I tried to pre-register two new gTLD domain names – one in .Ventures and one in .Holdings. Prior to securing the domain names, another company bought the .Holdings domain name at a premium price. The .Ventures domain name is currently in a private auction because there were other people or companies who pre-registered the same domain name.
I may or may not bid more, so there’s a good chance I won’t end up with any new TLD domain names yet.
As of yesterday morning, there are now over 26,000 new gTLD domain names registered as the first eight TLDs became available. Without knowing important factors like marketing costs, projected renewal rates, profit margins…etc, I can’t really say whether I think these numbers are good or bad, but I would imagine the registries are at least moderately happy and cautiously optimistic about the roll out.
After doing a bit of research and speaking with colleagues, I understand that domain investors have been buying domain names, but I am not sure to what extent. If you are willing to share, I’d be interested in knowing whether you’ve bought any new gTLDs yet by voting in the poll. You are also welcome to share what new TLD domain names you purchased – or what extensions you’ve been focusing on buying for now.
This isn’t scientific, but I am trying to gauge the interest level of domain investors for these new domain names.