On 2nd May 2012 Ethan Hardy Limited ceased trading. This decision came after it's founder, Khalid Al-Khames, successfully sold the company's most profitable platforms to an internet investment company whilst still personally retaining a minority shareholding.

Company History

Founded in early 2009, Ethan Hardy Limited was born with a goal of continuing one man's work further into the business world. The backbone of Ethan Hardy is an aspiring entrepreneur with over 10 years internet and business experience, Khalid Al-Khames. What started as a part time hobby soon became a true love for business and internet.

Ethan Hardy prided itself on being a forefront supplier of quality application and media websites to a wide audience across the globe. In addition to providing fresh content across several websites, Ethan Hardy also operated a web management and search engine optimisation consultancy, delivering bespoke solutions to clients worldwide.

Finally, Ethan Hardy owned and operates a number of prime, generic domain names which were later built into profitable websites or re-sold for profit.

The name Ethan Hardy, translates to Strong and Courageous, two words that represent the company and the founder extremely well. In a saturated and competitive market, Ethan Hardy Limited built on strong foundations and took courageous steps to providing efficient yet affordable solutions to its clients.

The Founder & Managing Director, Khalid Al-Khames

Born in 1987, Khalid Al-Khames was brought up by two loving parents that would often go without to ensure he did not have too. Unfortunately, divorce meant Khalid had to split his time between two homes. The negative impact was turned into a positive as Khalid was able to witness two fantastic individuals, his mother and father, rebuild their lives and provide the driving force for the success of Ethan Hardy Limited.

Aged 16, Khalid attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and graduated with a BSc in Combined Studies, specialising in Marketing and Management. He combined the theory learnt at University with his knowledge of website design to continue building internet solutions for local businesses.

During the summer holidays of 2007, Khalid was working as a door steward in the evenings, whilst spending countless hours at his computer. That year provided a major turning point for Khalid as he was supposed to find a second job, but managed to monetize websites he built and began earning a small income online.

Khalid quickly realised the power of the internet for businesses and spent the summer making money through trial-and-error. Two years later, after endlessly building, monetizing and selling multiple web applications on a part time basis, Khalid decided to form Ethan Hardy Limited as the starting point for a new journey - becoming a full time entrepreneur.

Historical Success

In the short amount of time Khalid has been working online he has managed a personal domain and website portfolio that has gained him modest recognition in the industry. The following are a list of websites / domain names Khalid bought and sold, together with their main Google.co.uk ranking at the time of selling....

Domain Name Year Sold Position When Sold* Keyword Competitive Results*
BarVacancy.com 2008 4th Bar Jobs 181,000,000
Kefalonia.co.uk 2009 5th Kefalonia 991,000
Chiropractor.co.uk 2009 3rd Chiropractor 7,980,000
Kettlebell.co.uk 2009 N/A N/A N/A
DrivewayPaving.co.uk 2009 1st Driveway Paving 1,270,000
Sunroom.co.uk 2009 1st (single & plural) Sunroom(s) 2,280,000
Sunrooms.co.uk 2009 N/A N/A N/A
PressureWasher.co.uk 2009 2nd Pressure Washer 1,760,000
DentalBuddy.co.uk 2009 10th Dental Insurance 22,900,000
RoofingMaterials.co.uk 2009 2nd Roofing Materials 2,000,000
LandlordBuddy.co.uk 2009 N/A N/A N/A
TaxiProtection.co.uk 2009 N/A N/A N/A
FireBowls.org.uk 2010 4th Fire Bowls 711,000
BeerChillers.co.uk 2010 3rd Beer Chillers 164,000
Nutritionist.co.uk 2010 7th Nutritionist 5,120,000
BassAmp.co.uk 2010 25th Bass Amp 9,900,000
HotDogMaker.co.uk 2010 2nd Hot Dog Maker 1,690,000
IceMakingMachines.co.uk 2010 10th Ice Making Machines 12,700,000
TattooDesign.co.uk 2010 214th Tattoo Design 14,600,000
CompareFlights.co.uk 2010 5th compare flights 4,420,000
PrivatePension(s).co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
Trout.co.uk 2010 9th Trout 17,600,000
DownhillBike.co.uk 2010 8th Downhill Bike 3,600,000
CrossTrainers.co.uk 2010 1st Cross Trainers
FishSmokers.co.uk 2010 1st Fish Smokers 1,620,000
ElectricWheelchair.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghBeautySalons.co.uk 2010 6th Edinburgh Beauty Salons 241,000
EdinburghHairdresser.co.uk 2010 3rd Edinburgh Hairdresser 409,000
EdinburghNightclubs.co.uk 2010 1st Edinburgh Nightclubs 190,000
EdinburghStripClubs.co.uk 2010 1st Edinburgh Strip Clubs 172,000
EdinburghLimousine.com 2010 6th Edinburgh Limousine 242,000
EdinburghMinibus.co.uk 2010 3rd Edinburgh Minibus 228,000
EdinburghDoubleGlazing.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghGuestHouses.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghCoach.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghAccountants.org.uk 2010 12th Edinburgh Accountants 785,000
EdinburghJoiners.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghCarHire.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghElectricians.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghLawyer.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghLawyers.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghPlasterers.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghPlumbers.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghRestuarants.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghSolicitor.org.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
EdinburghYouthHostels.co.uk 2010 14th Edinburgh Youth Hostels 1,370,000
FalkirkElectricians.co.uk 2010 1st Falkirk Electricians 847,000
FalkirkDecorators.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
FalkirkPlasterers.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
FalkirkPlumbers.co.uk 2010 N/A N/A N/A
GlasgowLimousine.co.uk 2010 5th Glasgow Limousine 247,000
SkydivingExperiences.co.uk 2012 1st Skydiving Experiences 2,280,000
PropertyEviction.co.uk 2012 3rd Property Eviction 15,100,000
InvoiceFinancing.org.uk 2012 10th Invoice Financing 44,700,000
EdinburghTaxi.co.uk 2012 1st Edinburgh Taxi 10,500,000
GlasgowTaxi.co.uk 2012 3rd Glasgow Taxi 9,200,000
GlasgowTaxi.org.uk 2012 2nd Glasgow Taxi 9,200,000
AberdeenTaxiNumbers.co.uk 2012 1st Aberdeen Taxi 4,470,000
AberdeenTaxi.org.uk 2012 2nd Aberdeen Taxi 4,470,000
DoubleGlazingDirectory.co.uk 2012 1st Double Glazing Directory 4,910,000
*Refers to Google.co.uk

Special thanks go to Frank Paul, Mark Boyd, Scott Jones, Al Carlton, John Lamerton, Robert Taylor, Robert Prime, Kirsty McCubbin, Mohammed Zaffer, Fraser Edwards, Clarke Duncan, Michael Toth, Fiona Robertson, and anyone else I may have not mentioned. There are some fantastic individuals out there whom not only can provide inspiration but are almost always happy to mentor you through difficult times. An extra special thanks goes to my personal friends and family who have helped make Ethan Hardy a successful venture.

You can contact or read about me via my personal site or Twitter. I also loan money to fellow entrepreneurs through Kiva.