September: My 639 Domain Name Renewals And 118 Drops (15.6%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. In September I renewed 639 domains and dropped 118 of them. So I dropped about 15.6% of the total 757 domain names that I had expiring.

These are the domains I renewed in September for a total of 639:

.com 222
.net 4
.org 52
.info 328
.biz 8
.us 25

Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118: Continue reading

August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.

These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.

In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.

These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

Many .US Domain Name Offers Are Coming Lately

I am getting a lot of .us domain name offers lately. They started coming the week before the 4th of July and they keep coming until today.

I have gotten 7 offers for .us domains in 9 days (5 days before the 4th of July and 3 days after the 4th).

I sold the domain sheffield.us to a startup from Miami, Florida. I got the inquiry on the 5th of July, we agreed on the 6th and the domain was paid for at Escrow.com and transferred to the buyer’s registrar by the 7th.

I have also gotten 2 other offers for up to Continue reading

Price Of .US Domains Goes Up Tomorrow

Neustar, the .us registry, is increasing the price of .US domains tomorrow. So from July 1st 2014 all .us domain registrations and renewals will cost an extra $0.50 in wholesale. That is the registrar price increase.

I have not received many registrars notices except one. Dynadot informed me that they are going to increase the .us registrations and renewals by $1. That seems like a big price hike as it is double the registry increase.

So today is the day to renew any .us domains you have. Continue reading

What Domains I Dropped In June And Why… (193 domains dropped)

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I dropped the most domains I have ever dropped. I dropped 193 domains out of the 807 I had expiring in June. I don’t count the few (less than 5%) domains I have in Moniker because that is a mess and I had renewed those well ahead of the new system just to be sure.

So in June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%.

Here are the domains I dropped by extension:

.com 9
.net 8
.org 13
.info 2
.biz 50
.us 111

Yes, I dropped a lot of .us and .biz: 161 domains in total. More on that below.

These are the domains I renewed in June: Continue reading

U.S. Department of Commerce Renews Neustar’s Contract For .US

Today, Neustar Inc. (NYSE:NSR) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the company the contract to continue administering the .US Top Level Domain (TLD), the official country code domain of the United States. Neustar has successfully administered this critical domain since 2001, when the Department of Commerce first selected the company to build and manage the new domain.

“We are honored that the Department of Commerce has selected Neustar to continue managing America’s domain name that millions of businesses, non-profit organizations and consumers use to manage their online presence,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to Continue reading

.US sales at Go Daddy auctions: SanDiego.us $3,756, Maps.us $2,755 etc.

A few days back Go Daddy had a lot of expiring auctions for .US domain names. Most of them were registered since 2002 and more than 250 .us domains were auctioned off. Total sales were for more than $12,000 USD. And that excludes the renewals at about $14 each and that would be about $3500 USD more. Not bad for a single day. This is not a complete list but just the ones I was watching myself and a couple I got from Name Pros. A few were renewed and disappeared from my account before I had the chance to get the prices. I waited before publishing this list as Go Daddy doesn’t hide the registrant’s details on .usdomains as this is not permitted by the registry. There is a workaround for expired domains but Go Daddydoesn’t care.

There were buyers that bought 10, 15, 30, 40 or even 60 of these domains. These 5 buyers bought more than 150 of the total 250 domains.

These are the prices I got from Name Pros:

CriminalLawyers.us $250 – $1000
LogHomes.us $100 – $250
AtlanticCityHotels.us $100 – $251
DivorceLawyers.us $100 – $252
SmallBusinessLoans.us $100 – $253
AmeliaIsland.us $100 – $254
HomeRentals.us $100 – $255

Here is a list of 248 domains that were sold together with their prices:

