WWW.LLLL.com

•October 11, 2008 • 5 Comments

As some of you may already know, I recently acquired LLLL.com . I have to apologize for not getting around to updating this in awhile.. I’ve been quite busy lately with various development projects, most importantly, http://www.LLLL.com.

I’ve been wanting to get back on the LLLL.com blogging scene for awhile now and finally have the right name for the job. Beginning in November, http://www.LLLL.com will give you the lowdown on LLLL.com investing and will bring back the LLLL.com price guide which has been noticeably absent for a few months now.

The site is still under development, but please feel free to stop by:

Renewal Time!

•August 14, 2008 • 4 Comments

I’m going to keep a list of the best places to register and renew domains on 4 Letter Noob from now on for popular registrars. For now, here are both coupons and great regular prices from some of the top registrars on .com domains. This can be expanded to include all extensions in the future should this be found useful.

Fabulous (Monetization accounts only) – $6.85/$6.85/$6.85 on registration/renewal/transfer

Godaddy (Domain Discount Club) – $6.85/$6.85/$6.85

Godaddy (Executive Accounts) – $7.05/$7.05/$7.05 (if you have 500+ domains with Godaddy, phone them up and ask that they give you an exec account)

Godaddy Coupon: goxtgi200c – $7.05 registrations, Godaddy transfers are $6.99 without coupons

Save 2% more at Godaddy by paying using Good As Gold

Moniker: Email them and request that you be given Namepros member special pricing – $7.44/$7.44/$7.44

NameCheap Transfer Coupon: TRANSCHEAP – $5.99/transfer (including ICANN fee!). You may renew the domain as well for $5.99 during the order process. This coupon has about 2 days left before expiration as of the time of this post.

MyDomain – $6.99/$6.99 when you register or renew 100+ domains. Transfers are $7.99

Whiz.in – $7.41/$7.41/$7.41

Source: LLLL.com

Investing in Quad Premiums Today

•July 22, 2008 • 12 Comments

Like LLL.coms, it’s important to invest in quality if one wishes to be minimally exposed to future risk. As I’ve said many times before, I’ve long believed the triple premium segment is heavily undervalued (or that single/double premiums are grossly overvalued in comparison if you’d prefer to look at it that way). A quad premium isn’t better than a triple premium because it has more premium letters, rather, it’s better because it usually has a better chance of finding an enduser (that’s the whole premise behind premium letters). When that’s not the case, eg. a no traffic, no acronym, low google frequency, seemingly unbrandable quad premium is imho still considerably overvalued at $210. Why a triple premium with better enduser possibilities (eg. something with 3 strong letters and a U/W) might go for half of that is anyone’s guess — we see this in the LLL.com market as well. I blame it on most domainers not doing enough research before investing and taking the “lazy domainer” approach that quad premium > triple premim, despite the fact that in some cases single premium > quad premium. It’s always important to consider who will buy a domain before investing in it. The only true thing that should separate a quad premium from an LLLL.com available for less is the fact that the quad premium has a better chance of finding an enduser now or in the future — if that’s not the case, you really shouldn’t be paying a 1000% premium over what other LLLL.coms can be had for.

With Quad Premiums, I try to stay away from the letters F,G, and H, which routinely report the lowest sales results. Whenever possible, sticking to LLLL.coms containing 1 (or ideally 2-3) A,E,S, which almost always make for very strong LLLL.coms and letters C, I, L, O add powerful brandability (as do A,E,S once again, of course), especially as ending letters.

Assuming you’re buying near minimum wholesale (eg. under $225 per), I think you’re quite safe and insulated from future risk by staying away from quads containing F,G,H. Of course some quads with those letters are good, but as a general rule they do tend to report lower sales results. Very few domaining segments have as much data readily available to be analyzed as the LLLL.com market — this can be both a blessing and a curse. When it comes to LLLL.coms, statistics is your friend and going with “what sells” really is the only way to go.

