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Provenance More Clear on Expiry and Drop Catch Auctions

Tracking the provenance of a domain name has gotten much more difficult in the last several years. GDPR and registrar changes (like GoDaddy removing public facing Whois records) make it impossible to match an email address to a Whois record, particularly when a broker or seller approaches a buyer offering to sell a domain name. For instance, if I buy a GoDaddy-registered domain name from someone who acquired it in 2018, it would not be possible to see the email address of the registrant now or in 2018.

An unclear provenance on a domain name adds more risk to domain name acquisitions.

“This Domain Name is Not for Sale”

I am on the hunt for one or two exceptional one word .com domain names right now. When I seek out a domain name to buy, I often try to reach the right person at a company that does not appear to be using a domain name. Either the domain name does not resolve to an active website or it forwards to a branded website and does not appear to be used for much else. While many companies will tell me a domain name is not for sale, I have learned that frequently means a compelling offer needs to be submitted to convince the company to sell the domain name.

Don’t Negotiate a Great Price

There’s a popular saying that many people believe: “everything is negotiable.” Whether it is an estimate for home improvements and construction, purchases at a farmer’s market, or domain name acquisitions, there are many times when negotiating the purchase price is a good idea. In most cases, the worst thing that can happen is the owner of the company says, “no.”

Amazon Registers Covid Tracking & Tracing Domain Names

We are more than 6 months into the unrelenting Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. While the numbers may be stabilizing to an extent, the risk of contracting the illness is still very high around the world. Coronavirus tracking and tracing – along with testing – is playing a role in helping to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

If domain name registrations are an indicator of future services, products, or plans, it appears that Amazon may be planning something related to coronavirus tracking and/or coronavirus tracing. My guess is that it has something to do with the new Halo fitness and health tracking device that Amazon unveiled earlier this week.

According to my Registrant Alert tool from DomainTools, Amazon registered the following coronavirus and Covid-19 domain names this past week:

How I Find Expiry Domain Names

One of the best sources of domain name inventory for my portfolio is expiry auctions. I spend a fair amount of my time analyzing and bidding on domain names at GoDaddy Auctions, NameJet, and DropCatch.com. I have also bid on a couple of domain names at Park.io and Dynadot, although I have not yet won an auction on either of those platforms.

I think everyone has their own ways to analyze expiry and deleted domain names that are in auction, and I thought I would share a few ways I find them:

Size Matters When it Comes to App Names

My favorite kind of domain name to buy is one word .com domain names. I have done well selling this type of asset, and I think they enhance my portfolio. I don’t own many non .com domain names, but I think one word non .com domain names sell regularly as well. Not all one word domain names are equal, and I want to share some advice I picked up a while ago that serves as a helpful guideline to me.

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