James Iles

Did You Achieve Your Domaining Goals This Year?

By James Iles, Dec 18, 2017
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    I have several .IM domains and the time I bought them (many years back), they don't have any field to show email IDs in WHOIS so I asked the registry if it's allowed to enter my email ID in like address field and it was fine for them. So I added and can check an example here -

    I'm not sure about .IO domains but you may ask or try if there is no restriction to add email ID in like Address 2 field.
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  2. WatchDogue

    WatchDogue Active Member VIP

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    Well, yes I did although, my basic goals were not " money / sales based " per se.

    I wanted to explore and enter a few new, for me, " niche markets " , micro - niche really, and began to do so by acquiring a dozen or so " new niche " names and, continue researching others.

    Also wanted to explore more speculative, fast moving domain sectors and again, acquired a dozen-ish names with IMO " make or break " opportunities ahead.

    My 2018 goals are essentially the same with a more organized / focused / aggressive acquisition process.

    And another " boring goal achievement " of 2017 was doing domain re-pricing.

    So in effect yes, did achieve basic 2017 goals.
  3. DN_Hunter

    DN_Hunter Active Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I failed at these 2017 goals:
    1) reduce inventory by half
    2) obtain a 3-Letter .com for my personal use/collection
    3) have a 6-figure sale (had some 5-figure offers on some of my best domains, but negotiations stalled)

    On a positive note, I was able to do these:
    A) have enough sales to cover my portfolio renewal fees and the costs for a few new domain names I purchased this year
    B) setup a domain market place (I am actually evaluating two services (ToughDomains and Efty). Will pick one to stick with next year.

    Well, now I have the same goals for 2018 (1, 2, and 3 above).

    Happy Holidays everyone and hope you reach all your domaining goals in 2018 :)

  4. Iam_leun

    Iam_leun Established Member

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    Rejected low balled offers, still hopeful off something great before the year runs out.
    Trust God that 2018 starts with a bang for me.
  5. Blintbel

    Blintbel New Member

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    I could get hardly 1000 clickes this year
  6. Leopard

    Leopard Named 150 + Companies . Brand Consultant

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    A good domaining year overall


    1. Acquired domains i really wanted for my own business projects. It is why i got into domaining.
    2. Improved quality of my portfolio with and good domains.
    3. Helped some start-ups with naming and domain acquisition.
    4. Could afford renewal of most domains i liked.
    5. Decent sales with efty inbound inquiries.

    Things to Improve:

    1. Create better sales channel. Need to list my domains on sedo, afternic, etc
    2. Try some outbound marketing.

    Feel Positive about an upcoming 2018. Wish you all a great successful year ahead !!!
  7. platey

    platey Active Member VIP

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    I reckon all whois will be removed at somepoint

    I reckon all whois will be removed Ed at some point

    I had a similar convo earlier this week about the future of whois etc if it is removed completely

    Registrars should have a check box available in the checkout section when a person buys a domain name whereby all domain names are listed for sale on all formats for free unless the person buying the domain unchecks the box and that would then save so much time for domain name investors as the name would be automatically listed for sale it would just mean that the registrar would take 20% from the sale price and the buyer would negotiate with the registrar direct and seller only negotiate with registrar etc to
  8. platey

    platey Active Member VIP

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    I don't set goals lol

    so I don't achieve them lol

    Back to domaining

    I enjoyed this thread you posted last year and didn't realise it had been a year already

    Time flies

    This year

    My portfolio has evolved somewhat

    I had and still have a few legal domain names as I do enjoy buying them and sitting on them in cctld etc

    I bought a few 5L brandables of which half or so of these I will let expire

    I allowed about 30% of my original portfolio to expire many of this 30% or so were dot coms and cctlds

    I do have quite a few pre order gtlds that I have pre ordered for free and get to decide whether I want to buy them when the gtld is about to go live and the price of the gtld us revealed etc

    I have bought 3 idn. Coms for reg fee

    Plus I have bought approx 20 x (2x emoji) website addresses as emoji domains are visual and as such are universal and instantly recognised irrespective of language in any country etc

    I was using emoji 's in 2003 and the emoji film was in 2017 and emoji websites although some were registered in 2003 ish era many people and businesses haven't got a clue that emoji 'domain names exist - my emoji domain names were bought for less than £5 each reg fee

    I bought 4 x

    .gold gtlds at £5 ish reg fee but they renew at £105 ish per. Gold gtld so I may let these expire

