Where do you go to get a pulse on the Chinese domain market?

Chinese domain names

Let’s be honest, the domain name industry is now directly tied to Chinese domain buying and selling activity. When I first got started in the domain industry I looked at things like search volume and CPC and tried to put myself in the mind of a buyer that was looking for a domain name for their business.

Fast-forward to 2016 and the average domain buyer has changed. Sure, there are still plenty of businesses buying domains to use for themselves but it’s not secret that most of the domain buying activity is coming from China. Buyers in China are treating domain names like an asset, which I have always thought made a lot of sense.

I think as time goes on we’ll see increased buying activity from all over the world as people start to realize that domain names offer some of the same opportunities (or better) than we’ve seen with the stock market and real estate. With this shift also comes new sources of data, new blogs, and more places to follow the ever-changing market activity.

For me Domaining.com continues to be a daily go-to resource and a lot of the blogs on here do a great job of keeping everyone in the know. I also look at marketplaces like 4.cn where a majority of the buyers are in China. That being said, I know there are a ton of other sites up there and I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with all of them. Which brings me to the title of this post.

My question to you is – where do you go to keep up with what’s happening in the Chinese domain market?

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  • Paolo Mauroner June 12, 2016, 3:35 pm

    There are places like Chaomi.cc and BenMi.comthat report sales and trend.
    Also domaingang post interesting articles and another great resource is coralie.com from Kassey Lee. He is always ready to help not chinese people to understand the meaning of pinyin domain names

    • Paolo Mauroner June 13, 2016, 7:21 pm

      The correct website of kasseyLee is coreile.com
      Sorry for the typo in the other comment

  • Kassey Lee June 12, 2016, 5:26 pm

    For those who can read Chinese, the following link is the first place I visit everyday to get the latest Chinese domain news.

    And then I write in my newsletter and on my blog for those who cannot read Chinese.

  • Gene June 12, 2016, 8:01 pm

    It’s fantastic to see how important voices in the industry, like you, acknowledge that (i) domains are their own asset class, and (ii) the China market is the main driver of prices.

    I’m hoping that others can answer your question, because I simply count on bloggers like you to provide such insights.

  • Eric Lyon June 12, 2016, 8:15 pm

    I think it’s hard sometimes to find all the answers for the Chinese markets in one place. However, the dedicated forum on NamePros for Chinese domain discussion seems to remain fairly active and members are sharing an assortment of useful information there: https://www.namepros.com/forums/chinese-domain-discussion.359/

  • Sam June 13, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Dataprovider.com has indexed the global web from 40 countries – including China.

    Email me.

  • Samantha Frida June 14, 2016, 1:00 am

    Hi Morgan,

    Dataprovider.com has indexed web content from 40 countries, including China. If you want to get insights into the Chinese domain name market, they have some powerful insights into the Chinese market through the data indexed from over 5.3 million unique websites with content.

  • John June 14, 2016, 12:10 pm

    Morgan-I think the very best place is probably Kassey’s blog above or 4.cn itself to see prices. That said you might find this site interesting 2345.ch (yes .ch the old @ aged swiss extension). We’re a bit bias because we own about 75% of the best pinyin names in this extension re: caifu.ch fangdai.ch etc Let’s see if this extension catches on in China-2345.ch is a MAJOR Chinese site.

  • LLLLLs.com September 24, 2016, 2:08 pm

    For 5L chips LLLLLs.com is a good place. Buy sell and research 5l.com domains every day.


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