We’ll find out in an auction that ends today.
.Cm, the country code for Cameroon, has been on an interesting ride.
It previously struck a deal with Kevin Ham to wildcard the DNS and monetize the traffic. Then it sold .cm domains to all comers, brazenly marketing the domain as a typo of .com.
That “relaunch”, if you will, was an unmitigated disaster. Bidders on domains that appeared to sell for a lot backed out, and the registry lost a bunch of billing files.
I was a bit confused why Ham didn’t participate in the relaunch auctions, but perhaps it was because he had all the data.
Fast forward to 2013, and Sedo is holding an auction for .cm domain names with good keywords such as toys.cm, songs.cm, and phones.cm.
How much are these domains worth? We’re about to find out, as the auction ends in a couple hours. (The auction pages say the auction ends in 2 hours, but also says 11 EDT. As I write this 2 hours would be 12 EDT, so just check in on the site to make sure you can bid before the actual closing. I suspect closing times didn’t adjust to daylight savings time.)
As of right now 10 of the 265 domains have $99 bids. If you have good data around how much traffic these domains get, it might be worth getting in on the action. $99 isn’t much of a risk.
Update: these domains sold. All were $99 except Phones.cm, which was $150: