There was a massive .Org domain drop recently. Thousand and thousands of English "word domains". Far more than usual.
Actually, lots and lots of -ing, -ed, -ness, -ly word domains.
When you see or become aware of something like this - a big "word drop" - happening or about to happen you need to ask yourself a few questions.
1. If the domains are valuable why is someone allowing them to drop?
Draw the rational inference: If there was value to them someone would find a way somehow to secure their renewal.
2. Of the #### domains that are about to drop, do any of them have a significant, direct commercial connection? (A thought I'll expound upon in a later thread.)
I scanned about 6,000 domains, a small part of the total drop. After years of practice, I can blow through such a list in very little time, thankfully.
Of those 6,000 I selected about 40. Of the 40 there's likely only ~10 that stand a reasonable chance of showing a return worth any creative effort.
In order for this to be worth the effort and expense, those 10 domains have to pay for the registration fees for the 40, plus the time spend culling out those 40 domains, plus the time spent developing them, bandwidth, etc.
So why did I even bother registering the other 30?
Haste. Things look a bit different the morning after the night before.
Note: 40/6,000 = <1% of the "word drops". Even though the other 5,960 were "word domains" I just looked and lamented for someone else's loss. Sad, really.
Another "someone else", who looks to be relatively new to the domain drop game, (at least their WhoIs record appears to be new to the game) went to the trouble to register a very large percentage of the remaining domains. History repeating itself? Likely. If the remaining words had "juice" he wouldn't have been "so lucky".
Point of the story? Take your time. Having money to buy domains is not the same as making money from domains. Often the excitement of making a move is following by a reality of disappointment.
The aftermarket for the vast majority of -ing or -ly .Org domains is nil, this class of domains gets very little - if any - type in traffic, and of that traffic the likelihood of any clickthroughs converting is very likely near nil.
There is often a message carried by a dropped domain.
999 times out of 1000 the message is "I'm not a contender."