For some reason, whenever I write a post about any extension except for .COM some readers get confused and think I’m suddenly suggesting that people should invest in other TLDs. I don’t know how many times I’ve repeated it on my blog but I may as well do it once again so it’s crystal clear.
The vast majority of my investments are in .COM domain names. From all the data I see, my guess is I’ll continue to stay focused on investing in .COM domains forever.
Yesterday I wrote a post about .CO, in the past I’ve written posts about .IO, .ME and some other domain extensions that I see startups using. I think right now startups have been flocking to .CO and .IO, as a domain investor, I’m not, but as a domain blogger I think it’s interesting to write about.
A lot of startup founders and entrepreneurs read my blog, they’re interested in reading about domain names, not investing in them. At the same time, I have a very loyal foundation of readers from the Domaining world (love you gals and guys!), so I try to write articles that resonate with both sides.
I am not a full time domain investor, never have been, likely never will be. I am a full time startup founder – that’s where I spent just about every waking hour outside of writing a blog post here once a day and spending an hour or two on the weekends looking at expired domain names. I don’t have any kids and am not planning on having any so I do have the time to spend 30 – 45 mins a day writing for this blog and 1-2 hours on the weekend managing my portfolio and looking at expired domains.
So don’t get confused when I write a post about seeing a bunch of startups using a domain extensions, I’m writing that because…I’m seeing a bunch of startups use a domain extension. This is very different from saying, I think you should stop buying .COM and start investing in another extension.
Domain investing has been a life changing thing for me both financially and personally, and that’s because of .COM. If you want to make money investing in domain names, .COM is the way to go.
That being said, if you’re a startup founder, there are other domain extensions to brand on, and tradeoffs that you make if you do deviate from .COM. Right now I think .CO is pretty darn hot with startups, I’m seeing .CO everywhere and it feels newsworthy to me, enough to write a post. So don’t get confused, remember, this is a domain blog that’s read by startups, entrepreneurs, and Domainers – I talk about domain names in all my posts, but not every post is about domain investing.
As a domain investor .COM is it, the end, period, done. As a startup, .CO and .IO are pretty hot right now and I’ll continue to write posts when I see cool innovative startups branding on these and other extensions.