Daily Poll: For Domain Sales, Is 2018 Better Than 2017?


We are now more than 3/4 of the way through the year, and I want to see how things are going in terms of domain name sales compared to last year.

In 2017, NameBio recorded 80.9k total domain names sold and $118.5 million worth of domain name sales. So far this year, NameBio has recorded 67k domain names sold worth $87.9 million. Based on my interpretation of this data, it would seem that 2018 is trending slightly downwards in terms of domain names sold and the value of those domain name sales. There could be some lag in sale reports and/or the data may not be the same as last year (for instance, Uniregistry may report sales at a much later date so their sales aren’t counted for 2018 but are counted for 2017).

There is still plenty of time in the year to put sales on the books and turn things around if they are also trending down for you. I am curious to know how sales have been trending for readers this year vs. last year:

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  1. I think 2018 is looking better for the industry than last year (assuming NDA sales are about the same).

    As far as I know, Uniregistry never released a sales report covering the last few months of 2017, so presumably Namebio is missing that data. So maybe $10M or so is missing from the 2017 total, I’m not sure.

    Also as far as I know, Uniregistry has only released Q1 sales data for this year so far. Going by what Jeff Gabriel said in the recent DomainNameWire podcast, up to $45M is yet to be added to this year’s total. So extrapolating this year’s reported sales to date and adding in this hypothetical amount, 2018 would seem bigger.

    Here’s part of what Jeff said:

    “Last year [2017] was a great year for us in sales in general. It was our biggest or largest year in sales volume that we’ve ever had but then looking at it now in 2018 we’re going to far surpass that so I was quite happy with the accomplishments we made in 2017… we finished a little bit above $40M in sales and then this year we’re tracking to break $60M in sales in 2018.”


  2. Significantly more sales already this year than last, although smaller per-domain prices.
    Little interest in “matching sets” (com/net/org/biz/info/uk) bundles that have been letting them mostly drop

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