WARNING: The ngTLD and ccTLD Fallacy and Trap

I’m writing this as the .VC tld is about to try to get their domain extension on the .CO and .IO bandwagon with a deep discount sale. While these are technically ccTLDs (Country Code Top-Level Domains) and not actual ngTLDs (New Generic Top-Level Domains), they, along with others like .TV, .ME, .GG, .AI and the afore mentioned .CO and .IO. have been repurposed into more generic non-geo-specific domain extensions (although some have been repurposed into very narrow specific niches not much wider than their original geo-specific intent).

Over the last year or so we’re seeing an increased number of particularly .CO, .IO and .AI domains start to sell into the 5-figures. Some even high 5-figures. A couple of weeks ago a domainer sold two .VC domains within a day at about $5,000 each and created a fairly big buzz (the likely reason the .VC registry is trying to take advantage of the publicity by doing a big discount promotion).

Whether coincidence or exploitation, this fact the .VC registry is about to start a discounted sale on new registrations of their domains in turn leads me to write this very strong warning to all domain investors not just about .VC domains, but about most of these “repurposed” ccTLDs and even ngTLDs in general …

The big problem with these extensions is that when one of their domains do sell in the 4 and 5-figure range, it becomes big news. But deceptively does not make “the news”, is the fact that it’s almost only exclusively the very strongest one-word domains that sell at these levels and frequencies.

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2020 Aug 16 – 843 Auction Domain Names

Really strong day for the list. Always best when a good day is on a Sunday as there sometimes are fewer other people bidding so prices can sometimes be a bit lower on some domains. Have a great day! 🙂

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Sunday’s Auction Count = 560 x No Bids + 147 x One Bid + 136 x Multi Bids | 766 are .com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Listed: 843 (1.62%) out of the 51937 Total Expired Domains at Auction Today
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 272 (23%) out of the 1168 Domains at Auction with Bids

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2020 Aug 15 – 597 Auction Domain Names

Here is Saturday’s list of expired domains on auction. Have a good one! 🙂

Saturday’s Auction Count = 434 x No Bids + 60 x One Bid + 103 x Multi Bids | 559 are .com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Listed: 597 (1.15%) out of the 52136 Total Expired Domains at Auction Today
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 163 (19%) out of the 853 Domains at Auction with Bids

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2020 Aug 14 – 835 Auction Domain Names

Very good day for auctions today. Don’t forget to join us for the Domain Industry Social at 4pm Eastern Time. Contact me directly at info{at}thedomainsocial{dot}com for the zoom link and password.

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Friday’s Auction Count = 612 x No Bids + 104 x One Bid + 119 x Multi Bids | 719 are .com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Listed: 835 (1.53%) out of the 54529 Total Expired Domains at Auction Today
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 212 (18%) out of the 1171 Domains at Auction with Bids

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2020 Aug 14 – 1439 Closeout Domain Names

Friday’s Closeout Count
1439 Total = 355 x $11 + 305 x $10 + 248 x $9 + 281 x $8 + 250 x $5

Don’t forget tomorrow’s edition of The Domain Social. To get the Zoom link and password please send me an email at info{at}thedomainsocial{dot}com. Also, you can now finally start to follow me on Twitter ( @NameCult and @TheDomainSocial and @AtegyCom). Have a great day! 🙂

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2020 Aug 13 – 758 Auction Domain Names

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for the Domain Industry Social. Contact me for the zoom link and password.

You can now follow me on Twitter: @NameCult and @TheDomainSocial and @AtegyCom

Thursday’s Auction Count = 499 x No Bids + 117 x One Bid + 142 x Multi Bids | 637 are .com
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Listed: 758 (1.45%) out of the 52252 Total Expired Domains at Auction Today
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 247 (23%) out of the 1085 Domains at Auction with Bids

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