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Behind The Keyword - Spotlight on "Cloud" Domains

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  1. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Welcome to Behind The Keyword, I will be taking a look at the most popular keywords that sell, get listed and get developed. Whether it be on big marketplaces like Sedo and Afternic or specialty sites like BrandBucket.

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    One of the most popular and best selling keywords out there - Cloud

    Some Tech related statistics:
    • 961,000,000 results for the keyword in Google using "Tech"
    • 823,000 exact monthy searches according to Google Keyword Planner
    • 110,000 exact monthly searches for The Cloud according to Google Keyword Planner
    • "cloud" is the 5th most popular topic on the internet by domain count.(LeanDomainSearch)
    Sales

    The top reported sale with the keyword cloud is UpCloud.com for $100,000. The sale took place on Go Daddy in June of 2011. The domain is developed and located in Finland.

    LiveCloud.com at $92,000 is the second highest reported cloud sale. This sale took place in 2011 as well, this time Sedo was the sales venue. The seller looks to be Groupee, Inc out of Seattle. The buyer LiveDrive out of Great Britain. I think they have screwed up the forwarding as the domain points to WWW.com which is parked at Uniregistry. I sent an email to them to let them know about their error. Live Drive does cloud storage.

    The number three cloud related sale is CloudLet.com at $50,000. This is a recent sale by Name Administration, and the whois looks to still be DomainNameSales.com. The domain does not resolve.

    Cloud has also done well in the alt extensions:

    • cloud.io 45,000 USD
    • cloud.org 42,000 USD
    • cloud-computing.de 38,280 USD
    • cloudid.net 28,750 USD
    • cloud.com.au 27,875 USD
    • cloud.me 22,500 USD
    • clouds.me 21,600 USD
    Cloud is also a popular search term on BrandBucket.

    Some BrandBucket sales include:
    • Cloudelic.com
    • Cloudico.com
    • Cloudize.com
    • CloudKarma.com
    Usage

    The keyword is very strong in usage, some of the most popular websites include:

    iCloud.com possibly the best know cloud related website on the Internet, owned by Apple.

    SoundCloud.com the social sharing leader for all things sound.

    Cloud.com a redirect to parent company Citrix

    New GTLD

    There is a .cloud extension


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    The top reported Cloud sales of all time:

