Poll: How Was 2019 for Your Domain Business?

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At the beginning of this year, I discussed how I was bearish on the domain market. This year has turned out to be better than I expected for my business. I had several significant sales this year, but it feels like the lower to mid level sales were not as strong this year as in prior years. My perception is that inquiries were down year over year, but it wouldn’t be easy to really analyze this, and I don’t think an analysis of my inquiries would benefit anyone else.

When I tally my final results in the next week, this year will likely rank at the top end of the middle of my annual results since 2006. My guess is it will be a top 5-6 year for my business out of the last 13 years. Not extraordinary, but not too bad either.

As you likely know, my portfolio of around 1,000 domain names is 99+% .com domain names. I do not own many investment grade non .com domain names – some might even say the few that I have aren’t investment grade. I mention this because my portfolio makeup differs from many, so what I observed is likely different than what others observed.

With a week to go in 2019, I am interested in hearing about how your business fared this past year. Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comment section.


9 COMMENTS

  1. Domain business…B+
    Investment/retirement stocks…..Exceptional,1000% increase.

    Thank you Tesla,!!!
    Thank you Tesla!!!

    From 100$ to 420$ in less than a year and projected to hit 500$

  2. Avg of about $350k per year for the 3 years preceeding 2019. This year I’ve done $98k in sales. They key item missing this year was a high 5 figure / low six figure sale which I managed to get in those preceeding years.
    I’ve significantly increased pricing on my high end domains to compensate for high replacement cost. That is the main reason I think my sales went down.

  3. Looks like “Good” was the sweet spot. Well done compadres, and a great year-end wrap Elliot. Enjoyed your Blog all year. Thanks.

  4. My best year yet. Also not many low to mid range sales. Had 5 sales, 4 were low 5 figures, and one was in mid 4 figures. My portfolio is heavy on low/mid 4 figure pricing, hence it was strange that i sold mostly higher end names and my lower end inventory didnt really move. Cant really complain thought. Best year by far. First year, where i made money, and fully reinvested gains back into domains.

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