Afternic experience of May 2024

Hello everyone,

April was a record breaking one in terms of number of sales where a total 22 sales happened. And last month, there were only 12 sales which was a bit disappointing to see because both numbers were less and the total amount of sales were down too.

Like I’ve discussed it many times, one of the biggest challenges in domain business is the inconsistency and one can only manage this by growing their size of domain portfolio with quality domains. And I say it once again that the number of domains do play a major role in having sales with consistency.

So let me share the domain sales of last month:

FenceCompany.com – This was the first sale of the month and the best one too. It sold for a whopping $32,888 and sold via partner registrar of Afternic. Hold time around 3 years.

Chookas.com – Acquired via GoDaddy closeouts a couple of years back and sold it for $3,988 via partner registrar of Afternic. If you Google the term “chookas”, you’ll find this information “It’s a uniquely Australian expression which dancers and performers say to one another backstage just as the performance is about to begin. It loosely translates as “break a leg or good luck”.

RoseHillHome.com – Acquired a couple of years back and sold it for $1,988 via GoDaddy registration path.

HorizonAutomotive.com – Another BIN via partner registrar at $2,988. A two word brandable domain for an automotive company. Hold time 2 years and another closeout purchase.

CreoGroup.com – A sale via Afternic price request lander for the full BIN price of $9,888. Sensible “group” keyword domains always do well like I’ve mentioned in several of my previous posts. Of course, you’ve to price it accordingly as well. Hold time around 5 years.

JbjConstruction.com – GoDaddy registration path sale at full BIN price of $1,988. Another GD closeout purchase a couple of years back.

SnapVentures.com – Another GD registration path sale for $1,988.

VeraGreen.com – And another GD registration path sale at BIN of $1,988. Acquired via GD auctions around 3 years back.

AnimalWelfare.org – Partner registrar sale $3,988. IMO, this fits very well with the extension. Hold time around 5 years.

JN66.com – Partner registrar sale happened for $2,988. I don’t really invest in LLNN domains but this one was interesting to me mainly due to repeating numbers.

Sinala.com – GD search path sale for $5,888 and hold time around 6 years.

KauaiVacation.com – Afternic price request lander sale $3,500. I hardly invest in geo domains and this was actually negotiated down from the original BIN price of $4,888. Hold time around 5 years.

There were a total of 12 sales and 4 of them sold for $1,988 each. The main reason I believe is that a little over 30% of my portfolio is priced at $1,988.

The number of inquiries for May 2024 was almost 1,500 which got better than the previous month. The total number of domains at the end of May 2024 were a little over 9,500.

5 were partner registrar sales.
5 sales via GoDaddy search path.
2 sales via Afternic lander.

Total acquisition + holding costs was around $3,500 and the total amount of sales was $74,068.

I wanted to thank my Afternic rep Adam Ramsdell and the brokers who were involved in making the deals smoothly and professionally.

I wish everyone a great month ahead and have a lot of sales. Feel free to share your sales and give your feedback on mine if you like to. It doesn’t matter how good or good the feedback is 

Difference between “On Hold” and “Sale Pending” statuses

Hi everyone,

While using Afternic for more than 4 years, I know many sellers who’re using this platform. And with the new Afternic 2.0, there are some new positive changes to the UI and some confusion has been there as well at the same time.

Anyone using the Lead Center, must be checking the “Sale Pending” tab which can be seen here and sometimes you must be seeing domains under “On Hold” status which can be checked here.

Today I wanted to share the difference between both of the statuses:

Sale Pending – Domain is displayed here when the broker gets the buyer to agree for making the payment and the broker has control to push the domain under this section to be shown. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee the sale will be converted if you see in this tab. You can only be assured that there has been some progress from negotiation to accepting the offer. Now it’s up to the buyer to make the payment or not.

On Hold – This status is a lot better and has a far greater success ratio in converting into a successful sale. At least in my case. The domain here is shown for at least a couple of reasons. The first is when someone goes to GoDaddy or any of the partner registrar of Afternic and searches the domain, adds to the cart and either makes the payment or doesn’t make it. But the domain is viewed by the seller at this “On Hold” status page. The time varies for you to be seen depending on the registrar and if the payment is made or not.

