Category: Domain Names

Current 5 Categories Trending in Domain Names

So the month of June is over and you are still trying to figure out hot niche or keywords to hand-register in the domain name industry, after six months have gone by in the year 2018?

You are at the right place, as we are about to release current 5 most trending categories in domain name registrations which could be somewhat helpful for you to make relevant future strategies accordingly and profitable, of course.

Current 5 Categories Trending in Domain Names

The domain name registrants across the globe have been registering, buying and selling domain names in the trending 5 categories listed below, for your reference, in no particular order.

Crypto, Blockchain & Bitcoin – Keyword domain names in the Crypto, Blockchain and Bitcoin niches have been hot and happening since last year (2017) and are still going strong. Not sure when the trend will slow or die down, however, make the most of it till it lasts in my opinion 🙂

eCommerce or Shopping – eCommerce or Shopping niche should be of no surprise to anyone as it has been one of the most happening category ever since Internet started taking shape. Companies like Amazon, Walmart, JD.com and many others around the world are proving the fact that product domain names in this niche are commercially viable and some of the most valuable.

Internet visitors looking for a particular product across the globe normally tends to type-in a <ProductNname>.com into a browser, generating traffic year-round for exact match Shopping and eCommerce domain names, making them all the more popular and valuable.

Sports Gambling or Sports Betting – Gambling has been an ever green niche in the Internet world, however with recent ruling of the US Supreme Court (theguardian.com published news on may 14, 2018) sports gambling or sports betting federal laws are going to be struck down, making it easy for states to legalize betting on sports in the country.

In fact, the sports gambling or betting was so popular in month of May that keywords from the niche occupied 6 out of top 10 positions in Verisign’s Top 10 Trending Keyword list for .COM domains in May 2018.

Marijuana or Cannabis – With laws shaping up for legalization of Marijuana or Cannabis in various US states, domain names registrations and sales have been on the rise ever since rumors became rife last year about the legalizing of the recreational marijuana and dispensaries. Similar to crypto and sports betting, this niche has seen a steep rise in the domain names registered using Marijuana or Cannabis as a keyword.

Travel Tourism – With summer around the corner, it is the perfect time to hand-register, buy and sell travel or tourism related domain names. The reason why we are seeing an uptick in the niche.

What do you think about our research on current 5 categories trending in domain names? Did we miss any other hot keyword category? Do you see something other than the niches mentioned above trending as well? Please do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Please note that these popular niches were observed across various sales reports, domain name industry aftermarket platforms, at various registrars along with Verisign’s publicly available data for the .COM extension.

Nominate Domain Name Investor of the Year 2018

You have been in the domain name industry for a while and have seen someone make a significant impact to the overall business environment? Someone who has inspired you the most with his thought process, business strategies, domain name buy and sell skills, awareness activities, etc? Do you know someone from the domain name industry who qualifies and deserves to receive an appreciation along with an award?

DomainX 2018 Awards

Submit your nomination for DomainX™ 2018 Awards and give a change to 4 experienced professionals take home a well deserving recognition along with an award on 5th August 2018. Nominate those 4 deserving professionals separately for each one of the following categories listed below:

  1. Domain Name Investor of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Investor of the year award recognizes the awardee for their seasoned success, reputation & skills that make them a savvy & successful domain name investor.
  2. Domain Name Power Portfolio of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Power Portfolio rewards the domain name investor who blends high-quality names with quantitatively large investments into a diversified domain name portfolio.
  3. Domain Name Rising Star of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Rising Star award is for the domain name investor whose approach, attitude & results show immense promise & potential in the early stages of their domain name investing journey.
  4. .IN Domain Name Evangelist of the year 2017-18: .IN Domain Name Evangelist award has been instituted to acknowledge the domain name investor who promotes the adoption of our very own ccTLD and contributes to the community around the .IN ccTLD

DomainX™ 2018 Awards in association with Domain Name Owners Association of India™ have started accepting nominations for their annual India domain name conference scheduled for 4th and 5th August at Hotel Shangri La, New Delhi.

