Every day, Domaining.com is filled with websites that share lists of names that are coming up for sale or auction. One thing that I think would be very interesting to look at would be a master list of those domain names that were mentioned 6-12 months ago and the current owner.
I think it would be interesting to see whether these investments would have been good (meaning an end user owns the name) or whether they are currently unregistered or owned by a domain investor. This wouldn’t be a definitive list since a domain investor-owned name wouldn’t necessarily equate to it being a less valuable domain name, but it would be interesting to see how many have ended up being bought by an end user.
Making this data even more valuable would be if someone used DomainTools Whois History Tool to track the end user-owned domain names and see if a domain investor owned them in between the time they were publicized in a blog and the present time. If that’s the case, we’d know it wasn’t initially bought by an end user but someone else was able to buy and flip it. We wouldn’t necessarily know the profit or price paid for the domain name, but we could assume if the name was flipped in under a year that it was done profitably.
This data probably doesn’t offer a significant amount of value (ie I doubt someone could easily monetize it), but there could be noticeable trends that could be gleaned from the data. For instance, perhaps brandable domain names are more often owned by end users than keyword domain names. I don’t really know what the data would show.
When it comes to data analysis, I am not really good at data manipulation and don’t think I even have the tools to do this, but if someone else did it, I think it would be interesting to look at. If someone does it and wants to share the results, I would be more than happy to look it over and have a private discussion about what the data tells me.
We already do this with the Auction Intelligence tool at IPNeighborhood.com. 🙂
It would be interesting to see Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) do an analysis on domainname sales and see if any interesting data can be unhidden.