Brad Mugford shared an interesting post on NamePros (mentioned on TheDomains.com) about the total volume of .com domain sales vs. other extensions recorded by NameBio. I believe the data Brad shared was all public sales recorded in NameBio’s database. The figure shared was $1.6 billion total sales, with $1.3 billion of that being .com sales. This means approximately 81.25% of all of NameBio’s sales are .com sales.
I wanted to take a closer look at more recent data to see how sales data has been shifting more recently. I also used NameBio and looked at all sales vs. .com sales for the last five years and for the last one year to see how things have changed. There were no other options in between so I couldn’t see the three year time period for example.
Here’s what I found when I searched NameBio:
Based on what I can see, there has been some level of shifting in the % of .com sales vs. all others sales – from 81.25% to 80.78% to 78.96%. This very small shift has happened over quite a long period of time. It should be noted once again that this is just publicly reported sales.
I think most of the money to be made from the new extensions has been and will be made by the registries rather than domain investors.