Like 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:
Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118:
And here is the percentage of total domains that I dropped by extension:
Percentages are all in the double digits except for .com. .Net is taking the biggest hit despite the small sample.
Once again .Net and .Biz have a small sample but I never was a big fan of .net and September is not a “.biz” month. I have very few .net domains. I don’t have as many .biz as I used to mainly because I have sold over 1000 .biz in the past few years to a single .biz domain investor.
These monthly numbers are not exactly representative of my portfolio. August more representative. I have more .com, .org and .info, then .biz and .us and then a few .net and New gTLDs and of course some .gr domains that I don’t list here. September is a .info month as this is the month that .info launched back in 2001.
I estimate that I saved about $1050 in September from renewals. That is money I can spend to buy a couple of quality .com domains that are cheap such as bloginfo.com. And a few New gTLDs if I can find any lately such as diy.guide, africa.guide and city.deals.
What did I renew? Here is a small sample:
- .com: SpySecrets.com, MedicalStudy.com, MovieMuseum.com, MyKiss.com, EggWhite.com
- .net: Devotion.net
- .org: Hoop.org, Vitality.org, Rocky.org
- .info: Comedy.info, Posters.info, Ambition.info, Ebola.info, BoraBora.info, Pot.info, Marihuana.info, Earthquake.info
- .biz: suu.biz
- .us: Inbox.us, Subtitles.us
Why? Because I think that these domains are good. Some may have traffic and/or have received offers in the past.
So what did I drop? I dropped:
- weak 2 word .info, .biz and .us domains: IntegratedCircuits.biz
- average or bad letter 3-letter .us or .biz or .info domains: loj.us
- domains for which I own the .com version: OrganicLeds.net
- unsellable domains with no traffic
- domains with suffixes or prefixes: myprice.info, onhold.info
- non-com domains that end with -ing and -ed: duplicating.org, dressed.info
- niche products that don’t sell well online: IceTea.info
- plurals that don’t work well: oliveoils.info
- words that don’t make sense on their own: deja.info
- long 2 word niche domains: labradorretriever.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. I own OrganicLeds.com so OrganicLeds.net is pretty much useless to me.
Some of these 118 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. And selling 118 domains individually can be a nightmare. And most will not even sell so I would probably be wasting my time. And 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 (23.9%) and renewed 614 domains. Click here to see what domains I dropped in June and why.
In July I dropped 130 (11.5%) and renewed 996 domains. Click here to see what domains I renewed and dropped in July and why.
In August I dropped 67 (10.5%) and renewed 571 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. I explained what I am dropping and why above. I also drop domains for new technology ideas that I registered for example back in 2003 but never panned out and never will. Some I keep with uncertain future.
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.
I have been more aggressive lately and I am trying to drop some of the domains that I am more of a collector than an investor. I stop and think on each domain: who would ever buy this domain and why?. If I can’t think of anyone then I drop it. I search google to find other people using the words on businesses and if I can’t find any then I drop the domain.
July was at 11.5% while June was at a remarkable 23.9%. September is at 15.6%. I always reevaluate, keeping the best domains and dropping the worst. I am really proud that I was able to let go more than 500 domains in the past 4 months. I really tried to make it above 15% in September.
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 4 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. If the domain name doesn’t make sense with .biz or .us I drop it. e.g Adult domains are really bad with .biz.
In terms of sales, .com and .org have produced solid 5-figure sales in 2013 and are still going strong in 2014. I sold a 5-figure .com and another .com close to 5-figures in the past 10 days plus a few smaller ones.