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To be blunt, you are probably not going to get a good response from other members. Nobody wants to you their secrets as it may just add up to more competition for the domains that they want for themselves. That's exactly the way it is in the affiliate forum [webmasterworld.com] where newbies ask what affiliate programs make people the most money.
I would imagine that anyone who collects domain names for resale (and hence reads this forum) would also have this motive - and so your answers will just not be here.
A suggestion: sit down with a dictionary and brainstorm - then research your list. Yes, that's a bit of work - and making money should require some work, right?
Also, trying to predict which domain names might take off for any particular country will be a bit of a gamble no matter what, right? This isn't the stock market where many investors can try the same thing. One owner per domain is all you can have.
From experience, every time a new TLD opens up the "best" domains are gone within a period of a few hours to a few days.
For example, .sg (Singapore) domains were liberalised on January 6th. By now, you'd be hard-pressed to find a "Top 1000" quality domain left. And that's for a what is really a very small country and hence a small potential market (no offense to Singaporeans intended) with a semi-complex registration process.
Some people have personal favorites and ones they dislike - but you'll find no shortage of opinions. I personally like .bz because I do very well w/ a keyword.bz site. I'm not too happy about the .biz TLD, which was introduced AFTER I put up my .bz site - but my traffic for the .bz has only increased.
I took a gamble on some .io domains - they were expensive, but I got amazing keywords like autos, singles, computers, etc. Some people are excited about .cn - as China represents this HUGE market that could explode online at some future time.
I think obscure country domains that require an in country presence (.yu, .ro, etc) are a total waste of money. As for generic ones like .ms, .tc, .vg, etc - who knows. I was faced w/ the question of whether to buy my keyword in these extensions just yesterday ($34.99 at Network Solutions) - and I finally caved in and got the .ms and the .tc ones - leaving out the .vg - which sounds like an STD if you ask me!
I only own a couple of .cc domains - which got all the fanfare a few years ago, and are really no better than other generic ones in my opinion. I think the future to some of these ccTLDs may be whether or not they can be succesfully branded - like for .io - I thought it would be smart to do a marketing campaign as the domain of Immediately Online. Give people a reason to remember the extension, kind of like .tv. Which, by the way, I think are waaaaay overrated. Not to mention overpriced, as Verisign snatched up all the good ones and they're trying to peddle them for like $25K+ on their ridiculous greatdomains.com.
Bottom line: buying ccTLDs is still a gamble, and worth it if you are willing to lose the money, and if you think you might like to develop the domain if you can't resell it. If you can get your EXACT keyword, and it's competetive, I'd snag whatever you can in a generic one (no in country presence required).
[edited by: tedster at 11:44 pm (utc) on Jan. 18, 2005]