 range, so this is almost a full 3x more than that. In regards to search volume, “online degree” gets a meager 14,800 exact global searches each month, but is accompanied by 1,220,000 broad searches. So, there are an insane amount of long-tail searches to capture out there. Things like “Online Degree Programs” and “University Online Degree” should be fairly easy to rank for. What Did We Pay We didn’t get a paid appraisal on this one, but EstiBot.com values this domain at $621,000. I personally think that is really high, but we did get some advice from several other people. The general consensus was that this domain is worth a solid $200,000+; we were able to pick it up for $120,000. We closed this deal though Sedo.com, so you should see this sale pop up on Domain Name Journal’s website in the top 25 next week. Next Steps As with all of our projects, our initial focus will...

My first month in Texas

It’s hard to believe, but we have already been in Texas for almost a full month already. We arrived here on June 16th and it’s been nonstop since then. Between looking for a house, working on Terran Marketing, and adapting to our surroundings there has been little time for anything else. Finding our new home Our first objective when we arrived in Dallas was to find a new house to live in. My new partner, Jim Varnon, has been nice enough to let my wife and I stay in his home, but I knew from day one that would only be fun for so long. After 3 full weeks of staying here, I have to say it’s been better than I originally expected. Jim has 3 kids and 4 dogs, so I expected somewhat of a circus. However, his kids are really well behaved and I’ve really enjoyed being around them. Regardless, I’m 35-years-old and I enjoy my space and privacy. Even though Jim and his family have been over the top gracious about letting us stay here, I’m sure in the back of their mind they can’t wait to see us go. Since we’re pretty savvy homebuyers, we decided to use redfin.com to help us find our home. RedFin is a service that allows you to search for homes online and then schedule an appointment to see them in person with one of their partner realtors. You also get a kickback from RedFin towards your closing costs for using their service, so it’s a win / win for everyone. Our kickback is going to be over 3k, so...