7 Interesting Nuggets of info from the Verisign Domain Industry Report

Verisign published its Domain Name Industry Brief today, if you don’t feel like reading all of it below are 7 key takeaways from the briefing. This report is off the heels of the news that .COM just topped 130,000,000 registrations for the first time ever (source).

  • Growth of .com and .net domain names redirecting to social media sites is owned by Instagram, which has seen over 71% increase over Q2 2016. The next highest went to YouTube with 28% increase.
  • Geographical New TLDs registrations have eeked out almost 1% market share of total geographical domain registrations from ccTLD domains.
  • ‘Coin’ was the top trending keyword in .COM and .NET in Q2 2017. Crypto ranked 2nd in .COM and 4th in .NET, respectively.
  • The average sale price for the top 10 .com domain names reported by DNJournal as sold in the aftermarket in Q2 2017 was $917,000.
  • Total ccTLD registrations were 144.2 million in Q2, which is +1.1M or a 0.8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2017. ccTLDs increased by approximately 3.7M registrations, or 2.6 percent, year over year (not including .TK which would skew results greatly).
  • The top 10 ccTLDs are .CN, .TK, .DE, .UK, .RU, .NL, .BR, .EU, .AU and .FR. As of June 30, 2017, there were 302 extensions in the root, with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 64.8 percent of all ccTLD registrations.
  • New .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.2 million during the second quarter of 2017.

What Are Domainers and Domain Companies Buying?

The Domains Wanted section at NamePros forum sure has been interesting lately.

I’ve used the domains wanted section to make several purchases and blogged about my experience acquiring domains there. I always figured it’s a given, on the domain forum you expect domainers to look for cheap deals, no domain investor ever wants to pay “end user pricing.” That being said there are some funny posts the last few weeks by several members that are titled something like this:  I will buy killer one word, two word, LLL or LLLL .com ONLY if you are extremely DESPERATE for money and have no other options!!

Lol..we get it…you want to buy names cheap, who doesn’t?  So, should every serious domain investor flood the domain wanted section or blogs with this kind of post?  Or should buyers continue posting the types of names they want buy with their budget?  A big part of successful domaining is finding and negotiating a good deal, these posts seem lazy in my opinion but there’s a sucker born every day I guess.

My favorite current thread is by domain broker Andrew Rosener of Media Options, they are enthusiastically trying to fill a portfolio with domains from every year starting in 1987-2017.

I am looking to buy at least one domain name from both years: 1990 & 1991

I really don’t care about the quality of the domain. 

The WHOIS data must show the original registration date.

I’ll pay a fair price. Probably more than anyone else would pay. Budget is between $1,000 and $100,000 (depends on the domain of course!).

I am completing a portfolio which includes a domain name from every year except 1986 (will take one of those too if you happen to find one!), 1990 and 1991. 

1987: ksr.com
1988: cli.com
1989: murphy.com 
1990: ? (insert: OpusTech.com)
1991: ? (insert: Aracor.com)
1992: ins.com
1993: pwl.com
1994: impala.com
1995: bigjohnson.com
1996: kettle.com
1997: backflip.com
1998: flawless.com
1999: axp.com
2000: vvr.com
2001: loro.com
2002: lare.com
…and so on and so on…

Almost complete, (UPDATE: portfolio is now complete) the portfolio was missing domains from years 1990 and 1991 but since posting yesterday MO has purchased OpusTech.com which has a registration date of 8-30-1990.  The whois does show MediaOptions as the new owner and domaintools.com also lists it for sale at $15,000 which is likely still lingering from the previous owner.  In the post it is also mentioned that he will buy a 1986 domain if you can find one.  There are 6 domains registered in 1985 and 53 registered in 1986*, most look like they are in use but I didn’t check any.

Besides aged and premium .COM names there is a lot of demand for Brandable and pronounceable 5-7 letter .COMs, and several LLLL (four letter) .com requests with many of them also looking for pronounceable patterns.  Cryptocurrency and Weed/Pot/Cannabis and Advertising/Tech domains seem to get a lot of requests in the domain wanted section at NamePros recently as well.

So, if you have some good domains, investors are buying…and they are still only paying reseller prices in most cases. Good luck and happy hunting/selling!

