When it comes to .AI domain name investments, it looks like their paths are diverging. Andy was recently on the Domain Sherpa show, and .AI was a topic of discussion.
In addition to this, a recent Twitter exchange between Andrew and Andy show their differing thoughts on .AI domain name investing:
I guess my point is that YOU will likely do well with your highly curated portfolio of .ai domains. Although your return will likely be lower than the same capital invested in premium .com domains.
But anyone else fishing in this pond at this point is likely going to lose…
— Andrew Rosener (@andrewrosener) January 3, 2024
I have recently made a few attempts at researching .AI domain names to buy as investments. In looking at platforms like Sedo and Dan, the names that appeal to me – names I feel would be good for artificial intelligence applications and businesses – are priced well above my comfort level. The registrants, it would seem, know their domain names could have value and have priced them accordingly.
I also spent some time researching .AI domain names to hand register. From my vantage point, there is very little that is appealing to register. My feeling is a Founder looking specifically for a .AI domain name could find something equally meh that is unregistered rather than paying me a premium for one that I buy.
The fact that I have to spend $150+ on each 2 year hand registration is an entry point that does not appeal to me. If I were to register 30 domain names with the hope of selling one of them (3% STR), I would need to spend about $5k just to get my foot in the door. That doesn’t appeal to me right now.
Domain investing, by its general nature, is a fairly risky endeavor. My extensive research and knowledge helps to mitigate some of this risk, but a level of risk exists regardless of the domain names I buy. I am not going to risk tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars speculatively buying .AI domain names. I would rather land on a handful of good .com domain names than scattershot that amount on .AI domain names.
Early registrants of .AI domain names may be rewarded handsomely. People like Andy Booth who appear to be taking big risks with the top .AI domain names (like Art.AI and Home.AI) may also be rewarded. When I read some of the .AI sales reports, I have some FOMO. I would rather have this FOMO than spend a substantial amount of money speculating on .AI domain names. There’s always a chance I end up buying some names, but I am on the sidelines right now.