I got an email from a reader asking a question about investing in hand reg’d domains for future trends. He’s read on other blogs that you should invest in the future and wanted to know if I supported this idea. My answer is it depends. If you’re going to invest in future domains you are going to need to register many domains, not just 1 or 2, and then you’re going to need to renew them as future trends can occur years and years out there. If you buy 200 domains @ $9 each that is $1,800/year in cost. If the trend doesn’t occur for 5 or 10 years than you are looking at $10k or $20k in expense. Now, you could hit a homerun and sell one for high five or even six figures and it works out. But if it doesn’t work out you are taking a loss. If you can afford the loss than why not go for it, but if you are doing this with the belief (and need) that you’ll be hitting that homerun than I would recommend you stay away. Even if you have the right idea for a future trend, what if the future trend gets branded by a name other than the name you invested in? Think of the space industry. This is coming about now, but what is the right terminology? Is it space flights, space cruises, space tours, space travel, space rides, etc… or maybe it will be something completely different. Unless you have a dead ringer it is gambling so the question is can you financially afford to gamble? Here’s the list…
You can click on any of the domain names to be taken to its auction page.
I also did a post the other day with 222 domains that looked pretty good and only had 1 bid on them (at the time of publication). You can check out that list HERE if you want to.
My Top 5 Picks
Cusy.com – pronounceable LLLL.com, could be a fan site for the Orangemen. Speaking of which, is it me or is it ridiculous what has happened to the Big East.
BCSS.com – four nice letters here, a quick Google search will show some possible end users.
DrGu.com – I was very surprised by the number of Dr. Gu’s there are out there. One of them should be savvy enough to want this domain
USAPress.com – nice name for a press distribution service.
Webmasterz.com – using the Z as a S was trendy years ago, but if you’re looking for the cheaper alternative to the real spelling it is a nice alternative.
My 5 Picks with Less Than 10 Bidders
EroticJewelry.com – the type of jewelry a husband doesn’t mind buying for his wife.
DomainBroker.tv – if you want to try to get into this game here is a domain for you to get started with.
SleepingOnTheJob.com – phrase that people are familiar with. Send photos of co-workers you dislike who are sleeping on the job and watch how quickly they’ll be gone.
NYAG.com – New York Attorney General? Only 1 bidder.
HeavyStudios.com – I was surprised to find some possible end users in Google for this one.
My Darkhorse Pick (a domain I think you can snatch cheap and sell for over $1,000)
CookiesToGo.com – sounds like a nice brandable to me, only 1 bidder though so maybe I’m wrong.