Everybody wants to give opinion and talk about what you should and shouldn’t do in domain investing. The simplest way to help others is to show what you’re buying. Where your money is flowing. I certainly made some bad buys in 2016 and wasted almost $20K on .ws , .co, 5Ls and some 6Ns. But it still turned out to be a great 2016 thanks to my 2015 and summer of 2016 purchases of some LLLL.coms and patterns. My portfolio has always been fairly diversified among my likes so this year was still very strong. Here are some of my favorite purchases in 2016 that I still own
Botany.com Perfect name for my industry and also a good brand
BlowTorch.com Worked this one for over a year, used to be a movie company
HandTorch.com Bought it recently to match the above
RefuseToQuit.com Nice mantra IMO
Blueberries.net It’s a dot net but pretty solid keyword. Dot nets are cheap IMO for the super keywords
SugarMaple.com Brand or Tree
LLL.xyz When people talk about LLL.xyz names now they are talking about mine. I bought 543, 885, and 887 for $8 each
GoHike.com Popular term among hikers. Saw it on several license plates and then at auction
IslandSolar.com First place they are going to use solar is on islands
Flame.cc I like cheap .cc names. Not much value now but hoping I’m buying low. Got Christmas.cc for $12 a few years ago and Coins.cc for a price less than how many years it was renewed for
LeafSpot.com A plant disease but nobody else but me saw it as a canna name
SocialGain.com What every is trying to get
TheBigIsland.com My favorite Island in Hawaii. Got an offer for 5 times what I paid for it a week after owning it
PrairiePlants.com One of my fastest growing plant categories
CurlyWillow.com A plant or a brand
888733.com Overpaid for the name but I like the pattern and I think I can get half of my money back now or maybe I’ll get lucky and someone will really want it. That’s what happened when I sold 50X.
NYY.club and NYN.club Bought these two the day they were released by .club. Dot club doesn’t really like DSAD for some reason but I think their tld has its place now and in the future
PondRepair.com More money is spent on maintenance and repair on koi ponds than installation. Industry purchase
WSWC.com LLLL.coms that I like for business use across the world
CarpetLiquors.com A childish, adult name that I bought because I giggle every time I see it. Feel like I could set up a fake business and website and sell thousands of shirts to 18 year olds on the net.
And a reminder on these purchases. There was not one penny of money from my nursery income or any outside money used to purchase these names. All funds were originated from selling names or this blog. Some may say “if you’re so good, what names did you sell?” The answer is I obviously either did very well with this blog and/or I sold some names. And the answer is both. It was a great year and my portfolio grew, even with the bad purchases mentioned above. And for those that asked several times. Yes, I sold Trunk.com to Andrew Rosener at the beginning of the year. His like for the name was enough to give me a great return and he got a great name. We both won.
And my strategy this year for buying names has changed. I have been buying a lot of private names that are in use or were in use. Some times the name has more value than what its being used for and I just ask to buy the blog and name, or company and name. You just have to offer good money. Lowballing doesn’t get these names. If someone has had a name for a decade or 20 years you have to offer enough to change their year, or at least their month. Having people help makes it go faster as well. I have been having my wife and even daughter hunt down the names and I give them a piece. My wife found and is closing a great name this week. All it takes is a lot of time and good money. Money that I didn’t have when I started but have been working my way up year after year.
Hope this gives you a little insight into my spending habits.