In 2006, as a 7th grader I searched Google for “How to make money online”. On the 12th page of results, I ran across something that talked about buying and selling domain names for profit. It led me to Namepros.com and I joined right away. I spent hours reading the forms trying to understand what to do. With my small allowance, I focused on hand registering domains and selling them to end users for a couple hundred dollars.
My first sale I remember was for $350 on a name I had registered for $7 just a week before. I was sitting in the computer lab of my school when I received the email. From that point on, I was hooked. I would often tell my parents that I had to stay up late to work on homework, but in reality I was scanning drop lists for domains to buy the next day. In 2009, I bought the blog TeenDomainer.com and began writing about my experiences buying and selling domain names.
Writing the blog allowed me to meet many of the original domain investors who were always helpful and willing to answer any questions I had. I was also able to help start the South Florida Domainer’s Group which has now grown to over 100 members holding a few meetings a year.
Around this time, I began teaching myself about web development and started building out WordPress websites on my domains. I would showcase my results on my blog and slowly other people began to hire me to build out sites for them.
After I graduated high school in 2011, I was hired as a summer intern by Domain Holdings to help build out websites for their clients. Over the summer, I was able to build out hundreds of websites and learn from some of the best minds in the industry. Freshman year of college at Emory kept me very busy; I was running cross country and also joined a fraternity, but my websites kept generating passive income every week.
In the following summer, I went to work for another industry company Bank Ads LLC and also was able to found my own startup. My best friend and I worked together to found College Copywriters, a content network of college students from top universities writing quality content at competitive prices. We have had over 500 writers sign up and are still just getting started.
This last year at school, I worked hard and decided I needed to do something different with my summer. I am now working as a river rafting guide in southern Montana. The great thing about working online is the flexibility to work from wherever you can find wifi. When I am not rafting down the river, I am working hard developing more sites for myself and clients and buying domain names.
When I turned twenty, I decided it was time to retire the Teen Domainer brand after 300 post and move to a new blog, BrianDiener.com.
This industry has given me so much I feel that blogging is just one way I can help others and share what I am doing to earn money with my domains. It’s hard to imagine that I have been around the domain industry for 7 years, starting when I was only 13.
After building hundreds of websites, and selling domains for thousands of dollars it’s hard to imagine how different my life would be without that google search years ago. I’ve learned so much over the years and not just about domains. I’ve learned so much about business and life in general from the people I have met and worked with. This industry had led me to 3 different jobs at great companies, and helped me found my own that now hires college students across the country. I’ve come a long way since 7th grade, and I just want to thank everyone that has helped me along the way. Even though this is only the beginning of my story, I already greatly appreciate the impact the internet and this industry has had on me.