I have always been a big fan of GoDaddy Auctions, because it never gets the attention of the expired auction services like NameJet and SnapNames. This is often due to “quality” but everybody has a budget for investing or buying domains and GoDaddy Auctions seems to fit my budget better. GoDaddy Auctions has become more competitive than it was before though.
No site or service is perfect but here are some things that I would add or remove to GoDaddy Auctions if I could.
Yep, Free Domains! Currently if a domain name doesn’t get a bid during the normal auction period, the domain goes to closeout auction where the auction price drops to a buy it now of $11, the next day $10, $8, then $5. If no takers after the $5 buy it now, GoDaddy allows the domain to follow the normal drop process and you are out of luck until the domain is released from the registry many days later.
Wouldn’t you know… a lot of these domain names end up getting registered after they drop. Not all, but A LOT.
So what if GoDaddy offered these domains for FREE after the $8 auction and skip the $5 period? I don’t have the numbers to see how many $5 domains are purchased but I can tell you how much money GoDaddy makes by dropping the domain, $0.
So by FREE Domains, I mean, skip the $5 auction and list the domain for Free for one day + renewal. It’s no different then somebody registering the domain after it drops. Yes, there is the chance of making money with backorders but GoDaddy doesn’t play that game well. They do play the registration game well and I think this would excite people! Free domain with age, links, some with traffic etc, all for “registration fee”. 1 day only, hurry because once they are gone, they are gone… same thing with just letting the domain go after the $5 auction. Not sold, $0. Free Domain auction, profit from the renewals instead of just dropping the domain!
On average, I watch about 100 domain names at any given time at GoDaddy Auctions. Sadly on my part, I watch domains for a lot of different reasons and since inventory is posted 10 days prior to the auction ending, I forget why I was watching an auction by the time it matters, at the end of the auction.
If I was able to put a small note by each watched domain, I would likely spend more money because I wouldn’t forget why I watched it in the first place. Clearly if I watched it for the “keywords alone”, I wouldn’t need a note but there are a lot of reason we all watch a domain auction.
I’m sure we would all like this! Hitting the browser refresh button 20 times at the end of the auction is a pain in the ass. We do this on DropAlert.com, auto refresh every 20 seconds and it basically puts the auctions Live! Sitting back and watching is a lot better and more fun then having to refresh the page all the time. I’m sure there are technical reasons behind this but GoDaddy makes a lot of “free money” from expired domain auctions selling domains they do not “own”, plus it’s a huge company… so I think they should be able to afford it and figure it out!
Expired / Member Listed
I would like to easily tell if a domain is expired or member listed. This needs to be a visual thing (color maybe). Right now, one would have to click on a specific domain to see if it’s expired or member listed. That takes time and shouldn’t have to be done.
The Hover Box
If you put your mouse pointer over a domain name, you are currently supplied with the following data:
I really don’t give a shit about the Item ID, because it means nothing to me. It shouldn’t be taking up that valuable space of a quick view window. Neither should the Description: (none provided). Expired domain auctions do not have descriptions, never! Again, not needed, wasted space!
- Domain Age
That is the data that I would like to see in the quick view window. It may also be a good place for my “Notes” suggestion.
I really, really hate when domain names have an underline. Like really hate it. No need for the underline, people will figure out that it’s a hyperlink if they want to click it. It is much more visually appealing having no underlines on domains than having underlines. domainwithout.com domainwith.com
What would you suggest? Like any of my ideas? Please feel free to post a comment, as I know GoDaddy is a DotWeekly reader and the man that matters is too! Paul Nicks will be reading this article, so please share your suggestions if you would like.