Review: A year with Dropsystem As some of you may know, I only 'got into' domains a couple of years ago - spent the first year reading up on everything on Acorn - learnt about 'droplists' and attempted catching a few names with various dropcatchers with various degrees of success (not much to be honest - even lost £xxx with the whole ‘caught.co.uk’ debacle). So about a year ago I decided I wanted to take it a bit more seriously and had heard good reviews on here about Dropsystem's hosted catching. So I exchanged a few messages with Dale (aZooZa) who I found extremely professional, friendly and full of helpful advice. Opting for a hosted system seemed quite daunting with the £xxxx costs, but with the reviews on here and after speaking with Dale I was pretty excited to go for it. So I gave myself a year's subscription as a bit of a project. I was a little worried about getting set-up as I didn’t have a Nominet membership – but Dale was on hand and made the whole sign-up process simple. After that – the system was set-up quickly and I was given some great instructions on how best to use it and how I could customise the polling times etc. That year is now up - it was a great experience, I’d load the catcher daily (taking anywhere from 5 to 30 mins to load depending on how thorough you go over a list) – I believe I caught approx. 250 domains ranging from surnames, geos, brandables, LLLs, one words, high DAs etc. The cost of the year can be broken down like this: Dropsystem subscription – low £xxxx Nominet membership – mid £xxx Caught domain reg fees – approx. 250 x £6 (2 years) - £1500 Total – mid £xxxx The good news is I’ve already sold about 20+ names, some on here, some on Domainlore and quite a few just from sticking up a sales page with SEDO – I’ve already made my initial costs back and some – and affectively have a portfolio of 200+ domains with reg fees already paid for the next year and a bit. Not bad going! Here’s some of the names I caught over the year: tmj comparequotes daytripper amazingbreaks myarea vintagebikes aquis maxum loveacademy expressparcel specialholidays classicproperties myweek paylater winafortune varian avow greenfire greensun welovedesign quando kingsmark gizbo tract beingme optronics somehow hagon starplan caravanforum aphex numberfour vivi londonplasterers expresscars garvey newfashion urbansolutions sportschat kneel starprize fourthelement aeronautics fairmead utilitymanagement pretium bedgiant goldenstar lowbudget networkexperts specialedition threespires claybury jobforum regenersis traintoteach southquay globalassets sexblog globalinvestments advancing euroimport vitale familyweekends positivequotes tvchoice greenerhomes currencycomparison driverlesscars dataextraction smallbusinessdirectory storageshelving + many more of a similar ilk (just realised this is quite a good way to get them out there, offers always welcome… lol) The reason I’ve decided to write this review is that regrettably, even after a fantastic year, I’ve decided not to renew my subscription – this is due to time factors for me, I have a full-time job (unfortunately not a desk job where I could get away with loading the catcher during the day), a demanding one-year-old and a stressed out missus. Due to these time constraints, I’ve generally found the time to load the catcher by staying up until the early hours with a couple of beers and watching crap on youtube at the same time…. I’ve absolutely loved it, but if I’d signed up for another year – I think she’d have my balls off. (Also, I’m hoping to spend a bit more time developing 1 or 2 names this year) I literally gave Dale and Simon no notice of this decision, so knowing that there’s now a spare Dropsystem slot going at the moment and that they’re not pressure salesmen – I thought I’d do the honourable thing and give them the glowing review they deserve. Hope it helps anybody thinking of catching who doesn’t have a clue about the coding (like myself). P.S. would also like to add – Dale threw in a subscription to DCE.co.uk too – very comprehensive droplists and also has a very interesting feature that I’m sure many here don’t know about – ‘Who Caught What’ – where it shows you what names were caught the previous day and by whom. Thanks for a fun year Dale and Simon!