Source: LLLL.com domains

July 2008 LLLL.com Price Guide

•July 19, 2008 • 7 Comments

Time until Expiration/Renewal (subtract $0.60 from the values reported below for every month less than 1 full year remaining on the registration).

 
Numbers in parentheses reflect maximum likely obtainable prices in a reseller environment for domains fitting a particular letter pattern. Sales near the maximum suggested prices are generally for quad premium examples which are pronounceable, memorable, and acronym-friendly. Rare LLLL.coms are treated separately later in the price guide. All prices quoted are reflective only of what one could expect to pay in a reseller environment — suggested maximum prices have no meaning if you’re targetting endusers or selling generic 4 letter .coms.

LLL.com:

Min Wholesale: $5800
Double Premium: $6600
Triple Premium: $10000

LLLL.com:

Minimum Wholesale: $22
CCCC: $22 ($500)
CCVC: $25 ($600)
CVCC: $27 ($600)
CCVV: $30 ($600)
VCCC: $30 ($750)
VVCC: $32 ($1000)
VCCV: $34 ($1500)
CVVC: $45 ($1800)
VVVC: $75 ($1000)
VCVC: $75 ($4000)
CVVV: $85 ($900)
VVCV: $80 ($1500)
VCVV: $100 ($2000)
VVVV: $250* ($1500)
CVCV: $300 ($9000)

* Insufficient sales data to conclusively provide a minimum valuation.
The letter Y was considered a consonant for the purpose of this price guide. In reality, it can serve as both a consonant or vowel, however this often becomes somewhat subjective and open to bias (eg. sellers will always think their domain is more pronounceable than buyers).

single premium: $22
double premium: $26
triple premium: $35
quad premium: $210
triple letter: $200 ($800)
triple repeat: $350 ($1800)
palindrome: $300 ($1200)
ABAB: $275 ($1000)
AABB: $400 ($1500)

Quad Premium rares (triples, palindromes, ABAB, AABB) generally sell for 1.5 to 2.5 times quoted minimum wholesales.

Triple Premium Breakdown

Prices in parentheses reflect maximum likely prices in a reseller environment for cookie cutter examples (as defined above) which lack significant distinguishing features (such as much pronounceability). Prices to the left reflect the minimum wholesale prices per type of triple premium LLLL.com.

Q/X: $35 ($60)
Z: $40 ($80)
Y: $45 ($90)
J: $50 ($100)
V: $65 ($100)
K: $60 ($120)
U: $75 ($130)
W: $80 ($150)

Pronounceable Performance Breakdown

When dealing with pronounceable 4 letter .coms, the question often arises whether the letter “Y” takes on the properties of a consonant or those of a vowel. When dealing with CVCVs, a “Y” found in the 4th position is often considered to take on the properties of a vowel and when found in the 2nd position, the role of a consonant.

Recent sales data follows which should help better elucidate the difference between valuations of CVCY/CYCV, as well as demonstrate the differences in value between a CVCV containing no “Y” and one containing a “Y”.

CVCV:

cuji.com  $854 07/16/2008 SnapNames
keqa.com  $500 07/16/2008 BQB
Lodo.com  $17000 07/16/2008 RickLatona.com
nize.com  $1664 07/16/2008 Sedo
cegu.com  $1109 07/14/2008 Sedo
hene.com  $1900 07/14/2008 Sedo
kiqe.com  $407 07/11/2008 Sedo
zuso.com  $1250 07/11/2008 Sedo
gofu.com  $1450 07/10/2008 Sedo
kiqe.com  $407 07/10/2008 Sedo
pafe.com  $1806 07/10/2008 Sedo
buli.com  $2200 07/09/2008 
hopa.com  $15000 07/09/2008 Afternic
mafa.com  $3000 07/09/2008 Sedo
sule.com  $2291 07/09/2008 Sedo
tezi.com  $1355 07/08/2008 Sedo
vuqu.com  $360 07/05/2008 Sedo
piwu.com  $1001 07/04/2008 Sedo
vudi.com  $664 07/04/2008 Sedo
jisu.com  $3988 07/02/2008 Sedo

