I accidentally stumbled on my ORIGINAL eRealestate.com site. This is circa January 1998 thru April 2000 and has not been updated in over a decade. This was my running collection of thoughts from that point in time adding as needed. It was originally my DomainSeller.com circa 1996-1998.
So for those that need a place to start or need a tune up or need some perspective and history or need some motivation or whatever, see it thru my eyes back then. No Google. No PPC. No domain tools of any sort whatsoever. The Internet was the enemy of Main Street and the Media. They never missed a moment to remind us how risky online purchases were. NSI was all we had and that was pitiful. The majority was just getting their first email address but only about 20%-25% until that point.
So I left a bread trail of words and thoughts and ideas from day one for anyone that cared to see what I saw and go where I was heading. Or not. I never put a gun to anyone's head. To this day the trail only has a few hundred on it. But when you realize that almost everything in the future starts with a domain name, that is a far cry from a decade ago. That was insanity. Life is good when you are crazy. The trail will turn into a street and then a highway as more and more see the future.
Here is the key comment among a lot of jewels:
'But just like a 5 year old child......you can't blame them for not being 20! You must be patient as the child or in this case until the net matures.'
My BEST, most important papragragh I EVER posted on the Internet came from this page. Circa 1996:
Why is this medium becoming so powerful?
'One reason may be that in cyberspace nobody knows if you are black or if you are white, if you are rich or poor, tall or short, fat or skinny, clean or dirty, handicapped, healthy, Christian or Jew etc., ....They know only two things....the content of what you have to say and a way to communicate effectively to people from all walks of life and from around the globe. Plus the value you put on your own character. Consisting of your credibility, your honesty, your integrity, and your devotion to do things the right way without taking advantage of others. This will be either your greatest asset or a liability that will inevitably be your downfall. You don't judge a book by its cover, In cyberspace you are judged by your content.'
Had I not looked at the Internet in a way that showed the mountain it really was, the EPIC marathon to come, I would have been off the path from the get go. Though I sprinted on a daily basis I knew then that it would be a long hard slog composed of countless sprints. My job was the same as the gold miner EXACTLY 100 years before. Mine as much gold as fast as possible and don't worry about anything until you lay your stakes and get back to town. The next post talks about the Gold Rush and the parallels with domaining.
Have a GREAT Day!