Are domains with the letter “i” at the front still popular?

Years ago Apple started a trend that swept the world, put the letter “i” in front of a word and it suddenly is the digital version of that word. We all know it worked pretty well with the iPod, then the iPhone, the iPad, and other companies quickly followed suit with companies like iHome and many more.

I felt like the “i” word trend really started to taper off a few years ago but recently saw that is expiring and getting some pretty strong interest on Go Daddy auctions. The domain name currently has 61 bids and just crossed the $5,000 mark with more than two days to go.


I’m not sure if it’s just me but I don’t really get this one. Sure, maybe there are some domains that are still hot. I could see something like being interesting maybe…but doesn’t really have much of a ring to it IMO.

Still, I haven’t had my eye on the “i” domain market so maybe there’s been something going on here that I missed. What do you think? Is a hot domain or has the ship sailed for iDomains and the bidding here is just people that are going to end up paying way too much for this domain?

I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Snoopy March 6, 2019, 12:03 am

    Very dated, it is a bit like using .me, .ly, maybe not as bad but still feels like a site from 20 years ago. Many suffixes and extensions are like carbon dating to particular time when that usage was fashionable.

    • Mark Thorpe March 6, 2019, 7:51 am

      True, many suffixes and extensions added to domains (DomainsOnline myDomains eDomains DomainsLy) are from a particular point in time.
      Just like getDomains are the most recent, although they have become dated as well.

  • Michael March 6, 2019, 2:09 am

    Here are recent sales with “i” as a prefix to a word in .com:

    Quite a few in the four-figure range this year including iSoft for $8,910 at NJ and iBar for $5,500 at NamesCon (although that’s also a 4L).

    I agree with Snoopy that they seem dated though, not sure why there’s still interest but probably not a lot of it is coming from end users.

  • Mark Thorpe March 6, 2019, 6:16 am

    iDomains are outdated IMO, even Apple is trying to get away from iProducts.
    Could be .io investors bidding the domain up.

    • Mark Thorpe March 6, 2019, 6:26 am

      iDomains eDomains are all dated.
      I have never liked .ly (Libya ccTLD) domains.

      • Ethan March 6, 2019, 4:19 pm

        i and e probably are, but I don’t think .ly is.

  • BullS March 6, 2019, 6:53 am

    I prefer “e” rather than i

    like ecloudhosting dot com
    or ebay

  • John March 6, 2019, 4:05 pm

    I asked a husband and wife pair of friends to tell me which they liked better, the i or the e version for a domain I wanted to use (I have both). They both unequivocally preferred e, so my site is on e.

  • John March 7, 2019, 8:34 am

    Industry News Alert:

    In a big major slap in the face to the entire domain name industry and all domain investors everywhere, Estibot has REDUCED its magical “appraisal” of from $48,000 to $31,000 after it sold in July for $12,000,000:

    Doubtless many noticed the many times I pointed out the $48,000 “appraisal” previously and long after the $12m sale, including Estibot itself, whose rep in the blogs has certainly noticed some of my comments before.

    The bizarre reduction is certainly curiouser and curiouser indeed; has anyone ever *not* seen Estibot “fix” their appraisals to reflect the higher price of a sale afterward? I’ve certainly never seen such a strange departure from that. I suppose, however, that perhaps in some twisted fashion they felt doubling down and making it worse was better than doing the “fix” to reflect the sale price, since the latter might tend to greatly compound and highlight the extreme embarrassment of the original $48k figure to begin with.

  • kroc March 7, 2019, 4:25 pm

    can’t speak for all ‘i’ domains, but mine received a $50,000 offer last year (i followed by ‘’)

    • John March 7, 2019, 5:11 pm

      Right, “i” domains are far from done, and that is certainly a good one.

  • elevator March 8, 2019, 2:49 am

    Well ! You might be right but one thing I know is that non of them are dropping except this one and you can see how people are trying to get it.
    In short ; I deduced that if it is outdated there will be no one bidding for it.



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