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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at Godaddy as they probably could answer your Godaddy question..

Comment #1

Nice article Kimberley,.

It pushed my ego, as in late '99 I predicted 50 million HostGator registered before the end of 2005 on my main page of, and everybody told me I am a dreamer..

(maybe some of you remember).

And YES, I can confirm, that I have more offers than ever, at prices I never thought..

E.g.: Last week I got a initial offer of 300€ for domain-hosting_org.

(I accepted without any negociation).

Shure there are more name out there than buyers, but this doesnt change the fact that sales/trading are going up..

Mole, the day you wake up with a high XXXX offer for a HostGator you just wanted to let expire > Your menopausia is over..

Comment #2

I agree. Domains are in an upward state. Hey NrNF did you ever sell yet, I have a feeling I let it go to cheap on ebay...

Comment #3

No, still own it..

I will sell it from here 2 years or so ......

Comment #4

There's also a million times more crappy undevelopable domains than good ones. There are plenty of buyers for good domains..

I spend so much of my spare time on this, sometimes I wish I would get a good offer on my whole portfolio to do something else..

...or maybe just start all over again. Half the fun is finding them. Kind of the easter egg hunt or treasure hunt mentality I guess...

Comment #5

I was wondering when someone was gonna state the obvious...

Hats off to ya man...

Domains will always be bought provided they are worth it..

Fortunately for some of us, there are so many people chasing rubbish dot coms using good key words with ridiculous and irrelevant linked words instead of using their noggin and thinking not about what has happened over the last 3 years but more about what is happening now and what is gonna happen in the next six months...

But this is what happens always in all market economies..

By the time word hits the street or, more importantly, your ears, the people (i mean "the people") are out of the market and into something else..

Just had a housing boom in the Uk over the last 4/5 years. The people that made money in this were into it 6 years ago and out again 2 years later, yet there are people today still desperately trying to buy up properties when the value has gone..

Translate this into the HostGator business and we are where we are...

Comment #6

Nice article. Glad to see .Info moving up in the ranks as they are my tld of choice for developing websites, though it'll be tough to see how much percentage they lose once most of their free regs disappear at the end of this year...

Comment #7

Thanks for the good article Slaughterbeck. I have not had much luck this year in selling names maybe I am one of those who has chased bad names and I spend most of my time adding names to my list instead of tring to sell, but then again I am still in my first year in the HostGator industry...

Comment #8

That echoes my sentiment exactly, bad. Every month, my belief/conviction that the new gTLDs .INFO and .BIZ, particularly .BIZ, will hit mainstream in key areas, grows stronger. And when/should it hit mainstream, it's already too late to do anything worthwhile about it..

As for market hype and hoopla;.

1. Names have been sold for significant amounts under the radar of industry watchers for many many years. NDA (non-disclosure agreements) are a serious legal matter for the big buyers. Serious buyers don't necessarily buy off Sedo, Afternic et el, they contact the registrant directly..

2. What you now see is the emergence of.


Reporting of such activity, not a sudden market surge. This magnifies the situation beyond it's normal state, creating a disproportionate spin for something that has always been there for years. I'm not saying that's bad, duke has done an excellent job in this area, and has been singular instrumental in raising awareness for new extensions..

3. Yes, more names seem to be bought and sold today, but then again more new extensions (or growing prominence of ccTLDs) are available for this to fuel off. Also, more domainers are liquidating good names at significantly less than what they fantasized they could get originally eg $1m to $100k. Bottom line - the transaction base has grown disproportionately to real demand. And this transactional base will continue to spiral with the introduction of new extensions like .EU and .XXX.

Its not what's in the radar we should be looking at for guidance, but what's beneath. imho. When the tea lady tells you to buy .COMs, it's already way too late...

Comment #9

I'm not worried about the new extensions though, cos personally .COM, .NET & .INFO will be around for a while..

What's worrying is that most of the domains were purchased purely for speculation. There's no real web content and people are just parking it. Like in a stock market, this will only last while the speculation continues. But once it reaches a point of over-valuation, will the bubble burst again?.

Opinions please...

Comment #10

So long as PPC reigns supreme as a source of revenue, people will still continue to register hoards of domains and park and milk the HostGator dry for traffic..

Development is too hard and a costly proposition for a company with thousands of domains. Developing and maintaining even one HostGator successfully, is potential buckets of sweat..

In the mid-long term, the web will evolve away from the traditional PPC model. Traffic and clicks (the inputs) will evolve back to more tangible conversion ratios (the outcomes). 'Affiliate links' were right from day one. Given the massive click fraud problems today, PPP models are starting to look very appetizing to advertisers..

PPC as we know it is a sitting duck open to all sorts of fraudulent manipulation. How many more Adsense accounts will need to be terminated before Google decides to impose new PPP models to save it's credibility?..

Comment #11

It's true that a lot of names have been purchased for speculation. As long as people hold on to these names this will sustain the market. With the cost of registrations as low as it is this is not particularly difficult. The real danger is if parking these names becomes unprofitable. Right now a lot of people keep names because they can net a small profit with PPC. As more and more of these PPC services run into trouble there is a chance that this won't be possible any more, which would lead to a massive drop in registered names...

Comment #12

Exactly. And just as mole mentioned, the PPC model's now open to manipulation so I think it may be just a matter of time before we switch to cpa, cpm or affiliate model...

Comment #13

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.