GoDaddy expired domain acquisitions: A long leap of faith

After 25 years of using GoDaddy as a domain registrar on an as-needed basis, I'm not surprised by the lack of effective process logic. Perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the biggest domain registrar in the world was the acquisition of Uniregistry; a massive domain portfolio paired with expert talent able to broker domains and to produce clean processes and code. The Uniregistry techs were known for utilizing feedback swiftly and for rolling out updates in a fast cycle fashion. Not so much at GoDaddy, a much bigger company that appears to be unwilling to acknowledge its failing points. But enough of this long intro and onto the main course: Acquiring expired domains via GoDaddy is a process that could be improved, quite a lot actually. After paying $50 for an … [Continue reading]

Domain industry evolution: Global Domain Report | 2024 edition

Fresh from Sedo and InterNetX arrives the Global Domain Report for 2024. It's not just a pretty bundle of information and charts; it's the quintessential representation of the domain industry's evolutionary path. The report does not just present data but it's backed by raw data that both InterNetX and Sedo—two large companies in the domain industry with decades of expertise—have formulated into meaningful trend indexes. Here are the key takeaways from the report: Exploring the domain industry landscape during the past year Delve into the nuances of the domain sphere Examining the rise and adoption of targeted TLDs, SLDs, and keyword trends Unraveling the interplay between domains, technology sector, and artificial intelligence Thorough examination of the domain … [Continue reading]

Negotiate with BuyDomains via Sedo if you can

The art of negotiation is a learning process and domain investors benefit from such knowledge, both for financial reasons and for the purpose of overall engagement. In a recent transaction that took place via Sedo, I was able to acquire a domain name that BuyDomains had listed across several marketplaces. I chose Sedo as it's an established marketplace with well-defined processes of which I've been a member for 20 full years. The negotiation with BuyDomains began with defining a budget first. Would I be able to acquire the domain at the full asking price, had my attempts failed? Absolutely. Saving money is important, though. My opening offer was undercutting their asking price by 35%. It's fun to mention that if that same percentage were applied to one of my domains for … [Continue reading]

An interesting glitch at locks down the BIN price provides several options to domain investors, including selling with a BIN price, making an offer, and lease to own options. In the past few months I've completed 3 LTO deals successfully, … [Continue reading] delivers excellent back-end support for domain transactions

Last week I completed my first domain sale in October, for a domain I acquired for a few hundred dollars almost 15 years ago. It's not the first time this long hold of a domain leads to a substantial … [Continue reading]