October domain acquisitions and sales

October was a pretty mellow month for me both on the buy and sell side of the business. I only acquired three domain names which is without a doubt the smallest number of domains I’ve added to my portfolio during a month since I started out investing back in 2013. I’ve sold six domains during October of which five to other investors and one to an end-user and I dropped a whopping 349 domains.

Here’s a snapshot of my Efty cockpit giving you some insight into my performance as a domain name investor each month.

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My Efty cockpit as of November 1st

As I wrote last month I decided to drop the majority of the LLNN domains that I acquired last year. I owned about 400 of them and decided to only renew those with the best possible letter and/or number combination. I’ve lost a good amount of money on my LLNN speculation but I did make a profit on the Chinese market overall when considering my 4L, 5N and 6N sales earlier this year. I will be dropping some more LLNN.com and 4-letter .Co Chips this month which will bring my investment in the Chinese domain name market back to pretty much zero. I still own a good number of 4-letter .com’s but they are all brandables such as Jibl.com, Olki.com and Irso.com. I also own about 20 3-letter .Co’s but I’ve always considered those smart investment for end-users sales and acquired these way before the Chinese market was even lukewarm.

As always I will be sharing some of the month’s acquisitions and sales with you guys and I hope some of you will do the same in the comments!

Acquisitions:

InvoiceHero.com – I keep buying names with my all-time favorite suffix: Hero. I own exactly 50 of them now and InvoiceHero.com is the latest addition to this collection. I like this name for an accounting software company or perhaps a web-based personal financial management service such as Mint.com. Bought at GoDaddy auctions.

WhoisPanda.com – This one caught my eye when I was scanning a drop-list, something I hardly have time for these days. I think it’s common knowledge that I like animal names and when I saw this one I thought it would be a nice name to develop into a Whois lookup service. Planning to keep this one and hopefully develop it one day.

Rise.co – My favorite acquisition of the month. I’ve been on the lookup for short, premium, one-word .Co domains for a while and I was stoked when I had the opportunity to acquire this name which was previously in use by a cloud hosting business. It is in the top 10 of most expensive acquisitions I’ve made as an investor but I am confident this name will still bring a solid return. I received two inbound offers on it during the first week I put a For-Sale landing page up on the domain.

Sales:

Four 4-letter .com – I sold DTPV.com, VMSE.com, AZLJ.com and NDLU.com in separate no-reserve auctions on NamePros.com. The average sales price was $284 per domain. I purchased these names on NamePros.com as well back in June 2015 for around $85 per domain. These were the last 4-letter acronyms in .com that I held that weren’t brandable (ie – pronounceable).

One 3-letter .Co – I also sold OML.co on NamePros because I wanted to test the liquid resell value of these type of names. It sold for $180 which I think was cheap. I still own about 20 other 3-letter .Co which I probably will hold onto. I sold two of them to end-users over the years.

AceTheInterview.com – My only end-user sales this month. It was a rather small sale at $1,200 but I was happy to let it go at that price. I initially had plans to build it out but I have just been too busy lately.  I bought the domain for $210 at GoDaddy auction in April this year after seeing it on DomainShane.com’s list and I wrote about that here.

Doron Vermaat

Doron has over a decade of professional experience in marketing and business development for technology startups in both Europe and Asia. He is the product guy behind domain name management software, Efty and the founder of High West a specialized recruiter for tech and digital talent. In his spare time, he moonlights as a domain name investor. He lives in bustling Hong Kong with his wife Fay, daughter Isla and their rescue dog Pepper.

14 thoughts on “October domain acquisitions and sales

        1. The resell value for these has fallen to pretty much around or below registration fee. During the 12 months I have had these 400 or so domains in my portfolio I only had one inquiry and one end-user sale on the whole portfolio which is a sign for me that end-user demand for these domains is very limited. They might go up in value again in the future, who knows. But I did not feel like paying renewal fees for them for another year.

  1. Nice acquisitions Doron. When I searched Whois Panda. Google took me to whois page of ‘panda.com’ that doesn’t resolve. Anyway, I like whoispanda.com. Rise.co is a good one. It reminded me of my name Raiser.co. And, a good end user sale for a long keyword name.

  2. Always looking forward to your acquisitions/sales blog, Doron!

    Here are my acquisitions for October:
    ShenzhenHero.com
    RestroomHero.com
    Nanjinghero.com
    IQhero.com
    BodybuildingHero.com

    – Jan

  3. Thanks Doron for sharing in detail.

    Rise.CO is best IMO for your last month’s acquisition. Definitely 5 figs worth to an enduser IMO.

    Good sale of AceTheInterview.com and OML.CO went cheap IMO too.

    Best of luck!

  4. Hey Doron,

    I have a current subscription with Efty and I had a question about registrant email. All of my current domains have my information private, but most of them generate a new private email every often depending on how I set it. Would it be best to set my registrant email on efty to my normal email address? I don’t want to get an inquiry sent to an email that has automatically changed. Thanks.

  5. Great buy rise.co…inspired by this, I have bought rises.co today, not in the same category, but hopefully will bring some profit someday.

  6. Hi
    Awesome blog and thanks for sharing the portfolio performance. I too own some 100+ domains at the moment and rather holding them for long, I am selling them as soon as I buy.
    I too was bidding for invoiceHero.com 🙂
    My portfolio at VyDy.com

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