Let's see what idiocy looks like.
Before March 14th of this year SaveMe.com was humming along at 500-1000 daily visitors and making me $600-$900/month. Nothing to write home about, but it was steady income. When I got hit with the WIPO suit I changed the domain from a parked page to that of my blog post about the issue.
My traffic SKYROCKETED during black friday. Now we all know I am not using it for the highest and best use. But what would the value be if the boys from Brazil were to actually be men and figure it out? How much business is it costing them on a daily basis? I have no idea but it ain't pennies. How many new clients a DAY are they not getting? I don't know but it ain't pennies. How much has it cost them in total lost revenue? I don't know but IF they are capable of signing folks up and making clients of them, I would guess those pennies add up to tens of thousands just this year. Stunting and smothering their growth while their testosterone was out of whack in March and their ego is bruised by the defeat now. But that is still not excuse for not recognizing this gaping leak that exists. Pennies to me, many thousands to them. (theoretically)
It blows me away that they would have gone to the extremes they did to hijack the domain but have never engaged in a meaningful conversation about getting the traffic. I suppose that they would be paying Google many times the pennies I am making. So how long does it take them to wise up? How long before they figure it out? They can now be the canary in the mines for domain leasing. WHEN will they contact me and come to the table? I won't bite. I'll just take their $$$ and they can fix their problem.
They can come and speak at TRAFFIC and let us know what they learned, what they found out and just how valuable a .com is to a worldwide company. I always look for the silver lining. Turn a negative into a positive. But until then, I am gonna use them to fend off future hijackers. Use them to illustrate as much as I can. And if they go belly up at some point.......oh well, they made their bed.
So a simple question. How much does it cost them a DAY not to have the .com? Just the losses, not even future value of a new customer? What's the cost of that LEAK?? They are clueless because it is invisible and while they saw it in March, they don't quite see it now when it actually counts. So let me tell them......THOUSANDS every single month! Just a STUPID business decision and they have yet to rehabilitate that terrible decision.
So I would be happy to announce the lease of SaveMe.com to a 3rd party. ANY 3rd party. But the poster boy would be the most fun and get the most mileage and he can share what he learned which so far is absolutely NOTHING! And that....is sad!
Have a GREAT day!