Between name collisions, registry reserved domains, and premium pricing, the best new TLD opportunities are difficult to find.
I think there are some opportunities for domainers to make money with new top level domain names, but they are limited.
My thinking is that some domain names that can be obtained for under $100 with low renewal fees can be sold within 1-5 years for low $1,000s to the right buyer. It’s very risky, and with typical sell through rates I’ll be selective about what I pick up.
You might disagree. But that’s not the point of this post, anyway.
The point is how difficult it is to get any of these good names in new TLDs. Even when you can get them, expect to pay more than regular prices.
This week four of Donuts’ domain names revert to non-Early Access pricing: .careers, .photos, .recipes, and .shoes. I came up with a list of what I think are 17 of the better domain names for these extensions and then set about to pre-register them…
7 of the 17 are on name collision lists and 5 others are registry reserved. That leaves only 5 to go after.
All five of the “available” domains are premium domains. Depending on which register I choose, the annual renewal fees will be $200-$400 on some of these domains.
That’s a high carrying cost. It means the registry is basically taking the profit I might be able to make as a domain investor. It makes sense for the registry. I don’t blame them. But it also means it doesn’t make sense for me to register the domains.
Here’s what I checked:
healthcare.careers – premium
nursing.careers – premium
banking.careers – collision
hotel.careers – premium
finance.careers – collision
download.photos – collision
stock.photos – registry reserved
buy.photos – collision
healthy.recipes – registry reserved
vegetarian.recipes – registry reserved
lowcarb.recipes – registry reserved
find.recipes – premium
running.shoes – collision
walking.shoes – collision
basketball.shoes – collision
buy.shoes – registry reserved
find.shoes – premium