CYCV:

dypa.com  $490 07/17/2008 Sedo
hypi.com  $3000 07/16/2008 Afternic
gyqa.com  $110 06/20/2008 Sedo

CVCY:

kedy.com  $1360 07/17/2008 Sedo
lesy.com  $1027 07/09/2008 Sedo
moky.com  $1600 07/09/2008 BQB
raxy.com  $353 07/07/2008 Sedo
cavy.com  $3134 07/04/2008 Sedo
noqy.com  $191 07/03/2008 TDNAM
posy.com  $2,202 06/27/2008 Sedo
cufy.com  $510 06/21/2008 Sedo
rizy.com  $675 06/20/2008 Sedo

CVYV:

goyo.com  $3970 ($9000) 07/02/2008 Sedo, resold on 07/14/2008 at TDNAM
woya.com  $4500 07/02/2008 Afternic
mayu.com  $2001 07/01/2008 Sedo

YVCV:

Yeco.com  $1022 07/09/2008 NameJet
yuzu.com  $3800 07/08/2008 NameJet
yuki.com  $8850 07/07/2008 NameJet

VCVC:

icav.com  $506 07/14/2008 NameJet
iduf.com  $130 07/09/2008 Private
avos.com  $3093 07/06/2008 NameJet
ases.com  $4100 07/02/2008 Sedo
ocal.com  $2550 07/02/2008 Sedo
upax.com  $4418 07/02/2008 Afternic
igax.com  $176 06/30/2008 NameJet
ocal.com  $2550 06/27/2008 Sedo
avof.com  $243 06/26/2008 Sedo
upaj.com  $3000 06/25/2008 Afternic
ases.com  $4100 06/24/2008 Sedo
ocal.com  $2550 06/22/2008 Sedo
inoq.com  $177 06/21/2008 Sedo
aqit.com  $140 06/20/2008 NameJet
uzuf.com  $105 06/20/2008 NamePros Auction
aced.com  $12500 06/19/2008 Afternic
ataw.com  $310 06/19/2008 NameJet
umuj.com  $150 06/18/2008 Private Sale
erar.com  $970 06/16/2008 NameJet
axah.com  $145 06/14/2008 BQB.com

VCVC (containing Y):

oyom.com  $175 07/09/2008 TDNAM
ufyl.com  $29 07/04/2008 DigitalPoint
eyah.com  $1061 07/03/2008 SnapNames
ywew.com  $31 06/12/2008 SnapNames
ahyn.com  $162 06/11/2008 Sedo
ymel.com  $252 06/07/2008 TDNAM
obye.com  $211 06/06/2008 SnapNames
OSYT.com  $160 06/06/2008 NamePros
yqiq.com  $42 06/03/2008 TDNAM
unyf.com  $71 06/02/2008 NameJet
yruf.com  $47.99 06/02/2008 eBay

VCCV:

afcy.com  $95 07/17/2008 Sedo
erdy.com  $75 07/16/2008 Afternic
ilqo.com  $80 07/15/2008 TDNAM
ufgo.com  $133 07/15/2008 TDNAM
ufgo.com  $133 07/14/2008 TDNAM
uyri.com  $51 07/14/2008 TDNAM
ipyi.com  $82 07/09/2008 Pool
ozmo.com  $25,000 07/09/2008 Sedo
opli.com  $360 07/05/2008 NameJet
ihpy.com  $52 07/04/2008 TDNAM
udqu.com  $25 07/04/2008 NamePros
ugzi.com  $29 07/04/2008 TDNAM
uxzy.com  $29 07/04/2008 DigitalPoint
uhqu.com  $25 07/03/2008 NamePros
ilfa.com  $560 06/25/2008 Sedo
umno.com  $2,500 06/25/2008 Ebay
ezsa.com  $250 06/24/2008 NameJet
ahza.com  $121 06/20/2008 NameJet
eqgi.com  $51 06/18/2008 TDNAM

