I missed the boat on .AI domain names. With very few exceptions – and perhaps to my detriment – I don’t generally like to try and acquire domain names in alternative extensions that are popular. For instance, I am pretty sure I never owned a .ME, .LY, or .IO domain name despite their trendiness at various points in time. I also haven’t owned a .AI domain name either. Maybe that will change this year.
According to NameBio, there were $5.5 million in publicly reported .AI domain name sales in 2023. This amount will likely increase as sales reports from the final couple of weeks of 2023 will be reported and recorded. In 2022, the sales volume was just under $900k. In 2021, the volume was $1.2m.
Based on the upward trajectory of publicly reported .AI domain name sales, it seems plausible that 2024 will see even more .AI domain name sales. If I could predict the future with any certainty, I would have bought .AI domain names a few years ago!
With the new year beginning and already $360k in reported .AI sales from the .AI expiry auction, I would like to know if you think there will be $10 million or more in publicly reported .AI domain name sales. I posted a poll on Twitter and will set a reminder to see what happens in a year from now.
In 2023 – prior to the final sales trickling in to @NameBio, there were ~$5.5m in .AI domain name sales. In 2022, the total was under $1m. Do you think there will be $10m+ in publicly reported .AI sales in 2024?
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) January 2, 2024