I 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 DropCatch.com, 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 DropCatch.com, 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.