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Tony Dancaster

What country are you based in?

I’ve been living in Thailand for 20 years but I’m originally from England.

Do you feel your location has an effect on your domain investing?

None whatsoever, one thing I love about domain investing is you can do it from anywhere. Many times I’ve sat on the beach, the computer on my lap and searching for domains.

How long have you been involved in domains?

Since 2018.

Are you a full time domainer?

No.

How did you find out about domain investing?

I was looking for a domain name for a friend and someone pointed me in the direction of GoDaddy’s expiring auctions. From the moment I experienced the auctions I was hooked and was sure there was money to be made. I then started researching domain investing and stumbled upon Domain Sherpa (the goldmine for information) and NamePros and my learning grew from there.

How many domains do you currently hold?

493.

What's your favourite non .com tld/nTLD/gTLD?

I would say it’s currently .ORG

What's the best advice you've been given by another domain investor, either directly or through something they've said on twitter or in an interview?

I don’t think I can give you one specific piece of advice, none that I can remember anyway, just loads of nuggets from Domain Sherpa and DNAcademy.

What kind of goals do you set yourself?

I set myself a certain amount of domains to sell each year and also to keep ahead of trends.

Who are your top 3 domain investors?

Shane Cultra, Braden Pollock & Andrew Rosner

What's the toughest part of domain investing?

Finding names that will sell. It’s so easy to end up with a portfolio full of names that you like but nobody else ever will, also letting go of domains, those renewal fees add up!

How do you structure the domaining part of your day?

I don’t as I am not full-time domaining.

How do you manage your portfolio?

I keep everything in excel, I have used a database before but I find an excel spreadsheet the best way to keep track of everything.

Do you also have any NFTs or Crypto in your portfolio?

As you have probably noticed, my Twitter is currently very NFT & Crypto biased. I have loads of NFTs, some are for investment and some are just pure art that I love. I have made a small profit trading NFTs and my current portfolio is all paid for through profit. Collecting NFTs is as addictive as buying domain names lol. I have a few .eth domain names and will continue to buy although the market is very speculative and may not produce any returns for some time if at all. I do also hold some Crypto.

What's the most you've ever spent on one domain?

$320 and that was a one-off, the next closest was $102, and both are already sold. I actually love finding the cheap bargain bucket names on GoDaddy or Dropcatch for $5 or $10 and putting them up for sale at a handsome profit. I have hand-reg’d a few but unless it’s for a new trend or made up brandable the best names are long gone. I am looking to slowly increase the overall quality of my domains but don’t currently see too much value in the auctions.

Have you ever done outbound? If so, were/are you successful?

Yes, I have done outbound and had some success but I must confess I’ve become lazy and haven’t done any for ages. I also believe that you can lose the upper hand on price when you do outbound so at the moment I’m quite happy to cast out the bait and wait for a bite.

You're given $10k to spend on domains, how do you spend it?

I would probably buy 2 .com domains for $4k each and spend the other $2k on a .eth domain or 2.

Outside of domains, what other business/wealth/personal growth figures do you look up to?

I follow @punk6529 on Twitter as he has some great ideas and really thinks outside the box. I also watch Guy Turner from Coin Bureau on a daily basis.

What do you do when you're not domaining?

I am currently deep down the NFT/Crypto rabbit hole and that consumes a lot of my time. I want to learn as much as I can about Web 3 as I think the future within the space is bright and I aim to be in a position to take as many financial advantages as possible. My girlfriend and I are big foodies so we’re often out trying out new restaurants and bars. I am also big into football.

What advice would you give to people just starting out in domains?

I know it’s difficult to hold off buying domains before you have learnt too much but I’d highly recommend watching as many Domain Sherpas as possible (they are now available on YouTube) before you buy any domains. There are so many nuggets to be found within Domain Sherpa and a lot of the old episodes are still very relevant today. Follow as many successful domain investors as you can on Twitter and also join NamePros and soak up all the information freely available there. I wish you all the best of luck on your domain investing journey.

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