If you had one sentence to describe the domain industry right now…what would it be?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the state of the domain industry, and like most things involving people and opinions, there’s no right answers but there sure are a lot of perspectives. I’ve heard from all ends of the spectrum from people who think things are getting better by the day to those who think the sky is falling, and of course everything in between.

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last 10+ years then you know I’m an optimist in just about all areas of my life…Domaining included. In this case my optimism isn’t really based on anything outside of my own personal experience, which as been very positive and I haven’t seen anything suggesting that’s going to change anytime soon.

I’m just one person, and I’m also not a full-time Domainer so my perspective is likely different from someone who buys, sells, or brokers domains as their full time job. So I’m very interested to hear what you, my readers think, but to keep it digestible, I’d like to you to try to boil it down to one sentence.

Of course, it’s not fair for me to ask a question without answering it myself, so here’s my sentence.

I think this is a great time to be in the domain industry, mostly because of all the incredible .COM domains that are dropping every single day, and all the people that are distracted by new gTLDs, leaving more .COMs for the rest of us.

Okay – there’s my sentence, now I want to hear from you – comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Snoopy July 2, 2018, 9:33 pm


    10% of names have surged in valued whilst 90% has fallen. That is not to say “high quality” has risen either, only one subset of it. For example one word plural .com’s get far lower interest than the past.

  • rathead July 3, 2018, 3:08 am


  • Alan Dodd July 3, 2018, 4:10 am

    For us smaller brandable domainers, industry maturity and commoditization continues through the following price anchors 1. HD 2. BB, BP, BR.

  • matt July 3, 2018, 6:17 am

    Now is a fantastic time to be a domain broker as the first generation of domainers are retiring and previously unavailable assets come to the market.

  • Mike Sallese July 3, 2018, 7:23 am

    I would say that the domain industry is constantly evolving and that even though it requires time/energy/smarts/money there still is much opportunity to generate a tremendous ROI if you invest the time and capital wisely.

  • Mark Thorpe July 3, 2018, 8:12 am

    “I think this is a great time to be in the domain industry, mostly because of all the incredible .COM domains that are dropping every single day, and all the people that are distracted by new gTLDs, leaving more .COMs for the rest of us.”
    You forgot to include being distracted by .io domains in your sentence.

    As for the state of the domain industry, it is not possible write that in one sentence.
    I will say there are currently more cons than pros right now. Cons being caused by greedy domain Investors, Registries and ICANN.
    True colors are coming through.

  • Michael Anthony Castello July 3, 2018, 12:02 pm

    Crickets…….. If no one can describe or define it, how can you sell it? ūüėČ

    So I went to the search engine that defines the internet and searched ‚Äúdomain industry‚ÄĚ and the first listing was an advertisement.


    • John July 4, 2018, 6:22 pm

      Lol – how fitting my comment happened to appear after yours when none were visible yet.

  • John July 3, 2018, 12:55 pm

    The domain industry is oppressed, suppressed, and submissive to the 8,000 ton gorilla in the room which is the Google monopoly and similar “PTB” (see “How did Google get so big?” – 60 Minutes), fractured by zero-sum thinking and money grabbing mentality, and needlessly misguided by fallacious and “Kool-Aid” style notions of domain valuation even among supposed “experts” which it gladly accepts to its own real detriment and that of those who do not.

  • Jose July 3, 2018, 7:16 pm

    Everything will remain the same in the domain market.

    Happy day.

  • Mike Brady July 4, 2018, 9:01 am

    Evolving, humility wins, adapt, persevere, long term, carpe diem, sometimes win sometimes lose, collaborate with the good guys, balance (God Family Business).

  • James July 5, 2018, 1:55 am

    Stagnant, and going through a period of consolidation and maturation.

  • Allen T. July 6, 2018, 2:57 pm



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