Another reason is that the domain is manually put on hold by the broker if and when they’re sure that the payment has been made by the buyer and are provided by some wire receipt or something for assurance to put the domain under “On Hold” status. During this “On Hold” period, no one else can buy the domain.

Thanks to my Afternic rep Adam Ramsdell for explaining it so that I can share it with my loyal readers and domain community. I hope you guys will find it helpful and get some clarification for these statuses.

Afternic experience of April 2024

Hello everyone,

Last month was a very special and recording breaking month in terms of number of sales. Although I keep adding new domains every month which should boost the number of sales but that normally doesn’t happen. I think this was a one-off month and I would love to have such sales every month on a regular basis. I’m working hard on making this happen with more consistency and this can be achieved with a slightly larger portfolio size (currently 9,390) and similar quality of domains.

Coming back to the sales, I’m excited to share it with my fellow friends and followers:

HealthIndustries.com – This was the first sale of the month and it sold for $5,888 via BIN. Acquired it via DropCatch in 2019.

PurpleTv.com – Another BIN sale for $3,988. Hold time around 3 years.

Ahorn.net – It’s always a nice feeling to sell .net domains and they do sell but at a slower pace than .com. This was a BIN sale for $1,988 and hold time was 5 years.

SonaHealth.com – “Health” keyword domains are a good investment but one has to make sure to buy with the right combination. This one sold for $4,888 via BIN. Hold time 4 years.

Twinery.com – This was sold for $1,988. I think the buyer got a great deal here. This can be used as a one word brand or t+Winery. Hold time around 3 years.

Symbook.com – Another $1,988 BIN sale and the hold time was 4 years.

Igiro.com – This domain was having a BIN of $4,888 but eventually I accepted $3,000 after going back and forth with the buyer. Salute to the broker who was very patient and cracked the deal smoothly. The deal took more than a month of follow-ups and calls to get this done.

ACR.CO – The highest amount of sales last month at $9,888 and surprisingly that came in via .CO sale. I love to invest in .CO domains. This was acquired in a small bulk deal 4 years back.

RemarkSolutions.com – Another BIN sale for $1,988 with hold time of 1 year only. Such wonderful two word domains are a good investment and “solutions” is a great keyword to look after.

CountLine.com – Around 3 years hold time and this was sold for $2,988.

ECO5.com – This domain was acquired via NameJet in 2019. This was sold for $8,000 after a tricky negotiation happened behind the scenes for which I appreciate the great skills of the broker who made the deal happen smoothly.

AvantiSolutions.com – Another BIN sale for $4,888 with a hold time of 4 years. Didn’t I say just now that the “solutions” keyword is great for investment 😉 But make sure the combination make senses to you as well as for the buyer.

Monte.CO – 6 years hold time which is a long time period considering high renewal fee. But I love .CO domains and they do sell well if you buy the right domains. The initial offer was $1,500 but I remained firm on the BIN of $3,988 and credit to the broker who was able to convince the buyer to hit the BIN.

FromFearToFreedom.com – It’s a four word domain and one should never worry about too many character containing or 3-4 word domains. As long as it’s making sense, you may buy it. Acquired it in $xx and sold it for $1,988 via BIN.

Legarda.com – Another equally highest amount of sale for $9,888 like ACR.CO last month. This was another BIN sale. Hold time 4 years. This is a popular person name and a lot of companies are using this term as their brand name.

NewWineSkin.com – A great sale for a three word domain for $5,888 via BIN. Hold time around 1 year.

RsBrands.com – Another BIN sale for $1,988. You’ll notice that I’ve sold several LL+keyword domains. One should note that LL has to be western premium letters and the word should be a strong keyword.

SurrenderedLife.com – Along with many other BIN sales, this one was sold for $2,988. A GoDaddy closeout purchase a couple of years ago.

Value-Group.com – Finally a hyphenated sale. The initial offer was $1,407 but I remained firm at BIN of $1,988 and eventually it sold without making any compromise on the price. “Group” keyword domains can be a good investment if you choose it wisely.

Cetindag.com – A person’s name sold for $1,988 BIN. Hold time 2 years and this was acquired via GoDaddy closeouts.

