I don’t own very many new gTLD domain names. A couple of weeks ago, I bought two more. I now own Elliot.Link and ElliotSilver.Link. I didn’t buy them for investment purposes, as I am currently using them to forward people to my LinkedIn profile.
At NamesCon, Frank Schilling gave a keynote speech, and he discussed some synergy between .Link domain names and LinkedIn. I thought that made sense, as it seems much easier to remember a url such as Elliot.Link or ElliotSilver.Link rather than the longer LinkedIn.com/in/elliotsilver url that is the default url for my LinkedIn profile. This is especially the case for people whose names are used by others for their shortened LinkedIn profile link.
I primarily use LinkedIn as a means to learn about prospective domain name buyers and to share articles I publish on this blog. I don’t think I will ever need my LinkedIn profile for a job search (hopefully!), but I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own these domain names in the event another Elliot or Elliot Silver makes the same observation about using a .Link domain name for a LinkedIn profile. I’d probably kick myself for missing the chance to grab them.
From a domain investor point of view, I don’t know if .Link domain names will make good investments. I do think there is value in making it very easy for people to find a LinkedIn profile, and hand registering a name like Elliot.Link for under $10 was pretty much a no brainer for me when I thought about the LinkedIn use case.
There are nearly 60,000 registered .Link domain names right now, and I was surprised to have been able to hand register Elliot.Link. I wouldn’t have paid a premium to register it, but for the registration fee, it was well worth the price.