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Find which .CO domains are registered of your domain

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I have bought and sold several .CO domains and had a great experience so far. Looking at WHOIS records for thousands of domains to date, I found a tip some time back which I wanted to share with you guys.

First, you go to .CO WHOIS site, type in let’s suppose Decor and it will display the WHOIS record for Decor.CO domain name. Now let’s type in Decor. and it will display what other domains are registered after the keyword Decor. The change is you have to add full stop at the end of any keyword you are going to search for. There are couple of issues. First is it doesn’t show any registered domain with any keyword before Decor. Second issue it the result is limited to 75 results. Still it’s better than nothing.

On the other hand, I sold couple of domains which I would like to share. First was Truquesedicas.com which I sold through Afternic for $2,988. Second was EastNine.com which I last week sold through Sedo for $2,688. Each of these domain was purchased in 3 figures.

If you guys use it and find it helpful, feel free to comment and share your feedback.

Some recent domain acquisitions of 2017

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been over 6 months since I last shared my latest acquisitions. Time passed so quickly and I just didn’t knew the gap in between got too long. Because I think sharing every quarter is good idea. Okay, so let’s come to the point and below you will find some of my 2017 domain acquisitions:

PrintFactory.com – Made it look colorful to match with the print word ;). Recently ThePrintful.com acquired Printful.com for $100,000 and PrintScape.com sold for $10,000. It’s a great name to be added in our portfolio.

AdvancedLaser.com – Vast field and huge potential in this domain.

AhiGroup.com – My highest sale to date for LLLgroup.com was DcsGroup.com which sold for mid 4 figures in 2014. Since that time, I have been buying several LLLgroup.com domains and this has great potential as well. Although age doesn’t matter to me but just thought to share it’s creation date is way back in 1996.

C9Group.com – My first letter+numeric combination domain ending with group. Yet to get into my GoDaddy account. Anyone having success story with similar domains?

AABI.com, MWSA.com, PACW.com, AJBY.com – Some 4L .com added. I think having 7-10% 4L .com in your portfolio is good to keep balance but I acquired plenty last year which makes it 12% of 4L .com in my portfolio.

Vivaria.com – I see plenty of upgrades.

LifeAsItHappens.com – I like phrase domains as does Mike Mann and Mike Berkens.

Shonky.com – Brandable. Tons of upgrades.

iWannaPlay.com – Fun/Gaming/Entertainment website.

GwadarHotels.com, TravelGwadar.com, GwadarTravel.com – Not sure how many of you’re aware of Gwadar but it’s a world’s largest deep sea-port and is in Pakistan.

Feel free to comment and share your recent acquisitions as well

Never trust NameJet.com until…

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I have been using NameJet for years and never had any issue until the end of last month when I received an email from them stating that:

“We regret to inform you that a domain you recently purchased through a pre-release auction has been cancelled, as allowed by the NameJet Agreement. Unfortunately this domain was listed in error and was not available for sale.All efforts will be made to assure this does not occur again.

As a result, we will be refunding your auction fee within the next few days.”

To make things clear, I won a domain LLL.org through NameJet on Sep 17, 2016 and the above email I received was on Oct 29th, 2016; right after 41 days of winning the domain through an auction.

My card was charged on the same day of winning the auction. However, I responded them with the following message:

“What the hell is this? It’s been more than 1 month since I won the domain and now you are taking it back?? Kindly give the domain back to me or I will make you guys popular in every domain forum and my blog AbdulBasit.com which is widely read among domainers community.”

Their technical support member responded back:

“This domain was listed in error by the seller likely due to a typo in his submission and as such, there is no domain to deliver. You were never delivered the domain in this case due to the error in listing and as such, there is nothing that we can return.

We do apologize for the inconvenience as this is a rare occasion.”

After which I contacted them again and asked to either ban the seller or verify the domain ownerships and listings before making it live for auction for which I didn’t hear anything.

Also I was not delivered the domain during the entire 41 days and I forgot to ask them as well because I buy domains from many different places and sometimes I forget to check and transfer out domains. As many readers of my blog already know that I keep all my domains with Uniregistry and try my best to move all domains which I win at different marketplaces as soon as possible to Uniregistry in order to keep it at one place and that’s easy way to organize and manage my domains.

At first, this ridiculous mistake should not have happened from NameJet.

Secondly, if it happened, why they took 41 days to inform and even more time to refund my money? Hijacking my $1,000 for that many days is not the way of doing business. This amount might not be big for someone but it’s not about the actual figure whether it be $1 or $100,000. How can you hold my funds for over 40 days and come back with lame excuse?

I’m sharing my recent experience with you all to beware using NameJet and don’t think the domain is yours until the name is transferred to your account.

I would invite my readers to give their feedback and share their experiences if they had any like that in past.

Thanks!

Some recent acquisitions until June 2016

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As I previously shared my January and February 2016 acquisitions together, today I wanted to show some more domains which I acquired in recent time. Just wanted to add that I hit the 1300 mark of domains under my belt.

RIMG.com, JAYN.com, TIRC.com, ZSLI.com, ZRSI.com, ZAIC.com, JISB.com, GITZ.com, ACAW.com – Some of the 4L .com I bought recently. I am always looking for similar combinations.

GutCheck.com – This domain was previously owned by Mike Berkens and sold to GoDaddy when he sold his big chunk of portfolio to them. I bought from GoDaddy with the help of Jamie Zoch. Thanks to him for finding the gem at reasonable price.

Komex.com, Vican.com, Primarius.com, CityFirst.com – I love such brandable domains which can be developed into anything. The more possibilities, the more bigger reward.

Klinkenberg.com, TomWhite.com, Ayushi.com – Difficult not to list person names when sharing recent acquisitions 😀

TheCow.com – Very aged domain (1996). Although age doesn’t matter when I buy domain but I am always fond of “the” domains.

