ccTLD Sales Go Mostly Under The Radar

The Domaining world is .COM-centric – and with good reason, .COM is the undisputed king. However sometimes I think some great ccTLD sales can get overshadowed hiding the opportunity that could exist in some already proven ccTLD markets. While I buy most of my domains specifically for development it’s nice to see some of my favorite TLDs having a strong sales performance history.

Now let me be clear here – there are definitely more, higher-value .COM sales happening – this is where the money is when it comes to buying and selling domains. However, this shouldn’t turn investors away from ccTLDs because based on the sales that are happening every week, there is money to be made. Here are a few examples of ccTLD sales that happened this year that you might not have heard about. Yes – these are all five-figure sales that I’m highlighting – but making a few of these a year can really add a lot to your business!

Did you know that PW.ca sold for $60,000 on Sedo?

Did you know that Material.pl sold for $25,155 in a private sale?

Did you know that Turks.nl sold for $10,668 on BliXem Internet?

(View Domain Sales at DNJournal)

Sure, this is nothing like selling a domain for $500,000 but the .pl and .nl marketplace is still quite open – what’s to stop you from finding a buyer? Notice that both of these words are also US words. When you look at .DE sales, which is another very hot sales market, you’ll also find a lot of English domains.

What I’m trying to say in this post is that there is a market everywhere – it just depends where you are looking. We seem to focus so much on .COM that sometimes we can forget some of the great progress that is being made in the ccTLD space. As someone who is focused on development and monetization these sales help confirm that the properties I’m building are adding to the value of an already appreciating asset!

I just sold my first .in names last month, it was a domain I bought in the low $xx range and sold in the $xxx range making about 10x my initial investment in a little over a month. It’s not a big sale but for me just testing the waters with .in it does really enforce my vision in the long-term value of this TLD. We all know that this is still the beginning of Domaining, the opportunities that are available to us now might never be again. Yes it’s speculating, but if you are developing your domains and generating income then you are making a wise investment either way.

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  • Simon Johnson July 26, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Interesting post Morgan. I completely agree with your views on ccTLD sales. We track these in close to realtime on DomainerIncome.com with daily reports, backed by a historical database (free to sign up). Feel free to check it out.

    Simon

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    • Morgan July 27, 2010, 7:43 am

      Thanks for sharing @Simon – I’ll definitely check it out!

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  • M. Menius July 27, 2010, 12:13 am

    @Morgan – Nice perspective you have on cctld’s. More and more country code domain sales are popping up in the aftermarket (many of them subject to non-disclosure), but even more important are the real world uses that are occurring on a daily basis with cctld’s.

    Prudent domain investors always knew that the availability of good dotcom’s would eventually dwindle and further support the adoption of other extensions.

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  • Daniel Dryzek July 27, 2010, 5:45 am

    Hi Morgan! Don’t get wrong about English keywords in non-English ccTLDs like .pl. “Material” (correct IDN version “materiał”) is also Polish word. And >90% of the sales in .PL TLD are Polish keywords. There are 1.84 million .pl domains as for today.

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    • Morgan July 27, 2010, 7:42 am

      Hi @Daniel – thanks for clarifying!

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  • Neo July 27, 2010, 7:22 am

    Excellent Post. Plenty of .in six figure sales are private. For me .in is best choice due to big English speaking population and growing internet penetration.

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  • KB July 27, 2010, 8:12 am

    Nice article. .in does have a good potential, but I think it hasn’t been treated as a short for INternet.

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  • Salman July 27, 2010, 9:58 am

    Hi Morgan,
    Great Post and as always great advice. While you, I and others “believe” and “feel” that CcTLDs are growing because the internet is now growing vertically instead of wide. I truly believe that this is a “Similar” opportunity as the .COM of the early days. So this is an opportunity for those that missed .COM gold-rush.

    Its evident people in countries like India are more likely to trust a local than someone far away. For example, Citibank, a multinational company based in India is using .IN to transfer money of a .Com. Hence I strongly believe the .IN domains will increase in value given its enormous markets and population. Below are some of my .co.uk, .in and .de Domains that I like to share with interested investors. I own single and two worded highly search able keyword domains.

    Some of my domains are Diversifying.co.uk, RetirementAccounts.co.uk, Toddler.in, FunnyAds.in, MixedDrinks.in, PrenatalVitamins.co.uk, AcneWash.co.uk and DiamondEngagementRings.de, Venezuelan.de, Chilean.de.

    Sincerely,
    Salman Habibullah

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  • Logan July 27, 2010, 5:43 pm

    @Morgan

    Material = fabric in Poland

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  • john July 27, 2010, 11:18 pm

    I wish I could more info on this subject since i own names like packed.in and sex-ed.de. I definitely wouldn’t drop the packed.in but might vegasdeals.de . ty morgan for the insight

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  • TheDomainEdge July 28, 2010, 10:04 am

    Morgan, another great post! I enjoy reading your perspective/opinions of the domain industry! I agree… opportunities definitely exist in the ccTLD markets. (some good insight) Regular reader/follower… @FindDomains (just picked up Vocational.co)

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    • Morgan July 28, 2010, 10:07 am

      Thanks @TheDomainEdge – really appreciate the positive feedback!

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