I didn’t notice because I stopped subscribing to him but Tim Ferriss changed his domain name from FourHourWorkWeek.com to Tim.Blog.
Well a domain change makes it sound simple; he moved his entire site to the new GTLD.
Four Hour Work Week was always a clumsy domain name as Tim went over in his podcast so Tim.Blog is a definite improvement but if I were advising Tim, I still would have recommended something else.
The reason is Tim’s site is so much more than a blog but the .blog extension limits the scope of the site to anyone that hears the name.
The hierarchy of the site is:
Although the cornerstone of the site is certainly his blog, I think the site is an online extension of Tim so the naming should have taken a more broad approach.
I would have recommended TimF.com or TimFerriss.com.
TimF.com currently resolves to a page that says:
Welcome to timf.com!
This is my personal FTP and email site. You can reach me via timf (at) timf.com.
As cool as this guy is for just casually using TimF for email, I’ve got to believe he would sell for $15,000-$20,000 or somewhere in there.
For Tim Ferriss that’s an easy buy.
Of course, the seemingly obvious choice would be to just use his name, TimFerriss.com, but that comes with traveling circus problem of people not knowing how to spell it (because of the double r and double s) and having to buy all of the versions of Ferriss.
TimFerriss.com appears to be a fan site at the moment. The page is fully promotional of Tim and provides links to his sites/pages without any obvious commercial gain.
It’s been this way for years and apparently Tim let it be.
Ultimately, I think TimF.com would be the way to go. Hell, if the guy insisted I’d even offer to let him keep his email and FTP usage if that’s what it took to get a deal done – everyone gets what they want in this scenario so why not?
Tim.com would be the best possible choice but it’s being archaically used by “Technology & Information Management” and I’m sure they’ve been approached with 6-figure offers multiple times over and haven’t budged.
I’d still try for Tim.com though. It’s a great acquisition even at $250,000 – $500,000.
And then, I’d try for TimF.com.
I think it’s imperative to keep Tim in the domain name because that’s how everybody knows him.
If I struck out on the above, my next move would be for Tim.co (if you’re going to go with a new GTLD, why not a shorter one?). The current whois registrant is “Restricted and Reserved Names .CO Internet SAS” so that may be problematic but it’s worth checking into it.
If all else fails or the .co costs too much, Tim.net is openly and unabashedly up for sale with a parked page.
$50,000 for the .net should be well within range.
Even though these potential buys are for a decent chunk of change, Tim has such a huge audience (1.46 million Twitter followers) and broad appeal that it’d be easy for him to leverage a super premium and get his money back.
Also, I always thought he was driving towards his own major media platform. If that’s actually the case, paying up for Tim.com would make a lot of sense.
Finally, congratulations on retaining all of the SEO on the apparently seamless domain change.
I’m sure he has friends at Google (see video of him talking at Google) so he was going to be good no matter what but I’d still hold my breath on a shift of this magnitude.