Next to .COM, what’s the best extension to buy numeric domains in?

Numeric Domains

This could be a million dollar question. With the explosion of interest in numeric domain names comes a massive amount of opportunity, however that opportunity also comes with increased risk and investors dumping money into domains that may turn out to be more of a liability than an asset.

I think we can all agree that .COM is the gold standard, a proven extension with real liquidity, and with value being assigned to specific letter and numbers, short .COMs are about the best investment you can make right now.

So that being said, the buying activity in the NN, NNN and NNNN space has extended beyond .COM and extensions like .CLUB, .CC, .IO, .CO and many more have been thrown into the mix. The problem is, you can’t buy them all, and if you do you’ll likely lose on more than you win (or maybe not but I’m just trying to be realistic).

So my question is, if you invest in another extension in the numeric domain space, besides .COM, what is your next best bet?

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  • John November 24, 2015, 8:06 pm

    I think without a question it’s .io The reason being you are now (over the past year) just starting to see the buying from China in the .io extension-why? I would guess because as everything else in China “io” is short and very easy. It;s also a great extension for tech startups as we all know. A quick look at and slowly but surely there a one or two numerics coming for auction and prices rising. We own Time will tell. Happy Thanksgiving to all and great topic here Morgan-thank you.

  • Xavier Lemay November 24, 2015, 8:07 pm

    .cn .cc .net .top .xyz


  • Matt November 24, 2015, 8:15 pm

    .site – short, makes sense

  • Marvin November 24, 2015, 8:25 pm

    .net is the next best next to .com

  • Zerrango November 24, 2015, 8:44 pm

    I don’t understand the question. After .com, they all dot suck. Every dot one of them.

  • David November 24, 2015, 8:52 pm

    I recently registered about 10 domain names like, and I am not sure if the Chinese are buying them but I am hoping they do!

    • John November 24, 2015, 9:01 pm

      Hi David-they ( Chinese) are starting to buy them -I checked MANY .io numerics obviously the only drawback is the high renewal fee ($35). Also-one interesting thing I found was that an executive for GoDaddy with an Asian name was reg. on more than a few of them. As mentioned above I keep watching to see what comes up for aution re: numerics.

  • Steve November 24, 2015, 8:57 pm

    .cn and .cc as far as I can see the at Asian reseller auctions. Some new extensions occasionally but the liquid names that sell regularly are of course .com but then .cn and .cc.
    .cc is popular because it is run by the same people that run .com. Verisign = stability AND it’s the easiest extension to type and it’s approved to be used in China.
    mobile, mobile, mobile. short is sweet.
    Long url’s are counter-intuitive in the age of mobile, 5 or 6 characters max for an extension. 2 character cctld’s without registration restrictions should rise as they are the easiest to type and the shortest extensions available in the World.

  • Diana Goodwin November 24, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I’m guessing the shorter the better, so .co, .io, .cc, but who really knows; it’s become madness, total madness!

  • Matt November 24, 2015, 9:18 pm

    .site – its short and makes sense IMO

  • Nick November 24, 2015, 9:28 pm

    Even with the higher reg / renewal fee………… .IO

  • steve brady November 24, 2015, 10:48 pm

    The first 11 .Links in the chain are taken.
    The next available is the 12 Link chain.
    I guess the person who bought the one that goes to 11,
    thought why not have 12 then. No, 11 is all you need.

  • DonnyM November 24, 2015, 11:14 pm

    Here is one simple rule. Don’t buy a numeric domain that by the extensions ends in a e i o or u.

  • @domains November 25, 2015, 12:33 am

    .co for me, low first year reg price combined with hasn’t really taken off yet. 5N chips still available but going. Chinese have also been regging 4L .co strong patterns.

    .io still has 3N and 3L available.

    Don’t see any downside to extensions ending in vowels?

  • Howie November 25, 2015, 6:22 am

    Best check the Chinese marketplace.

    Don’t have any personal prejudices. So, it seems that good short N .cc takes after the com, yet a some single numeric in a selective not-com extension can be very desirable. Interesting that 3L .la has made an entrance in the marketplace too. Also .so but it’s mute at the moment.



  • Howie November 25, 2015, 6:33 am

    arhh Cooorection. Above It’s ‘3N’ .la that’s moving πŸ˜‰ sorry! And that put’s a dampner on DonnyM’s advice, sorry! The pinyin chart value and vowels included within the ‘finals’ etc.

  • Steve November 25, 2015, 7:33 am

  • Marek November 25, 2015, 10:50 am

    Word SEX is international, so is .SEX extension.

  • mik November 26, 2015, 2:09 am

    Well if its short you want dot co makes sense.

    4n dot co numerics are now selling and IMO the demand for nnnnn co will follow.

    Xyz will should do well too due to low cost.

    Io is good but pricey.

  • frank meester November 27, 2015, 6:00 am

    xyz and .TOP

  • Ruben November 27, 2015, 8:48 am

    As far as the extension is concerned and assuming you are targeting the Chinese market, I would say (in this order): .net, .org, .co, .cn, .cc, .io, .xyz.
    But, let’s not forget that “size does matter”! πŸ™‚ So a would be more valuable than a, in my opinion…

  • Guy November 27, 2015, 10:01 am

    .xyz seems to be very popular. recently sold on http://www.4.CN for $82,000.+/-. Personally, I own numerous and domain names. I have received numerous inquiries and offers for several of the domain names in the past month.

  • Jblol November 27, 2015, 10:09 am

    Except after “c” – right?

  • Jblol November 27, 2015, 10:11 am

    Supposed to say:
    Except after “c” – right?


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