VCCV (containing Y):

afcy.com  $95 07/17/2008 Sedo
erdy.com  $75 07/16/2008 Afternic
uyri.com  $51 07/14/2008 TDNAM
ipyi.com  $82 07/09/2008 Pool
ihpy.com  $52 07/04/2008 TDNAM
uxzy.com  $29 07/04/2008 DigitalPoint
ujly.com  $180 06/18/2008 Sedo
ijgy.com  $53 06/16/2008 TDNAM
ihqy.com  $28 06/12/2008 SnapNames
ikfy.com  $110 06/12/2008 SnapNames
YMNY.com  $200 06/12/2008 NamePros
ytda.com  $60 06/12/2008 SnapNames
iyki.com  $90 06/11/2008 SnapNames
ynca.com  $2736 06/06/2008 NameJet
ingy.com  $691 06/02/2008 NameJet
ilgy.com  $100 06/01/2008 NameJet

CVVC:

coaf.com  $850 07/17/2008 NameJet
faim.com  $2214 07/17/2008 SnapNames
raom.com  $510 07/12/2008 Sedo
hoyd.com  $333 07/11/2008 NameJet
HeyB.com  $251 07/10/2008 Sedo
hiin.com  $1,550 07/10/2008 Sedo
ceux.com  $1,657 07/09/2008 Sedo
nuyq.com  $24 07/07/2008 NamePros
luyh.com  $75 07/04/2008 TDNAM
yeod.com  $100 07/04/2008 BQB
fioc.com  $511 07/02/2008 NameJet
xiys.com  $42 07/02/2008 TDNAM
zyir.com  $42 07/02/2008 TDNAM
coag.com  $710 07/01/2008 Sedo
tuez.com  $206 07/01/2008 SnapNames
duup.com  $419 06/30/2008 TDNAM
duup.com  $414 06/30/2008 TDNAM
soih.com  $365 06/30/2008 Sedo
wyyv.com  $22 06/30/2008 BQB
fuor.com  $10,000 06/29/2008 Afternic

CVVC (containing Y):

hoyd.com  $333 07/11/2008 NameJet
HeyB.com  $251 07/10/2008 Sedo
nuyq.com  $24 07/07/2008 NamePros
luyh.com  $75 07/04/2008 TDNAM
yeod.com  $100 07/04/2008 BQB
xiys.com  $42 07/02/2008 TDNAM
zyir.com  $42 07/02/2008 TDNAM
wyyv.com  $22 06/30/2008 BQB
noyz.com  $785 06/21/2008 NameJet
jyet.com  $101 06/18/2008 SnapNames
zyig.com  $60 06/18/2008 TDNAM
koyq.com  $50 06/09/2008 TDNAM
nyyq.com  $94 06/09/2008 TDNAM
muys.com  $398 06/08/2008 NameJet
piyq.com  $39 06/08/2008 TDNAM
JYOF.com  $30 06/07/2008 NamePros
tiyj.com  $39 06/07/2008 TDNAM
xyir.com  $50 06/06/2008 TDNAM
deyq.com  $57 06/02/2008 TDNAM

As a general rule, 2 Y’s in the same CVCV is something you’d like to try and stya away from if possible. As can be seen above, Y’s often result in very strong sales, regardless of their consonant/vowel status in CVCV type LLLL.coms, however it’s best to stick with a CVCY pattern for maximum enduser and reseller potential. If offered 2 comparable CVCV, the one without a “Y” is usually a better choice.

These same basic principals can be applied to other pronounceable categories. The “Radio Test” really is the best way to get a good idea of whether your LLLL.com is pronounceable or not. If your LLLL.com was mentioned on the radio, would listeners be able to spell it without difficulty? It’s better to ask other people than to try and determine this yourself — most of us will be inherently biased towards our own LLLL.coms.

