Making a living as a domain name investor is not as easy as it may seem to be from the outside. Serious domain investors spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) on their domain name investments. Those who are most successful know what to buy and how much they can afford to spend, but even with that knowledge, it can take a considerable amount of time to profitably sell these domain names.
Buying domain names that have value has become more challenging with more competition vying for similar types of domain names. In addition, it has become far more expensive. The cost to buy good to great domain names has gone up considerably. This is a challenge faced by everyone still building their domain name portfolios, including veteran domain name investors.
This has also made it even more difficult for people who are new to the business of domain name investing or for those who have a small bankroll. As a result of the increased competition and pricing for good .com domain names, many people seem to turn to the less expensive new gTLD domain names as an investment. I think this is silly.
I would argue that selling new gTLD domain names to businesses is much more difficult than selling .com domain names. For better or worse, .com is generally more known, trusted, and accepted around the world. I think people who want to sell new gTLD domain names face more obstacles. Sure, it might cost less to register some new gTLD domain names, but selling those are far more difficult. Couple this with the fact that many new domain investors have no idea about selling domain names and this make it a losing proposition.
I have seen quite a few people commenting about how tough the domain name investment business is, and I am sure there are many more people who have silently left the business without much of a goodbye.
Selling .com domain names is tough. Even great .com domain names are difficult to sell for optimal value. I can’t imagine what it would be like to try and sell a bunch of new gTLD domain names in order to participate in the space.