New year, new experiment with entire domain portfolio

Hello everyone,

Since everyone now is aware that how the last year ended for my portfolio and I was very much impressed with Afternic who made plenty of sales without even using their Fast Transfers as well as not pointing the domains to their nameservers.

I was suggested by Afternic to try their brokerage service by pointing domains to their nameservers but I wasn’t that much impressed and inclined towards giving it a try until the end of last month which made me think to give them a try at least for few months and see the results.

Today I’ve made the changes and all my domains are pointing towards Afternic nameservers except very few. No doubt that the domain sales will automatically increase due to the brand recognition factor every domain sales lander is having it now.

Another positive side is that I used to receive around 500 inquiries every month with the domain portfolio of little over 3,400 and of course most of those inquiries never convert. And from that too, many of them are not genuine domain inquiries. This way I’ll save enough time to spend other place which is more productive.

The downside is I’ll end up paying commission for every sale, some of which I could’ve converted myself when the leads were coming in directly via Uniregistry sales lander.

The only way I could receive direct inquiry now is via WHOIS which was already coming in rare circumstances so I don’t expect to convert much via this channel.

I’m very much positive and excited with this change and decided after taking considerable time. Will keep you guys posted with the results.

Feel free to give your feedback on this change and/or if any one of you already using this method, kindly share the results with us to understand more clearly.

Thank you!

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Abdul khan
Abdul khan
7 months ago

Aslam Abdul bhai,

Well seems you have great plans for this year… Great… Enjoy domaining.. And keep us informed… You are a great domainer…

Thank you

Kay
Kay
7 months ago

Actually thought of doing the same with a few of my domains. Afternic’s landing page has Godaddy’s logo on it and that should give end users confidence to transact. You may increase your price by 20%, to cover the commission fees if you want to.
Wishing you more sales.

Kay
Kay
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
7 months ago

Nothing really, it was just a thought I was considering but yet to execute. Having read your post, I decided to point some of my domains now to Afternic’s nameservers in order to give it a try for the first quarter or half of the year.

I do agree with the you in missing making some deals directly and improving the art of negotiation, but there are also times one may need to experiment on a different approach and see how things turns out.

Kay
Kay
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
7 months ago

Hmmm…Thanks for the tip, I will try it out. I have a small portfolio of almost 200 domains.

Gary
Gary
7 months ago

How do you list names without pointing the domains to their nameservers in Afternic?

Gary
Gary
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
7 months ago

Do you have any names that I can see with uniregistry lander and Afternic bin prices?

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Question…..did you BIN/price out the names? Good luck in 2020 and thanks for sharing!

Paul
Paul
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
7 months ago

Thanks for the info AbdulBasit. That is always my holdup…adding BIN pricing. It is large undertaking.
Thanks again.

Matt Morgan
Matt Morgan
7 months ago

Hey Abdul, how are you doing? A Great way for you to start a new experiment at the start of the year. Here is some of my Feedback for your experiment: 1) Sometimes people are fearful of change, but you wont know until you try this, so do try this. 2)Try this experiment for 3-6 months, to get an overall spread of the experiment and results, rather than just trying for 3 weeks. 3) As Afternic have fees of 20% you can increase your offer prices by 20% to make up for the commissions. Even if you increase your offer… Read more »

Ariful
7 months ago

Hi Abdul, just curious to know – have you set any reserve price for your domains in Afternic along with BIN price? If not then how a lead will work out if one interested person inquires for a domain you set say $20K BIN. Will afternic broker contacts with potential buyer with firm $20K price?

Also as far as I know most of your domain names are at Uniregistry who is not Afternic Fast transfer partner. Will you be transferring out your names to a Afternic fast transfer supported registry to get maximum exposure?

Wish you all the best.

Ariful
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
7 months ago

I have almost 800+ domains at Epik and Dynadot. You can also try them. They both are AfternicDLS and SedoMLS partner. I find their control panel pretty user friendly. Epik charges $8.75 for .com renewal and at Dynadot you can get $8.50 super bulk pricing for .com renewal by spending $5k/ year. If you spend $500 /year you will get bulk pricing where .com renewal price is $8.75. Best Wishes.

Aamir
7 months ago

Hello and Assalam O Alikum, I switched my names (approx 1800) to Afternic using their sales page (nameservers: ns3.afternic.com & ns4.afternic.com) back in June 2019 in order to focus on some other projects and let afternic/godaddy do all the negotiations. I could have kept all at UniRegistry and just turn on the brokerage switch but like to test the afternic/godaddy market reach. Here I would like to clarify that most of my names, around 90% were hand-reg or caught in drops ($8 each) from 2000-2005 and I am also not an active seller/buyer of the domain names these days. So… Read more »

Alech
Alech
7 months ago

I have been getting lots of price request from afternic every week as i listed with a default 20 make offer but now listing with some with BIN.I am moving my names to dynadot as they can be on MLs and afternic network so more exposure. With Godaddy not participating with sedo its not my choice to leave my names there bur rather with where i get more exposure on both sides. Sold a name on sedo mls but buyer prefers to transfer away from Godaddy so i have to wait till 1st week of next month to finalize with… Read more »

Alech
Alech
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
6 months ago

Control Panel is easy and i have never had any problem them.I am comfortable with dynadot and like the advantage of both mls in sedo and afternic network as well.I pay 8.50 to renew .com and its cheaper to have my .org there as well as they have a better rate compared to Godaddy. I have also used their landing page to get leads as well but no ssl.My experience with them in terms of managing my domains is great with pricing,chatting with them to resolve any issues whatsoever.Since you have lots of domains,It would be cheaper with them and… Read more »

Ajay
Ajay
7 months ago

Hi Abdul!

I was wondering for the new experiment in Afternic you are using ns1-ns2 (parking) or ns3-ns4 (sales page). Which is better? I’d appreciate if you could share your thoughts on this.

Thanks

Ajay
Ajay
Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
6 months ago

Thanks Abdul!

khalid kawmak
khalid kawmak
6 months ago

Have you considered auctioning domains on NameJet?

Spike
Spike
6 months ago

I know its early, but is the test providing any sales thus far?

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