In general, the best performing letters are: A, S, E, M, D, I, T, O. Other strong letters include F, G, H. The letters J,K,Q,U,V,W,X,Y,Z are referred as non-premium letters. The presence of one of these letters considerably devalues a 4 letter .com under most circumstances. Of these, Q, X, Z are the weakest.

Certain letters perform better in certain positions than others. The letter “I” for instance is a particularly strong ending letter which stands as an acronym for many commonly used words such as International, Incorporated, Industries,… C,I,L make stronger ending letters than they typically are elsewhere in an LLLL.com. A and O are strong in either the starting or ending position and S is stronger in the starting position. This is by no means an exhaustive list, merely examples of letters which perform better in particular positions.

Always Consider:

Pronounceability (does it pass the radio test?)
Memorability
Brandability
Likelihood of an existing or future enduser
Traffic/Revenue
Anything which differentiates it from other LLLL.coms

 

Definitions:

C = Character. When seen in a domain name listing, the number of C’s refers to the number of characters in a domain name. In the domain name industry, the term Character refers to either a Letter of the

English alphabet (A-Z) or a Number (0-9). A domain with many characters may have both many letters and many numbers.

L = Letter. When seen is a domain name listing, the number of L’s refers to the number of letters in a domain name.

N = Number. When seen in a domain name listing, the number of N’s refers to the number of numbers in a domain name.

Premium LLLL.com: A premium domain name is a domain name composed exclusively of letters: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,L,M,N,O,P,R,S,T. These letters are referred to as “premium letters”. A premium LLLL.com is, in other words, an LLLL.com devoid of the letters: J,K,Q,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. These letters are commonly referred to as non-premium letters. The letters J,K,U,V,W,Y are considered by most domain investors to be of higher quality than the letters Q,X,Z. The letters: J,K,U,V,W,Y are commonly referred to as “semi-premium” letters, whereas Q,X,Z are referred to as “bad letters”. These terms are used strictly in a reseller setting and currently hold the largest weight in the 3 and 4 letter markets. More information on premium letters and premium domains will be provided in the 4 letter (LLLL) .com section which is included below.

As a general rule, Characters can be represented by Letters or Numbers. A 3 letter .com (LLL.com) is also considered a 3 Character .com (CCC.com). Likewise, a 2 number .com (NN.com) is also considered a 2 Character .com. Because LLL.coms and NNN.coms are so popular, we list them separately on BQB in their own categories visible on the BQB homepage. The following are industry terms used on BQB and an explanation of their meaning.

2 Characters

LL = 2 Letter .com. Two Letters from A-Z. They may be the same letter or different letters. Examples include: AA.com, BC.com, DJ.com, MX.com, YQ.com.

LN = Letter-Number .com. One Letter from A-Z followed by One Number from 0-9. Examples include: A1.com, B9.com, X2.com, Y5.com.

NL = Number-Letter .com. One Number from 0-9 followed by One Letter from A-Z. Examples include: 1A.com, 9B.com, 2X.com, 5Y.com. Notice the difference in letter-number placement between an LN.com and an NL.com.

NN = 2 Number .com. Two Numbers from 0-9. They may be the same or different numbers. Examples include 11.com, 21.com, 47.com, 90.com.

3 Characters

LLL = 3 Letter .com. Contains 3 Letters from A-Z. Examples include: AAB.com, ABC.com, JHD.com, OOO.com.

LLN = Letter-Letter-Number .com. Two Letters from A-Z followed by One Number from 0-9. Examples include: JH7.com, KL4.com, MM8.com, ZX2.com.

LNL = Letter-Number-Letter .com. One Letter from A-Z followed by One Number from 0-9, which is followed by One Letter from A-Z. Examples include: B2B.com, G4S.com, B3G.com, Y2K.com.

LNN =Letter-Number-Number .com. One Letter from A-Z followed by Two Numbers from 0-9. Examples include: C93.com, D22.com, B16.com, W40.com.

