I posted some of .domains purchases in my post about .domains domain name sales. I was asked to post my best .domains purchases and had a glance and picked 14 of them.
A reader asked me if I had a plan for these as at $240 a pop for the yearly renewal fee I would have a problem keeping them because of the renewal fees. Well actually only 1 of the 14 domains I posted has a renewal at that level.
I try to stay away from the high premiums and certainly away from the Ultra Premiums. I coined the term Ultra Premiums for the domains that have a yearly renewal price for $1000+. Domains have been registered with renewal fees such as:
find.domains $1040 Enom.com
asia.domains $1360 Instra.com
expired.domains $1000 Name.com
top.domains $999 UnitedDomains.com
While others such as pro.domains, biz.domains, travel.domains, cat.domains, mobi.domains, tel.domains, keyword.domains and budget.domains remain unregistered because of those extremely high renewal fees. Go Daddy has a registration/renewal price on these at $1,499.99. I saw one registrar asking $1600/year for each one. But I also found prices at $875 and $920 per year.
So I had a look at my registrars and found out what I would pay to renew my domain names now. I didn’t use any of the Go Daddy pricing that is always the most expensive.
Here are the 14 domains I bought and their current renewal rates:
newyork.domains (not premium)
generic.domains (not premium)
startup.domains (not premium)
niche.domains (not premium)
lasvegas.domains (not premium)
newyorkcity.domains (not premium)
newgtld.domains (not premium)
Regular (not premium) registration/renewals start at about $26.25 (Dynadot) and end up at $39,99 (Go Daddy).
So instead of paying 14*$230=$3220 as one would expect, I will pay $794,90. That is an average of $56,78. A few new gTLDs have higher renewals than this not to mention .xxx.
I am not sure how Donuts picks the Premium domains but I am sure that a few fall through the cracks. Do you consider my domains as “premium” domain names or not?