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:

.com 20
.net 3
.org 7
.info 22
.biz 2
.us 13

And here is the percentage of total domains that I dropped by extension:

.com 6.4%
.net 37.5%
.org 9.5%
.info 12.5%
.biz 15.4%
.us 24.1%

Once again .Net and .Biz have a small sample but I never was a big fan of .net and August is not a “.biz” month. I have very few .net domains.

These monthly numbers are more or less representative of my portfolio. Al lot more than July. I have more .com, .org and .info, then .biz and .us and then a few .net and some New gTLDs and of course some .gr domains that I don’t list here.

I estimate that I saved about $650 in August from renewals. That is money I can spend to buy a couple of quality .com domains that are cheap such as IntelligentBaby.com. And a few New gTLDs if I can find any lately such as wood.furniture.

What did I renew? Here is a small sample:

  • .com: Subsequently.com, CelebrityMag.com, GlassAquarium.com, WatchMyDog.com
  • .biz: pal.biz, ntm.biz
  • .org: CoventGarden.org, Still.org, Worms.org
  • .info: MVP.info, Charity.info, Room.info, Advise.info
  • .us: Hellenic.us, Linear.us, Siesta.us

Why? Because I liked these domains above. 🙂 Do you?

So what did I drop? I dropped:

  • weak 2 word .info, .biz and .us domains: atwork.info
  • average or bad letter 3-letter .us or .biz or .info domains: wjt.us, qbc.us
  • domains for which I own the .com version: dvdrip.biz
  • unsellable domains with no traffic
  • domains with suffixes

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. I own dvdrip.com so dvdrip.biz is pretty much useless.

Some of these 67 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. I have to do my taxes every month here in Greece and the tax office isn’t making it easy to do them either.

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

In July I dropped 130 (11.5%) and renewed 996 domains. Click here to see what domains I renewed and dropped in August and why.

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. I also drop domains for new technology ideas that I registered for example back in 2003 but never panned out and never will.

In most of the months I am dropping about 10%. I am trying to keep up with the registry renewal increases and since I am always buying domains I need to drop at least 10% of my domains. That is to keep the renewal costs stable.

July was at 11.5% while June was at a remarkable 23.9%. August is at 10.5%. I always reevaluate, keeping the best domains and dropping the worst. I am really proud that I was able to let go more than 350 domains in the past 3 months.

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 few months. Some of these .biz are now free. I dropped about 100 bad 3-letter .us, .biz and .info domains in the past 3 months.

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 have dropped more than 80 2-word .us and .biz domains.

In terms of sales, .com and .org have produced solid 5-figure sales in 2013 and are still going strong in 2014. I will soon start publishing sales reports as I have many requests from readers.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

10 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your renewal & dropping strategy and hope to read your sales report.

  2. Interesting – any insights into new registrations / acquisitions by TLD?

  3. Its Interesting to know your renewal & dropping strategy, how much do you spend monthly on renewing domians.

  4. I sold a domain name today. Just registered it a few months ago. I think the buyer was a big company.

  5. Does ntm.biz, mvp.info (random lll), 2 word .org (CoventGarden) get inquiries or make $$ from parking?

    • Good 3 letter .biz an d.info get inquiries. MVP.info is not a random lll as it means Most Valuable Player.
      I got 1 for .biz lll and 1 for .info lll today.
      Covent Garden is an popular tourist area in London.
      These make little in parking.

      • That’s good to know those .biz and .info gets inquiries. Than you must keep them for sure.
        Yeah, that’s popular tourist place but having two words in .org… But as far as they are making money and/or receive inquiries, surely you must keep them.

        Thanks for sharing 🙂

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