NLL =Number-Letter-Letter .com. One Number from 0-9 followed by Two Letters from A-Z. Examples include: 4DD.com, 3NT.com, 7WJ.com, 9QS.com.

NLN = Number-Letter-Number .com. One Number from 0-9 followed by One Letter from A-Z, which is followed by One Number from 0-9. Examples include: 2D4.com, 5Y7.com, 6R1.com, 3F2.com.

NNL = Number-Number-Letter .com. Two Numbers from 0-9 followed by One Letter from A-Z. Examples include: 40A.com 66V.com, 75J.com, 91R.com.

NNN = 3 Number .com. Contains 3 Numbers from 0-9. Examples include: 123.com, 300.com, 444.com, 747.com. 4 Characters

LLLL = 4 Letter .com. Contains 4 Letters from A-Z. Below we define different types of 4 Letter .coms.

Anti-Premium: A domain name that contains only non-premium letters. An anti-premium domain is a domain which is composed strictly of letters: J,K,Q,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. The term Anti-Premium is most commonly applied to 4 Letter .coms, however it also makes a good adjective to describe the 3 letter crap selling near min wholesale as well. Examples of Anti-Premium LLL.coms include: YXZ.com, VKQ.com, XZW.com, QKU.com. Examples of Anti-Premium LLLL.coms include: WKQU.com, XYQZ.com, YQUW.com, KQJV.com.

Anti-Premium LLLL.coms are the lowest quality LLLL.coms on the market and are generally among the cheapest.

Single Premium: We use this term to refer LLLL.coms containing only one premium letter. Examples of Single Premium LLLL.coms include: JHXZ.com, UQTX.com, WQUE.com, EUWJ.com.

Double Premium: We use this term to refer to LLLL.coms containing two premium letters. Examples of Double Premium LLLL.coms include: ASWQ.com, BJKT.com, WVMG.com, HWRZ.com.

Triple Premium: We use this term to refer to LLLL.coms containing three premium letters. Examples of Triple Premium LLLL.coms include: ASDX.com, POSW.com, NWOO.com, XEEB.com. LLL.coms containing three premium letters are commonly referred to as “Premium LLL.coms”. Examples include: SAS.com, RTN.com, NPG.com, RSS.com.

Quad Premium: We use this term to refer to LLLL.coms containing four premium letters. Examples of Quad Premium LLLL.coms include: AAAL.com, FFLE.com, MNGO.com, GHPR.com.

Pronounceables

CVCV = A 4 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel letter pattern. CVCVs are generally extremely pronounceable and are among the most valuable LLLL.coms. Examples include: MELO.com, MOFO.com, ZENE.com, LUMI.com. Many CVCVs are actual words in English or in another language and that partly contributes to their high valuations, on top of their immense brandability and obvious enduser potential.

CVVC = A 4 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Vowel-Consonant letter pattern. Examples include: NOOL.com, ROOX.com, BEER.com, MOOT.com.

VCCV = A 4 letter .com domain name which follows a Vowel-Consonant-Consonant-Vowel letter pattern. Examples include: ADDA.com, ELLO.com, INGE.com, UGFO.com

VCVC = A 4 letter .com domain name which follows a Vowel-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant letter pattern. VCVCs are often among the most pronounceable and desirable LLLL.coms, right up there with CVCVs. Examples include: OPAL.com, ONEX.com, ILEC.com, UQEN.com.

Rares

AABB = A 4 letter .com domain name which contains only 2 different letters, where “A” and “B” symbolically represent two different letters from A-Z. Examples include: CCDD.com, DDJJ.com, MMXX.com, ZZGG.com.

ABAB = A 4 letter .com domain name which contains only 2 different letters, where “A” and “B” symbolically represent two different letters from A-Z. Examples include: CDCD.com, DJDJ.com, MXMX.com, ZGZG.com.

Palindromes = A 4 letter .com domain name which contains only 2 different letters from A-Z. Examples include: CDDC.com, DJJD.com, MXXM.com, ZGGZ.com. Palindromes are commonly referred to ABBA-type LLLL.coms.

