Do any domain investors renew names for longer than one year?

Here’s a question I haven’t asked in a while that I’d be interested to know the answer to – do any domain investors out there renew domains for more than a year?

Of course I can’t ask a question without answering it myself, and the answer for me is no. I renew all my domains for one year at a time. The reason is simple, if a domain name sells, anything beyond this year will be extra money spent for no reason. If auto-renew didn’t exist then I might be in trouble since it could be less-than-trivial to remember when all my domains expire, but it does exist so I don’t have to remember.

One thing I do make sure to do at all of my registrar accounts is keep multiple payment methods on file, that way if a domain does auto-renew and a credit card got canceled or expired, there’s a backup. So far in the ~14 years I’ve been investing in domain names I haven’t had any domains accidentally expire so, so far so good!

I’ve heard some investors in the past suggest renewing domains for 5+ years so that if a potential buyer does a WHOIS search, they’ll see the domain doesn’t expire for a longer time and could be more likely to make an offer. Personally, I don’t see this as a big deal since most potential buyers don’t look at the WHOIS, especially now since there’s not much to see any more.

Still, I’m curious if there are investors out there who renew domains for more than one year, and if so, why do you do it? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Samer May 26, 2021, 11:15 pm

    Yup. These are assets.

    Why not treat them like one?

    Shouldn’t need to “renew” fight to own for life.!


  • Rick Schwartz May 27, 2021, 4:35 am

    I have several hundred renewed for 10 years and expect to add more multi-year renewals before the prices go up. I have been doing 10-year renewals for the past 20 years on my best income-producing domains and others of great value.

    But plan to add more. At least 1000 more by fall.

  • Bar May 27, 2021, 6:11 am

    For my best names, I renew 5-10 years out. I think it helps protect the investment and also makes it clear to anyone interested that the name is not dropping any time soon.

  • Emeka May 27, 2021, 7:33 am

    Yes I renew. It is wise to renew for extra years as mentioned. It helps stop tire kickers .

  • Adam Doppelt May 27, 2021, 9:28 am

    Yearly, mostly. .ai is an interesting case. High renewal fees. Also, they don’t show expiry dates in whois anymore. It would be great to get a discussion going on tools… Registrars, parking, portfolio management, etc. Renewal tracking is just the tip of the iceberg!

  • JZ May 27, 2021, 5:07 pm

    the best ones get renewed for 5 years but the majority just a year at a time.

  • RD September 10, 2021, 10:44 am

    I only renew searchable keyword base domains. Because buyers may come through google by searching specific keywords to domain landing page.

    So i am interested in renewing selected domains for long years…

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