Liquid Domains Overview Q3 2019

Giuseppe Graziano released his liquid domains report for Q3 2019. The report focuses on the 614,928 .com domains we call “liquid”.

The objective of the report is to present key statistics and generate a debate amongst the industry stakeholders about the fair value of such domains.

ESCROW.COM SALES VOLUME TOTAL SALES $69,300,000

LIQUID DOMAIN SALES $14,590,000

Liquid Domains Report Q3

Check out the historical data

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4600.com at $51,000 closes today at GoDaddy

4600.com

Not too often does an expired 4N.com make it to the last day on GoDaddy auctions. They usually get renewed, but 4600.com is past 30 days expired and cannot be renewed as it’s registered at GoDaddy.

The auction is currently at $51,000. Only 14 reported 4N.com sales in 2019. 2018 had 25 reported sales and 2017 had 32 reported sales.

With only 1000 of these highly sought after domains, fewer and fewer are becoming available. Of course these are most popular in China, and the registrant of 4600.com looks to have been Chinese.

Usually combinations with a 4 or a 0 are not as popular with the Chinese investor.

We will see where this name closes as today is the last day of the auction.

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Behind the keyword: Buy

Buy

Over the last couple days a number of Buy + keyword names expired at GoDaddy and closed for some decent money.

Buy as a prefix has reported 295 sales in .com for a total of $503,700 or an average sale of $1,707.

The highest Buykeyword.com sale of all time BuyBlue.com for $18,000. Currently a parked page. BuyTicket.com is second at $16,000 and currently forwards to BuyTickets.com.

The third highest sale has been around the block. BuyShares.com was sold for $15,100, $15,900 and $2,444. So the name sold for a big profit the first time at $15,900 but then sold for a loss at $15,100. Currently the name is parked with an asking price of $19,900.

Recent Buy keyword sales over the last week

Data courtesy of Namebio

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.brand domains: to be or not to be?

In 2010, a growing list of well-known brands began to speculate on the future of the internet and its hopeful acceptance of new domain extensions.

While .com and other legacy domain extensions have long been accepted, many of the brands couldn’t turn a blind eye to the possibility of .brand domains becoming the next big thing to hit the tech world since the internet itself.

Fast forward almost a decade later, and many of the same brands — McDonalds, Autodesk, Inc., The Boots Company, PamperedChef and The Guardian, to name a few — that fought tooth and nail to secure their “right” to own their respective .brand domain extension have decided to go a different direction and terminate this once thought to be lucrative investment.

For each brand that has cut its losses in owning a .brand top-level domain name, whether only for the sake of defensive registration or actual usage, there are brands — Sony, Philips, Abbott — progressing with plans to forever cement their .brand extension into the minds of their customers, suppliers, and competition.

One brand on quest I most recently stumbled upon is Canon. Canon is a Japan-based multinational corporation specializing in the manufacturing of imaging and optical products — cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers, computer printers and medical equipment.

Canon courageously embarked upon and embraced the use of its own .brand domain extension as its primary digital presence over the matching .com.

This tiny, yet critical detail slipped my mind until a non-tech savvy friend requested assistance installing their recently purchased Canon printer.

As I perused the instructions preparing to install and configure the printer, I soon discovered the setup was online when directed to access the canon website from a computer using the following web url: http://ij.start.canon.

Canon's Help Support Website - .canon brand domain

Of course, I opened a web browser to discover typing canon.com redirects to global.canon.

At first, I believed the .canon web address to be a secondary or non-primary url used by Canon for software and driver services, download, and support.

However, I soon discovered ALL of Canon’s digital presence uses the .canon web address.

Canon is certainly a forward thinking company to have made such a leap from .com to a .brand address.

The one reason I like the use of a .brand address is when the company can also own the matching .com.

If the matching .com is not available, then I’m highly hesitant to suggest using a .brand address.

After all, the average internet user has come to understand and associate .com to be the equivalent meaning of the internet.

And for this reason, I believe many of the early adopting brands of .brand domains chose to no longer renew their .brand investment.

Could brands reconsider in the future? Possibly, but who truly knows what twists, turns and changes are likely to occur in the coming years as the internet of tomorrow soon replaces the internet of today?

No matter what happens, I believe it safe to always own the matching .com when deciding to use a non .com web address to represent a digital presence.

I want to hear from you. What’s your stance and belief on companies investing and developing their respective .brand address(es)?

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I’m puzzled by the prices of numeric domains

Travis at DSAD provides a good service by reporting domain auction prices daily. By using dotDB and Google search, I can roughly understand why specific domains are sold for the prices. The only exception is long numeric domains.