Please visit DomainX™ website to register a FREE PASS at www.domainx.org or submit nominations here: https://goo.gl/forms/Wlb2W1Hwd9setDu53

Politely Rejected $200 Offer on PodTaxi.com

Latest Update: We have now rejected $3500 & $9000 confirmed offers from a buyer based out Mumbai, India

Politely Rejected $200 opening offer on PodTaxi.com domain name. We have received multiple offers from across the world, on this one with highest so far at $1000 from Bangalore.

Politely Rejected $200 Offer on PodTaxi.com

DomainInsider.in Learning’sPod (vehicle), a proposed Ultra personal rapid transit system. Pod vehicles have been proposed all around the world by respective governments in order to make for an efficient public transport system. Hence “POD TAXI” keywords combined together fits the bill perfectly and various companies would love to acquire the exact match keyword.

I went ahead to hand register PodTaxi.com domain name in the year 2010 after reading a news article about the concept which means you should stay abreast with the latest news, topics, and trends in the market in order to grab the right domain name for domain name investing.

Tips for New Domainers (Domain Name Investors)

Tips for New Domainers - Domain Name Investors
 
If you are just starting out in the domain name industry, I’ve managed to write down some important points to follow in order to do well. I’ve had multiple requests since my yesterday’s Facebook status post, so here we go:
 
1. Stick to .com extension for quick ROI (return on investment) until you have figured it out.- Other extensions (including New gTLDs) sell as well, however, you may have to spend some time reading, learning and trying to figure that out.
2. Thorough research required before buying or hand registering a domain name – There are hundred’s of opportunities around in the form of future-tech, current trends, expired/dropping keyword domain names etc eyeing your hard earned money, pick and choose wisely. Make sure of looking into each domain name, research well, and think why an end-user company would ever want to use your domain name as part of its brand.
 
3. Keep a close-watch and manage your cash flow – Domain Name Investing (business) is definitely not a stable full-time source of income. A recent poll conducted by Namepros.com showed that 52% of domain name investors made a loss, merely broke even or earned below $1000 in the year 2017. Regular cash-flow is a must in order to sustain the domain name industry.
 
If you are well-researched about your domain names, renewal bill next year won’t be too heavy and you will get cracking with some decent domain name sales. Happy Domaining!

Sell Domain Names

Here are some tips to sell domain names through outreach and email marketing.

Sell Domain Names

Please note that you may have to explore what point would work for which situation that you have in front of you. This is called trying and testing to gain experience!

From expert experience, days of the week do not matter. If a person (potential buyer) is interested in an opportunity to secure a domain name they have the slightest interest in, they will reply to your outreach email otherwise, they won’t!

PRO-TIP: Make sure the domain name is in the subject line.

Holidays or weekends are great to catch key decision makers when they are not getting bombarded with sales and spam emails. A weekend is a time when there is the least flow of emails. As an experienced professional, I tend to peep into my inbox every now and then to see whether there is an important email awaiting my attention.

PRO-TIP: Also weekends are good days to email CEO of companies. They work almost every day, that is why they are the boss!

Find out the time zone of a potential end-user in order to send him/her an email to arrange or request a phone call. Multiple attempts in a day would get your email a definite attention, though could land you in spam box as well if it’s not relevant to the recipient’s interest.

Do thorough research on the business or potential buyer to make sure they are interested or would have some interest with enough capital in the bank to acquire your asset (read “domain name” here)

If you are unable to find the right contact in a company for your domain name which you are looking at selling, seek help from someone within the company to point you in the right direction. Usually, IT manager or someone from marketing team is the people you want to get in front of rather than CEOs or CFOs!

If you are doing everything right and still no luck in getting to the right person, ask around kindly and someone within your professional circle would chime in to help point you in the right direction. #Networking helps!

Email the WHOIS of a domain name to start discussions or find contact information via the website or social media. LinkedIn email, Twitter, Facebook fan page, LinkedIn InMail etc are a good way to start.

Explain and educate your potential buyer about various Escrow services for the secure transaction in order to build confidence.

Try to contact more than one prospect per domain name to secure a sale.

PRO-PRO-TIP: Type your domain name and/keywords into Google and contact the first page results and contact page two of Google results as they want to be on page 1 for the keywords in the domain name you have.

Hope this helps! Have questions? Please attend DomainX 2017 Conference, New Delhi on 5th & 6th August to get answers and learn from experts like Ali Zandi, Troy Rushton, Amrendra Mishra and others who have been selling domain names every day through outreach!