Mike Mann and his company DomainMarket.com has dropped almost 50,000 domains in the past few months. He started dropping them at about the time the coronavirus pandemic started unfolding in the US. I don’t know if this is a coincidence or not.
I checked domaintools.com to see how many domains his nameservers have and confirm this. NS2.DOMAINMARKET.COM has 300,794 domains. I guess he might have dropped a few more that aren’t deleted yet from his database. (And I am sure that a few of the domain he has sold still have his nameservers.)
He went from having 350,854 domains at his peak on March 5th to 301689 yesterday. That is a period of 3 and a half months.
So Mike had about 350k domains. If these domains are evenly distributed over 12 months then 29,237 domains would expire each month. So over 3.5 months he would have 102,332 domains expiring.
So if and only if his domains were evenly distributed over the course of a year then it would appear he dropped almost half his domains in the past 3.5 months.
These 50,000 domains saved him from a $400k annual bill. Is he trying to improve his profitability and/or preparing for an acquisition? It is not a secret that Mike is looking to sell his portfolio (and repeat his BuyDomains sale) and there is only one big active buyer in the past 2-3 years: GoDaddy.
BTW Mike’s portfolio consisted of mainly .com domains. So mainly .com domains were dropped. The truth is that he had a lot of low quality domains that had a small chance of selling.
It would be interesting to see how the trend continues.
Here is the list of the 50,000 domains.
Here is Mike Mann’s portfolio size progression since 2016:
|17 June 2020||301689|
|12 June 2020||315383|
|07 June 2020||317044|
|29 May 2020||317168|
|04 May 2020||328911|
|09 April 2020||331478|
|16 March 2020||340926|
|06 March 2020||340373|
|05 March 2020||350854|
|03 March 2020||348335|
|02 March 2020||347820|
|01 March 2020||347660|
|26 February 2020||346531|
|21 February 2020||346449|
|04 February 2020||344784|
|18 January 2020||344379|
|05 March 2019||335788|
|18 November 2018||329316|
|27 February 2018||306968|
|21 August 2017||293055|
|04 September 2016||265992|
Those of you that are regular readers of this blog you know that I have been keeping track of Mike’s domain sales. See here the latest report and links to all the previous reports.
If you want to further understand Mike Mann’s pricing and sell-through rates read here: A few important details on Mike Mann’s domain sales.
If you feel the need to say something about Mike’s sales being fake or whatever then first read this: “Casting a doubt on all domain name sales“.