Daily Poll

Daily Poll: How Many .Web Domain Names in Year 1?

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On January 10, Verisign filed an 8k with the SEC with an update on the .Web gTLD domain name extension. From the filing:

“As the Company previously disclosed, on January 18, 2017, the Company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting certain material related to the Company becoming the registry operator for the .web gTLD. On January 9, 2018, the DOJ notified the Company that this investigation was closed.”

From my vantage point, this seems to indicate that Verisign will be able to move forward and operate the .Web registry, selling .Web domain names to the general public. Many people seem to believe .Web will be one of the top performing new gTLD extensions. For today’s daily poll, I ask readers to guess how many .Web domain names will be sold in the first year they are available to buy. People may not be able to buy a .Web domain name for quite some time still but I am interested in knowing how many you think will be sold the first year.


Daily Poll: Do You Participate in Domain Forum Discussions?

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I have not been all that active on forums during the past few years. It’s probably because I spend more time writing articles here, and I might as well publish insight and information via DomainInvesting.com to be more fair to the companies advertising. I am a regular visitor of Domain Boardroom and NamePros, and I value the sharing and discussions that take place on those two domain name forums.

Today’s poll question is Do You Participate in Domain Forum Discussions? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.


Daily Poll: At What Price Will 3339.com Sell?

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Last night, I noticed that 3339.com is in pending delete status. On NameJet, the domain name already has 34 bids with a high bid of $7,777. Other auction venues such as DropCatch.com will also be vying to catch and auction this domain name once it completes its expiry cycle.

In the prior year, NameBio has recorded 32 public NNNN.com domain name sales. They range in price from $121,000 for 1515.com to $9,000 for 2145.com. If you look at the past 5 years (when the Chinese domain name market was hot), public sales went beyond $250,000 for a 4 number .com domain name.

For today’s poll question, I want to know in what price range 3339.com will sell. Feel free to share a comment as well.


Daily Poll: Do You Always Use an Escrow Service to Transact?

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I think it is important to use an escrow service when buying or selling a domain name. It might take a little more time to transact with a third party escrow service and it might cost a bit more money, but I think the safeguards are worth it. (Sidenote: as you can see from the developing PDD.com situation, buyers need to do due diligence before buying, and that is not something an escrow service does.)

As much as the benefits seem obvious to me, I know there are plenty of people who still don’t use an escrow service to transact (not including deals involving very familiar trading partners). Today’s poll question is: Do You Always Use an Escrow Service to Transact? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.


Daily Poll: Do You Own any New gTLD Domain Names?

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The new gTLD program has had its ups and downs over the past few years. It seems like the number of registrations has declined over the last few years as the super inexpensive domain names expire without renewal. The leaderboard today looks much different than it did just a couple of years ago.

Today’s poll question is Do You Own any New gTLD Domain Names? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.


Daily Poll: Are You Attending NamesCon 2018?

NamesCon 2018 is coming up at the end of the month in Las Vegas. My flight is booked, my ticket was purchased (a long time ago), and I am excited to attend this annual event attended by hundreds of domain investors from around the world.

Today’s poll question is: Are You Attending NamesCon 2018?

But first, I want to share a special offer with you. If you have never attended NamesCon and have not yet bought your ticket, today is your lucky day. I am giving away 5 conference passes to people who have NEVER attended NamesCon in the past. If you haven’t been to NamesCon before and you know you can make it to the January 27-31 conference, post a comment and I will be in touch. This offer is valid for the first 5 people who post a comment who have not been to NamesCon. Update: The 5 tickets have been claimed.


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