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gtldsI am running a contest starting today. I am asking you to guess the purchase price of a domain name I bought back in 2011.

The domain name is LiverTransplantation.com and has an original registration date of 2000.

I searched on Google, archive.org, Namebio and other domain name sales websites and didn't find the price. You can try finding it but I don't think you will have any luck. It was private.

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“The domain name market: 2017, year of consolidation?”

gtldsIn our Domain Name Industry Report for April 2015 Afnic studied the major trends in the domain name market in 2014.

It seemed interesting to try to extend these trends for "Legacy gTLDs" or traditional generic TLDs such as .biz, .com, .info etc., and ccTLDs corresponding to territories such as the .de (Germany), .fr (France), and .uk (United Kingdom)...

For the purposes of this study, Afnic relied on ICANN reports for Legacy gTLDs and ccTLDs, and on the statistics of members of the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) with more than 50,000 domain names in stock. Since the new TLDs introduced to the market in 2014 are still something of a "new development" Afnic has not included them in this edition of the Afnic Domain Name Industry Report, but it is quite obvious that they will have to be included in the future.

Methodology

Afnic considered two sets of annual data for each TLD segment: firstly, the sum of creations, and on the other the sum of deletions. Afnic then extended the trend until 2020 using a calculation function.

Findings

Figure 1 shows that for the two segments of TLDs, the pace of creation is less dynamic than that for deletions. This indicates that all other things being equal, the level of deletions should reach and exceed the level of creations in H1 2017 for the two segments of TLDs. Naturally these are averages: some TLDs were already in this situation in 2014 and others may only be affected by it after 2017.

 Projections of annual creations and deletions per TLD segment
Fig. 1. Projections of annual creations and deletions per TLD segment (excluding nTLDs)

The situation is of concern for market players as it means that overall growth, which has already posted a marked slowdown since 2012, will be close to zero in 2016 and probably negative in 2017, reflecting a decrease in the number of domain names filed (excluding nTLDs).

Market consolidation: a surprise?

The coming consolidation cannot be considered a surprise. In a period of high growth such as that experienced by the domain name market up until 2012, while the Retention Rates (or Maintenance Rate) remain constant, the volume of deletions in principle increases in step with the stock, offset by one year. For this reason, what we are discussing here is only the visual translation of a combination of the "mechanical" phenomenon with the overall slowdown in the momentum of domain name creations in the TLDs concerned.

The average Retention Rate for Legacy TLDs was stable at 76.4% in 2014, as it was in 2013. The problem facing Legacy TLDs, therefore, is caused less by the abnormal growth in deletions, than by the downturn of the momentum of creations. If we measure the ratio between the number of creations and the stock at the end of the period, the Create Rate increased from 26.3% to 25.4% in 2014, and has been continuously declining since its peak of 30.4% in 2010.

For ccTLDs, the average Retention Rate (or Maintenance Rate) was 82.8% in 2014 against 81.4% in 2013, indicating a more controlled trend of deletions than for Legacy TLDs. The Create Rate on the other hand dropped from 22.3% to 19.0%, reflecting the same problem in creations as that experienced by Legacy TLDs.

An acceleration of the phenomenon before the introduction of nTLDs

The change in the ratio of deletions / creations shown in Figure 2 demonstrates that the degradation of the Deletions / Creations ratio can be observed from 2012, two years before the introduction of nTLDs onto the market. If these "newcomers" may inevitably be the cause of "disposals" when domain names are created or renewed, henceforth they must only be considered as a factor liable to accentuate a trend that was already active when they first appeared.

 

Change in Deletion / Creation ratio per TLD segmentFig. 2. Change in the Deletion / Creation ratio per TLD segment (excluding nTLDs)

 

Uncertainties and intangibles

The projections shown are on the basis of "all other things being equal". Many factors may intervene by 2017 that influence changes in creations as well as deletions. The impact of nTLDs is probably the factor most present in people's minds, but other issues should be recalled such as the health of the global economy, the development of uses promoting domain names or limiting their scope and the strategies of the major players (search engines, etc.), all of which may influence the domain name market.

Consolidation is neither inevitable, nor a sign of ill health

The 2017 deadline is not a fate carved in stone. It can be postponed, or brought closer, by the actions of market participants as well as by exogenous events. But it should probably not be considered a sign of the market’s poor health. It is logical and no doubt fairly healthy for a period of explosion like that of the decade 2004 - 2014 to be followed by a slower phase during which the domain names filed without any real utility are abandoned by their holders before being taken up by others.

