Depending on time, I search Godaddy auctions every 7-10 days. This weekend I decided to up my game and track the exact dates I can search and add to watch list at Godaddy auctions. I haven’t rethought my approach for about 7 years.
The genesis of the thought is I see some of my own late renewing or not renewing names on the auctions – and it seem the dates names could appear varied.
Why every 7 -10 days? Well for me its all about the watch list. Ever since I started with auctions the ability to search by keyword, and add to watch list, has been a key factor.
I can search and tag potential bid-able names – without having to bid early or keep my own notepad, and have to copy and paste. Doing the searching apart from the bidding and evaluation (see post) lets me only have to make a “maybe” decision when i add to a watch list, not a final buy.
Now when time is tight I sometimes have to do this daily, looking through the different metrics. But I find I search too depp, and reach for names if done each day.
Pro Domainers and Investors Tip
Searching 7-10 days gives you perspective on the best names, and the ones you really want to sacrifice and/or hold bidding dollars for. Searching one day at a time, means you may just want to buy names when you have a lot of time, and then your knee jerk to “I’ve bid touch” this month when the better names come. Or you miss a day when a great name that others didn’t see shows up.
Searching 7-10 days worth of names means to look at 1000 names your looking at better overall names. For instance, looking at the 400 highest CPC for 8 days, your looking at names with $20-$200 Estimated CPC. If you look at one day, and look at the top 400 you down to $4.00. When you apply to other searches like dictionary words, geos, shortest your scanning a bigger group, and if you look at 1000 names over ten days, your looking a better names.
If your looking for name with age, search 8 days, and the top 2 pages of 200 names means your looking at only 1998 and before. Spending the same time looking at one day means your looking up through 2001.
Now if you have the budget to handle more names, daily might work.
But what I didn’t know was exactly how many days ahead could I search, and if I didn’t search again for another 9-10 days, would there be gaps, especially with the new registrar partners. It seemed some of my expired names were only appearing 4-5 days before auction end.
So if names added with only 5 days to go, if I only search 9-10 days before, names could come up – and close before I ever got them on my watch list.
So I ran expireddomains.net and limited by godaddy expired domains, and then further searched by registrar. Here what i found.
Godaddy – 225,557 names. Oldest 10 days out.
Tucows – 52,403 Oldest was 9 days left
Enom – 18,992 names, Oldest was 8 days.
Name.com – 6,719 names. Oldest was 8 days out.
So one, it shows just how much of Godaddy inventory is coming from other registrars. And, some of Tucows inventory (depending on whether they are warehousing still) should be similar in some cases to the valued Network Solutions stock we all love at namejet; as Tucows operated as a reseller back-end for many original registrars.
So the conclusion, I’ve changed my methods to search godaddy every 8 days. I may have some overlap and see names I have already added to my watch list, but its worth it to make sure i don’t have gaps.
And ill check the next time I do 8 days, to see if these numbers hold true.