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Domain Name Collectors and Investing

Posted By Craig Whitley     October 25, 2020     629 views     0 likes     0 comments
Are you a domain name investor or a domain name collector? If you're not selling your domain name investments on a regular basis, there's a good chance you've become a domain name collector by default.

I own many domain names.  I've been buying and selling domain names since 1996.  I have an outstanding portfolio, and most were purchased with good intentions and plans to build them out into income producing properties.  In fact, most domain names I own captured my interest and led to an immediate moneymaking idea before I registered them.

Granted, the registration of each took place within seconds of envisioning how the domain name was perfect for a revenue-producing web enterprise, and usually within hours I had a business plan mapped out for each.  But I suffer from a problem that many people have; namely too many ideas for great business investments and not enough time to pursue them all.  Nonetheless, I have one hell of a domain name portfolio and most of them are for sale.

I remain a domain name collector and seller.  In fact, within the past two weeks I've probably purchased at least 25 domain names.  All had one thing in common -- they were 4-letter domains.  Although most of my domain name collection is dot com domains, these were .org and .net domains.  Why?  Because although they may not be worth many thousands of dollars, each can and will return a great ROI. 

Despite all the ongoing algorithm changes at Google, .com, .net and .org domains continue to rank very high compared to other domain name extensions.  In future blog posts I will write about domain name values, but for now, let's just say that with a 26-letter alphabet, there is a finite number of 4-letter dot com's, dot net's and dot org domain names that exists.  Although 4-letter dot com's are worth much more than other 4-letter domain name extensions, it's very hard to buy a 4-letter dot com these days without paying several thousand dollars for it -- more if it is Chinese friendly without vowels and the letter v, and less if it contains vowels.  The same is true with .net's and .orgs, but any four-letter domain name that is pronounceable is worth more than one that isn't.  

I only invest in one and two-word domains, mostly in dot com's as mentioned earlier, and in 3-letter and 4-letter domains.  One of my favorite domain name holdings is very valuable, but not most most valuable domain.  It is CashJackpot.com.  I hope to sell it to a casino or state lottery one day, but may use it to create a lottery winnings site.  One of my favorite 4-letter domain names that I own is URL1.com.  I think of it as the "first URL on the Internet."  It is currently appraised at $6,900 and is one of the few 4-letter domains I own that has a number in it, as numbers and dashes (hyphens) generally bring down the value of a domain name.  This is not true with URL1.com, however. 

I will continue to blog in the future about domain name collecting and investing.  Feel free to connect with me and visit my blogs, pages, and photo albums often.