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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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Six Domain Investing Tips From Mike Mann

Mike Mann posts domain investing tips periodically via his Facebook page. Mann is very outspoken and even controversial on Facebook.   Many of his posts discuss domaining, domain sales, web development and general entrepreneurship. 

Domain investing tip:  Proper domaining is a matter of filtering with many methods to get the .Com cream to rise to the top, the main one being “crowdsourcing” filtering, let the crowd tell you whats best and then you determine whats underpriced. For example someone in the crowd already registered it, the crowd bids it up, the crowd sends traffic to that term, the crowd bids on those words in Google, the crowd helps Google determine ranking, one from the crowd needs to buy this name later at a huge markup after a bunch of hits and other price requests from the crowd. Ie the crowd signifies demand, the supply is just one, and you need a great price and keyword .Com that will live for eternity.

Domain investing tip:  Buy .Com expressions that are spelled perfectly, contain keywords, lots of business use the words, in growing industries, and someone already thought of because “all the best ones are gone”. The issue is that it’s a buyers market and you can get such names for around $350 that should be worth considerably more now and in the future, and you can use them and potentially collect and leverage some traffic while they rise in value if you are careful.

Domain investing tip:  If you own great .Com domains GoDaddy, Sedo, and NameMedia/BuyDomains/Afternic have excellent systems for selling them online, and many other brokers can act as intermediaries too; but for web based selling systems, theirs are best established.

Domain investing tip:  Do a lot of research on your target names on google and using special tools related to keywords, comps, seo and ppc, similar names and sites, etc. Bid real low for the best ones when you are done with your careful study.

Domain investing tip:  If cost you $15/yr and takes you 10 yrs. to sell thats a $150 investment. If there are more than 3 “Smith Insurance” companies in the world then most likely over 10 years you can sell it for at least $1000 and collect some traffic in the meantime assuming its not a trademark and you have done nothing illegal.

Domain investing tip:  When you are buying the best .Com’s (only names worth risking) test the limits of your seller since its a buyers market currently. Bid way too low until they sweat, then you know you are near the right price when they are ready to walk.

I interviewed Mike last December if you want to read more about his domaining background and strategy.  Which one is your favorite quote? Why?

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Live Auction Unofficial Report: Sales Exceed Six Figures

There’s been a lot of chatter on blogs and forums about the live auction that took place at the  T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference yesterday in Fort Lauderdale.  I put together a list of names that did sell (thanks to for live blogging the auction results).  Keep in mind the sales below are unconfirmed and some still subject to approval by the sellers.

So much of the commentary I’m seeing about the auction results are calling it a failure and disappointment.  I watched about half of the live feed and participated in the phone bidding, which was run professionally with no problems.  I thought that overall the auction was run quite efficiently.  The results were interesting, there were definitely some good deals, some disappointing max bids and even some surprising sales.

As I mentioned in my last post about the live auction – it was a domainers auction!  I’ve seen folks who had domains in the auction complaining about not getting bids as high as past offers on their names.  Well, did you expect a domain investor to offer more than an end user would for your domain?  So, was this auction a failure?  Let’s look at the numbers… almost 50% of the lots sold and over $100k in domain sales in less than two hours.  Many of the passed lots (not published here) did receive decent bids, some of which were close to the reserve prices.

My biggest problem with yesterday’s auction is that some of the no reserve lots (particularly a couple I was bidding on) were marked as ‘passed’ on the DNN report.  Of course, these are unofficial results so these may have in fact sold.  I’m sure we’ll hear more from the organizers once the conference has ended.

Sold Lots From the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Live Auction 9/8/2012 $1250 $2000 $400 $20000 $1500 $600 $2500 $2250 $3000 $1500 $22000  $1000 $500 $5000 $200 $200 $500 $100 $900  $875 $700 $10000 $1500 $500  $500 $500 $2250 $500 $500 $500 $2000 $1100 $750 $1100 $100 $900 $3000 $200 $300 $400 $300  $2500 $2000 $300 $2000 $300 $1000 $7000


Total lots sold: 48
Total $ sold: $102,400

*Unofficial sales data courtesy of

Infographic: Six and Seven Figure Domain Name Sales 2004 – Present

I put together this infographic using data from Important to note that these are pure domain sales verified by Ron Jackson, not website + domain sales. Keep in mind these are only reported sales, there is a lot going on behind the scenes and probably just as many if not more transactions don’t get reported for various reasons.

That being said, unless there are a heap of six figure sales in the remaining three months of this year, we’re looking at a pretty sharp decline of $xxx,xxx sales in 2012. In the last weekly sales report from DNJournal, nothing even cracked the $50k mark to add to the YTD sales chart. The closest was which went for $45k.

With only one reported and verified seven figure domain sale so far this year ( $1m), the domain industry is in danger of only having a single reported million dollar sale since 2005 on the chart. I should note that DomainHoldings, a very reputable brokerage and monetization company, did mention that they have brokered two seven figure domain name sales this month as reported by Elliot Silver.

What do you think is going on here? Are high dollar domain sales in general on a decline? Or, Are fewer and fewer high dollar sales being reported?

Infographic data source:
2012 YTD Sales
2011 DN Sales Chart
2010 DN Sales Chart
2009 DN Sales Chart
2008 DN Sales Chart
2007 DN Sales Chart
2006 DN Sales Chart
2005 DN Sales Chart
2004 DN Sales Chart

MWD Sells for $45,000

Most Wanted Domains sold as reported by You must be wondering who would spring $45k for a circumcision? While the name is still registered under privacy protection, the new owner of the name seems to be IntactAmerica a group that is against permanent bodily alteration in the name of culture, religion, profit, or parental preference.

Today, and .org are both owned by groups that are vehemently anti circumcision. It’s another interesting strategy for using domain names. I’ve sold several two word .coms to companies who use the name as redirect to their site which offers opposing information or products for sale.

In other domain sales news, platform is cranking out a lot of nice sales including recently selling for $118k, for $90k and for $85k. Those were the top three reported sales in the last week according to DNJournal.

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