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Strong-value domain names for country TLD

List needed for best names



10:40 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I was planning to buy some prime domain names which are my country specific.

for eg: art.com finance.com etc type of names with my country extensions

Could someone guide me where I could get such a list which could be considered prime names which may have a re-sale value after few years.



6:12 pm on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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is this one of those posts where I'll be talking to myself only :(



6:20 pm on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.


2:30 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, but then it would be nice if the moderators could help out ...


5:47 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Since you've asked, here's my comment. You did not mention WHICH country TLD you want to cash in on with your domain name collection. Why is that? I'm guessing you don't want competition for the domain names you hope to register.

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.


11:06 am on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi tedster,
Thanks, found ur advice useful :)



11:24 pm on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If domains of the quality of your examples are still available under your country's TLD, I think you need to ask yourself why that might be.

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.


12:42 pm on Jan 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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From my interpretation of this thread, steve_o is preparing for an upcoming sunrise period. Perhaps .in (India)


10:32 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't agree that you can't find free advice on the web. People might not give you ideas for keywords they are seeking in different ccTLDs... but there are plenty of folks giving advice, and discussing on places like namepros.com, dnjournal.com, etc. You aren't going to find absolute answers for your question - it's kind of like the stock market, where people analyze potential based on a variety of factors, some of which could become more important, others which will become null. So it's really anybody's guess, while some guesses are certainly more educated than others.

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]


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