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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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WTF? F*ckbook.net Sells for $100,000

Sedo.com is reporting the sale of Fuckbook.net for $100,000. Fuckbook.com is a massive adult network with an Alexa rank of 22,398 worldwide and 13,151 in the U.S. The .net name also shows some traffic with Alexa rank of 3.4m and 18 incoming links.

The sold domain, originally registered in 2006 remains under privacy protection at GoDaddy.com. I’m assuming the buyer was the .com adult network. For anyone else to drop that kind of cash for that domain would be ridiculous. Interesting to note that Fuckbook.xxx was registered less than two weeks ago.

This is the first six figure .net sale reported this year. That must make the Fuckbook.net sale a pretty impressive one considering the only two six figure .net sales reported to DNJournal.com last year were CreditCard.net ($138,000) and Cars.net ($170,000).

Ten Steals That Sold for $X,XXX

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Over the weekend, Rick Schwartz posted an article titled: Make a Million Dollars in Domains. 12 EASY steps and 36 Months! REALLY!  This post demonstrates how important it is to essentially ‘trade up’ by using profits from your previous domain sales to buy more valuable names – ones that you can make MORE profit from. 

Elliot posted a nice addendum yesterday to Rick’s article supporting the theory and giving some good insight on how he used this method to take domaining beyond just a hobby. 

I saw comments on these posts asking where/how to find higher value names that are flippable.   As I browsed through the DNJournal’s most recent sales chart, I saw several names that sold at prices where I feel the buyer is in a position to make a big profit on the turnaround.  Without doing any research on search volume or TM potential, etc, here are names I thought were deals and where they were purchased:

dam.com $6,500 afternic – Damn, that’s a steal!

sous.com $3,460 namejet – Geo name, brandable, sous chef.. super versatile

powr.com $3,298 namejet – Power.com typo

petzone.com $7,600 namejet – Great brand potential

ukproperty.com $6,750 sedo – Maybe a little broad but I like it

lv.tv $3,000 sedo – Las Vegas TV?!

cork.it $1,360 sedo – Maybe a stretch but this is a nice hack

go.fm $1,890 sedo – I like this name, go flows well with the ext

scores.info $1,428 sedo – Huge keyword, definitely a deal for the buyer

rank.info $1,210 sedo – Maybe the second best extension for this word

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Saturday Tidbits

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Hope you had a great week!  It was a quiet week on the blog but that is not a sign of things to come.  I am working with another writer who will be joining NameTalent.com soon and we’re working on some interesting guest posts for the upcoming weeks… Stay tuned!

  • Moniker/Snapnames year end auction is underway and will be ending on November 17th (twelve days from now). There are some premium one word .com names in the inventory including prime.com, tofu.com, empire.com, answer.com, floor.com and mock.com which currently has a high bid of $10k (reserve not met). Names I really like in this auction that I think will sell are paternitytest.com (reserve $5-$10k), golfcart.net (reserve $2.5-$5k), fliphomes.com (reserve ($5-$10k), realityshows.tv (reserve $1-$2.5k).
  • According to the Wall Street Journal Metropolis editorial, folks heavily involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement have agreed to purchase the OccupyWallStreet.net for $8,000. The domain, which was created on 9/23/2011 now shows the Occupy Wall Street Unincorporated Organization as the registrant and was recently updated on 11/4/2011.
  • There is a premium .CO auction going on right now at Pool.com and it will end on Monday. The auction is a re-auction of names from the .CO landrush. Names that caught my eye in this auction include assets.co, interactive.co, veterinarian.co, standard.co. There are also several premium LLL .co that are currently going very cheap.
  • IRA.com sold recently for seven figures according to the end user buyer Mike Jackness, founder of Terran Marketing. What I think is great about this sale (besides the massive pricetag) is that the end user loves his purchase and has blogged about the value of the acquisition to his company. The final purchase price was not released but Mike hinted in his writings it was probably somewhere between $1-$2 million.
  • A few other sales that reported this week courtesy of DNJournal.com are Look.com $400k, SUV.com $210k, Solo.com $133k, 235.com $100k. HuntingMoon’s adult auction also scored a couple nice sales including Matures.com for $30k and Gay.co for $25k.
  • Finally, I will be publishing the results of the .ME Premium Auction and Contest ASAP. I am just waiting for final numbers so that I can properly award the winners of the contest.

Saturday Tidbits

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Another Saturday here already! For all of you celebrating Halloween Monday with your families or this weekend at parties with your friends have fun and be careful!

  • The .ME Premium auction is underway and got off to a pretty quick start. There are still many great .ME names without any opening bids including Tourism.me, Services.me, Wealth.me, Culture.me, Tablet.me, Realty.me and many more. The highest bid right now is shared by top.me and RealEstate.me which are both currently at $1,550. This auction is ending Thursday, Nov. 3rd.
  • Web.com finalized the acquisition of NetworkSolutions.com this week. They now own NetSol as well as Register.com, the combination of those two registrars gives Web.com control over an additional 8.4 million domain names (according to webhosting.info). Web.com has recently been mass advertising their cheap web design and hosting options for businesses via TV commercials. According to a press release, Web.com paid NetSol Holdings LLC (NetworkSolutions.com parent company) $405 million in cash and 18 million shares of Web.com common stock. It will be very interesting to see what happens to the Network Solutions and Register.com brands, obviously Web.com is the shorter and more memorable name for new/non domainer customers. Even with more than 8.4 million domains housed with Web.com, this is still only a fraction GoDaddy.com’s nearly 40 million registered domains.
  • My first article of a four part series on acquiring domain names was published this week at iGoldRush.com.  This first article focuses on strategy for hand registering domain names.  The series I am writing is geared more towards new domain investors, which works out great for iGoldRush as it really is a go to site for those learning the ropes in the domaining world.  iGoldRush.com is the most comprehensive domain name guide and news resource on the Internet.
  • DomainShane.com reported this week that the domain name 55.com was sold earlier this year for $2.3 million dollars via the 4.cn domain marketplace.  Shane has been talking about the Chinese domain market for over a year now and has really sparked interest by many sellers in the 4.cn forum.  Numeric domain names are very popular amongst the Chinese and it seems many of the highest numeric domain sales are coming from China.  The Chinese domain market is only getting stronger and is worth paying attention to if you are a serious domain seller.  According to DNJournal.com 11.com just sold for $525k through the MediaOptions.com newsletter, the buyer a Chinese company.
  • At the request of many domain registrars, ICM Registry has extended the Sunrise Period for .XXX domain names.  At the end of the week ICM estimated they received nearly 72,000 applications with many more coming in and yet to be processed.  Elliot Silver predicts that by Monday there will be over 100,000 applications.
  • The complete list of results of the 2011 TRAFFIC Auction were posted yesterday at RicksBlog.com.  Rick also just announced this morning that they will be adding an award for domain “broker of the year” to the TRAFFIC 2012 awards.
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