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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday April 5th, 2019

Here’s a little more industry hard love.  I briefly talked about BrandBucket data the other day and someone mentioned why they thought they were going to have trouble in the future.  I agree.  I think the future presents some obstacles.  I want to preface that I have enjoyed meeting and talking with everyone at Brandbucket.  Margot has put together a great team.  They were very kind and know their stuff.  They certainly created and did a great job creating the first big brand market but in my opinion a few changes will be needed to stay relevant in the industry.

  1.  Commission is too high    Nobody is arguing a commission is due for bringing in a buyer.  But now there are a ton of places that can do the exact same thing.  Which is basically nothing except putting your name in their marketplace and using everyone’s traffic to find other people’s names. While I don’t know the ad spend I am pretty sure others are spending just as much if not more on advertising.  Commission needs to be 20% or less on all names at all prices.
  2. Logo fees are silly.   I heard they were reducing them but the reality is most people are not buying the name because of the logo.   Its merely a place holder.   Charging $100 or more for a logo upon sale is just a way to help a friend out who designs logos and needs to make money.
  3. It ………………takes………………………forever……………… ………………….get……………………responses.    They are perhaps the slowest response of anyone I’ve worked with in the industry.  I joked one time they must work for the Network Solutions auth code team.    Again, nice people but you don’t get the nice responses for days
  4. The method of choosing the names they accept is very random.  There is zero method to their choosing.  I sent in a list that had 5 names they had already accepted and they denied them.   I realize they can’t accept all names and many of mine wouldn’t do well there.  I feel like they are just liking or not liking off the top of their head. Just based on how someone feels that day and never more than one person looking at them.
  5. Squad Help is outspending them big time in marketing.  I see them all over the tech sites and in ads.  Undeveloped and BrandPa are taking huge bites out of their sales.  Many of the names that would have gone to BrandBucket are now on all these other sites.

I think Brandbucket is doing just fine.  They probably don’t need to do any improvements to make a millions dollars in 2019. I do think number will continue to decrease as people move their names to other brand sites or create their own with Efty.  It will be interesting to see how they adjust to the new environment.  Margot is certainly smart enough and the team talented enough to continue their dominance.  But its going to take a commission reduction and a few other things to get their in my opinion.  Here are today’s names. Make sure to click on the names to see the current price and to help DSAD keep on keeping on.


Quote of the Day:  “There are 2 rules for success. 1. Never tell everything you know“: -Roger H. Lincoln

Domain of the Day:  VirtualCash.comThere are lots of things that call themselves virtual cash but only one owns the domain


 Namejet, Sedo, and other Names Up for Auction    Dot org knocks it down in price but reserve is met at $200 so it won’t cost that much…..maybe   Going to market this as Rugged and spell it out each time  Met reserve at $100.  I’d take it at $150   Sounds like a Protein shake that I see the guys drinking at the gym   1993 birthday.  Pretty old  Surprised there aren’t more bidders on this one.  Bier as we all know is German for Beer.  Figured out why not many bidders. This ends in a few weeks. Forgot to sort by end date   Addiction specialist name.   Sounds like a domain I’d see in a tv ad  1999 Birthday   American Federation of Gorgeous Dads  People love home brew.  ProTip. Have a party and serve the bad batch at the end of the party


Godaddy Domains With Multiple Bids  Godaddy says this is the most valuable name on the list today   Social media is all pretty much life marketing   Anything phone or table related  Upgrade name for the .io and several other companies that share the name  You is the only one you can do anything about   Vanity email or marketing name   Important and good for you   Kickin it every day, all year  I remember when we all had one.  Now its a cluster of randomness  I might like this one just as much and its a dot net   I like to call them shorts but I get it.  Mini is cuter    Letters so great I’m thinking about getting back into the game    Upgrade name for several different organizations  Don’t love it but I like pretty much every game name    The double 6 are bringing the bidders     Elip or eLip?   Either way its short and shouldn’t be misspelled  You don’t see these this high very often


Godaddy Domains With One Or No Bids  Similar to mind mapping.  A form of a diary that traces your daily thoughts   There are lots of night runs and other types of runs called color runs.    What we all hope for each day   Really Godaddy?   And it has backlinks   Blog or site about the worlds most popular sport   We have lots of capital names coming through. This is one of my favorite in a while   Tap in to the growth   Sell Twitter accounts     Dispensary or canna shop name   Probably a canna name as well    Fashion site or fashion brand   Not sure what to use it for but I liked the sound of it  Chinese restaurant    Sounds like a fashion brand to me    Tell exactly what you do in the name

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3 Replies to “Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday April 5th, 2019”

  1. 1. Agree that it should be somewhat lower. They did just lower it for the tier of names selling for between $10K and $50K. Brandpa’s commission is a little better. SquadHelp’s is worse – moving up to 35% for some names.
    2. They got rid of these for names listing after 4/1/2019. I do find BrandBucket logos to consistently be the best. Brandpa logos used to be pretty bad, but they have gotten better with better designers. SquadHelp logos need to be better.
    3. yes, much slower than any other brandable company I’ve worked with. SquadHelp is by far the fastest.
    4. It does seem random, but I’m not sure how previously approved names were denied. I’ll pick up names on the drop and submit them, and the system tells me they are already in the system. You email BrandBucket, and they become active in your account.
    5. Probably. I see SquadHelp and BrandBucket ads. I’ve never seen a Brandpa ad (maybe AdWords – I don’t remember). So the higher commission sites buy ads – the question is, is it worth it.

  2. Shane
    As a relatively new seller on BrandBucket you covered most of my frustrations with the site. The name approval turnaround is running close to 4 weeks… Perhaps if they limited the user submissions per week to a reasonable number that would help speed up the process.
    I enjoy your columns, keep up the good work. When you’re ready for a new running challenge let me know and we will get you set up with the Pikes Peak Marathon, The ascent finishes above 14,000 feet.

    1. I am very familiar with Pike’s Peak marathon. It’s considered one of the toughest marathons in the world. How exactly would you set me up. Super intrigued.:)

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