BioHair.com – Sensible health related domains always pay off well and it’s one of them.

FairDeal.com – Deal domains always do well and this domain can turn out to be one of the biggest shopping/deals portal.

POM.org, WIL.org – Since I last mentioned of buying LLL.org domains, the prices have gone a bit high. I am creating competition but that’s okay as far as I am bringing awareness and sharing what I think is right to buy in current market.

LaCity.com – The City or Los Angeles City or anything else city as well.

SignatureRealty.com – Authorititive name for any real estate agency/firm.

To summarize things in short, I look for domains where I can see lot of potential and possibilities for endusers to develop my domain into anything they like to. The more restricted, the less chance of selling and getting good price.

Feel free to comment and share your recent acquisitions as well 🙂

How do I valuate domains and set an asking price

 

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

One of my reader Sumit asked me how do I valuate and set an asking price for domains when I don’t use any valuation tools like Estibot and others. I have also mentioned some factors which I don’t actually consider while assessing domains.

It’s an interesting question and many find it difficulty in setting up prices for their domains. Although I am not an expert or the domainer who mostly sell his domain in 5 and even 6 figures on regular basis. But if someone wants to know more as to how I operate my domain business, please continue reading.

When I was in initial stage of my domaining career, I did flipping and sold domains at sacrificing prices just in order to keep the cash flow going and must not stop buying and selling domains. But as I am quite settled now ALHUMDULLILAH, I can wait for the right buyer and play waiting game.

There are several factors in valuing my domains:

1) No urgent need of money. When you have good cash flow your sense of judgement gets change and you act accordingly. However, I have tried to get maximum out of every domain sale I can no matter what my financial position was. I admit of selling domains at lower price than I thought of their actual value but it was done purposely for the need of cash flow. Now when there is no urgency of funds, I feel I am on top of enduser and can demand what I actually want for every domain.

2) There are hundreds of domain I hold which are upgrades for companies but I have categorized several domains for which I have one specific buyer to target when selling. I won’t mention any specific domain but you may check out the domain investment page to get an idea. When you target 1 specific buyer, you limit yourself selling the domain and requires lot of patience and wait for that buyer to knock your door first. But I tell you… the reward is really fruitful and sometimes life changer. But in such cases, I don’t buy domains with having only one potential buyer on internet.

3) When targeting of one specific buyer, that company will definitely be having good backing of funds.If a company has got series of funding in millions of dollars, why cannot they spend a peanut of share on buying/upgrading their domain to a better one. The more time that buyer will delay, the more he has to pay because I have to consider many factors in increasing the price as the time goes by. My investment which is stuck for long time, aftermarket from where I buy domains is as always going up so my price will be adjusted accordingly.

4) That particular market is huge and has lot of potential. I don’t need of going into much detail about this because we as domainers know which niche has what kind of potential. But this is one of the factor I take into consideration for valuing my domains.

5) I don’t give much importance to exact searches and CPC of Google Keyword Planner. For most of domain acquisitions, I don’t even check these metrics. Also the length of domain doesn’t matter unless it has meaning, demand and potential. The more shorter, the better. Doesn’t mean longer in length domains are not valuable but surely less desirable than shorter names like 2L, 3L.com domains.

6) Number of existing companies. I take this metric into consideration when buying and pricing my domains. I normally check when that domain is possibility of an upgrade. I use NameDroppers and ZfBot for this purpose. When selling any 4L .com, I don’t see much benefit of checking existing companies through ND or ZfBot but Google is more helpful in such type of domains.

7) Registered in other extensions. Let’s take an example of one of my domain (BeeGreen.com). I prefer checking/considering NameDroppers or ZfBot and Google and rest of the factors I have mentioned in the entire post but just looking if BeeGreen is registered in other extensions doesn’t bother me at all. Yes, there is possibility of .net owner to buy the .com version but never sticking solely to this option of checking if BeeGreen is registered in lower extensions and decide how much to ask while selling the domain. The result will always be poor and I will leave plenty of money on table.

8) Language. Most of the domains in my portfolio consists of English words excluding 4L.com and brandable domains. I do have domains in many different languages but I try to buy good meaningful and very common words used in that language or has decent as well as common meaning in English language. I used decent because I don’t buy domains which has relationship with alcohol/adult/gambling. It’s difficult to sell less popular language spoken domain even in .com as compare to selling some German, Spanish, Italian words in .com. You have to see the domain you own is in which language and how much popular and common that word is in that language. Sometimes people prefer to have .de (German country code) domain than to have .com. Doesn’t mean you should not buy German language domains in .com but research is must. But if you seek my suggestion, I would strongly say to stick with English words in .com and diversify your portfolio once you have gathered good quality along with decent number of domains.

9) Comparable sales. Oh well… This is seriously useless for me for setting up an asking price for my domains. I do keep checking DnJournal weekly sales report and NameBio but that doesn’t mean I set asking prices after going through any comparable sales. Checking those sites keep me updated and helps me while buying domains so that I must not overpay it. But when I valuate my domains, I never check comparable sales because every domain is different. Demand of buyer is different, situation of seller is different and many other factors are involved.

10) The most important factor in my opinion is that buyer have to have the biggest idea for using the domain they are going to acquire from me. You will hear often from domainers who say that your domain is worth what the buyer is willing to pay. In my opinion, that just doesn’t make sense and that person might have no idea about this business. I always valuate and decide the asking price to whatever I want and sell at my own price. If the buyer doesn’t want at that price, he must not have the big idea for my domain. I simply pass which is difficult but that’s the way you should deal if you are to make fortune and change your life for betterment.

I would love to see what others think about my way and curious to know how you guys valuate and price your domains ?