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Top Topics: My Five-figure Domain Just Expired; How I Flipped a Domain from $7.49 to $799...

By James Iles, May 3, 2020
  1. In case you missed it, NamePros writer @Bob Hawkes produced an in-depth look at portfolio diversification this week. A highly diversified domain name portfolio may be better prepared to stand the tests of an economic downturn. If you are curious about exploring the concept of portfolio diversification more, then Bob's article is an excellent starting point.

    Here are this week's Top Topics.

    My Domain I Sold for Five-figures Just Expired

    How often does a domain, acquired for five-figures, ultimately get dropped by the new owner? This scenario happened recently for this domain investor, who then contacted the domain's owner to let them know about the domain's expiry.

    According to the discussion, the domain was intentionally dropped. A five-figure name was intentionally dropped. Unfortunately, the investor didn't manage to buy back the domain at auction after it sold for a higher amount than they were willing to pay.

    Topic by: @xynames

    How I Flipped a Domain From $7.49 to $799

    Domain flipping, the practice of selling a domain name for a higher price soon after acquiring it, is a common means of producing an almost consistent revenue stream. Some investors have had luck with the practice at different price points, from hand registered names up to five and six-figure names.

    Here, an investor shares in detail how he hand registered a remote work-related domain recently, and how they were able to sell the domain name for a fee of $799.

    Topic by: @Stephen C.

    How Do I Find Email Addresses for Outbound Sales?

    As we've mentioned several times before on Top Topics, outbound sales can be a proactive means of creating cash flow, rather than waiting for potential buyers to come to you. However, performing outbound sales can be difficult. How do you find leads? How do you contact them?

    This investor is struggling with finding email addresses for leads. Having used the WHOIS database as well as consulting specialist extensions such as Hunter, the investor has drawn a blank on an email address. Do you have any tips or tricks to find the right email addresses?

    Topic by: @AYOUB1KHAN

    GoDaddy's Expiration Timeline

    As the world's largest domain registrar, GoDaddy processes thousands of domain name expirations per day. Some of these names end up being sold at GoDaddy Auctions. Have you ever monitored a domain in anticipation of grabbing it at GoDaddy Auctions, but you're unsure when it's going to enter the auction platform?

    Here, a domainer has shared GoDaddy's domain expiration timeline. If you're a regular buyer at GoDaddy Auctions, and you track a lot of domains heading to expiry auctions, you may wish to bookmark this discussion.

    Topic by: @Silentptnr

    What Are Your Thoughts on Four-Letter .COM's?

    Four-letter .COM domains have been a popular investment with a portion of domain investors for quite a while. Some domainers, for example, profited handsomely after the Chinese domain-rush of 2015 caused prices of many names to soar from low $xxx to over $2,000 per name.

    Do four-letter .COM's have a bright future, though? Raymond Hackney of and TLDInvestors has asked investors to chime in with their opinions of whether four-letter .COM's will increase or decrease in value over the next eighteen months. What do you think?

    Topic by: @equity78

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  4. James Iles

    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry writer. Contact james (at) For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected] For James' own blog, visit

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  6. Zagalee

    Zagalee Established Member

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    Another Week of Great summary.. Thanks @James Iles
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    Thanks for sharing. Some interesting topics to read! (y)
  9. Picorio

    Picorio Established Member

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    Thanks James for sharing this diversified educational post! I previously missed reading all of them and just found out about your post through Google News Feed. Great job right here! Keep up the good work👍
  10. DpakH

    DpakH Established Member

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    Thanks for sharing🙏
  11. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Thanks for another great list @James Iles and thanks also for mentioning the portfolio diversification article.

    I really like the thread started by @Stephen C. A lot to learn from in his targetted outbound to just a few, and his interaction content shared. I also agree with his view that in times like these with economic disruption and changes smart hand registrations can make sense.

    Thanks again,

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    I have known one of my 5 figure sales to subsequently being dropped, so it is actually more common than what we might at first imagine. Of course it can occur through the purchaser not knowing the system for renewing a domain or perhaps just because of the purchaser not updating their email account.

    Something else though I think might be also more common than people in the domaining industry generally acknowledge - when a large company drops a project they often also drop all major assets purchased for that project such as buildings (usually sold), furniture (sometimes sold at knockdown prices at auction or otherwise sent to the tip), computers (sometimes acquired by the staff involved in the project, sometimes sold at a knockdown price at auction, or destroyed). I guess the same philosophy also applies to domain names, after all who in a big company is going to sanction the spending of even $10 on a domain renewal when the project that domain was acquired for has ceased to exist? It is much easier to just let the domain expire and not take the time to try and sell it and more importantly the responsibility of spending company money on a defunct project.
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