Triple Letter = An LLLL.com containing three of the same letter. These are sometimes referred to as Triple letter repeats in the case it is of an AAAB or BAAA letter pattern. Examples include: SSSJ.com, SWWW.com, HHGH.com, IJII.com. Notice how each of these examples showcases the Triple Letter LLLL.com differently. These are all considered Triple Letter LLLL.coms.

VVVV = A 4 letter .com domain name which contains four vowels. Examples include: AEIO.com, EUOU.com, IOUI.com, EAUU.com.

5L.coms
CVCCV = A 5 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Consonant-Vowel letter pattern. CVCCVs are among the most popular 5L.com domain names which are registered and resold today. Examples include: RORRE.com, FOGGE.com, ZINNE.com, VISTA.com.

CVCVC = A 5 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant letter pattern. CVCVCs are essentially CVCVs with an additional consonant at the end. Examples include: FALES.com, FIRAL.com, SAGEP.com, LINUX.com.

CVCVV = A 5 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel-Vowel letter pattern. CVCVVs are essentially CVCVs with an additional vowel at the end. Examples include: RAGOO.com, PARIA.com, MELOO.com, MONEE.com.

CVVCV = A 5 letter .com domain name which follows a Consonant-Vowel-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel letter pattern. CVVCVs are CVCVs with an additional vowel included before the second consonant. Examples: ZOOME.com, ROOMI.com, PIECO.com, MOOLA.com.

VCVCV = A 5 letter .com domain name which follows a Vowel-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Vowel letter pattern. VCVCVs are essential VCVCs with an additional vowel at the end. Examples include: ATOMO.com, EFOTO.com, ISAMI.com, OSIRA.com.

Due to the high prices CVCVs and VCVCs have been seeing lately, many 5L.com investors see CVCCV, CVCVC, CVCVV, CVVCV, and VCVCV as five of the most promising 5L.com alternatives to brandable LLLL.coms which are rapidly increasing in price.

End of Guide.
Released: July 19, 2008

Source: LLLL.com Price Guide

Short Domain Names Hold Enormous Investment Promise

•July 15, 2008 • 1 Comment

We all know it — now, let’s help other learn it.  If you can spare 2 minutes, please consider giving my press release a Digg or bookmark : http://digg.com/tech_news/Short_Domain_Names_Hold_Enormous_Investment_Promise .

As for LLLL.coms, I’m working on a new guide which will be out on Friday. I will say this though in advance — the market appears to have stabilized. Sales from mid-late June taken from TDVR reveal a median sale price of $74, with 95% of sales realizing $26 or more. The sample size was 716 LLLL.coms.

Short Domains

New Extensions: Hit or Miss?

•July 11, 2008 • 2 Comments

Rather than give a hasty response, I’ve thought long and hard about this issue before making my opinion known on 4 Letter Noob. Let’s face it – regardless of who we are and how much experience we have in this industry, we’ve all been thrown a curve ball which has left us scratching our heads and making us all feel like newcomers once again to a certain extent.

My first thoughts: Enormous typo potential for certain extensions. Look at the Compete.com’s estimated USA uniques for Kevin Ham’s Agoga.com in example: http://siteanalytics.compete.com/agoga.com/?metric=uv . An estimated 610,000 people from the USA alone visited Agoga.com in June 2008.

As many of you know, I’m not particularly big on typo’s myself, regardless of their legality, so let’s look into what else these new extensions promise.

1 – MANY more domain hacks – pet.food , be.cool , computer.games , … Many of these “domain hack worthy” extensions seem to possess enormous potential and more than capable of getting a sufficient number of registrations to make this a profitable business venture. We might finally see a .xxx or .porn.

2 – The potential for consumer confusion. The heavy branding of Dotcom just might end up causing people to type domain.sex.com instead of domain.sex, making the desirable vTLD’s  .com generic counterpart into potentially powerful domain name wildcards.

