How I Manage Domain Names After Auctions

domain-auctionsI do my best to keep my business manageable. One area that can throw this off is post-auction domain name management. Because I regularly bid on NameJet, GoDaddy Auctions, SnapNames, and, I can win domain names at several registrars. I want to share how I manage my domain names after auction to ensure the domain names are kept safe and not overlooked by me.

I most regularly bid on NameJet, and the domain names usually end up at eNom or Network Solutions. For the names at eNom, I generally keep them there as eNom is one of my the primary registrars I use. They also lock domain names for a little over a month. When it comes to Network Solutions, I usually keep those names there until renewal time, and then I transfer them out to consolidate them.

If I win domain names at other registrars, I typically transfer them to eNom, Uniregistry, or GoDaddy depending on my plans for the domain name. If my plan is to sell to an end user right away, I will sometimes transfer domain names to GoDaddy, as I have found that is where many end user buyers want to transfer their names. Even if GoDaddy isn’t their preference, they may feel comfortable to accept a push because GoDaddy is so well known. For other domain names I don’t plan to sell right away, I generally transfer to Uniregistry or eNom so I don’t lose track of them.

When I win domain names on GoDaddy Auctions, the process is pretty simple. After the domain name is deposited into my GoDaddy account, I keep it there. GoDaddy is one of the main registrars I use, and there is no reason to transfer the names out unless they are being sold.

With SnapNames auctions, I have found that most domain names get moved to my Network Solutions auction account. Since this account is different than the main account I have there, I immediately “transfer” (an internal push) the domain name to my main Network Solutions account. I will keep it there until renewal time or until it sells.

After winning domain names on, or after winning a pending delete auction elsewhere, I typically set a calendar reminder to transfer the domain name after 60 days. Because pending delete auctions mean the domain name has a new creation/registration date, it means I can’t transfer the domain name out until it is 60 days old.

Although I only own in the ballpark of 500 domain names, I want to make sure none of them slip through the cracks. I do my best to consolidate my portfolio at a handful of domain registrars to ensure safekeeping. I am sure most registrars where I have domain names are secure, I find it is easier to manage my portfolio at just a handful of registrars. I am sure I have names at many registrars, but the fewer registrar accounts I have, the easier it is to manage.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. I do mostly the same. I use GoDaddy primarily as my main registrar, as end users seem to prefer and know it the most. That being said, when I win a DropCatch domain, I have really enjoyed the user experience at NameBright. It’s far superior to GoDaddy, imo. Unfortunately, it’s not as well known. However, I have had several buyers set up an account there for an easy push.

  2. As you mentioned with new transfer rules coming, domainers need to think forward.

    Most of the time when I sell domains, they either go to some weird offshore foreign registry, can’t help that, otherwise godaddy, or network solutions without fail.

    Push is going to be the saving grace going forward. I am moving towards Godaddy now, just makes better sense given their traffic, platform, afternic, and end user base.

    Escrow can be a real pain sometimes when doing auth codes, and the info lands a bit twisted, even when the buyer acceptss.

  3. the biggest pain the ass is snapnames going to all kinds of obscure registrars that aren’t always the easiest to get out or even log in sometimes.

  4. I seriously cringe every time i see a domain land at Network Solutions. The interface is truly terrible, the security is nonexistent, customer service is helpless, and the unlock/auth code process is a 6 screen process and 3 day waiting game. Its just so awful. Its no surprise everyone i have ever spoken with says exactly what you said where they immediately transfer out, myself included.

    +1 on the NameBright comment above – interface and usability is great, plus their renewal pricing is very competitive with Uni and GD!

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