4-Letter .com Sales as Reported By Dnjournal

This week’s DNjournal.com report was special. Ron Jackson intelligently started it with an eye-catching headline which reads as ‘The Flood Gates Open:Release of 2Q-2014 Sales at DomainNameSales.com Inundates the Chart With High End Sales.’

Of all the sales what interest me most was the 4 letter .com domain sales. I find the sales values of these domains is worth re-looking. If you’ve a pronounceable 4 letter .com domain sales these sales as reported should give you some idea of its current worth. In order to ease this process I compiled the list of all 4 letter .com sales and divided them into pronounceable and non-pronounceable list.

The Pronounceable LLLL.com sales:

Aura.com $175,000
Mewe.com $55,800
Asou.com $52,500
zyme.com $43,000
jiko.com $35,000
nona.com $30,000
humm.com $28,000
hace.com $25,000
biye.com $20,000
exex.com $20,000
zyou.com $20,000
abiu.com $17,789
ipaw.com $15,000
yatm.com $13,000
siec.com $12,500
rrun.com $12,000

The average selling price for the above was US$24974 and also note the highest and the lowest sales.

Non-Pronounceable LLLL.coms

MITV.com $75,000
FUTR.com $58,800
usdg.com $35,000
shlx.com $22,000
fcti.com $15,000
towr.com $13,500
elnk.com $12,000
rbde.com $10,000

Interestingly it’s at US$30100 the average sales for the above LLLL.com’s which are not strictly pronounceable. But, the average is getting heavy due to MITV and Futr sales the former being a TV domain and the latter I could not derive much meaning out of it except the word future. And, the other LLLL too commanded very good prices. The lowest sales standing at $10,000

Most of us owns LLLL.com domain names, I own few. And, the above sales as reflected is a good indicator to price our domains accordingly or adjust the market values which we’ve assigned already.

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Should You Explain The Potential Benefits of Your Domain Name?

As a Domainers we’re in the business of selling names and sometimes an offer comes which puts more demand on us as the prospective customer may like to know how this domain name maybe helpful to his business. Lot depends on the type of domain name about which the customer is inquiring. If the name is self-explanatory and is a premium one or two word domain name then I think it doesn’t require that extra push or teaching.

And If a customer asks for appraisal or some stats on the name, then we may forward them to Estibot site where they may type the domain name and gets the relevant stats. But, it doesn’t work for all the names and most of us has some names that may have a zero appraisal value. And, if a customer needs explanation or some stats on such names then it’s difficult to provide it to him. In such cases, name significance is more important than the stats. A customer should understand that he is buying only Name from the seller. He should work out himself on other stuff such as SEO value, business value and other pertinent parameters relevant to that particular domain name.

I don’t think we as a Domainers can do well the all-rounder job of a SEO, webmaster and so on. We should limit ourselves to what we do better that is finding better names for which businesses are willing to pay whether it scores zero or ten on a SEO analysis card. As we know that there are many names that have been bought and sold to end-users whose meaning and SEO values were almost nil.

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Have You Taken An Ice Bucket Challenge?

Ice Bucket Challenge sometimes also called as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALs) Ice bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the ALS disease. In mid-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media and after that public donation to ALS charities soared and so the domain names involving ice bucket challenge as a keyword.

The right domain IceBucketChallenge.com was registerd on 28 th July 2014 and this month around 64 registrations were made under .com and .net having IceBucketChallenge as a keyword. And, not only this in other ccTLDs and other top level extensions including some new gTLDs were also got registered with the ice bucket challenge keyword name.

Such is the phenomenon of Ice Bucket Challenge that it has crossed all borders and everyone seems to taking this challenge and filming it to share via internet video channels. Youtube shows around 1.5 million results for “Ice Bucket Challenge.’ Some commentators raised concern that it has become more as a fun activity and has lost its aim to raise awareness about ALS.

It’s not clear who coined this term and it’s not trademarked too and as a result the domain registrations are soaring. Are you going to register any ice bucket challenge domain name or take the challenge itself? As far as I’m concerned I would rather prefer to register a name first and take the challenge later as I’m used to shower myself with the warm water.

And here are some names, for those who wish to know what people have thought of registering:

icebucketchallenge.com (It’s now registered in almost all popular existing and new gTLDs)
alsicebucketchallenge.com
theicebucketchallenge.com
icebucketchallengevideos.com
icebucketchallengers.com
icebucketchallenger.com
celebrityicebucketchallenge.com
myicebucketchallenge.com
icebucketchallengegraph.com
favoriteicebucketchallenge.com

It will be interesting to see how long this trend may continue weather it’s domain registration or taking the challenge itself. Lets see if any Domainer takes the challenge and post it on the internet.

Notes:
list of notable ice bucket challenge participants
www.domainview.verisignlabs.com

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How many Variants of a Domain Name Are Useful

Generally at the time of registration most registrants register singular as well as plural version of a domain name if it’s available. And, also sometimes they register the .net and .org version of a domain name because after .com, .net and .org are regarded as the second best TLDs. Also, if it’s a two word domain name, a registrant may also chose to register the hyphen version of that name in order to keep full control on the name.

Well, it’s a good idea to register other variants of your domain name especially if you’re going to build a business on it and if it’s for investment purpose it’s not essentially needed.

