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How many domains have you dropped from your portfolio this year so far?

Labeled as strategy in General Domain Discussion, started by Save Breach, Sep 26, 2020

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  1. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    I had been curious to know what drop strategy/approach domainers have adopted when it comes to holding some names and dropping the rest. Having seen a lot of domainers following an aggressive drop strategy it got me thinking how many domains domainers drop on an average from their portfolio as I feel this could be a valuable metric to understand and develop a strategy of not holding on to or, getting attached to a particular name, and only acquiring quality names.

    So, How many domains have you dropped from your portfolio this year?

    Are these drops mainly from what you handregged or, even those that you acquired a long time back but see no potential in no longer retaining it? What made you feel its no longer worth retaining?

    I recently asked this question and got many interesting responses from the industry leading domainers on Twitter that maybe worth looking into

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    Jason says he cut his portfolio by 12% which seems a significant figure, and is further planning to liquidate another 12% of it, and replacing it with better ones!

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    According to @Bob Hawkes he has dropped some 250 names or, about 38% of this portfolio which is a massive figure, as is the portfolio. Nevertheless, its important to diversify investment into different sectors, amazing advice!

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    @TERADOMAIN says he DROPPED 0, which is surprising and justifies his user name QualityNames, I 'm really surprised that some people are consistently able to maintain a 0 drop rate and 100% hold. This was an interesting observation. I'm on the same boat right now though very apprehensive if its a wise decision to hold on but great too know some are doing it!

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    @Keith DeBoer liquidates about 5%
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    lastly @Robbie has dropped only one, still very impressive
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    How many have you? What are your thoughts on dropping names? How has this year been?
     
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  2. koolishman

    koolishman Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    I may drop about 20+ or so in coming months.
     
  3. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Thanks for the compilation.
    It is perhaps my clumsy wording in the tweet, but you misinterpreted what I said. I have dropped about 75 (from 650) - not 250. The 250 figure you calculated came from a stated goal to eventually get back to 400 names. Whether I ever achieve that, we will see. I simply would prefer to do a better job of trying to sell 400 than to hold 650. Also, prefer to move up in quality.

    My portfolio always contains a mix of long term holds and one year trials. In the latter case, if no evidence of interest after one year, I ask myself do I have reason to think that would change in year two (occasionally in emerging tech, etc., yes). I normally drop quite a few, but no have not dropped 250 this year!

    I might also comment on the other part - as important as how many names, is how many different niches/sectors are represented. I am trying to be more focussed that way, while still maintaining a good diversification across numerous sectors.

    Bob
     
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  4. garptrader

    garptrader Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The greatest mistakes domain investors make are 1) overestimating the likelihood that a domain name will sell and 2) overestimating how much an end user will be willing to pay for a domain they have interest in.
     
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  6. biggie

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    Hi

    i think i dropped five or six names so far this year

    i know three of them sold on NJ and i got a cut of those sales.

    one was picked up and reused as link to a website
    the others were picked up by HD that i know of.

    some names i drop, because they were acquired for performance and no longer met their standard to retain.
    others, i may have dropped, just because... and didn't want to try and sell them.

    with some names, i might regret letting go, even if i sell them or drop em'


    imo....
     
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  7. johnn

    johnn WeSellName.com VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The fear is you will receive an offer as soon as you dropped them.
     
  8. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    100% agree to both of these points. Having a realistic expectation is important...

    Cheers
     
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  9. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    Sometime back I heard @Riz M. made $4000 out of a $25 liquidation, very true indeed. Must be a nightmare for the domainer who liquidated it for so low!!! I just can't remember the name, but this happens a lot of times I guess.

    Then @DnFolk had a similar experience I guess, which he wrote about on a thread

    Cheers
     
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  10. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    So sorry Bob, I misinterpreted it. No way to edit that now, but it should be you plan to drop rather than dropped, my bad, eh. Thanks for the heads up!

    Cheers
     
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  11. D Haynes

    D Haynes Top Contributor VIP

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    2 or 3 but they weren't names I was trying to sell. I tend to drop names which I intended to use for my own projects way more than names I put up for sale.
     
  12. twiki

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    None, but planning to downsize a bit. Dropping 1K names until the end of the year.

    Edit: they're part of a niche testing tier, not really meant for long hold, mostly
     
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  13. alcy

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    i check if and what offers they got... but first and foremost a folio is and should be a super dynamic thing that evolves (changes) as u as domainer evolve and gain experience each year. this experience is or should be the primary decision maker in what u keep..drop... add ....
     
  14. Cannuck

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    I've thinned out approx. 30 domains and added 15 (hand reg'd), which is equivalent to an overall 5% drop in the total number of domains in my portfolio.
     
  15. jim h

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    I might give up% 20-60% of manually registered domains, which would be 180 to 580.
     
  16. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    agreed
     
  17. Recons.Com

    Recons.Com Top Contributor VIP

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    I drop about 1% and add about 101% every year.
     
  18. 1Darko

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    Very interesting question and thread. I have checked my dropped names an that's the result:

    I have dropped in 2020 until today: 122 domains
    Domain investors have picked up: 30 domains
    Endusers or others have found and developed 6 domains:
    Umzug /dot/ pro
    Mambo /dot/ biz
    AutoDoctor /dot/ biz
    Medlab /dot/ biz
    igame /dot/ live
    HomeAndGarden /dot/ biz

    In 2020 I have added 90 domains.
    In total I have 204 domains.

    Before I drop my domains they are always for sale in auction here at namepros!
     
  19. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    thanks for adding them! much appreciated. very interesting to see end users grabbing dropped names, maybe we can put this into consideration as to which niche should be given priority while holding, I see Med is a good niche (for .biz) in your case 😁

    Cheers
     
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  20. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    That's a lot! how many do you hold currently?

    Whats your drop and reg/acquisition strategy?

    Cheers
     
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  21. Mister Funsky

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    Less than 1%
     
  22. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    That's really less. Thanks for sharing
     
  23. Rich

    Rich Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    5-10 dropping this year, only have 250-300 domains at any given time
     
  24. tupungato

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  25. BrandPlease

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    HAHA, had the real life situation that made that real to me (a couple years back) - about a month before an expiration (maybe a little longer, long enough to get the renew now message) before a name was scheduled to drop.... I got that wonderful Afternic (name sold) message. I sat on that name a couple years, parked it, tested it for any sign of life(traffic), interest as a brandable (nothing). - the name was (if I'm remembering correctly) in dot com - Rent My Toy.

    Had to go back an reeval them all. But now, with more experience - the real control has to be on the purchase end. Try to take the need to drop off the table & only spend $ as if it can not be dropped.

    For the pure response to the OP poll, I purposefully choose to target under 800 in my portfolio. I had a far larger portfolio about 2 years back and have have found sub-800 to about the largest portfolio I can effectively manage (alone) - unless I dropped all dev & design services.

    Best of luck!
     

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