3 – What kind of expectations and regulations will ICANN place on the owners of these new Vanity Extensions? Take a look at how complicated being a registry is at present: http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements/verisign/ . It’s not exactly something you just wake up one morning, send ICANN a wire and voila.

4 – Does this sound like potential Trademark Dilution to anyone else? Take AOL’s Games.com as an example — how might it’s brand be hurt by the introduction of a .games extension?

5 – Other than CNO, only ccTLDs have enjoyed much success. Extensions like .mobi and .info seem to be making little niches for themselves, others like .travel and .aero have been complete failures.

6 – Companies could have permanent trademark protection — no fear of cybersquatters ever again. Think: laptops.dell , desktops.dell , servers.dell , etc. See #2 for the potential downsides associated with such use.

7 – What consequences or benefits may vTLDs offer from an SEO perspective? As we all know, domain names are a very significant factor involved in Google’s algorithm — take a look through the results on Google for the keyword “LLLL.com” and observe how many have llll somewhere in the link — a good example being this one: http://www.dnportfolio.ru/llllcom . Will Google treat these differently for SEO purposes? Will Google reduce the importance of keywords in hyperlinks? These new vTLDs will have 1 disadvantage — no domain age, but other than that there are more questions than answers it seems on how this might affect SEO.

 

 So after thinking about this for awhile, what are my thoughts on this? Well, I think the title summed my opinion up nicely — some will likely take off, many will likely fail. I see this very much how Frank Schilling saw it in April 2007 — Corporations and Individuals getting into vTLD domaining thinking they just need to get a small fraction of the market to be profitable will likely fail, those who come in with truly innovative ideas and market them properly stand a good chance of achieving a reasonable degree of success. Something like .GOOG really could take off in my opinion — Google could give the domains away for free (or cheaper than .com anyway), bundle services or offer discounts or bonuses on existing services (think Adwords discounts, larger gmail accounts, larger rev shares to Adsense publishers, free access to additional webmaster tools, etc).

Competition creates growth and opportunity. I don’t think it’s fair or that we have near enough facts to call this one way or the other and we’re going to have to accept what it is: A new Opportunity. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see some future Web 3.0 powerhouses using their own vTLDs and at the same time, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the values .com domains fetch 10 years from now make everything today look cheap.

 

Source: New Extensions Hit or Miss

Alexa likes LLLL.coms

•July 11, 2008 • 4 Comments

Spent the last hour going through Alexa.. Some interesting findings to post:

First, the short domains listed in the Top 500:

#4 live.com
#5 msn.com
#17 qq.com
#18 ebay.com
#19 hi5.com
#20 aol.com
#25 fc2.com
#29 imdb.com
#43 go.com
#50 cnn.com
#51 163.com
#71 sohu.com
#73 56.com
#75 veoh.com
#103 ign.com
#104 bebo.com
#107 ask.com
#110 nba.com
#115 digg.com
#119 aim.com
#132 mop.com
#134 cnet.com
#142 dell.com
#153 888.com
$162 soso.com
#168 icq.com
#180 hp.com
#209 zedo.com
#213 xnxx.com
#229 tom.com
#251 wwe.com
#295 tv.com
#303 ku6.com
#307 126.com
#293 21cn.com
#333 usps.com
#334 att.com
#335 yimg.com
#337 mtv.com
#341 cmfu.com
#353 real.com
#376 wamu.com
#377 ups.com
#391 xbox.com
#397 89.com
#402 rr.com
#413 mlb.com
#424 ibm.com
#427 yam.com
#436 rude.com
#449 sify.com
#463 ikea.com
#472 wsj.com

It would seem foolish based on these results to be “Pro-bad LLL.com” and not Pro-LLLL.com as well. Look through the list carefuly — only 2 LLL.coms with more than 1 bad letter are in the Top 500 (wsj.com , wwe.com).

Final Count:

18 LLL.coms
21 LLLL.coms

Thoughts?

Source: www.LLLL.com