*source 100 oldest domain names

NamePros Closing in On 1,000,000 Members

NamePros.com is the largest domain name forum online and has been around since 2003.  Over the last 13 years it has seen a couple of ownership changes, several upgrades/updates and along the way it has picked up 999,975 members (as of this morning).  Goes to show how much the domain naming industry is really growing.

For me, NamePros has been more than just a great place for discussion, reading and research but also offers a large and active domain marketplace.  Over the last 2-3 years I have also noticed NamePros really getting in tune with the rest of the industry.  By adding a very active blog and social media presence, I now see more and more key industry players posting and participating on NamePros.  It really is evolving into a complete domain community and NP and all of its moderators should be proud.

Of course, any forum reaching 1,000,000 members is worth celebrating.  NamePros and friends ran a contest (already closed) and are set to give away some cool prizes soon including NamesCon tickets and advertising packages for the member who guesses the right date/time of the 1,000,000th sign up.  Looks like it will happen in the next day or two! Big congrats and thanks much to NamePros for building and maintaining such a great community.

Current forum stats (as of 5.16.2017 @ 8:15 MST):

Discussions: 1,018,748
Posts: 6,153,785
Members: 999,975

Click HERE to see NP members lists including most posts, most points, notable, top members, staff and representatives

Get em While they Last! NP’er NameClerk Serving up (free) Available .com Lists

I subscribe to several types of threads on NamePros forum and one of them has become quite active in the last few weeks.  Bill E, of NameClerk.com has been posting available .COM lists for several years now on his NamePros thread: Get em While they Last! Available .coms.

Bill’s posts almost always have a good mix of at least a few dozen two word and one word brandable .coms of which many have been registered by NP members.  Just this morning, NameClerk served up a list of 84 names available. I just checked the thread and several members have already chimed in saying grabbed a name.  Of the 84, 19 .coms have already been registered.

Of course, most of the names suggested that go unregistered, and rightfully so..  Many of names are a bit of a stretch, highly speculative and have likely been dropped (probably by another domainer).  However, there are definitely gems hiding in NameClerk’s lists too.  I can say that I have successfully sold domains that I have registered from his lists for profit, so I know they’re worth checking out!

It’s also pretty interesting to bulk check these lists more than once to see what names that got taken that you passed on or maybe didn’t even jump out at you.  Big ups to NameClerk.com for providing the lists on NamePros thread over the years.

 

10 Picks From the NamesCon – ROTD Extended Auction

This year’s NamesCon live auction on Monday, January 23rd saw over $1.2M in domain sales.  There were some impressive sales as well as some smoking deals.  Top sales from the live auction included: Single.com ($290k), SportsCars.com ($48k), Yea.com ($45k) and Dpt.com ($42k).

The NamesCon – ROTD extended auction hosted on NameJet.com features domain names that did not close in the live auction as well as additional inventory, hand selected for this event. There are several auction lots that are close to the reserve and will probably sell by the time the extended auction closes next week on February, 9th.

We have picked 10 auction lots to feature that are close to or meet the reserve and look like good deals.

FreeChecking.com – Currently at $1,875.00. Reserve Met. Maybe one of the most common phrases you see on local banking commercials.  Great deal at current bid.

Journalists.com – Currently at $30,200. Reserve not met. Must be getting close as reserve range is $25-$50k. Big name, especially in today’s news climate.

Stop.com – Currently at $199,999. Reserve not met. According to reserve range ($100k-$200k), next bid should topple the reserve! Pretty amazing domain, Estibot valuation $492k.

Morsels.com – Currently at $1,450. Reserve met. Nice one word .COM at a pretty low price so far.

AdultClub.com – Currently at $620. No reserve.  Sexy adult name looks like a good deal at current bid, $10k Estibot valuation.

ExpiringNames.com – Currently at $360. No Reserve. Surprised to see just a few bids on this relevant domain industry name.

Realest.com – Currently at $4,300. No Reserve. Catchy name, decent price and will sell.

OL.com – Currently at $850,000. Reserve not met. Getting close as we’re in middle of reserve range ($750k-$1M).

Homecoming.com – Currently at $50,000. Reserve not met. Within reserve range of $50-$75k.

IronCurtain.com – Currently at $450. No Reserve. Cool two word .com going for a fraction of $42k Estibot valuation.

 

 

 

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