ZoomMortgage.com – This domain had a BIN of $9,888 but after the negotiations, the broker was able to convince the buyer to pull the trigger at $7,444 which was their highest offer after the initial offer of $6,000. Hold time 3 years.

Essentico.com – One word brandable domain. They’re always good to invest in but are getting costlier as the time goes by. Hold time around 2 years. This was another BIN sale for $3,988.

There were a total of 22 sales and 8 of them sold for $1,988 each. The main reason I believe is that 31% of my portfolio is priced at $1,988.

The number of inquiries for April was slightly above 1,400 which is less than both the previous months of February and March. The total number of domains at the end of April 2024 were 9,390.

6 were partner registrar sales.
11 sales via GoDaddy search path.
5 sales via Afternic lander.

Total acquisition + holding costs was around $5,000 and the total amount of sales was $93,616.

I wanted to thank my Afternic rep Adam Ramsdell and the brokers who were involved in making the deals smoothly and professionally.

Also, I wanted to record a protest for myself and behalf of many fellow domainers who’re facing the same issue at Afternic which is the very late payouts. Sometimes it take several weeks! Kindly sort out this issue which is ongoing and no one bothers to fix it until now.

I wish everyone a great month ahead and have a lot of sales. Feel free to share your sales and give your feedback on mine if you like to. It doesn’t matter how good or good the feedback is 😉

Afternic experience of March 2024

Hi everyone,

Since January 2020 I’ve been using an Afternic lander which has been giving some very good results. Going onwards further, I’ll be using “experience” instead of “experiment” in the post title as one of my friends, Aamir from DotCorner suggested to me to change it, which is a wise advice.

With the February 2024 sales going very strong, it was quite an opposite last month. Although the number of sales remained in the similar range, but the amount of sales was way down.

Humagic.com – Hold time 4 years and it sold for $2,988 via BIN.

StepLogic.com – Acquired via SnapNames for low 3 figures in 2018 and sold it for $1,988 BIN.

AccessContent.com – Hold time 4 years and this was also a $1,988 BIN.

SimpleSolutions.net – Good two word combinations do sell in .net but I will warn you guys that they’re pretty slow to sell and you’ve to price it pretty low as compared to .com. This one sold for $1,988 via BIN.

ICanCare.com – This domain received an offer of $2,414 but I remained firm on my BIN of $4,888 and eventually it sold for the BIN. Hold time 3 years.

FinaCredit.com – Another BIN sale for $3,988 and hold time 3 years.

Ecumen.com – The biggest sale of last month and this domain sold for $19,888 after holding it for 7 years.

ArgoCap.com – Acquired via SnapNames in 2021 and this one sold last month for $4,888 via BIN.

Purifeye.com – Another BIN sale of $1,988 and hold time was 5 years. I think I could’ve fetched more on this brandable domain but I’ve to keep sacrificing to have a sustainable business model.

SandraOrtiz.com – I always like to invest in 1-2 word person names and usually I avoid buying female names because they tend to sell slower than male names. This one sold for $1,988 via BIN and the hold time was 4 years.

CameronInvestments.com – A GoDaddy closeout domain acquired 2 years back and sold for $1,988.

DontDieBroke.com – Another GoDaddy closeout domain acquired 2 years back and this one too sold it for $1,988.

CogentLaw.com – This domain was acquired almost 7 years back and the sale price was $4,888.

RkMarine.com – Two letter + strong keywords are always a good investment. This one sold for $2,988 via BIN.

There were a total of 14 sales and half of them were $1,988 each. This is no surprise because 31% of my portfolio is priced at $1,988 so that justifies it.

The number of inquiries for March was slightly above 1,550 which is less than the previous month and the total number of domains at the end of March 2024 were a little more than 9,290.

Total acquisition + holding costs was around $3,000 and the total amount of sales was $58,432.

I wanted to thank my Afternic rep Adam Ramsdell and the brokers who were involved in making the deals smoothly and professionally.

Feel free to share your sales and give your feedback on mine if you like to. It doesn’t matter how good or good the feedback is 😉

Sedo Global Domain Report 2024

Hi everyone,

I’m grateful of Sedo for including me in their Global Domain Report 2024. It’s worth going through the report which is very much insightful. Anyone interested can download it from here.

Feel free to give your feedback.