Learning The Ropes of ccTLD Brokerage

I started my ccTLD Brokerage Newsletter this year and so far it’s been a great learning experience…but I’m definitely still learning! As I recently said in a one of my blog posts – know what you know, and know what you don’t know. The ccTLD market has intrigued me for years and .US has become the cornerstone of my income strategy so ccTLDs have played an important role in my Domaining life.

That being said I’ve never been very good at selling them. That’s right – I said it. I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. Give me a site that’s making $25/month and I’ll turn it into a site making $50 or more a month. Give me a domain with strong keywords and I’ll get it ranked. Give me a ccTLD and tell me to sell it…now that I’m still learning.

So I thought I would do a blog post that covered both sides of the issue. First I’ll talk about what I’ve learned so far with my newsletter, and then I’ll reach-out and ask the audience – you! I think one of the best ways to improve any product or service is by asking people in the niche for advice. I am by no means a successful ccTLD Broker and I know I still have a lot to learn to get there.

Okay – here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • I’ve had the most interest in .IN domains priced in the $200-$500 range
  • I have not yet received ANY interest in domains priced above $2K
  • I have NEVER received an offer on a .MX domain
  • Most of the submissions I receive are .IN and .CO.UK
  • I have not received a .CA, .CO.ZA, .JP or .CN submitted for sale yet

So that’s what I’ve learned, or at least what I’ve experienced with my newsletter so far. Make sure not to mistake these observations with fact, these are just observations and I’m learning from them but not stretching it too far. Of course there’s a lot of great public data about ccTLD sales and I use DNJournal as my bible when it comes to this. Sedo is definitely the most active in the ccTLD sales space so I pay close attention to what names sell there.

Now here is my question to you, and I would appreciate getting as much feedback as possible. If you are already a ccTLD investor then you’re perfect for this, if not, pretend that you are! So here’s what I want, I want you to tell me what kind of ccTLDs you would like to buy – please break it down by the following categories, TLD, Price-Range, Category. I’ll give you an example that is true for myself, .US, $300-$600, Credit/Debt.

I am hoping that by polling the market here I am able to get a better feel for what kind of ccTLDs people are looking for. I’ll be doing a similar post to this on ccTLD Investors Magazine to get feedback from that audience as well. Thanks in advance for your feedback and hopefully you’ll learn along with me what other ccTLD investors are buying!

Of course if you haven’t signed-up for my Bi-Weekly ccTLD Brokerage Newsletter please do so now!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Robbie July 29, 2010, 8:59 am

    Want to try and sell – Compensation.us? – Hit me up

  • Nadia (Domain Sushi) July 29, 2010, 9:29 am

    I’d love to be able to reply with the info you requested, but unfortunately I’m mostly selling ccTLDs. I don’t see .de mentioned, probably because it has its own thriving market. I have a variety of .de names I’m holding onto until I can figure out the best way to reach that audience.

    I think .us is growing in popularity. As you’ve demonstrated, .us sites can rank very well in the search engines.

  • Ed from htmlpress.net July 29, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Just this year someone emailed me wanting to buy a dotme domain; a few months ago it was a dot com dot au; and two days ago someone was interested in my dot co.

    Hope this helps.

  • Greg Slaughterbeck July 29, 2010, 4:58 pm

    .us, $20-$100 Product domains or Causes (example illiteracy.us)

  • Guy Frankin November 29, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Hello Morgan,

    That an amazing blog!

    You have an amazing ability to envision investors success and make it become a reality.

    I look forward to next year and particularly watching your ccTLDs portfolio evolution.

    If you have a chance, have a look to Dot RE (.re) domains for brand extension in the Real Estate sector, the communication’s plan begin in 2011

    With admiration!

    Guy Frankin
    Founder & CEO

    • Morgan November 30, 2010, 8:43 am

      Thanks for the comment @Guy and the kind words about my blog!

      .re sounds interesting, always looking for new TLDs, it’s the early birds that really win!


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