Someone I trust shared a swath of private .ai domain name sales with me. Among them was the six figure sale of NFT.ai. The sale price is impressive, but the ROI was even more notable. I was told that NFT.ai was acquired in an expiry auction for $100 in August of 2020. It was reportedly resold earlier this month for $105,000. The domain name was bought via Namecheap. Paying $100 for a domain name and selling it for more than $100,000 less than a year later is an eye-watering flip.
Metaverse․io was the top sale of the day going for $175k. That record-setting domain was purchased for $2,232 about four months ago. 🤑 International Women’s Day is on Monday, and BuyDomains sold CelebrateMom․com for $2,888. Today’s #DailyMarketReport https://t.co/ygoYgteA37
— NameBio (@NameBio) March 6, 2021
On the most recent edition of the Domain Sherpa show, Andrew Rosener reported the sale of Metaverse.io for $175,000. According to a tweet from NameBio, Metaverse.io had been acquired for just $2,232 on October 31, 2020 via the Park.io platform.
On November 12th at noon Eastern time, the .US Registry will be hosting its 2020 Town Hall meeting. .US ccTLD domain registrants and others are invited to participate in this virtually-held annual meeting. Featured speakers in this meeting include Dustin Phillips, Chair .US Stakeholder Council, Crystal Peterson, Director, Registry Services, and Kristin Johnson, Council Secretariat, Registry Services Global Marketing and Brand. .US stakeholders who attend the meeting are invited “to provide input and feedback on .US Policies and other initiatives.”
Here’s what attendees should expect from this Town Hall meeting:
For the first time I can recall, there was a .IO domain name in auction at Park.IO that I was interested enough in buying that I was willing to pay 4 figures to buy it. The auction ended on Sunday, and I was a loser, despite bidding more than $1,000 for the domain name.
I shared this on Twitter, as I think it is important to show people I am not solely interested in buying .com domain names:
Thought I was going to win my first .IO domain name in auction yesterday at @io_domains. I bid over $1k but lost. Maybe next time.
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) August 31, 2020
In April of this year, GoDaddy announced that it would be acquiring Neustar’s registry business. Neustar has operated and offers back-end services for more than 215 domain name extensions, including .US, .CO, .NYC, .Biz, and a number of other extensions. The acquisition closed yesterday, and the Neustar registry business is now owned by GoDaddy. The division is now known as GoDaddy Registry, and it is led by Nicolai Bezsonoff, who was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Neustar’s Registry business.
One of the neat things about domain investing is the number of ways people can make money from their domain investments. I have always been strictly a .com investor, and that has worked for me. There are plenty of other people who are creating their own investment strategies, and they are finding their own success.
I want to highlight two examples of people I do not know personally, but I have seen them share stories of successful domain investing.
I follow Jason Sheppard on Twitter, and I appreciate his willingness to share details about his domain name sales. This morning, he shared that he sold Basic.vc $4,999 via DAN.com. This is a domain name that he registered just a handful of months ago, and he reported that he is now in the money on his .VC domain name investments: