.Miami is growing quickly, and I’m pleased to have picked up a number of good domains in it.
The .Miami top level domain name launched on October 2. It’s off to a good start, with nearly 10,000 domain names in the zone file. It’s growing at a good clip, too.
I’m a big fan of geos and went relatively “big” on .miami compared to other domain names. (Granted, big for me in new TLDs isn’t all that much.)
I pre-ordered 35 domain, including a couple that had small annual premiums, with several registrars. I can’t do an apples-to-apples comparison between registrars due to some nuance in how registrars do pre-orders, but it’s clear that GoDaddy was the best at grabbing names.
101Domain and Hexonet each got 4 .miami domain names for me. I had pre-ordered all 8 of these domains at GoDaddy as well, so they beat GoDaddy on these.
101Domain also won two other great names for someone else. Because 101Domain only accepts one pre-order per domain, and someone else had already requested these domains from 101Domain, I wasn’t able to get FinancialAdvisor.miami and DivorceLawyer.miami.
5 of the domains I ordered ended up being on a reserved list, so those were off the table. Other than these, my three registrars captured every domain I ordered except one.
GoDaddy picked up the bulk of domains, which is a mixed blessing. If there’s more than one pre-order at GoDaddy, they auction the domains off with the pre-order customers.
One of the domains I pre-ordered, PersonalInjury.miami, sold for a solid $2,550 at GoDaddy. 5 bidders fought it out with 51 total bids. I don’t believe the domain had any premium renewal price. If it did, it was the lowest tier of about $70 per year.
I won 6 of the 9 domains that went to auction at GoDaddy. One I’m really happy with is Orthodontist.miami. I had to pay a bit for the auction and it has a $69 annual renewal, but I think this domain is a home run.
To learn more about .Miami and geo TLDs, listen to this podcast with Antony Van Couvering.