    Continued to renew surname in dot com
    And this year bought it in. uk as also have it in. as well but happy to sit on that for quite some time


    no sales this year

    But as I can't be bothered to list them or do outbound and no inbound enquiries mind you as I don't bother answering the phone to unknown numbers on principle lol I wouldn't know if I did have inbound enquiries lol

    So if you are thinking of buying any of my domains etc I only read texts and sometimes just might read an email either text or email would need to state
    Offer for domain and price offered on first line of text for me to be bothered to reply

    I. I have not fussed if I sell a domain or not as I have a particular investment strategy that I apply to sticks and shares and domain names which I tried out with stocks and shares and it works for me which to be fair is all it needs to work for lol

    I like sequences patterns trends numerical puzzles and solving codes etc and finding good quality domain names within a domain name registrar search box is highly enjoyable to me lol

    Sales are just the icing on the cake but many an enjoyable cake doesn't have icing lol

    I bought a couple of really good two keyword dot coms both very liquid one futuristic that is fast becoming liquid and a couple of grocery delivery tech concept domains

    A few of my domain names are tech concept idea based as when I have the tech concept idea I but the dot com of the idea straight away and just sit on it until I can be bothered to do anything with it or wait until someone else has the same idea I had before them that they want to develop etc

    But learnt to day trade cryptocurrency this year which I am quite interested in

    So all good
  9. eurorealtor

    eurorealtor Active Member VIP

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    I archive all income and expenses in domaining since 2006. I never keep more than 250 domains so the renewal isn't that bad. My best sale ever was november 2016, mid 5-fig profit from single domain, in 2017 I had few $x,xxx sales over Uniregistry. Hope we'll all get better next year. Good luck.
  10. Hireinternet

    Hireinternet Active Member VIP

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    I am going to complete my two years of domaining so i am very happy what i made in 2016 , 2017 , and now Hopeful for 2018 .
    The experienced was really good and learned lot of things from you guys over here .

    Wish You Merry Christmas to all Buddies . Stay around

    Best Regards
  11. JanO

    JanO This advertising space is for sale Gold Account Blue Account

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    The first 9 months of this year I didn't even knew I would be a novice domainer at the end of the year.
    (you can find my story here)

    Last three months I spend reading about the industry (learned most here; the info available here is truly awesome for a noob as me), checking sales figures, watching auctions etc.

    And I've been hoarding domains; strolling through, keeping an eye at expiring domains and bought them when I thought it was worth the extra bucks. Time will tell since I haven't sold a domain yet, but that's fine; didn't expect anything else.

    My goals for 2018:

    * Learn how to build a (semi professional) website
    * Learn how to write descent emails in English to potential endusers
    * Explore sale platforms other than Sedo
    * Sell at least 1 domain
    * Get rid of the domains I regged but regretted the moment I paid for them; the regs I regged for the sake of regging.

    * Try not to become an addict to this game/hobby

    Wish you all a great last week of 2017 & a stunning 2018!

    Cheers from the Netherlands,


  12. babony

    babony Established Member

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    I am a newcomer when it comes to the matter of making money through domain business and 2017 is almost gone but I think in 2018 I can set and achieve some goals in the domain flipping of a thing.
  13. Nametree

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    2017 was a year of great learning and growth. I started buying domains in October/November last year, buying an embarrassing number of .co, .me and .us names at $1/$2/$3 promotions.

    I surprisingly made my money back on those with 10-15 sales ranging from $50-300. I dropped 99% of the rest when renewals came around.

    Early in 2017 I regged a few .coms from expired lists, and in August one of those sold for $1,000 - biggest sale of the year - which made me realize I was wasting my time with everything else and I should focus on .com.

    I would have probably broken even for the year if in the last couple of months I hadn’t spent as much as I have on acquisitions. But I’ve turned my portfolio of 3-400 from less than 5% .com to about 70% .com and maybe 20% .org, so I’m going into 2018 with much higher hopes.

    But the most important thing is I’ve acquired a handful of domains I’m quite proud of for my own projects/business endeavors, and I have begun crafting a strategy for flipping the domains I won’t be keeping.

    Goals for 2018: flip 51% of my portfolio for a profit (whether it’s significant or marginal flipping); be in profit overall including renewals for the following year, and figure out a non-intrusive outbound strategy that puts domains in the hands of users who actually need them/will use them.
  14. Brandaisy

    Brandaisy Brandaisy

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    We have had a great year in 2017. Sold 27 domains in total. Most in the $5000 bracket but one for over $300,000 (
  15. babony

    babony Established Member

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    Well done, more power to your elbow.

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