Every morning, regardless of whether I am at home or traveling, I spend time reviewing upcoming domain name auctions. Looking at domain names coming up for auction while drinking my coffee is one of the only things in my routine that doesn’t change, and I think it is my favorite aspect of domain investing. It is exciting to discover hidden gem domain names, and it is fun to strategize about bidding strategy.
Each morning, I review several lists of upcoming domain auctions. There are expiry auctions, deleted domain auctions, and some private domain name auctions. Here are the primary sources I use to find domain names of interest that are coming up for auction:
- Dropping.pro (owned by Intellium) emails
- NameJet Saved Searches
- NameJet pending delete and most popular auction lists
- GoDaddy saved searches
- ExpiredDomains.net saved searches
- Auctions with bids
There are other sources to find upcoming domain auctions, and I also look at their lists, too. DSAD.com, NameBio, Domain Smoke, and Kickstart Commerce all have daily curated auction lists (blog posts or email) that have standout domain names listed.
I spend somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour going through various lists of domain names. On a typical morning, I will backorder or bid on anywhere from 5 – 20 domain names in auction. The majority of my participation takes place at NameJet, DropCatch.com, and GoDaddy Auctions. For the last year or so, I have been picking up more inventory at DropCatch.com than the other auction platforms.
Expiry and expired domain auctions have gotten very competitive during the last several years. As a result, it takes more effort to find high quality inventory domain names that will improve my portfolio at the lowest acquisition cost. While the added competition has made it more challenging, it is the most enjoyable aspect of domain investing for me.