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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday February 4th, 2019


A comment came in yesterday that the quality of names is going down on the drop lists.  Of course it is.  If you are looking for dot com then you have to expect the quality of dropped names to go down with time.  Every year domains go into real use and every year users realize the value of domain names.  That leaves less and less names going to the drops.  Godaddy has been able to keep the quality up the last few years by adding 3rd party registries to their list but at some point there won’t be anything to add.  The last few years were also helped by a surge in crypto and cannabis.  A surge that caught some off guard and let some timely names flow through that had good value at the time.  That’s settled a bit and we haven’t had any new trend push up the value of names deemed ordinary in the past.

Ladies and gentleman, filling the portfolio is going to get more and more expensive as time goes by.  Price your domains accordingly.  I do think there are plenty of good names yet to buy on the drops but we’re all now competing for the same 100 per day.  Especially at Godaddy.  I do think a few slip through at the smaller registries but not enough to give anyone an advantage.   The advantage right now is building a portfolio at 10 years ago pricing and selling at 2019 pricing.  In return,  having more money to refill the portfolio.  But don’t expect it to get any easier.  The comment also said we are wasting our time.  I highly disagree with that.  Even the crumbs are worth thousand of dollars.  If you watched Paul Nicks’ talk at NamesCon you’ll see that there is plenty of opportunity to make money on the Godaddy Auctions to Afternic margin.  Just have to figure out which names sell at Afternic.  That’s the art of Domain Investing.   Here are today’s names. Make sure to click on the names to see the current price and to help DSAD continue writing each day.

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Domain of the Day: No bids on this Organic Cannabis

Namejet, Sedo, and other Names Up for Auction     Good name for publishing on creative writing. 7 bids but under $75 at press time    Cool looking   Q is a little tougher as the last letter but the reserve reflects it   Other covers pretty much everything else   For the person that bets under every time  I for international and incorporated   Expiry name so no reserve

Goddy Domains With Multiple Bids that ends in 88 ?  Going to do very very well  Strong name   I’m a bidder on all 4L that are pronounceable.  They brand well  This one isn’t quite as good because of the radio test thing but still a nice name IMO   One more drop in quality level here  High price is merely for the history and backlinks of the name   Kansas City something  It’s Columbian slang for “Fat Girl” so keep that in mind    A first name and the name of a few entities  Pretty much all art is luxury since you can’t eat it or live in it   It’s a tough acronym and most people see NEXT   Nowhere near what it was but there is still a billion dollar market  Review and ranking site all the way   Another 5L that would have been $12 a few years ago.  Now should cross $100   I see a tracking brand here  A girls name so its going to be a brand soon   My favorite name under $500.   Makes a great brand.   Although everyone is going to think you said “Thrive” so maybe not   Already the name of an Open Source CRM solution  Already a fashion brand for Muslim females   aka water taxi


Godaddy Domains With One or No Bids   For those that want to take the pray out of it   Security firm all the way    My daughter used to get called a “TryHard” for getting good grades.  Maybe the Try Nots are taking over   You’re one Capital R from changing the content HARD   Literally rocket science  Nice coffee house name Sounds like a social media tool  I would normally say this has no value but it actually might  The kind of brand I like to buy.  Short and cheap….or was cheap  A service to buy anonymously  Reminds me of Gimlet.  The podcasting company that Spotify is about to buy

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5 Replies to “Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday February 4th, 2019”

  1. The drop lists are getting worse because Goaddy is trying to make the drop less important by signing deals with registrars around the world to funnel their expired inventory through Godaddy’s auction platform. There, buyers have to pay market values instead of being able to pick them up via backorders or reg fee once they drop, so Godaddy’s move (and other platforms) will raise prices for domain investors as they bid against each other for decent names. Naturally, Paul Nicks will tell you that you need to pay more for your domains in order to sell them for more because that is how Godaddy’s expired domains platform model makes its money. Things are more expensive for domainers and Godaddy is keeping that a big chunk of that money.

    1. Jed,

      Partially right. One, Godaddy only makes 15% on names from other registrars. So your “big chunk” and my “big chunk” have different definitions. But it is 15% they weren’t getting and its hundreds of names a day. And those names were never going to make it hand reg availability. DropCatch would have gotten every single one so the only difference is where you get them now. Drop catch or Godaddy

  2. Shane,

    True, this is potentially just shifting sales from backorder services like Dropcatch to expired domain platforms like Godaddy as you say. But there is no data to confirm this so we don’t really know. We can only guess how many domains that would have gotten through to the drop are now scooped into Godaddy’s hyperbidding platform, pushing purchase prices up. Further, not every dropped name goes to Dropcatch and there are other backorder services that do not have public auctions, which is what really pumps up prices.

    Once a domain with bids gets eyeballs, the price goes up. Plenty of people sit on Godaddy expired auctions with a filter that shows all domains receiving a bid and then it’s off to the races. So Godaddy may be keeping just 15% (btw are you sure about that 15% or is it more like 50%) but the 15% is on a pumped up sale price per domain.

    1. 15% on an automated platform, all day, everyday is a great business.

      I am not sure why people thing that is a small commission, commissions are usually sub 10% in most industries.

  3. I would say smart money would sell today, and hold those dollars to spend another day. I don’t know these bidders some legit, some chasing, but it is creating the perfect storm that will push end users in another direction, and make those buyers long term holders.

    It looks like TurnCommerce dominates the automated bidding uptick on godaddy, as well as controls dropcatch, which has yet another shill bidding incident this week again with I don’t trust the exchanges fully, I feel an audit would result in tens of millions being returned to bidders, as it’s not the winning bids, but the losing bids by eventually suspended buyers that actually win that rwally hurt.

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