sandiego.us $3,756
maps.us $2,755
teachingamericanhistory.us $1,005
philosophy.us $482
plane.us $425
affiliatemarketing.us $377
luck.us $355
pennystocks.us $348
massagetherapist.us $282
irish.us $266
nov.us $256
wizard.us $237
bake.us $222
geography.us $217
vista.us $213
patch.us $205
relocate.us $196
melody.us $185
growth.us $170
netserver.us $160
brasil.us $138
mwd.us $135
engagement.us $129
prints.us $122
magnet.us $116
amor.us $115
lawnmower.us $115
icl.us $105
houseinsurance.us $105
treat.us $97
almanac.us $96
processor.us $96
ecstasy.us $96
brilliant.us $93
ccr.us $93
secrets.us $93
alarmsystem.us $93
bibliography.us $92
imt.us $91
mfg.us $90
promoter.us $85
bouquet.us $82
talking.us $80
cwc.us $80
vhs.us $78
casinos-online.us $76
lasvegascasino.us $76
lasvegascasinos.us $76
coating.us $75
online-casino-gambling.us $73
archeology.us $71
exhibitions.us $70
520.us $70
bbe.us $67
ufos.us $60
introduction.us $60
reunions.us $60
carrot.us $60
720.us $60
millions.us $60
tabloid.us $60
adrenaline.us $60
conversation.us $55
bigbang.us $55
nate.us $52
chromium.us $51
gods.us $47
678.us $45
federation.us $44
castles.us $43
pepperoni.us $42
vdm.us $40
udr.us $38
knp.us $38
rdr.us $38
phish.us $38
icr.us $38
motherboard.us $36
carribean.us $34
subject.us $32
760.us $30
908.us $30
707.us $30
941.us $30
delmar.us $30
910.us $29
918.us $27
scent.us $27
banquet.us $27
breeze.us $27
mno.us $27
wage.us $27
meme.us $27
mof.us $25
ntm.us $25
kti.us $25
nev.us $25
727.us $25
genomics.us $22
glamorous.us $22
fellowship.us $22
announcements.us $22
newsroom.us $22
956.us $22
xox.us $21
operations.us $20
ugp.us $20
rkl.us $20
freeway.us $20
domainsales.us $18
daphne.us $17
molding.us $17
occupation.us $17
stainless.us $17
sanitary.us $17
habitat.us $17
incense.us $17
inventories.us $17
zeus.us $17
mwf.us $15
umb.us $15
vendor.us $15
doberman.us $15
rockcutters.us $15
774.us $12
507.us $12
932.us $12
charisma.us $12
giveaway.us $12
warhol.us $12
670.us $12
440.us $12
662.us $12
barney.us $12
920.us $12
947.us $12
913.us $12
antigua.us $12
906.us $12
905.us $12
939.us $12
980.us $12
752.us $12
706.us $12
717.us $12
970.us $12
extinguishers.us $12
780.us $12
andres.us $12
godfather.us $12
barstow.us $12
747.us $12
704.us $12
prospects.us $12
734.us $12
709.us $12
papas.us $12
enquirer.us $12
937.us $12
240.us $12
903.us $12
303.us $12
936.us $12
minutes.us $12
684.us $12
931.us $12
recipies.us $12
784.us $12
705.us $12
scents.us $12
505.us $12
731.us $12
984.us $12
979.us $12
passions.us $12
660.us $12
democratic.us $12
954.us $12
checkbook.us $12
985.us $12
758.us $12
paperback.us $12
912.us $12
aesthetic.us $12
terrible.us $12
380.us $12
902.us $12
664.us $12
casket.us $12
764.us $12
671.us $12
679.us $12
340.us $12
682.us $12
omnia.us $12
caucasian.us $12
shakespeareauthorship.us $12
magister.us $12
angelsamong.us $12
specsys.us $12
sails.us $12
familylawyers.us $12
uscoins.us $12
youngs.us $12
topjobs.us $12
lifeinsuranceshop.us $12
jjm.us $10
517.us $10
vdi.us $10
fcv.us $10
crx.us $10
aza.us $10
rvj.us $10
wdr.us $10
dth.us $10
uwv.us $10
jrk.us $10
rez.us $10
zep.us $10
ysa.us $10
pwa.us $10
jbl.us $10
fpd.us $10
mvy.us $10
uwf.us $10
jkc.us $10
jnr.us $10
whn.us $10
lhc.us $10
qbs.us $10
dlu.us $10
cjb.us $10
hereandnow.us $10
sportslaw.us $10
bioinformatics.us $10
hydrogenpower.us $10
paingel.us $10
mjh.us $10
boyler.us $10
myplace.us $10
shipwith.us $10
welcomehome.us $10
internationaldebtsolutions.us $10
ketubah.us $10
ledzeppelin.us $10
movievip.us $10
new-design.us $10
skyseed.us $10

A few of the domain names were renewed before the domains were transferred to the winning bidders. These are the ones that were renewed:
Lighting.us $1k
Publisher.us $250 – $1000
Barney.us
Godfather.us
Dent.us

Not everything is about .COM

.COM is king but not everything is about .com. There are still many opportunities in other gTLDs and ccTLDs. I had an intense 24 hours in domaining and my day didn’t involve too much of .com.

At first I got a call from one of the top 5 companies in the world (US based) that wanted to buy one of my .info domain names. My wife answered the call and gave me the phone to talk. The caller only told me his name, so I didn’t know for what company he was working for at that time. When he told what domain name he was interested in I knew he wouldn’t like my price. I can’t disclose the domain name but it wouldn’t be so hard to guess.

I asked him if he had an offer and he said that he wanted to hear my price first. I started telling him that I have declined a lot of 5 figure offers for this domain in the past few years. He interrupted me and told me that he only had an offer for $5,000 USD. So we left it at that and hung up. Don’t think for a moment that the 5 figure offers were a sales pitch. I have actually received these offers.

Then I got back on my PC only to find an email that the caller had send before he called me. He had send the same offer but it was then when the company he was working for was revealed. I didn’t know the company when I talked to him on the phone but my price was and is going to be the same. No matter who calls, my price will be the same for this particular domain. I don’t think this is over just yet…

On the same day I got an offer through DomainNameSales.com for a .org domain from one of the largest and most known UK associations. They are interested in buying a .org domain name I own.

Again on the same day I sold a .net domain at Sedo to a US individual and got a decent offer on a 3 letter .biz domain.

Finally I got an inquiry for a 3 letter .org that I am not willing to sell as it relates to my wife’s line of work. I am currently negotiating a lease for this domain.

And because most of the domains above haven’t produced any results yet here is what domains I have sold so far this year:
3 .com
3 .info
2 .org
1 .net
1 .us

All sales were for $1500 and up and only 4 of the 10 domain sales have been reported. All the others were private.

I must admit that I have a pretty diverse portfolio and that my .info portfolio is at least above average but my results must be very interesting. Don’t you think?

.COM is king and will be for many years to come but not everything is about .com.

Some great .us sales at Sedo this week – iceland.us sold for $10,000 and yummy.us for $5,000

I just noticed a couple of solid .us domain sales at Sedo this week:
iceland.us 10,000 USD
yummy.us 5,000 USD

Other notable .us domain name sales from 2012:
message.us 14,000 USD
codemasters.us 10,000 USD
cloud.us 8,505 USD
forsale.us 6,725 USD
moments.us 5,000 EUR (I sold this in July to Disney Enterprises, Inc.)
barter.us 5,000 USD
feedback.us 4,500 USD
addictiontreatment.us 4,500 USD