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What I Agree and Disagree with Mike Berkens on

Posted on 27 July 2015 by Andrei

Mike Berkens wrote an interesting post yesterday through which he analyzed a comment Frank Schilling made on another post of his. Mike shared a few opinions and to make things easier, I will use numbers:

1) Ultra premium dot coms will continue to go up in value

2) Longer dot coms will have a considerably harder time due to exponentially increasing supply (ie more and more new gTLDs alternatives)

3) The best of the best new gTLDs (domains like Skin.Care) are worth a lot of money

4) The best of the best new gTLDs (again, domains like Skin.Care) will be worth 10-20% of the corresponding dot com (SkinCare.com for our example) as opposed to the 5-10% “dot net/org vs. dot com” principle which has been popular among domainers for many years

5) New gTLDs which are good but not the best of the best won’t be worth 10-20% of the corresponding dot com but will still fetch $xxx – $x,xxx

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Yes, Mike Mann Turned $157.5 into $32,500 but…

Posted on 25 July 2015 by Andrei

… things are a bit more complicated than that and domainers have to understand the anatomy of Mike’s portfolio. First of all, I definitely agree that yes, the numbers don’t lie and the headline is awesome. Mike Mann generated $32,500 in liquidity through 3 sales of domains he spent $157.5 acquiring. However, he owns 267,516 domains at the moment of writing according to DomainTools and this is the most important variable that gets overlooked, especially by beginners.

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Which Short Domain Offers Should You Respond To?

Posted on 05 October 2014 by Andrei

If you own numerics, LLL dot coms, CVCV dot coms and so on, you’re going to receive a *lot* of inquiries. Perhaps more for your short domain portfolio than for all of your other domains combined.

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What Will Tomorrow’s Conclusions Be?

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Andrei

Tomorrow might not be an extremely busy day in terms of new gTLD launches (only two General Availability phases: Dot London and Dot Global) but as a reader mentioned yesterday, a lot of conclusions will most likely be drawn.

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Higher Registration Prices, More Profits

Posted on 04 September 2014 by Andrei

Mike Berkens blogged about the first day numbers for the 7 new gTLDs which entered the General Availability phase yesterday and some interesting conclusions can be drawn.

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Did You Register Any New gTLDs Today?

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Andrei

The following new gTLDs entered the General Availability period today:

Dot Audio
Dot Claims
Dot Credit
Dot CreditCard
Dot Gratis (”gratis” = “free” in German and a few other languages)
Dot HipHop
Dot Juegos

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How Will Legacy TLDs Be Affected by New gTLDs?

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Andrei

Do I think legacy TLDs (Dot Info, Dot Biz and so on) will be affected by new gTLDs in a negative manner? Yes, I do.

Do I think legacy TLDs will be affected by new gTLDs in a positive manner? Yes, I do.

Now that everyone’s confused, it’s time to explain why my answer to both questions was “yes” and try to put things in perspective.

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Geo New gTLDs Are Clearly Outperforming

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Andrei

The first results for the newly launched Dot Hamburg (large German city) are in and after the first day of General Availability, there are 13,793 domains. Solid results and all in all, I can’t remember any geos about which you can say that they were a flop.

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The “Too Many Similar Extensions” Situation

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Andrei

To give you an example, there will be 4 law-related extensions initially: Dot Attorney, Dot Law, Dot Lawyer and Dot Legal. Since we also have singular/plural-related issues such as Dot Accountant vs. Dot Accountants, I’m reasonably confident that in the future, we’ll also have a Dot Attorneys new gTLD as well as a Dot Lawyers one.

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Should Domain Forums Have a Marketplace Section for New gTLDs?

Posted on 25 August 2014 by Andrei

I’m quite surprised that at this point, domain forums don’t have a marketplace section for new gTLDs. It would be an important step towards generating reseller market activity, so the fact that there’s no such thing yet is definitely not good at all for the new extensions.

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