A lot of people are asking me if I like the new extensions, if I am buying New gTLD domain names and how many I own now. Well, it has been over a year since the New gTLD program started so now is the time to reflect on my purchases, success and failures.
Since February 2014 since the first batch of New gTLDs, including .guru, came out from Donuts I have been buying New gTLDs. At first I was buying more but then the registries got smarter as they learned from our purchases and the premium domains were more each week and with higher annual renewal prices.
So here is a detailed report on what I have bought in the past 15 months:
- I have bought 565 New gTLD domain names for a total of about $50,000 USD.
- The average price paid was $88.
I bought about 10 of these domains in landrush. Landrushes were not very successful and at one point Rightside switched to the Early Access Program (EAP). Radix will be doing the same in the future releases.
I bought 180 domains of the 565 domains in the EAP. Most domains were bought in the EAP day 5 although I bought 4-5 domains in earlier and more expensive days 3 and 4. The day 5 domains had an extra cost of about $150 depending on the registrar. That is on top of the registration price. So the total cost of the EAP acquisitions (excluding registration fees) was about $30,000. Almost 99% of that went to Donuts.
Finally I bought 365 domains in General Availability (GA), either using pre-registrations of simply registering domains even days after GA.
19 domain names were bought in various auctions, either in EAP or GA, but I didn’t pay more than $150 in any of the auctions.
- About 50 of these domains had a registration/renewal price of $50 or more.
The domains I bought were from Donuts, Radix, Afilias, .Club, and very few Rightside and M+M.
Here is a small sample of the domain names I have bought:
As you can see I aim mostly on good left-right combinations and not on any particular New gTLD. I don’t mind if the New gTLD has 2,000 registrations and I have the best 5 domains of that TLD. Here is what many other people have bought in the past year.
This is a breakdown of how many domains I bought in the course of the past 15 months:
- February-March 2014 (2 months): 335 domains
- April-May 2014 (2 months): 139 domains
- June-September 2014 (4 months): 60 domains
- October 2014 – April 2015 (7 months): 31 domains
Yes, I have slowed down but mostly because I don’t have time to research my purchases and of course because registries are learning. My latest purchases were 8 .poker domain names. You can still find deals but you need to go through a lot of domains to find just a few where the price is right.
Here are my 2 New gTLD sales:
I have received several offers on my domains but I don’t sell cheap. I buy all my domain names, including the New gTLDs, as an investment and not to flip them.
What about renewals? That is another post coming soon…