What Kind of Domainer Are You? Part Three: Buy and Hold

A great domain name has to ripen. Like planting a fruit tree. In TIME it may bear fruit. I don’t think about selling. Never do.  For some Domainers business is a sprint and always running.  For others it’s a marathon. I am on the marathon side. Turtle always wins.
– Rick Schwartz, The Domain King

My final entry for this three part series is an exploration of the Buy and Hold style of domaining.  Traditionally it’s a long term, passive style of domain investment wherein domains are held for years despite regular, albeit sub-par, offers. Trends and fluctuations in the domain markets don’t affect the Buy and Hold domainer who possesses a deep sense of conviction and unwavering faith in his/her asset’s value and their strong potential for very lucrative paydays.

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Brandable domain name sales week 17: CasinoEngine.com, BotLab.com, Xoco.com

We continue to see some very strong sales in the brandable space despite the lack of marketplaces that are reporting sales data these days. Sedo tops the chart with the sale of CasinoEngine.com for a cool $40,000. Raymond over at TheDomains used this sale as an example of why automated appraisal tools such as Estibot and GoDaddy’s GoValue often miss the mark which you can read here. I tend to agree with some of the readers in the comment section that a sale like this is a more an exception than the rule and more specifically with the following comment:

“It is not a great name. In this case, the automated appraisals are more accurate about its value than the person who bought it. This is more a flukey sale than anything. Great sale but it is not the poster boy for appraisals being wrong.”

Source: TheDomains comment section.

Often it is sales like these that get new domain name investors overly excited yet off to the wrong start, registering mediocre domains and pricing these too high, completely ruining any chance of a sale.

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Brandable domain name sales week 16: Pibo.com, Jehu.com, Eyup.com

The top sale last week was that of Lantek.com which sold for $19,000 on Sedo. The buyer is a company by the same name which provides software solutions for companies fabricating sheet metal (among other things). They have been using the LantekSms.com domain name so this is a nice upgrade for them. A bit of research with the help of DomainIQ shows a Korean domain name investor as the previous owner.

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Brandable domain name sales week 15: Fiku.com, GoJoy.com, Comba.com

Boom! We have a record number of twelve brandable domain sales in the five-figure range this week. The top grossing sale is that of FusionBank.com which sold for a whopping $65,000. You would assume the buyer is Kansas-based First State Bank & Trust Co which currently operates from the Fusion.Bank domain name but so far FusionBank.com still points to Sedo parking page and the Whois contact details still show Sedo’s transfer service. A bit of research on DomainIQ shows that the seller is most likely from South Korea.

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How I Evaluate and Acquire Expiring Domains


“In my years of scanning expiring domain name lists I’ve found that only 7% – 12% of all names, that expire, mean anything to more than one person”

– Frank Schilling , founder of Uniregistry

There are many resources for acquiring brandable domains such as hand registration, a fellow domainer, or “the drops”.  But one of the most popular methods is trolling the vast pool of domains that expire daily.

Aside from the expiring domain auctions at places like GoDaddy and SnapNames many domainers look for gems in the GoDaddy Closeouts.  This is a precarious task since all the domains that reach the Closeout marketplace have already been examined by dozens of other domain investors and been deemed unworthy of a bid at auction. 

Therefore to be a successful Closeout domain buyer one needs an eye keen enough to see treasure where others saw trash.

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Brandable domain name sales week 14: Hackly.com, SmokeLand.com, Tirox.com

April is off to a great start with six sales reaching five-figures in the brandable category. The top grossing sale is AppleGreen.com which sold for a cool $56,000 at Sedo. The domain name was the subject of a UDRP back in 2013. A Chinese buyer forked out $18,938 to win an expired domain name auction at DropCatch for FamilyMart.com. If you have traveled around Asia, and especially Japan you might recognize Family Mart as one of the largest convenience store chains in this part of the world, only surpassed by 7-eleven. Risky purchase or a smart investment?

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What Kind of Domainer Are You? Part Two: Riding the Trends

I don’t have some secret method to my madness.  I have a wheelhouse that I feel comfortable with and I usually stay in it.

– Domain Shane

In the stock market there are different kinds of investors and traders. There’s short term day traders and then there’s a style called, swing trading.  In this approach the trader doesn’t attempt to anticipate every market move but instead takes positions in stocks that have established a clear trend. The swing trader maintains his/her short/long position for as long as the stock stays within their preset parameters.

In this style or system of trading the investor misses out on the beginning and end of the trend but, when successfully executed, he/she will capture the meat of the move and obtain a handy profit.

A swing trader in the stock market has a correlate in domaining. It’s what that I call a “trend rider.”

Whether they know it or not, this niche is where the majority of domainers reside, most of the time, and it’s the place that I call home as well.

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A Quick Guide to Artificial Intelligence Domains

Successful domain name investors buy domain names that other people want. – Michael Cyger

One of the biggest, current and future, trends in technology is artificial intelligence (AI).  Whether you realize it or not AI is already embedded in your daily life and it’s increasing all the time. 

Each time you contact Amazon customer service, make a banking transaction, use your smartphone, your Echo virtual assistant or a late model car, some type of artificial intelligence is at work.  Already some 47% of all companies have embedded some type of AI into their business model.

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Brandable domain name sales week 12 & 13: CBDClub.com, Rezy.com, ConnectNow.com

CBD domain names are 🔥🔥

CBD which is the acronym for cannabidiol is a chemical compound in marijuana with a variety of uses and with the recent legalization of marijuana use in many American states the potential market for CBD oil alone is estimated to be worth $1.2 billion by 2020. Last week, a Las Vegas CBD oil company acquired the exact match domain name CBDOil.com for $500,240 and it’s a brandable CBD related domain name that is topping the brandable list as well.

CBDClub.com sold for a cool $30,000 at PotDomains – a specialized domain name marketplace for, you guessed it, marijuana domain names.

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