Now that 2015 has ended, I can share that it was one of my company’s best years. Had I done a few other deals that I felt were less than optimal, I would have topped my previous best year, although I probably could have said that then as well. With the year ending, I thought I would share a bit of a high level overview of my year. If you want a recap of the year in the domain investment space, Ray Hackney did a pretty solid job of that yesterday on his blog.
In 2015, I only sold .com domain names. I sold quite a few domain names via NameJet auction, and I sold many privately to companies and individuals. Many of my private deals were closed after outreach to end user and domain investor buyers, and quite a few deals were closed by agreeing on a price after an inbound inquiry. The vast majority of inbound inquiries did not lead to a sale yet.
Nearly all of my non-auction domain name sales were closed by me personally. Private deals that I didn’t close personally were closed via Media Options, eNaming.com (Tracy Fogarty) and DomainNameSales.com. I can’t think of other brokers who helped me close sales off the top of my head, but again, I manage my own leads for the most part.
I bought domain names from several domain brokers in 2015. I also used Sedo and Afternic to acquire domain names privately. The majority of my purchases were via private acquisition or domain name auctions. I used NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, SnapNames, DropCatch.com, and Pheenix to bid on domain auctions in 2015. I think I exclusively used Escrow.com for escrow services in 2015.
I used quite a few domain name tools to find great domain names last year. I shared my 5 favorite domain tools a few days ago. I also re-discovered Dropping.com during the final days of the year and have been using the service quite a bit.
I don’t want to jinx myself, but my prediction is that 2016 is going to be another boom year for domain investors who hold good domain names. I feel that I was able to make some solid acquisitions late in the year, and I hope that will lead to a solid start of 2016. I always feel like the first few weeks of the new year set the tone for the entire year.
As always, I invite you to share your overview of 2015, and you are also welcome to share any thoughts on the new year.
Wishing you much success in 2016!