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Helping Other Businesses

Something I haven’t been able to share until now is that recently, a company approached me about distributing one of our roof coating products.

Already long established, this company has involvement in the roofing industry, with more than 1000 approved installers of its own product, but has never been involved in roof coatings. They wanted to diversify.

Having provided all of the necessary product training, they came on board last month, placing their first stock order with me.

I get on extremely well with their managing director and we’ve become quite good friends in a very short period of time. I can see why the company has built such a large and loyal installer base – they are just such nice people to deal with.

Yesterday, I received a call from them placing quite a large order. They were excited because it was the first five figure order they’d received themselves, having only started to promote the new product to their installers.

It was great to see somebody else getting excited about our products to the same degree that I do myself.

One of the main attributes of any business success, I believe, is absolute faith in your products or services. Without that, I don’t think it’s possible to sell effectively.

Some people suggest that certain products literally sell themselves. Personally, I can’t say I’ve ever experienced that, but when enthusiasm can be transferred, as it has in this particular case, I think it can be contagious and this is starting to become apparent in the new business.

For the MD of a quite traditional, long established business to call up with such excitement about a sale is something quite exceptional. The next call I’m looking forward to is when the first six figure order is placed with them.

It is truly wonderful to be working with some very talented people right now. You know who you are. Thanks a lot!

Where Does The Time Go?

Having spent so much time working on building the new business, there’s been none left over to devote to the blog, so my posts have been getting fewer and fewer. is now taking around 75% of my working time, which in addition to my role in leaves me about 50% short on hours…Continue Reading

Marketing A Business

There’s more to marketing a business that simply having a web site and if you’re serious about the business, then it’s a certain fact that the marketing is going to cost money. A lot of money. When, along with my two business partners, I started Asbestoseal in 2013, I knew that I could get the…Continue Reading

All Change For 2015

It’s out with the old and in with a new fresh and uncluttered site design. The reason? Well, because my focus has changed and I am now finding less and less to comment about with regard to domain names and more to do with actually developing the business. Therefore, my posts will be more about what…Continue Reading

Develop. Why Wouldn’t You?

There are quite a few domain development platforms available for those domainers daft enough to pay somebody to do all of the work and expect a quick result, but today I am going to take you through my own development journey and hopefully you’ll come to realise that everything is doable for yourself, with no…Continue Reading

Transition Complete

It was January 2000 when I registered my own name as a .com and even back then, the non-hyphenated name had already been taken and was in fact being used by a singer/songwriter of the same name, so I had no complaints and didn’t actually have anything online here until a year later. Since then,…Continue Reading

End User Domain Sale

How do you sell a domain name to an end user? It’s a question pondered by many and one that’s often asked on domain forums as well as being one of the most frequently asked questions of myself. It’s also a question that I am probably uniquely qualified to answer, because for some considerable time,…Continue Reading

Product Videos

In keeping with my approach of using videos to promote the products I’m now involved, I’d like to share this latest addition. Video is the most engaging type of content for human visitors and this is borne out by the people who’ve been contacting me since I began putting them on the Asbestoseal web site.…Continue Reading

Real Business

A lot has changed in the past twelve months, with the addition of a new business called Asbestoseal, which produces and sells an asbestos roof coating. What’s that got to do with domains? Well, one of my better performing domains is focused on providing companies with help and advice on asbestos roofing issues. The problem…Continue Reading

One Landing Page For All

Faced with the question of what to do with all of those domain names sat in my portfolio, I’ve now completed my redirection exercise and have pointed every one of them to the same landing page. Some time ago, I built individual landers for certain pages and I parked others at places like SEDO. Nothing…Continue Reading