All in all, it is certainly better to be a medium-sized TLD, but whose domain names are frequently used – ensuring a high renewal rate in the future – than a TLD that has focused its development on a volume strategy, but which now has to face the volatility inherent to that kind of strategy. It is those TLDs that have most to fear from the increased competition and consolidation that for some of them has already begun.

Should Kids.us Remain Suspended?

usThe usTLD Stakeholder Council is seeking comments on its recommendation to continue the suspension of the kids.us namespace through the end of the current .US contract term.

The recommendation follows a report of the Kids.us Education Advisory Committee advising that the restrictive namespace was not built to thrive in today’s Internet landscape and should remain suspended. A temporary suspension of the kids.us namespace has been in effect since Continue reading

DN.com 2015 Q1 Report: 170 Domain Names Sold For $2.7 Million

dn_com_300_250_2DN.com published its 2015 Q1 Report. More than 6 months have passed since the first launch of DN.com last September. DN.com sold 170 domain names in the past 3 months for a total of $2.7 million USD. This is an average of $15,882 per domain name. Here is the 2015 Q1 report from DN.com: Continue reading

ccTLD Community Pulls Together To Face Upcoming Challenges

centrCENTR Board members and Management gathered in Florence on 11-12 May 2015 for a strategic retreat with the aim of defining long-term strategy plans for the organisation.

After having reviewed and assessed the current environment and service levels, the Board acknowledged and agreed on the following: Continue reading

Flippa Weekly Domain Sales: 671.net $3,500, Fije.com $3,050

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain name 671.net that was sold for $3,500.

Big news reported today as Flippa acquired Domain Holdings.

There were a lot of Portfolio Section sales this past week, including many bitcoin-related domains (they are pending confirmation).

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 1 domain of this week’s list.

There were 10 domains that were sold by Buy-It-Now and just rebranded "Flippa Portfolio Sale" (previously known as Domain Catalog) had 15 sales this week.


Top Flippa Domain Sales from the past week:
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Flippa Acquires Domain Holdings – Expects This Year’s Sales To Exceed $70m

flippaFlippa today announced that it has acquired the domain name brokerage company, Domain Holdings
Group, based in Florida, USA.

The combined Flippa and Domain Holdings Group entities are projected to hit $70m in sales over the next 12 months, rivaling the likes of Sedo and GoDaddy in aftermarket sales.

The acquisition of Domain Holdings Group adds a team of Continue reading

Famous Four Media Reaches 500,000 Domain Name Registrations

famousfourmedia_newlogoEarlier today, the number of domain names in Famous Four Media registries surpassed half a million. This equates to nearly 10% of all domains registered under ICANN’s new gTLD program.

Of course the number includes 300,000 .SCIENCE and Continue reading

The Pirate Bay Lost ThePirateBay.se & PirateBay.se – Moves To 6 Other ccTLDs

the-pirate-bayThe Pirate Bay will soon be leaving the  Swedish ccTLD domain name (thepiratebay.se). The popular torrent website will move to various ccTLDs around the world.

TorrentFreak.com reported that earlier today the Stockholm District Court ordered the seizure of both thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se, arguing that they were linked to copyright crimes.

"Potential appeals aside the domains in question will be handed over to the Swedish Government, but the ruling is unlikely to hamper Pirate Bay’s availability, quite the contrary."

The TPB team informed TF that they have already begun redirecting the .SE address, rotating it to Continue reading

XYZ Buys .Car From Google & Joins Uniregistry To Run .Cars, .Car, & .Auto

cars-auto-carTema XYZ teamed-up with Uniregistry, to join forces and launch .Cars, .Car, and .Auto.

Uniregistry and Team XYZ issued a press release, announcing the trifecta of new domain extensions that will represent the automotive industry. This trifecta was completed when the XYZ team successfully acquired .Car from Continue reading

Donuts Releases Over 1 Million Domain Names (including 2-character domains)

donutsDonuts announced the approaching availability of more than one million previously unavailable web addresses across its top-level domains.

These represent some of the most highly sought after and desirable web addresses in Donuts's portfolio, including permissible two character addresses, and this will be your first (and perhaps last) opportunity to register.

Donuts will offer registrations via the Continue reading