    upcloud.com 100,000 USD 2011-06-30 GoDaddy
    livecloud.com 92,000 USD 2011-12-14 Sedo
    cloudlet.com 50,000 USD 2016-05-18 Uniregistry
    cloud.io 45,000 USD 2015-05-29 Flippa
    cloud.org 42,000 USD 2015-05-07 Uniregistry
    qcloud.com 39,500 USD 2011-12-07 Sedo
    cloud-computing.de 38,280 USD 2010-08-05 Sedo
    cloudservers.com 32,010 USD 2012-03-14 GoDaddy
    cloudex.com 30,000 USD 2011-12-07 Sedo
    cloudid.net 28,750 USD 2013-11-06 Sedo
    cloud.com.au 27,875 USD 2014-05-28 NetFleet
    cloudapp.com 24,000 USD 2012-03-14 GoDaddy
    cloud.me 22,500 USD 2009-08-07 Sedo
    clouds.me 21,600 USD 2011-07-13 Sedo
    cloudcommerce.com 20,000 USD 2015-10-04 Pvt Sale
    b2bcloud.com 20,000 USD 2014-05-07 GoDaddy
    cloudticket.com 20,000 USD 2013-09-18 Sedo
    cloudit.com 20,000 USD 2011-10-12 SnapNames
    cloudsoft.com 16,756 USD 2015-08-24 SnapNames
    pcloud.com 15,685 USD 2013-05-06 Sedo
    pcloud.com 15,480 USD 2013-05-22 Sedo
    cloudchain.com 15,380 USD 2016-04-25 Uniregistry
    cloudclass.com 15,250 USD 2014-09-29 GoDaddy
    whiteclouds.com 15,000 USD 2012-11-30 GoDaddy
    terracloud.com 15,000 USD 2011-12-27 Sedo
    cloudmenu.com 15,000 USD 2011-11-02 GoDaddy
    clouds.me 15,000 USD 2011-07-08 Sedo
    cloud.at 14,960 USD 2013-10-16 Sedo
    lcloud.com 13,700 USD 2014-01-12 Afternic
    inthecloud.com 13,200 USD 2012-03-28 Sedo
    partnercloud.com 13,000 USD 2014-04-09 GoDaddy
    cloudappstore.com 12,789 USD 2011-03-22 Sedo
    cloudapp.com 12,600 USD 2013-07-29 NameJet
    cloudstore.com 12,500 USD 2015-09-10 Sedo
    cloudtalk.com 12,500 USD 2011-02-02 QualityNames
    thecloud.eu 12,270 USD 2012-02-15 Sedo
    cloud.be 11,968 USD 2014-07-16 Sedo
    cloudmasters.com 11,880 USD 2014-06-18 Sedo
    youcloud.com 11,800 USD 2010-05-28 Sedo
    cloudos.com 10,099 USD 2016-04-25 Sedo
    fcloud.com 10,000 USD 2013-11-06 NameJet
    cloudcommerce.com 10,000 USD 2013-11-03 Afternic
    cloud.to 10,000 USD 2013-10-16 Sedo
    phonecloud.com 10,000 USD 2013-05-15 Sedo
    cloudlab.com 10,000 USD 2011-11-30 Sedo
    cloudstack.com 10,000 USD 2011-05-03 Sedo
    cloudcontainer.com 10,000 USD 2011-03-02 Sedo
    cloudalert.com 9,500 USD 2014-12-03 Sedo
    themecloud.com 9,000 USD 2015-09-22 Uniregistry
    productcloud.com 9,000 USD 2014-01-09 Sedo
    cloud.co.za 9,000 USD 2013-04-17 Nokta
    cloudmonitoring.com 8,600 USD 2011-04-27 Sedo
    cloud.us 8,505 USD 2012-05-28 GoDaddy
    cloudrobotics.com 8,200 USD 2011-04-11 Sedo
    cloudtag.com 8,150 USD 2012-08-01 Afternic
    cloudsource.com 8,100 USD 2015-03-18 GoDaddy
    apicloud.com 8,000 USD 2014-09-17 Sedo
    cloudcomputing.com.au 8,000 USD 2010-11-10 NetFleet
    clouddj.com 7,900 USD 2014-10-29 Sedo
    cloudnine.fi 7,791 USD 2011-05-04 MissDomain
    cloudmigration.com 7,600 USD 2016-06-23 GoDaddy
    cloudstack.org 7,500 USD 2011-05-18 Sedo
    cloud.pro 7,000 USD 2013-04-10 Sedo
    cloudpros.com 7,000 USD 2012-11-04 Afternic
    cloudstorage.co.uk 6,795 USD 2013-07-24 Sedo
    contractcloud.com 6,790 USD 2015-06-15 Sedo
    cloudstorage.co.uk 6,723 USD 2013-07-11 Sedo
    cloud.xyz 6,600 USD 2015-08-24 NameJet
    cashcloud.de 6,550 USD 2013-04-17 Sedo
    clouddefender.com 6,500 USD 2014-09-16 Sedo
    agentcloud.com 6,100 USD 2016-08-21 GoDaddy
    cloudlands.com 6,000 USD 2015-02-08 Uniregistry
    sciencecloud.com 6,000 USD 2013-09-18 Sedo
    cloudfm.com 5,900 USD 2013-09-18 Sedo
    officecloud.com 5,888 USD 2010-05-17 Sedo
    g-cloud.com 5,500 USD 2016-02-29 Sedo
    cloud-computing.com 5,148 USD 2013-04-16 NameJet
    cloudrealty.com 5,000 USD 2016-08-12 Sedo
    zettacloud.com 5,000 USD 2016-06-09 Sedo
    cloudfy.com 5,000 USD 2016-06-03 Sedo
    cloudfilehost.net 5,000 USD 2016-04-09 Sedo
    cloudleaf.com 5,000 USD 2015-10-23 Uniregistry
    activitycloud.com 5,000 USD 2014-10-08 Sedo
    businesscloud.com.au 5,000 USD 2014-06-30 Sedo
    safetycloud.com 5,000 USD 2013-06-19 Sedo
    joincloud.com 5,000 USD 2013-06-12 Sedo
    choicecloud.com 5,000 USD 2013-03-13 Sedo
    justcloud.com 5,000 USD 2011-08-10 Sedo
    cloudforensics.com 5,000 USD 2011-08-10 Sedo
    cloudhelpdesk.com 5,000 USD 2011-06-29 Sedo
    ukcloud.com 5,000 USD 2011-06-01 Sedo
    cloudmeter.com 5,000 USD 2011-05-25 Sedo
    smartcloud.com 5,000 USD 2011-02-16 Sedo
    cloudcomputing.in 5,000 USD 2010-11-24 Private
    cloudchaser.com 4,999 USD 2013-03-13 Sedo
    cloudsimple.com 4,998 USD 2016-04-21 Sedo
    mybusinesscloud.com 4,995 USD 2015-02-26 Sedo
    cloudservices.net 4,900 USD 2015-03-30 Sedo
    cloudhome.com 4,869 USD 2013-03-06 Sedo
    cloudpop.com 4,790 USD 2014-03-05 Sedo

