Buying Domain Names

Getting Domain Buying Ideas from Children’s Books


My wife and I read to our kids every night before bed. They have their favorite books that change on a regular basis, and they are always adding books to their collections. We read everything from princess adventures, race car stories, animal books, and everything in between.

When I am reading in the evening, I often think about different words and phrases as domain names. I’ll see a couple of words or phrases and note them in my head for when I get a chance to do a Whois lookup later on that evening or the next day. I think childrens’ books are a great source of inspiration for domain name ideas.

Kids’ books generally have

Lots of Interest in on Twitter

13 is a valuable domain name, which I would be happy to own. The Whois record for is private, and the domain name forwards to the sparsely populated @push_dot_com Twitter page. It looks like that Twitter handle has only posted one tweet since it was created in October 2016.

I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone tried to buy the domain name via Twitter, and of course there were many attempts. So far, it doesn’t look like any of these efforts have been successful:

How Automated Appraisals Help Me Make Money


Every morning, I receive several emails that list expiry-stream domain names coming up for auction that day. I receive a mix of emails from auction platforms and third-party services. The emails send me domain names that meet certain criteria I have set to help me find domain names I might otherwise miss.

Off the top of my head, at least two of these daily emails have automated appraisals in them. These appraisals are one of the factors I look at when buying domain names. I don’t take the number too seriously, but if an appraisal is higher than I might have expected to see, it grabs my attention and makes me do a bit of searching to see what signals are causing it to have more value.

I regularly participate in auctions, and I don’t typically let

When Buying a Domain Name, a .edu Email Address Tells Me…


For some reason, people still claim to be students in order to try and get a lower price on a domain name. Whether a person is a student or not, many people tell domain owners they are students to influence the price of a domain name. I think people must read advice columns that suggested this tactic, and they don’t know any better. Sorry, but the “poor student” routine doesn’t work.

I occasionally get inquiries from people with .edu email addresses. This could indicate that the person is a student, but it could also mean the person is an alumnus of the college or university and retained their email address. With all of the email services out there, people who use a .edu email address likely do so to show that they are students.

When I see a .edu email address on an inquiry, it tells me that the person is almost certainly not willing to pay what my domain name is worth. They are either a student with a low budget (for real) or they are pretending to be a student so they can claim to have a low budget. Unfortunately,

Some of My 2018 Domain Name Purchases


It’s been a while since I shared a list of domain names I recently acquired, so I thought I would kick off the week by doing that. Listed below are 30 domain names I bought since the beginning of 2018.

Instead of just sharing what I consider to be the “blue chip” domain names I bought so far this year, I am sharing a list of names that include some of the best names plus domain names I would consider to be sellable inventory.

It should be easy for investors to identify the top names, but I also want to give readers an idea of the types of domain names I think are worth picking up for the right price. The purchases I listed below are either private acquisitions or auction buys. I did not include any domain names I bought in 2018 and already sold.

Here are 30 of my domain name purchases so far in 2018:

My “Wanted” Tweet Resulted in an Acquisition


I’ve posted a few domain name “wanted” articles and forum threads over the years with mixed success. I can’t recall ever buying a domain name that was submitted in response to one of these call to actions, but I may have. More often than not though, it ends up with a whole bunch of submissions that don’t come close to matching the posted requirements.

Last week on a bit of a whim, I posted a domain name wanted tweet:

As I have come to expect, the first few replies totally missed the mark. It seems clear to me, but I have no interest in buying new gTLD domain names, nor am I looking for two word .com domain names or anything else. I thought my post was pretty clear. One word .com domain names.

The following day,

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