I think 2019 is going to be the year I start investing in numeric domain names


Numeric domain names have been on my mind quite a bit this year. I’ve written a number of articles about 5N .COMs selling for mid four-figures in expired domain auctions and overall I’ve been watching numeric .COMs more than usual. Well, more than usual is a pretty low bar since historically I haven’t paid any attention to numeric domain names.

So why am I starting to change my focus? One word – liquidity.

What has been attracting me to numeric domain names is the fact that based on the number of numbers (i.e. 4N, 5N, etc.) and the actually numbers in the domain, you can come up with a value that investors around the world will agree on.

My go-to primer for the fundamentals of numeric domain values is GGRG, aptly named – Numeric Domains 2.0 – the Definitive Guide. Here’s one of the early paragraphs in the guide that will probably make you want to read more:

“Where would you have been if you had invested $15,000 in a random 3 number .com like 479.com at 18 months ago? Well, as of today, you would be probably able to sell it for around $60,000. This is why you should study carefully this niche if you are looking to achieve disproportionately better returns on your portfolio. The following article aims to be a near complete resource on the topic. I spent several hours putting it together ā€“ hope you enjoy!”Ā 

The challenge with brandables and even solid one and two-word .COMs is that if you need to sell them, today – you’re likely going to take a massive haircut on value. Suppose you buy a one-word .COM for $50,000 – and you know it could sell for $250k (this happens all the time BTW), but then, something happens in life and you need to sell it right away, you might have to let it go for $25k or lower, who knows. The problem is the domain only has a value in the six-figure range to an end-user, getting investors to agree on a price your happy with is likely going to be a challenge.

So as I look forward into my portfolio planning for 2019 (which I do in Q4 of each year) I see numeric domain playing a major part in my acquisition strategy. Of course, as usual, I’ll bring all of you along for the adventure, for now I have a lot more reading, watching, and learning to do.

What do you think? Are numeric domain a good bet for the future or am I going to regret this decision five years from now? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Braden Pollock September 21, 2018, 5:41 pm

    For anyone looking to quickly unload a premium generic one word .com, I’m your man!

  • Michael D. September 21, 2018, 6:05 pm

    You’re like eight years too late to the party for those great gains. Right now, the gains aren’t great, the risks extremely high. You better off going with Crypto if trading is your thing. Good luck either way.

    • Raymond Hackney September 22, 2018, 12:32 am

      I would have to agree Michael, I am not sure why now you would want to get in Morgan, just look at 6N.com where they were, they are now expiring, and I mean with no 0 or 4. I mean if you think the Chinese market going to pick back up then sure, I would say 4L chips also make for a spec if you believe Chinese liquid domains going to pick back up.

      4N.com is a different animal they are valuable but is the risk/return there?

  • brand September 22, 2018, 7:35 am

    I had Chinese buyer standing outside my door in 2015 for 5N’S, 6N’S and even 7N’S all had repeating numbers, no 4’s or zero’s. The 3N.info’s i had were selling like crazy as well.
    Then it all went cold. keep in mind i had hand registered the 6N’S with a GoDaddy coupon for .99 at that time.
    I would not spent a few grand on these now, that ship has sailed. The ones that i see on Namejet are not that good at all..IMO. If i saw Numeric’s on NJ like 77888.com, i would.

    • brand September 22, 2018, 7:59 am

      I just went and looked on NameJet and IMO, those are bottom barrel as far as Numeric’s go.
      They have no pattern, the numbers are weak and alot of 4’s and zero’s.

    • Supratik September 25, 2018, 11:55 pm

      8 rules and 8 times 8 rocks


      So, there are only 9 combinations of 8 times 8… want one) šŸ˜‰

  • Supratik September 25, 2018, 11:48 pm

    Numeric domains would be sold in batches… like 999777 – 999888 / 77776666 – 77778888

  • Rkb Domain December 3, 2018, 5:47 pm

    Interesting post. I run a numeric domain site that looks at the short domain market, and I think it remains to be seen whether the market is going to recover in the near-term. On the one hand, 6n.com registration is continuing, which is a positive sign. On the other hand, the 5n.com market seems to be searching for a bottom, and it’s not clear where this will be. The sheer scarcity of these domains makes them very attractive, but also vulnerable to boom/bust cycles, and nobody knows when the next cycle will begin.

  • YASHARCH March 2, 2019, 4:30 am

    What do you think about 6N .com domains? Is there any opinion for its future?


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