With the new TLDs coming soon(ish), domain registrars like 101 Domain, 1&1, Name.com, and others have been taking pre-reservations. While these are non-binding, it gives the registrars and TLD applicants some decent data about what the demand will be like when these TLDs come on the market. I wonder if this data would be helpful to domain investors today who want to find domain names that will be in demand in the future.
Rick Schwartz posted an article today that got me thinking about something related to these pre-registrations. He mentioned that he was surprised that .Online appears to be popular because of the little traffic his various -Online.com domain names receive. I am sure that will change once .Online domain names are available and used.
That said, I wonder if there’s an opportunity today for people to purchase various nTLD keyword .com domain names. I am sure this type of mining has been done and is being done, but perhaps there are still opportunities available. For example, I assume that Shop.Online will be a domain name that is in demand. Assuming someone buys it and builds it, ShopOnline.com will probably see some of the traffic leakage and be worth more than it’s worth today. That domain name is for sale, and perhaps there is more of an opportunity with that name as a result of the new TLDs.
There are going to be thousands of these types of domain names coming online as active websites in the near future. In the short and probably mid-term, people will likely navigate to the keyword TLD .com domain name that matches the new TLD website. Perhaps this is a good buying and registering opportunity today.
I am interested to hear your thoughts about this opportunity (I am not interested in seeing your portfolio of -web.com or -ninja.com domain names that you are hoping to sell).