For example, Travis reported a few days ago that 703888.com was sold for $4,600. dotDB gives 33 matches of this domain, including 6 exact matches which actually reveal no actual use in the corporate world. Goggle search gives no clue either.

The affection for long numeric domains probably started in 2015 when out of China came the investment theme “Chip” (Chinese Premium) where domains not consisting of certain letters (aeiouv) or numbers (0, 4) are considered premium. Investors poured in and flipped long numeric domains.

Numeric domains do have genuine use in China. For example, among China’s top 10 listed companies I mentioned in my last article, three of them also use numeric domains: 1688.com by Alibaba, 163.com by Netease, and 360.cn by 360 Total Security. However, these numbers are short and many “have” meanings, making it easy to remember. For example, 1688 rhymes with Yi Lu Fa Fa (一路发发 = making a fortune all the way).

As I have written many times, numbers do not have any intrinsic meaning in Chinese. We create meanings for them by using the rhyming method – finding Chinese words that sound similar to the numbers. Now, back to the domain 703888.com. By using this method, I can create the following meaning for the domain.

703888 = Qian Ying Shang Fa Fa fa (千赢商发发发 = a merchant who wins thousands of times and makes a fortune)

So, there is only limited use of numeric domains in corporate China. When a number is 5 digits or more, it becomes increasingly difficult to remember. Even worse, once they leave China, their meanings become lost because the rhyming method does not work in a non-Chinese culture.

Therefore, when buying long numeric domains, be aware that corporate buyers may be few and far between.

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Domain Sales and Trends report for October 2019

Sales and Trends

Looking back at October 2019 Domain Sales here we will examine domain sales and data trends for certain naming categories.

October saw a bounce up in dollars vs September while seeing close to 1,400 less sales.

Overall Namebio recorded 8,672 sales down from 10,033 total sales ($100 or more) in September. This was for a total dollar amount of $9.7 million up from $8.5 million in September. The average sales price was $1,124 up from $845 in September. EKO.com was the high sale at $1.5 million.

There were 3 sales that reached 6 figures

Short names

Three letter .coms saw 7 sales in October (4 in September)

Four letter .coms recorded 457 sales up from 422 sales in September. 4L.com sales brought in $469,000 down from $598,000 in September. Of those 457 sales, 216 were Chips, (no a,e,i,o,u,v). Those chips brought in $182,700 in sales. EKO.com was the highest 4L.com sale at $1.5 million.

Popular four letter combo CVCV recorded 6 sales for $54,600.

Numerics there were no 2N or 3N in October, there was one 4N.com: 7732.com sold for $49,500.

There were 363 5N.com sales in October down from 439 in September, these sales generated $305,400 in sales. The average sale price was $841 down from $891 in September. 11226.com was the high sale at $9,580.

6N.com sales totaled 89 down from 144 in September for $58,800. 998998.com was the high sale at $15,250.

Popular Keywords

There are certain keywords that are the most sought after in domain wanted threads, certain keywords that are the strongest when it comes to overall registration numbers.

Media recorded 15 sales ending in media, WorkMedia.com was the high sale at $3,500. The average sale was $937 up from $768 in September.

Labs recorded 7 sales ending in labs with MatterLabs.com being the high sale at $2,079. The average sales price was $898 up from $875 in September.

Online recorded 19 sales ending in online with BRGOnline.com being the high sale at $1,288. The average sales price was $276 down from $2,283 in September.

Coin recorded 9 sales ending in coin with Fishcoin.com being the high sale at $670. The average sales price was $201 down from $492 in September. Coin also recorded 8 sales as the first keyword in a two word combo. CoinRoots.com was the high sale at $1,800. The average sales price was $603 up from $173 in September.

CBD recorded 6 sales starting with CBD  (down from 20 in September) with CBDPay.com being the high sale at $3,400. The average sales price was $753 up from $383 in September. CBD recorded 7 sales ending in CBD (down from 16 in September) with ZeusCBD.com being the high sale at $1,485. The average sales price was $526 down from $1,205 in September.

Crypto recorded 14 sales starting with Crypto (down from 23 in September) with CryptoInsurance.com being the high sale at $70,000. The average sales price was $5,341 up from $503 in September. There were 3 sales with crypto as the second keyword, with InCrypto.com being the high sale at $2,850. Average sales price was $1,050 up from $231 in September.

Capital recorded 11 sales ending in Capital with GoldenGateCapital.com being the high sale at $777. Average sales price was $384 down from $787 in September.

Smart recorded 17 sales starting with Smart. SmartPillow.com was the high sale at $6,694.

