Liquid domains : The best deal might not be the fastest

Domain liquidity is the ability to convert digital assets into currency, quickly and without much hassle. Whether this title applies to domains used as "coinage" for years, such as LLL .coms, brandables or dictionary domains, one thing really matters: getting the cash you need. Underselling one's assets makes little sense, but in a liquid domain market that moves fast, such as the Chinese domain market, this can happen. ChaoMi, a great tool analyzing the price trends of the Chinese domain market, shows how daily shifts in domain pricing can affect large domain portfolios sold in bulk. Assuming that the timeframe for a sale of liquid domains is reasonably short - about a week or so - the shift in price can be sizable. One might realize that the price they sold at, is lower than … [Continue reading]

Trader feedback : Important feature of domain marketplaces

One thing I miss from the days of using Sedo to sell domains, is their trader feedback indicators. While not perfect, the Sedo method of displaying a potential buyer's activity status helped a lot with determining their "worthiness." To a degree, the Sedo system makes up for the lack of important intel related to the buyer, who is more or less anonymous. As these days I only buy domains through Sedo, I'm not directly affected by this. Naturally, there are several other domain marketplaces that would benefit from the implementation of trader feedback. GoDaddy Auctions is an anonymous venue, where bidders don't even use aliases. NameJet uses aliases, but no trader feedback. Afternic uses aliases but no trader feedback is displayed to a potential buyer. Flippa uses both aliases … [Continue reading]

Had any LLLL .com domains? Prepare to be spammed for a long time

The good news: Long term holders of LLLL .com domains are seeing their investments appreciate, as throngs of - allegedly - Chinese domain investors are snapping up these assets. The bad news: Someone ran a WHOIS of all LLLL .com permutations, and has been sharing the database. What this means: Even if you sell, or if you plan to sell your domains now - it's a sellers' market - be prepared to continue being spammed for a long time. The spammers that are currently sending email "inquiries" with lowball offers to every LLLL .com owner under the sun, aren't querying the domains in real time. Instead, they are using a database created at some point; due to the amount of activity in recent weeks and months, the WHOIS data is apparently stale. Just like the offers these spamming … [Continue reading]

Domain brokering: It’s a dog eat dog world

I've been following the proliferation of professional domain brokerage establishments for several years, and have arrived to the following conclusion: It's a cut-throat business, and a 'dog eat dog' … [Continue reading]

Kudos to Sedo for their Chinese domain market awareness

Despite having moved all my domains out of Sedo three years ago, I still buy domains at their marketplace. Recently, I completed an acquisition of a generic domain via Sedo, from domains in their … [Continue reading]