Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably could give you an answer..
You are quite misinformed. Reseller to reseller has little bearing on biz while insurance, real estate, plumbers, loan companies, online retailers, florists and others are regging their business in .biz. I see them with increasing frequency. Reseller/aftermarket sales are but one guage...
Here's a pretty wide sampling of dotBIZ sites from Google. A somewhat interesting collection of companies from different business categories.
Here are mine -.
These are all at least 5 years old..
Though I'm sure a .com would have brought in more traffic...
It's been 6 years already, it's an era in Internet time..
.biz is stagnating at best... it's already the past IMO..
From many different industries ....
Carlton, of the two lists you have posted a total of 102 sites..
I just went through and found 39 are reg'd until '09 up to 2017..
So almost 40% are multi year reg's..
Thats a good sign right there...
I didnt know Spade owns namebio (I actually didnt know of the site, went there now, it looks very good BTW Spade)..
The method I use is not a big secret or anything, it just takes time and the will to work..
A nice drafted letter sent to end users, by googling my *keyword* (of which I own the .biz)..
Now I look at the sites that come up and look for crappy domains regarding the subject (Dont bother looking at the begining of the list, as these are well placed and wont bother replying to your letter). Go to the next page> in google, go a few pages down. Now look for the crapy domains, go to the sites and see which look legit and have been worked on (i.e. serious company), and finaly send them the letter you have prepaired. Make sure you let them know that google would help them towards a better placement if they use (i.e. computers.biz than get-your-computersonline.com).
Dont send that letter to a non profit, or a blog site etc....
Good luck :-).
The majority of the .biz sales I have done were from me to end user NOT reseller to reseller. Reseller to reseller brings in very little cash...
That's great. You want me to pull up a list for .GD? I'll admit a lot of SMALL businesses use it. Of course SMALL = SMALL budget. I really doubt a big business would ever consider .biz at all...
The only example of such I can think of is Billboard.biz, but it's more an offshoot of Billboard.com vs. a standalone site. I don't think any large company would have a site on the .biz if they couldn't get the .com...who knows though, some company will do it just to spite me.
It's simply a weak duplicate of dot com. I would never buy a dot biz for my business. It would simply shed customers to the dot com equivalent. And parking? What's the point, it' won't get any direction navigation traffic. What else is left?..
You just dont get it man, we are not talking about IBM here, we are talking about Joe's Plumbing wanting a presence on the web with a decent KW. He cant afford the com, but with local search improving all the time, the biz is the alternative. $100-1000 or more is a reasonable ROI for a 6.95 reg..
Domainers are earning off this extention through sales to endusers, and Sam.. it's not like you have had that many 7 digit sales you can put down anyone elses strategy..
10 pennies make a dime every time..
It all adds up..
Decent kw? Search alternative? You can make the same argument for any ccTLD then.BIZ would theoretically be no different from .ai or .ms. Why, you can get mortgage.** for less then $100 probably..
So why would a small business pay $XXX when they can register the keywords in a "exotic ccTLD"?? That is the big problem really IMO..
Only premium, PREMIUM keywords have instant value in any extention. I see the.
Thing as a pointless arguement...
That's interesting Cyberian. I had not thought about that, but it would suggest a commitment from the company and that they like their .biz choice..
Sam - don't let yourself get worked up. Just posting some .biz sites, that's all. Businesses, mostly small at this point, understand .biz is a viable choice..
As someone else stated, getting a good keyword or descriptive HostGator in .biz is a good option. My main point being that .biz is in use and has a foundation on which it can grow. It's an alternative for companies coming online...
One thing I failed to mention above, is that of all the names I checked off Carltons list, only 3 or 4 had google ads indicating end user dev'd sites, not MFA's or Park&Pray..
My gut feeling is that .biz will be worth something, but never as much as a .com name. But it represents an attractive alternative to other TLDs that may already be registered...
I still register good relevant .biz if I can find them. There are many who don't think selling a HostGator they purchased for $10 or even $60 at $600 is worth the effort. I do think so. If you understand the market and know that a .biz isn't going to bring 5+ figures sales on a regular basis, and therefore don't overprice the product, there is money to be made. The real key is knowing who they might appeal to in the secondary market. Here is where I think they have value:.
Small Business - You won't likely see Microsoft or Sony using a .biz. They don't need to. However, a name like DryCleaning.biz to a small chain of dry cleaners can be very valuable as a generic name for them. There are thousands of such companies to compete for it, and it might bring a 4-5 figure sale..
Generic secondary names - Using DryCleaning.biz could be a very valuable name for a mid-size company selling supplies or equipment to the dry cleaning industry. They probably wouldn't use it as their main HostGator instead of .com, but might use it for a niche market, a promotion, a keyword.
Campaign, or vanity email. I think strong product names might also be valuable for forwarding to subpage of a larger site. For example, a company like Proctor & Gamble might find it valuable to forward soap.biz to their soap division 123 reg website or subpages of a corporate site..
One problem with .biz not getting sales is that too many are priced too high. If most were priced at sub $600, I'll bet there would be lots of sales which eventually escalate to higher figures with the publicity...
It'll mature as much as inflation does each year..
I don't think average ctlds are better than .biz, except for .de and in some cases .co.uk. Otherwise it is easier to make profit on .biz than on .gd or .bz or anything similar imo..
I only had two .biz domains, one is dubaiapartment.biz (sold for 0,5k$), and there is dubaiproperty.biz, i'm pretty sure I will be able to sell this one for nice profit as well...