Outside of .COM, what other domain extensions are you investing in this year?

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Going into 2021 I can tell you that a majority of the domain names I add to my portfolio will be .COM. This was my core focus last year and I don’t see anything that would change that for 2021. At the same time, like many investors, I do always keep a small chunk of my portfolio in non .COMs that I think will make good investments.

My general rule of thumb for myself when buying outside of .COM is – could I see this name sell for six-figures in .COM? In some cases, I can look on NameBio and see the matching .COM did sell for six-figures but often I have to go with my gut. This usually means my focus is one-word domains and I’m biased towards positive action words.

All that being said, when it comes to non .COMs that I’ll be buying this year I see three key domain extensions that I’ll be focusing on:

  1. .IO – I’ve been investing in .IO for over five years now, it has always been my top performing asset next to .COM so will continue to be my main squeeze in 2021 🚀
  2. .GG – every year that goes by I get more and more bullish on .GG. I watch eSports a lot more than regular sports and I see .GG everywhere. I started buying .GG names maybe two years ago, own maybe 20, haven’t sold one yet so the jury is still out on if they will turn out to be good investments 🤷‍♂️
  3. .AI – I’ve mostly held off on .AI for the last few years because I don’t like the high holding cost for these names. Depending on where you register a .AI name you can expect to be spending $100/year or more for them so unless you can get truly premium names that will sell, I can see .AI really cutting into your profits over time.

What are you investing in alongside .COM?

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  • Bulls January 3, 2021, 7:40 pm

    I heard dot ng ..Nigeria is going to be huge.
    Go ahead and reg as many as you can.
    You gonna make lots of money.

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  • Ken January 3, 2021, 8:49 pm

    I believe .cc domains have huge potential because the .cc extension can mean Chinese Company or Cryptocurrency.

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  • Darryl Lopes January 4, 2021, 1:40 am

    I have invested in the ccTLD .co.za (South Africa). I have over 500+ domains in my portfolio.

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  • Ethan Taylor January 4, 2021, 4:26 am

    I have a .ai domain. But I don’t like the high renewal fee, too. So I probably will not buy more .ai domains. The registrar where I registered my .ai domain charges $59.99 per year but requires a minimum of two years on registration/renewal. For price comparison of all TLDs, more info can be found on https://tld-list.com

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    • Morgan January 4, 2021, 3:12 pm

      Agreed, the high holding cost of .AI makes it a hard one to invest in IMO, but $59.99/year is the best price I’ve heard so far…now if only they got rid of that pesky two year registration…

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  • Bar January 4, 2021, 5:01 am

    Stay away from my .io names Morgan!

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    • Morgan January 4, 2021, 3:11 pm

      Haha 😂

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  • Uday January 4, 2021, 8:43 am

    Exploring .gg extentions. Thanks

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  • Morgan January 4, 2021, 3:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing everyone and interesting point Ken re: .CC, I never thought of it meaning cryptocurrency, are there many crypto companies adopting it?

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  • Bb January 4, 2021, 11:33 pm

    I registered 5 .top to do a test and was surprised at the number of visits they had. Then I registered a hundred of 1 english-word premium .top and very surprised by the high number of visits (more visits than xyz, in, cc, vc, link…). Let’s see if I will sell any soon.

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  • William SC Hui January 5, 2021, 3:03 pm

    .io is awesome and I think .con be next as it is shorter than .com and a few big countries using including UK JP KR IN etc , it mean company

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