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So the question is how long have you been investing in .ca’s? I will start and say about 15 years. Only in the last 2 1/2 years have I gotten more involved in it. I guess it can be somewhat of an addiction. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a word or someone’s name and be like “I own you in .ca”! :)
 
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Probably about the same time for me. Got my account at Namespro.ca in 2004.
We can remember when it was a lot more time consuming to transfer a .ca name than it is today. The hardest part of a sale/purchase was trying to explain to someone that wasn’t a domain investor how it worked :rolleyes:
 
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I started in 2000 when I wanted a personal email address, I searched for weeks for a .com until I found MapleOne.com

I grabbed it and Frank@MapleOne.com was born.

Then a friend said what if someone send to Frank@Maple1.com?

So I registered Maple1 and pointed the email to MapleOne and of course you know what happened next. Then I wanted the .ca's and finally the .net's and a domainer was sitting on MapleOne.net. He quoted me a hefty sum and I waited over 10 years for him to drop it and I snatched it up.

So for the first two years I bought about 60 domains and ran under MapleOne.

In 2002 I owned MapleDomains and I was going to change my company name to that but the .com was taken and I was quoted 10k. So MapleDots was born and believe it or not my inspiration for the name came from https://www.dippindots.com and not from domaining.

So now I own 5 companies and the holding company is called MapleOne while my domaining company is MapleDots.

I started domaining in earnest in 2002 and had DomainDirect (now called hover) register every single .ca and dot com of two beginning letters and canada. So MBCanada.com & MBCanada.ca and every variant. There were over 600 available and the owner of the company wrote a script and grabbed them all for me. Over the years I sold a ton of those and dropped the ones that had no traffic.

After that I registered almost every available Maple with a second word in .ca and .com because I figured the canadian symbol is the maple and a lot of businesses would be looking for that. I was right and eventually Huge Domains figured it out too and they always bid against me on a Maple.com.

Over the years I have sold a lot of Maple Domains and that has become my niche but since then I have evolved once more and now it is mainly one word .ca domains that I purchase.


So there is a MapleDots history lesson :)
 
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Great responses so far. :)

@mapledots I didn’t realize you have been doing this for so long.

I remember one name I purchased was summerolympics.tv. Not sure what year that was but I thought I hit the jackpot. That was before I knew of trademark infringement and not knowing real values in domain names. :)
 

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MapleDots said:
I started in 2000 when I wanted a personal email address, I searched for weeks for a .com until I found MapleOne.com

I grabbed it and Frank@MapleOne.com was born.

Then a friend said what if someone send to Frank@Maple1.com?

So I registered Maple1 and pointed the email to MapleOne and of course you know what happened next. Then I wanted the .ca's and finally the .net's and a domainer was sitting on MapleOne.net. He quoted me a hefty sum and I waited over 10 years for him to drop it and I snatched it up.

So for the first two years I bought about 60 domains and ran under MapleOne.

In 2002 I owned MapleDomains and I was going to change my company name to that but the .com was taken and I was quoted 10k. So MapleDots was born and believe it or not my inspiration for the name came from https://www.dippindots.com and not from domaining.

So now I own 5 companies and the holding company is called MapleOne while my domaining company is MapleDots.

I started domaining in earnest in 2002 and had DomainDirect (now called hover) register every single .ca and dot com of two beginning letters and canada. So MBCanada.com & MBCanada.ca and every variant. There were over 600 available and the owner of the company wrote a script and grabbed them all for me. Over the years I sold a ton of those and dropped the ones that had no traffic.

After that I registered almost every available Maple with a second word in .ca and .com because I figured the canadian symbol is the maple and a lot of businesses would be looking for that. I was right and eventually Huge Domains figured it out too and they always bid against me on a Maple.com.

Over the years I have sold a lot of Maple Domains and that has become my niche but since then I have evolved once more and now it is mainly one word .ca domains that I purchase.


So there is a MapleDots history lesson :)

I went to one of your domains and was able to pull up the list of maple domains you own and was thinking how we all gravitate towards a niche and pound it. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes not. Sometimes you see long lists of name dropping that were obviously one mans niche.

Very interesting story MD thanks for sharing
I don’t get the significance of the MB thing tho. You got every LLcanada?
 

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DomainTrader said:
Very interesting story MD thanks for sharing
I don’t get the significance of the MB thing tho. You got every LLcanada?

HeHe yes.... MBCanada.ca was mine as well and went to a well known company.

I was offered a tidy sum for the .com over the years but am looking for a tad more.

And yes, at the time I purchased every LLCanada.ca and LLCanada.com I could get.
 

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MapleDots said:
HeHe yes.... MBCanada.ca was mine as well and went to a well known company.

I was offered a tidy sum for the .com over the years but am looking for a tad more.

And yes, at the time I purchased every LLCanada.ca and LLCanada.com I could get.

WOW
Interesting
People come up with so many interesting strategies
Shortly after starting out I got excited about and invested heavily into Geo domains
While I hear a lot of mixed opinions about geos (fad, over, not great) I wouldn’t change things at all other than to say I have gravitated more towards one word domains over the years

For me the journey has always been about improving the quality of the domains I own
 

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Hmm, I registered my first .ca in 2002 (first .com in 1995), it was a company name I was using on the side while working at Tucows. The first investment .ca purchased to sell I bought in 2006.

While working at Tucows, I met Richard Lau and he told me that it wasn't too late to get into domain investing. I don't think I ever really became good at it though, it was always more of a side hustle.
 

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FM said:
Hmm, I registered my first .ca in 2002 (first .com in 1995), it was a company name I was using on the side while working at Tucows. The first investment .ca purchased to sell I bought in 2006.

While working at Tucows, I met Richard Lau and he told me that it wasn't too late to get into domain investing. I don't think I ever really became good at it though, it was always more of a side hustle.

Oh and I was also blogging about the industry at DomainEditorial.com (boy, I actually had to look at my domains before remembering the name) while I worked at Tucows and later ran DomainNameNews.com (now defunct, but we're trying to bring it back as an archive) with Adam Strong.
 

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I have been domaining for @6years, I was instantly fascinated with Domains.

Friends would probably say I was obsessed with it, no matter where I was or who I was with, randomly in the middle of a sentence a domain idea would pop up either through a conversation, street sign, or something I heard on the radio and I would be on my phone looking for different variations of my brainstorm.

I bought soooo many crap domains, and still do... I just can't help myself. I mainly buy .ca's but have a mix of everything. I have sold a few domains this year from $500 - $3000 CAD

I have attended 2 NamesCon's, a couple DNSeattle events, and one of the events Richard put on in Vancouver.

still love domains - still buying crap - trying to improve.

Dan
 

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DomainTrader said:
I went to one of your domains and was able to pull up the list of maple domains you own and was thinking how we all gravitate towards a niche and pound it. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes not. Sometimes you see long lists of name dropping that were obviously one mans niche.

That's right, you had a niche too, I had forgotten about that!
 

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It was more of an addiction than a niche

The niche was like a child! It just kept growing and growing, getting bigger and bigger all the time getting more and more expensive to feed