With almost 300 domains holding at least one bid on NameJet.com, the RightOfTheDot / NamesCon Domain Name auction is heating up quickly! Investors, brands, and businesses are vying for some of the hottest new gTLD addresses, from valuable category killers like breakfast.club, night.club, water.ski, and stock.photo to one, two, and three character domains such as AT.com, BY.com, i.rent, 281.com and HD.TV. We have 30 domains with a pre-bid of $10k or more, and two domains with bids already in the seven figures. A further six more are in the six figures, with a total of 34 domains holding five figure or higher bids – and there’s still weeks of online bidding left to go!
.ski is currently performing as one of the top new sports gTLDs, making this an exciting time for early adopters to get in on the ground level. Following their September 2015 launch by StartingDot as a dedicated online space for the ski and snow sports industries, .ski had the biggest first day of any sports-related gTLD to date, and currently sits at over 65000 domains registered globally.
Uniregistry, a leading domain name registry and platinum sponsor for NamesCon 2016, is set to auction off 33 premium registry assets starting at no reserve, including E.GIFT, WEB.HOSTING, and ELECTRIC.GUITARS, as well as others from their portfolio of 25 name endings, such as .link, .property, and .help. Having first launched to the public in 2014, Uniregistry opened its own retail registrar Uniregistry.com shortly thereafter, introducing a revolutionary domain name management interface along with one of the largest inventories of domain name endings available in the industry.
Given their very low or no reserves, .CLUB Domains president and CEO expects a lot of action around the nine .club premium names currently up for grabs. “Night clubs, fitness clubs, and clubs in general are staples in every city throughout the world, and these exact match phrases return millions and millions of search queries every month. Now is the chance for brands, businesses and investors to literally own a great category online around the world.”
Riding on the significant market already established for premium .club names, this is one of the most used and best selling new domain extensions on the internet today, with more than 435,000 registrations to date. Keyword-dominated URLs with the .CLUB extension have proven to dominate organic search results, achieving first-page Google rankings within a very short time post-launching.
We at NamesCon are excited to see the bidding war intensifying online, and are looking forward to a similarly tight race at the live auction! See you in Las Vegas in three weeks…
Watch or listen to the DomainSherpa interview with RightOfTheDot’s Monte Cahn and Michael Berkens.