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:
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:
And here are the percentage of total domains that I dropped by extension:
.Net has a small sample but I never was a big fan of .net. I have very few .net domains.
And that is why I don’t especially like .web. I know it is going to do well and I will buy a few but it reminds me too much of .net.
These numbers are not representative of my portfolio. It happens that a lot of .biz and .us domains expire in June. Most were caught over the years as most .biz and .us expire in March and April each year and drop a couple of months later. I have more .com, .org and .info, then .biz and .us and then all the others including New gTLDs.
I estimate that I saved about $1750 in June from renewals. That is money I can spend to buy a couple of quality .com domains such as: WorldVideo.com, ResearchBlog.com and IslandHouses.com. And a few New gTLDs if I can find any lately…
It may seem that I have too many .biz and .us and maybe I do compared to other domainers but my portfolio includes what I think are good domains such as:
So what did I drop? I dropped:
- weak 2 word .biz and .us domains: translationservices.biz, hometheatre.us
- average or bad letter 3-letter .us domains: qqg.us, qql.us
- domains for which I own the .com version: dvdrip.us
- unsellable domains with no traffic: areacodes.biz (I think Rick owns areacodes.info and areacodes.us so I am curious of what he does), blackhair.us (Mike Berkens owns the .com), ellada.biz (Means Greece in Greek but I kept the much better Greece.biz), gousgounis.com (I dare you to google it and see a photo)
- domains for obsolete tech: vcdforum.com
- .org domains with suffixes: ebasket.org, mytraffic.org
And I dropped many other weak domains I have been carrying for way too long such as 7tv.info. I am dropping most of my defensive registrations (to my .com) as they don’t make much sense now with all these New gTLDs coming out.
Some of these 193 domains may have some value of maybe $50 but I can’t spend my time on these. It will cost me more to sell them than drop them.
So why am I dropping all these domains?
First of all I have been dropping about 5% of my portfolio for years now. Sometimes I find that I registered an alternative spelling or a UK spelling with a .us that doesn’t make sense. In most of the months I am at about 10%. June was at a remarkable 23.9%. I always reevaluate, keeping the best domains and dropping the worst. I am really proud that I was able to let go.
Now with the New gTLDs I expect that the value of 3 letter domains, especially bad letter combinations, will drop to reg fee. FMA dropped about 7,500 of .info and .biz domains in the past couple of months. Some of these .biz are now free. I dropped about 80 bad 3-letter .us domains this month.
Also I think that the value of the New gTLDs is in 1-word.newgtld domains that make sense as a combination. So I am applying this to the old gTLDs as well. I dropped about 40 2-word .biz domains and a few keywords that are not connected to business.
In terms of sales, .com and .org have produced solid 5-figure sales in 2013 and are still going strong in 2014.