I make money and learn with three things. I go through every domain auction house and scan names. I go through all the sales of the previous day here. We had our own portfolios reviewed on DomainSherpa and I thought I would do the same for other domain investors…..even if they didn’t want me to. I like to follow the portfolios of domain investors I respect. One of those is Theo Delvelegas. He is the owner/operator of DomainGang.com and one of the more active, vocal bloggers in the domain investing industry. He’s also been helpful to many people in recovering their domains over the years. Now its time to take a look at his. Here are few takeaways after looking at his domains registered publicly (not under privacy). Keep in mind that Theo’s main profession is graphic design and although domain investing and blogging are important to him, they are secondary to his graphic design company.
1. Fabulous is his favorite registrar and doesn’t use Godaddy unless he has to. While I don’t know the exact number of domains he actually has, I assume that he has moved many of his domains over to Uniregistry where privacy is free, so I can’t see those domain. He has stated over the years that he does not like low ballers and offer spam. I see 1277 domains under his account that are still under his name and the free whois would certainly cut down on the spam. Almost all his publicly viewable names are at Fabulous. I’ve followed his portfolio for years and while there may be more at Uniregistry, most of the names I remember are still at Fabulous. All of his domains seem to be parked at Domain Name Sales.
2. Mr. Delvegas has taken a little bite on the new gTLDs but looks like he isn’t staying. He’s registered names such as 100.photos, christine.photo, (evidently doesn’t feel photo and photos is confusing), viral.photos, UR2.sexy, yes.WTF, rainbow.bike, and blue.bike. These were all registered last year and looks like many aren’t being renewed. Actually didn’t see any with a 2016 expiry. Since he is Greek, plenty of Greek related gTLD keywords as well.
3. If you had to pick a niche or pattern to his holdings I would say it would be Greek related and then anything goes from there. There are hundreds of other names but a high percentage are related to his companies or Greece. The rest are just a mix across the board
4. As opposed to domain investors like Elliot Silver who includes buying higher priced names for a flip, I see no names in the list that I think were purchased for more than $1000. The portfolio in my opinion was built on names that were purchased at a good value and meant to be held. Waiting for the right buyer to pay for the names that won’t sell. IE a numbers game
5. Again, I imagine I’m not seeing all the names but not many names are “liquid” meaning if you put them on Namejet and they wouldn’t fetch high dollar. That doesn’t mean they won’t sell for a lot to an end user, just that if he wanted to get out quickly it wouldn’t be Rick Schwartz type money. But there are some liquid names. A few of my favorite are alieninvaders.com, bungo.com, DBVM.com, FlowerLab.com, informationdesk.com, Klot.com, OMDI.com, RealFunny.com, SlashBox.com, and my favorite youslut.com
6. There are 216 dot nets in the portfolio. At one time he thought they were good to own or he’s banking on a comeback. Three nice 4N.nets but the others and a bunch of nice keywords. If net does come around they may be worth something.
7. He registered athletic.sexy at enom. Not sure why he didn’t register at Uniregistry. He’s one of their top pitchman, you would imagine that he would get an extra special deal so he doesn’t have to go outside the family.
8. According to Estibot, his most valuable domains are Cleopatra.net ($19,537), Mandelbrot.com ($22, 320), Neruda.com ($24,474), Grease.org ($43,200), FallenSoldiers.com, ($20,575), and Terrestial.com ($57,057) and his Estibot portfolio value is $1.4 million
9. He doesn’t like McDonald’s because he registered McShit.com. But he likes his glutes because he owns AssDevelopment.com.
10. He is multicultural with Domains in Spanish, Polish, Greek, English and French.
Theo’s portfolio is proof there are many different styles of building a portfolio and monetization. He has had some great sales over the last few years but if you look at the public names there aren’t very many names that jump at you. And as mentioned above, not many that would sell on Namejet for a substantial sum. But they do. Because they are diverse and cover a full spectrum. I would say there are way too many non dot coms in my opinion but if you are going to own dot nets, there are many that are the type you want to own. This look isn’t to show good or bad, but to show domain investing styles that work.
All Data found using DomainIQ.com