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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.

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.

 

 

 

ClintonKaine.com VS TrumpPence.com

The winner….. Donald Trump, because he owns both of them.

ClintonKaine.com and TrumpPence.com represent the combination of last names for both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates and their respective VP nominees. The Trump campaign did not hand register either of these domains, they were both purchased this year.  So, what is premium presidential domain name worth during the height an election cycle?

presidential-election-1336480_640It appears the answer this go round is $15-$20k.  These domains were both listed for sale shortly after the candidates chose their VP running mates, and both sold this year.

TrumpPence.com was registered this February and sold on the Flippa.com marketplace last month for just shy of $19k ($18,734 officially). The domain was recently put to use forwarding to a fundraising splash page on DonaldJTrump.com, the campaigns’ official website.

ClintonKaine.com has been registered since 2011, before the last election cycle. It also sold via Flippa for $15,000 last month. TheDomains reached out to the seller to confirm the sales price and get further details. It was revealed that the Clinton campaign offered $2,000 for the domain. That’s when the registrant connected with a broker that eventually made the sale. ClintonKaine.com now points to a page on DonaldJTrump.com that is titled ‘Disqualify Hillary Clinton’.

Political domain names generally have quite a short shelf life once an election cycle is underway, but can be lucrative if utilized in a timely manner.

Poll: Will Liquid ChiPs Continue To Dip in 2016?

2016 is flying by and we are getting closer to expiration dates on many different type of ChiPs (Chinese Premium) names that were bought out last year.  Many of these being longer numerics and 3-5 L/N/C domains in com net and org as well as many new extensions.  My guess is we’ll see massive drops as buyouts won’t hold but the biggest question is what is in store for the most liquid ChiPs like LLL, LLLL, 4N and 5N .com/.net?

Excluding 3 letter .coms, I think the best indicator on how ChiPs are doing overall is to look at the LLLL .coms which have dipped to average trading price around $1100 – $1500 with a few falling just short of the $2k mark. Source That’s a big decline compared to when they were trading at their peak a few months ago for $2500-$3000.  The LLLL .com ChiPs seem to have stopped their descent at the $1k+ mark and I think that’s a good sign.

So, with tons of renewals looming and potential massive drops in the lower end ChiP market (5L .com, 6N – 8N .com, 3-5 letter/number/character names in .xyz, .top, .club, .online, .etc) How do you think the liquid ChiP market will fair in 2016?

How will liquid ChiP domains finish out 2016?

  • Start to gradually increase almost back to 2015 Q4 figures (30%, 14 Votes)
  • Continue to drop but still have more value than similar non-ChiP domains (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Hold steady (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Sink like the Titanic (20%, 9 Votes)
  • Skyrocket! (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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