Someone the other day asked me when was the first time I made money with a domain name, when was my first sale ? My first profit from a domain was actually a lease, something I never even thought of doing back in 2003.
Back in 2003 I kept talking about wanting to start a t-shirt line and website, I was watching the movie Friday After Next with a girl I knew, and after Mike Epps said:
I said to her I think that is a great word combo, and she was like what are you talking about ? I said “Booty Beauty” I think it is a catchy name and its a bit fun to say. So then I thought some people might reverse them, I had been out when someone was trying to be funny and using the line, “It ain’t your booty, it’s your beauty” and instead said “It ain’t your beauty, it’s your booty.” So I regged BeautyBooty.com as well.
So in August of 2003 I got a phone call and it was someone from Hearst Corporation, the publisher of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The lady explained that they do a promo every year entitled Cosmo Beauty Booty, they owned the domain cosmobeautybooty.com. The problem was their publisher printed all their magazine ads and other promotional material with the domain beautybooty.com.
She told me they wanted the domain for a month, then quickly asked “This name has not been used for pornography has it ?” I said no the name has been regged for a t-shirt line and she said ok, she then asked me what I wanted for the one month rental ?
I was on another line when she called and did not give it much thought, not as much as I should have, this was Cosmo not some small regional magazine. I said $1,000 and free advertising for Booty Beauty when it launches. She told me if you mean on our website ok, I can’t give you print advertising in our magazine.
I said ok sure, the website is fine. I got an email with the details and forwarded the domain in October, here is a screenshot from archive.org:
I did not start the t-shirt line, so I never got the second part of the deal, foolish on my part. I did get an offer on BootyBeauty.com in 2006 from someone who had the same idea for a t-shirt line. I still own both names today and still thinking about starting a t-shirt line. Nothing like being a procrastinating idiot.