There is no need to register too many variants of a domain name as it’s not needed but a recent look at verisignlabs gave me an entirely different picture of a possible domain registration for a press related keyword. Following were the domains:

24-7pressrelase.com
24-7pressreleas.com
24-7pressrelese.com
24-7presselease.com
247-pressrelease.com
24-7pressrlease.com
24-7pressrelaese.com
24-7pressreleasee.com
4-7pressrelease.com
2-7pressrelease.com
224-7pressrelease.com
24-7pressreease.com
24-7pressreleae.com
24-pressrelease.com

The registrant came up with 14 variants to protect the 247-PressRelease.com which I think all were not needed except the 247-PresseRelease.com

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Registered My First .Academy Domain Name

Yesterday, I registered my first .academy domain name. The name I registered is Urdu.Academy. Urdu is a language very popular in India and Pakistan. It’s a dominating language when it comes to Hindi/Urdu literature. It’s believed to be spoken by close to 100 millions of people around the world.

When it comes to .academy it’s a new generic top level domain went to general availability this year and at present shows a count of 11,982 registrations as per ntld stats. I believe any new gTLD that has crossed the ten thousand registrations mark may grow well and will be a success in the future.

Registering a new .academy domain name is a bit costly. You may need to pay USD25. Registrations are available at all leading domain registrars websites such as Godaddy, NameCheap, Uniregistry, etc. One good thing about .Academy TLD is that it’s a vertical associated with learning which is a huge industry. eLearning industry is expected to surpass $100 billion mark by year 2015 and it makes sense that more and more players will enter this market with their deliverables. And, each may need a domain name and a .academy name will be the perfect answer for such educational endeavors.

Some benefits of .Academy domain name could be:

1. It’s open to all
2. Very suitable for educational and eLearning based websites
3. It’s new in the domain space and a right domain is not too far
4. If you’re having an existing domain name which has a ‘academy’ as a keyword you can register the .academy to shorten your domain name
5. .Academy names brings instant recognition as it says your website objective clearly without any tagline support
6. The cost of registering a .acedemy name is not much compare to some other new gTLDs such as .University
7. a healthy 28% domains equivalent to 3,354 domains are live and rest are parked as per ntldstats

Considering the value of eIndustry I’m bit optimistic that this TLD may gain its foothold in the domain space in the future. I’ve registered Urdu.Academy as I love my language and I’ll sell it to an end user only who may use it to spread this lovely language.

And, I maybe looking for more .academy names to register. Have you got any .academy name?

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New gTLDs Are Not Late In Making Entry Into The Domain Space

20 years before hardly few people were aware of domain names, because at that time internet itself was new. The birth of internet brought domain names into existence and both are complimentary. Without domains there is no internet and without internet domains have no meaning.

According to internetworldstats at present it’s estimated that 2.8 billion peoples are connected to the internet that roughly accounts to 39% of the total world population which is at present estimated to be 7.1 billion and counting. Developed countries share is around 77% and rest is developing economies.

The above stats shows that, when developing countries online population grows the demand for domain names may simultaneously increase. And, New gTLDs name space which is widely available now can best address the growing needs of developing and developed nations growing online population. As the years will pass, more and more generation will get online and it’s estimated that by year 2030 around 8.1 billion people will occupy the earth. If not all people at least all businesses may want to own a domain name and who knows the government may make it compulsory for the businesses to own a domain name.

All these stats are indicative of a healthy online trend which will grow and the telecommunication advancements enabling mobile devices to have an easy internet connection will virtually revolutionize the whole world resulting in greater people accessing the net. Especially the developing nations.

What is required with the New gTLD operators is to watch and match their marketing strategies with the trends taking place online and not just base their profitability models on short term aspects. The market is going to be huge in the future and by proper marketing they too can earn their share in the domain space. Instead of targeting .com it’s better for the new gTLD operators to find their niche and market.

Thousands of new gTLDs are meaningful and can do well if marketed well. It doesn’t mean moving existing domain registrants from .com and .net domains but rather finding the new bunch of registrants that are not yet online and or planning to go online. One factor may do the trick is the cost of registration. If new gTLDs start costing less than the existing TLDs, then new registrants especially of developing nations may find it cost effective. In my opinion new gTLDs are not late in entering the domain market as internet is not so old and still there are millions of businesses which are not yet online and not yet have a domain for their business.

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Domain Renewal Call Facility

We see every-day many domains get dropped and enters the aftermarket where premium and good quality domains gets bids and are taken. Not all dropped domains are taken but it’s also true that not all dropped domains are dropped completely. Some of the reasons why domains are dropped are:

1.Registrant forgets to renew the domain name
2.Registrant not sets on auto the domain renewal
3.Registrant’s credit card expires and it doesn’t validate the transactions
4.Registrant loses his/her email address and doesn’t get any domain renewal information
5.Registrant intentionally allows the domain to expire which is very common

Above are some reasons why domains get dropped. Well, I’ve this idea to share. Whenever a domain expires the registrar sends notification to the email on account and follows a procedure before letting it go to the auction house. But, the registrar never calls or makes a telephone call to the registrant telling him/her that ‘hey your domain is expiring’ renew it soon to avoid it getting dropped.

My Idea:
I think it will be great if registrar start providing this domain renewal call facility service at a minimum price. This add-on service should be given as a choice at the time of domain registration similar to who.is privacy and other add-on choices which the registrar gives during the process of registration.
Those who think they need the call facility to add that extra layer of security to their domains may opt-in for that service by paying some minimum fee. And, those who wish not may just skip it.

Every-year millions of domains gets renewed and many are accidentally dropped just because the registrant loses the account information and I think this facility will be great. The registrar can make lot of money through this add-on and save many number of domains from accidentally expiring.

What you think of this Idea?

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