The internet has brought us some great tools. I wonder how I ever survived without some of them. My favorite, so far, is Evernote. This is not a paid posting, an affiliate link, or anything like that. I promise to disclose if I ever make a post like that. I truly like this tool so much that I think it’s well worth sharing. Let’s start with the best part about this tool, it’s free, although I use the paid version that allows for more storage space and a couple of extra features.
Evernote, if you are unfamiliar, is a note taking application, sort of similar to Microsoft OneNote. Only better. You can check out all the details and features at Evernote.com, but let me tell you how I use it for domaining.
- Keep all of my domains in order – I use an Excel spreadsheet file to track all of my domains. Evernote allows me to attach a file of any type, in the paid version, but you could just as easily paste a list as text within a note in the free version. The coolest part of this is that you can launch it from ANYWHERE and save your changes. More on this in a bit.
- Keep notes for my blog – When I have ideas about what I might want to write about, I jot them down in my “Blog” notebook. Evernote allows you to create an unlimited number of notebooks for all of your needs. When I come across a good idea, I type it in or use the web clipper if I need a snapshot from my browser to remind me later.
- Save snapshots of Whois records – When I come across a domain that interests me either to inquire about purchasing, or reaching out to for an interview, I take a quick snapshot of the screen to contact them later.
- Keep snapshots of pages I like – If I see a website that I think has a great look or a unique concept behind it, I’ll take a quick snapshot of it and save it off for future reference. Evernote automatically saves the URL along with the image on the note so you can always find your way back to it.
- Sample Emails – I also use Evernote to store the sales email I use to send out to prospects, and the list of prospects I contacted as well. This helps me avoid sending to the same person more than once if the domain doesn’t sell the first time around. Keeping the email in Evernote allows me to modify my writing style and hone in on which email verbiage is most effective.
- Access information from anywhere – This is one of the most important reasons. Evernote resides on your pc or Mac as an application. But you can access it from the web anywhere you happen to be. Have an iPhone or iPad? Then you can also access it from those with excellent apps. Blackberry has an app too, but I’m not too fond of that one. I can pull up files on my pc, iPhone, my friends Mac, or a client’s pc if I need to. So convenient.
There are so many other features (like hand writing recognition, voice notes) and uses (storing photos, mp3s, code snippets) that I could probably write a full book on it, but I won’t. Try it out and I’m pretty sure you’re going to like it.