Monthly Archives: April 2016

The developing world aids mobility

Mobility aids are devices designed to help individuals to walk and get around easier, their main purpose is to aid mobility. Mobility aids are generally used when it’s becoming hard for individuals to get around by themselves, e.g an elderly person who is starting to find moving around more challenging and needs help to keep them mobile. Of course, mobility aids are not just for the elderly, in fact they are for any person who has a disability and may need some form of help to get around. Someone with a sprained or broken leg might need to use crutches to help them get around until the leg has healed, they may even need to use a wheelchair, both wheelchairs, and crutches are mobility aids which are commonly used in the world today.

If you’re looking to buy mobility aids, it’s important to know exactly what kind of mobility aid you need.

What are some examples of mobility aids?

Wheel Chairs – Probably one of the most common mobility aids, a wheel chair is used in many different cases, from people who are paralysed to people who are being moved around in hospital – even if they can walk on their own steam. Wheelchairs have a few different common types – the normal wheelchair, this has 4 normal sized wheels and involves the patient or user sitting in the wheelchair whilst a second person pushes them around. The second type is an electric wheelchair, much like a normal wheelchair, however this has a small joystick style control on the armrest which electronically moves the wheelchair via the use of motors. The final type has 2 small wheels at the front, and large rear wheels which can be turned by the hands of the people who are sitting in the chair – these are also used in sports such as wheelchair basketball etc, and give some independence to the user.

Mobility Scooters – Similar to an electric wheelchair, but more like a 4 wheeled motorcycle, mobility scooters often come with baskets mounted to them to allow the user to go shopping. These scooters give freedom to people who can walk short distances and get on and off by themselves. These are common amongst elderly people who wish to keep some of their independence without having to ask other people to help them out.

Zimmerframes, Walking Sticks and Crutches – these devices all have plenty in common – they are not motorised, generally do not have any moving parts, and their primary purpose is to take some of the weight off the users legs. Crutches are commonly used for people with broken legs, ankles or feet and are often used in pairs so that the leg with the issue does not need to touch the ground at all.

Walking sticks generally take the weight on one side of the body, for people who have a bad hip, knee or perhaps have athritis – walking sticks come in many shapes and sizes and are more common amongst the elderly.

Walking/Zimmer frames are small frames which usually have 4 legs and is lifted and moved forward with each step – they are built this way so that they are sturdy and do not easily fall over, they are generally used more commonly by the elderly who are more frail and have less strength which means they can’t use a walking stick efficiently

There are of course other types of mobility aid available which can be used to help people with disabilites and injuries of different types, that is why in today’s world, less and less people are being confined to their homes, or even worse, their beds – mobility aids are keeping people mobile for longer, and this will only get better with ever advancing technologies.

Expired domain names for a new venture?

The expired domain names market is growing larger by the day – with hundreds or thousands of people fighting to own the latest premium domain name which is expiring. Buying an expired domain is not as easy as you may think, unless of course the domain name has no real value – if you’ve just purchased an expired domain name and found it very easy, the chances are it was so easy because nobody else wanted it, and unfortunately unless the domain name is your own name, your business name, or your product name, the chances are it’s not worth very much.

Domain names which are about to expire go through several phases or statuses – first, the domain is classed as expired, this happens on the first day after the paid registration period runs out, the domain name will remain in this phase for around 30 – 40 days, and during this period the person who let the domain expire may pay the renewal fee and continue to use the domain name, the renewal fee will be the standard fee they would have paid to renew the domain name before it expire.

If the owner does not renew before the grace period expires, the domain name will then enter a second status – the redemption period, this is a period of time during which the previous owner may still choose to renew the domain name, but they will be required to pay a penalty fee for doing so, the fee may vary between different registrars but it can be as high as seveal hundred dollars.

Assuming the owner does not renew the domain name during any of these periods, the domain name will become locked, it will now be in the pending deletion phase, at this point it can not be registered by anyone – not the previous owner, and not a new owner. This period is around 5 days long, and on the last day of the deletion period the domain name will be dropped and will be available for anyone to register – there is fierce competition for the more valuable domain names, and particularly valuable domain names will not drop at all, they will enter an auction period which allows potential new owners to bid on the domain name, with the highest bidder winning the domain name and having it transferred to their domain name account to use as they wish.

If you are just looking to purchase a single expired domain name which has meaning to you, but not other people, or is your business name exactly, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble, but more premium domain names have people who are experienced in registering expired domain names, some domain brokers even have special web servers which have a super fast connection to domain registrars so they can save those vital few seconds when the domain name becomes available and try to register it before anyone else. But don’t be disheartened, these people often go after domain names which are worth multiple hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands – not ones which are worth less than 1 hundred dollars.

There is another way to purchase expired domain names, which can sometimes work, but can sometimes end up with the domain name not expiring at all, or costing you more than if you’d just waited for it to become available – that is to contact the current owner of the domain name before it expires and ask whether they would be willing to sell it to you for a price which suits both of you – of course, what you may actually be doing is reminding them that the domain is about to expire, in which case they’ll renew it and continue to use it, or you may be speaking to a “greedy one” who asks for more than it would cost even at auction! If you’ve got a greedy one, one of 2 things will happen – they will leave it to expire anyways if you refuse to pay what they ask, or they will renew it to be spiteful, in which case, move on and find another domain – there are thousands expiring every day!

You’ve nurtured and developed your website, now it’s time to move on

You’ve had a long hard think and came to the decision that it’s time to sell your website, now the fun starts – how do you go about it? It’s not quite as simple as selling some old furniture on ebay, there is a lot more to consider when selling a site.

Finding the right buyer is not a simple task, so you have to make sure you are marketing to the right type of buyer.

If you’ve recently started your website and it hasn’t yet generated any income, you’re going to have to market it based on potential revenue it may make in the future, rather than income you can prove, this is a lot harder to do than marketing a website which has a history of monthly income.

If your website targets a certain niche then it is a good idea to market to people who already run businesses in this niche, they will know the market well and will understand earnings potential as well as proven income. By browsing websites for sale in a similar niche, you will also be able to get a rough idea of the value of your website, and even the potential earnings it could make in future.

If your site is already well established, and you can prove a regular stable earnings income from the website, you will be able to place a value on the site a lot easier. Generally websites are valued at between 6 and 12 months of their income, even up to 18 months in some specific niches.

Value will also be calculated based on the age of the domain, the traffic which it receives and several other intricate factors – it is important to note that potential buyers will want to see statistics relating to traffic, and where the traffic comes from.

If you generate traffic from paid advertising, be honest – if you sell a website and the traffic stops suddenly because you’re no longer advertising, the buyer will not be happy, if you’ve told them in advance they can continue with the advertising and retain the traffic levels, and at the same time, you can retain your good reputation. Failing to dicslose important information like this will make it very hard for you to sell any websites in the future.

Once you’ve established a value and compiled all of the information about your website, traffic and income, you need to start advertising it – where you advertise will depend on your target market, but in general it won’t do any harm to advertise in as many places as possible – Check out the likes of the Digitalpoint forum domain marketplace, the Sitepoint marketplace, Flippa, Ebay etc – all of these have potential buyers, and are either free or cost a relatively small sum.

If you’re not confident in selling by yourself, you can consider handing it over to a broker to handle the sale, a broker will charge a percentage of the final sale value, usually between 8 and 12% – A broker will do all of the administration work involved which leaves you to get on with other things. If your website is relatively small and doesn’t make much in the way of earnings, you may struggle to find a broker to take it on, as they are generally attracted to higher value sites for the comission they will receive.