I want to share a piece of advice for those of you who opportunistically acquire good domain names privately. Check out whether or not the domain owner has other domain names of interest before sending your inquiry.
Let’s say you are in the market for good one word .com domain names and think Exclaim.com would be great for your portfolio (my company owns the name). Before inquiring, it might be good to have a short list of other domain names the owner has so you can inquire about those, too.
When you are buying domain names on a one off basis, the domain name might be priced much higher than if you are buying a package of domain names. In addition, by inquiring about more than one domain name, the domain owner will likely be able to tell that you are a domain investor rather than someone who is planning to build “the next big thing.”
I regularly use tools like DomainIQ, Whoisology, and DomainTools to identify the domain names in a particular portfolio. I find it advantageous to know this information before inquiring because that insight can help you learn more about the owner of the domain name. Any insight can be helpful in a negotiation.
The tools I mentioned above aren’t free to use for the most part. I find the costs to be fair though, especially when I am buying very expensive domain names and the insight can help with my negotiations.
Before you inquire about a domain name, or even in the midst of a negotiation, it can be helpful to see what else the domain owner has.