Morgan’s Flippa Five Non .COM Edition: 3D.io, Comic.tv, Data.me

Morgan's Flippa Five

Hello, happy Monday and welcome to a very special edition of Morgan’s Flippa Five. I’ve had a number of requests from readers to set aside one week specifically for non .COM domains so I thought I’d give it a shot. Before I go any further I want to be clear on how investors should think about these picks.

In the past seven years I have found .COM to be the only TLD to have a clear path to reliable returns. While I have made some great non .COM sales the vast majority of the investments I make in the domain space are in the .COM space. With these picks while I think all are good investments, the window for returns could be 5-10 years so be prepared to be patient. That being said, I’ve made 20x – 50x returns on .CO, .ME, and .TV domains so I can honestly recommend them, just know the increased risk you are taking.

Okay, you’ve been warned, now for those risk-takers amongst us, here is your non .COM Flippa five hand-picked by me!

3D.io – this domain auction ended unsold at $4,400. I see this as one of the best .IO domains but at over $5k it’s definitely a risk and a domain that could easily take 8-10 years to sell at at 2x profit. Still, I love this name so I can’t help but include this in the list even though I think the wholesale buy price would be closer to $2k.

Comic.tv – when it comes .TV I think you really need to buy solid one-word domains that specifically make sense for the .TV extension and this is one of them. There’s not doubt this domain is a perfect fit for .TV and there are a lot of great ways to use it and build a brand around it.

Data.me – .CO and .ME are the two non .COMs that have turned-out to be the best investments for me over the last seven years and this is without a doubt one of the most premium .ME domains out there. I’m a sucker for four character .COMs and when you’re talking about a word as big as “data” this one is hard to beat.

Refer.ly – so I’ll be the first to say I’m not a huge fan of .LY, I’d say 95% of the names in the .LY extension are going to be bad investments, this is a rare case but a solid one. Here’s what I like about it, it’s already a PR4 and it gets 1,600 visitors a month and let’s be honest, it’s catchy. I would only buy this if you have experience with affiliate marketing and think you can take the foundation that’s been built here and build on top of it, that being said I see opportunity written all over this one.

Return.net – like .LY I’m also not a huge .NET fan, but also like .LY there are a few diamonds in the rough and this is one of them. Easy to remember, easy-to-spell, and a broad range of uses. Also it doesn’t hurt that the name is only at $305 and the reserve has been met, I see this as a steal under $500.

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  • Bobby March 23, 2015, 10:57 pm

    Interesting! The .me’s have been doing horrible on flippa, but that is such a monster name and should buck the trend.

    I’m also a huge .co fan and I wish flippa would add a filter for .co in the sidebar as it is one of the more attractive domains for startups and end users who may potentially use flippa. They get buried on there.

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    • Morgan March 24, 2015, 7:25 am

      @Bobby – one thing to remember is that in the non .COM space sometimes a $200 sale can mean a 5x – 10x ROI whereas in the .COM space that could easily be a monster loss. The key is to understand that with non .COMs comes lower sale prices but it also means a much lower cost-basis. Most of the .CO and .ME names that I buy are in the $50 – $150 range whereas I have no problem spending $2,500 – $5,000 on a solid .COM.

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