New GTLD’s

The new gtld’s generated 36 sales up from 33 sales in September. Total sales came in at $92,200 down from $116,200 in Septmember. The high sale was CBD.World at $20,000.

That’s it for October 2019 Domain Sales, hope you found this useful.

All sales data courtesy of Namebio

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Corporate China loves .com

I enjoy studying domains used by Chinese companies. The reason is very simple. As China grows to become the largest economy in the world, corporate demand for domains will increase. Knowing what domains are sought after will be very useful when selling domains to China.

Baidu is a valuable tool. It helps me understand domains desired by corporate China. To find out domains used by a company, just search on its Chinese name and then check the result. For example, searching on 华为 (Hua Wei) reveals that Huawei.com is the corporate (官方=official) domain of Huawei.

I applied this method to the top 10 listed companies covered by the recently published “2019 Q2 Performance of Listed Internet Companies in China” report (translated. Chinese title: 2019年二季度我国互联网上市企业运行情况), and found the following corporate/related domains.

1. 阿里巴巴 (=Alibaba. 1688.com; also owns Alibaba.com)
2. 腾讯控股(=Tencent Holding. Tencent.com)
3. 美团点评 (=Meituan. Meituan.com)
4. 京东 (=Jing Dong. JD.com)
5. 百度 (=Baidu. Baidu.com)
6. 网易 (=Netease. 163.com; also owns Netease.com)
7. 腾讯音乐 (=Tencent Music. TencentMusic.com)
8. 拼多多 (=Pinduoduo. Pinduoduo.com)
9. 三六零 (=360 Total Security. 360.cn; also owns 360.com)
10. 携程网 (=Ctrip.com International. Ctrip.com)

Nine out of ten use .com and their domains are brand-matching. Simple English is acceptable, as shown in domains such as Tencent.com, Netease.com, and Ctrip.com. Also, short numeric domains are popular too. So, use this information to help you when selling to corporate China.

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Recipe4Living.com after having bids removed earlier, still closes at $40,500

Recipe4Living.com

So after all that bid removing and rolling back to $7,200 that I mentioned earlier today, Recipe4Living.com still ends up closing at $40,500.

If this name does not get paid for at $40,500 then GoDaddy really needs to start looking at how they handle their auctions, especially for auctions that cross the $5,000 threshold.

You just cannot bid on names and then see these name not sell for what they closed at.

GoDaddy also needs to be consistent in what they say are their rules. As I pointed out in the 6666666.com auction vs the Dispute.com auction.

Here we go again – The Curious case of 6666666.com

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Recipe4Living.com at $40,500 on GoDaddy auctions

Looks like another domain with a solid link profile is getting a lot of action at GoDaddy. Recipe4Living.com has been online since 2002.

recipe4living.com is currently at $40,500 with a couple days left.

A look at Majestic.com

Recipe4Living.com

Registrar: NAME.COM
Creation Date: September 19, 2002
Expires: September 19, 2020

The website has an alexa rank of 594,504, 90 days ago it was in the 240,000 range.

Moz.com shows:

Domain Authority 56 – Linking Root Domains – 5.4k Ranking Keywords – 50 – Spam Score 16%

YMCDN.com was a name with a strong link profile that got a lot of action and then saw $100,000 come off the closing price. It will be interesting to see where this closes and if it gets paid at the closing price.

The recipe and nutrition niche is a very competitive niche, you will find sites like allrecipes.com, foodnetwork.com and delish.com ranking on the first page of Google when you search recipes.

SearchTides.com has this to say about buying expired domains for SEO.

Getting a domain previously owned by someone has huge SEO benefits. If you’re planning to seriously monetize your site, an expired domain’s existing backlinks, traffic, and other metrics will help you climb to the top of search in less time.

To ensure that the domain you purchase gets you the best results, proceed with extreme caution. Whether you use the expired domain as your brand new site, 301 redirect it, or to start a PBN, vet it using the methods I outlined.

 

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Someone was trying to corner the market on dentists

Dentist domain names

So someone made a big bet on dentists and their desire to own their name with their professional designation of DDS. DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) Dentist domain names don’t have a huge sales history, the sales I did find on Namebio were a couple GoDaddy auctions where someone else picked up an expired name and it was the full name. There was a GlennMartinDDS who paid $2,000. It’s now just a parked page.

517 names at Name.com was probably $10.99 last year using a promo code. So that’s $5,682 spent on these names.

Interestingly I looked at the whois history of 7 names, they were all registered years ago and dropped. Only 1 of them by a dentist, 5 were owned back in 2010 by the same registrant trying to corner the market back then.

There are better ways to spend close to $6,000 in domain speculation.

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