Expired Domains I’m Looking At

I’ve been talking a lot about expired domains lately on the blog and this has stirred-up a ton of emails from people all with the same question, “What expired domains are you looking at?” While it’s a bit of a risk as a blogger sharing the names you’re bidding on, since I’m not the only person bidding I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Of course I wouldn’t recommend anyone get in a battle with me to win the name and then try to sell it back to me as you’ll find I won’t be interested.

What I would like to do is provide a window into my thinking right now so you can better-understand what domains are interesting to me. This is something that has changed over the years. Back in 2007 and 2008 I was focused on buying .us, and .me domains, now just about every name that I look for is a .COM and in some cases a .NET or .ORG if they are truly killer names. I also feel that in some cases a .ORG is more powerful than a .COM. This is in the case of nature or outdoor events where the audience isn’t looking to be sold to but is instead looking for information so .ORG has a nice trust-factor to it.

Right now I’m looking for expired domains on Snapnames, Go Daddy, and NameJet. The list below is of some of the names I’m hoping to get but if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world. I’d rather wait for a good name then buy a bunch of junky names. Right now I’m focused on buying domains in the $xxx range that can sell in the $x,xxx range. Sure it would be great to re-sell these in the $xx,xxx range but I’m more of a realist. I also look at domains specifically for development and monetization and these I don’t sell until I have a site on them, good rankings, and over $100/month in revenue.

So here it is, a partial list of expired domains that I’m looking at right now:

incentive.org (development candidate, not for flipping)
orangejuice.com (doubt I’ll get this one as it’s sure to go out of my range)
couponcloud.com (development candidate, not for flipping)
casinopromo.com (development candidate, not for flipping)

Feel free to share with me and everyone else some of the expired domains you are looking at as well! Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • James May 10, 2011, 10:43 am

    Interesting names, of that list I like:

    incentive.org, fwa.com, and couponcloud.com.

    It’s been a pretty lousy week on the drops so far (at least for me). I used to buy a lot more names to try flipping, which I have done a little, but lately I’ve been focused on names meeting two qualities:

    1. Names that I personally would be willing to develop, perhaps not right now, but eventually, that are clearly brandable.

    2. High enough quality names that they have good resale potential. I think not enough domain investors ask themselves “If this was on sale for 2k, and I had the brand, idea, and capital to develop it, would I?” If the answer is no, I won’t buy it.

    I try to have a development plan (a real one, with some numbers crunched) for every single name I buy, and if I sell it before I get to that, that’s just fine.



  • D.Ray May 10, 2011, 11:42 am

    Hi Morgan, You said back in 2007-2008 you were focused on buying .us and .me domains.
    I wasn’t involved in domaining back in 07 and 08,but I have now just purchased a few .us domains and I going to be developing them very soon.
    How many .us domains have you develop that are making you money? Have there been any downsides with the .us domains in regards to SEO,etc?

  • Domain Report May 10, 2011, 12:07 pm

    OrangeJuice.com is a surprising drop, the best on the list.

    I think Symbol.org is the next, though maybe not obvious best choice.

  • DomainS May 10, 2011, 12:12 pm

    great selection. here is my opinion. incentive.org could be a database for small business looking for finance, business plans, there is unlimited possibilities here. FWA.com is a easy bet since is very liquid, even at a high price, it keeps going up, symbol.org could be a site for logos, icons and graphic services. The coupon market is saturated and there is nothing to gain there.

  • Shane May 10, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Most Namejet names are not drops but rather private auctions. Symbol and Orange for example are just being sold not dropped.

    • Morgan May 10, 2011, 12:18 pm

      Good point @Shane – I mixed those in there! Important for people to understand the difference between both. The list above really is names I’m looking at buying, not just expired domains.

  • James May 10, 2011, 12:42 pm

    @shane Did you mean “most” of Morgan’s picks? Just to clarify for beginners NJ is not mostly private cautions (as evidenced by Shane’s own excellent daily drop lists). But there are definitely names on NJ that are private auctions ie. OrangeJuice.com, and NJ is terrible about disclosing the difference so it’s certainly easy for people to for people to think it’s all drops.

    • Morgan May 10, 2011, 12:45 pm

      @James – also a good point and to both of your points you can easily filter by doing an Advanced Search and selecting “Pre-Release Only”, “Pending Deletes Only” and “Auctions Only”

      I have searches that are setup to email me daily for “Pending Deletes Only” that match specific criteria that I’m looking for so I don’t have to search manually as well πŸ™‚

  • James I May 10, 2011, 2:53 pm

    What do you use to find these names – DropDay, FreshDrop or just the on site searches? I’ve tried using searches at Snapnames, but get bogged down in pages of pigeon s**t!

    • Morgan May 10, 2011, 3:06 pm

      I used saved searches and then have my own custom-written software that parses the results and gives me just the results that are important to me.

  • James I May 10, 2011, 3:26 pm

    No wonder I can’t find some of these names πŸ˜‰

    Let me know if you ever decide to sell copies of your script, I’d be interested in it.

  • Fred May 11, 2011, 10:58 am

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  • Artem May 13, 2011, 3:28 pm

    What I don’t understand, is why the former owners don’t renew some great pre-release domains – as I understand, they might be able doing that till the release day.
    On the one hand, I’ve seen some good names being renewed a few days before releasing on NameJet: ButterKeeper.com, FaceWrinkles.com, OutdoorFurniture.net, etc. On the other hand, OrangeJuice.com will be scarcely renewed, given the level of promotion by NameJet. So what’s the difference in this case? Or NameJet just lets the grace period to pass and only then exposes it to public auction?


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