    *Data courtesy of Namebio
     
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  6. DU

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    Please Lord, no "I have *cloud* in the King" in the comments :)

    I kind of like this blog post.... There are few keywords that will ever compete with the breadth of cloud, imho.
    Next up..... I'll have to wait and see...
     
  7. equity78

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    Thanks for kind of liking it.
     
  8. hookbox

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    I love this series Ray. Cloud names were great but in my opinion they are junk now. The gTLDs are going to kill their value. If I can register a brandable where the suffix matches that of a new gTLD then I don't buy it. Cloud, Tech, Media, Design etc........can all be registered in a gTLD. I'm not saying that the dotcom doesn't have any value but now you have competition which I believe will lower it's value.
     
  9. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

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    Yeahhh I owwwn the most clouds in a .cloud domain:

    cloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloudcloud.cloud

    This .cloud domain includes the maximum possible number of 'cloud' (12 times + TLD).
    It's the biggest cloud.
     
  10. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    That is an interesting point, something I have thought about a lot. There will be people on both sides of that argument. It's not cut and dry as premiums blur the situation.

    LLmedia.com is a niche I have followed and traded in, for full disclosure I still own 2 LLmedia.com names. I am always looking for these at reseller prices as all 676 have been registered for years. LL.media have a premium, I was going to get one before a domainer I know went out and registered every LL.media that was left months back.

    $82.50 renewal a year, vs $8.80 a year, plus Donuts may play games down the road and raise prices, not saying they are going to but they have that ability.

    I still like media,cloud and tech in .com, I am not adverse to getting some of those new gtlds but only at the right non premium pricing. Another disclosure, I own 2 .media names and one .tech with no plans to acquire anymore unless something great dropped through the cracks.

    I do believe this will be debated for a long time. I expected more .media and .tech reported sales and they have not happened yet. So it will be interesting to see how these extensions mature.
     
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    Been a big fan of cloud for a long time now


    Very informative article..glad I came across it..give me hope about my only "cloud plus keyword" domain
     
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    Great Post and Information!

    We currently have CloudVolution.com available for sale.
     
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    Premium new gTLDs with higher renewals don't "blur" anything Raymond.

    These pricing models make it hella confusing for regular people and even pros here. 99%, including myself, are not going to pay premium renewals.

    Doesn't make sense to me. I can renew good .ORG domains for $82.50. Registries will raise premiums after lots of drops.

    If something great drops and you get it, the registry can steal it. Had this happen with Name/Rightside even though they let the domain expire.

    Won't be doing business with Enom, Name, or Rightside anymore.

    It will probably be like the old new Gs. There will be registrations but not much development.

    The real beneficiaries of new gTLDs ICANN, registrars, and registries.

     
  15. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I said blur as in the lines of the debate @hookbox sees these names in .com being devalued, I still like them. The premium pricing makes things apples to oranges.

    The registries doing takebacks is not a good look and they should have the sense to avoid this. It's bad PR and a lot of people will never do business with an entity doing this, it sets a precedent for mistrust.
     
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    Yes, I agree. I will NEVER do business with Rightside. I will refuse to buy Rightside domains and I will tell as many people as possible what happened.

    I was going to build a website on that domain. Can you imagine if I had put monetary resources, effort, and time into that domain? Only to have the registry pull it back because, "F#% you, we want to make more money."

    Seriously?

     
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    Great article tks

    The Cloud is here to stay :)

    and prices will rise across the board imo - regardless of how many extensions there are

    I have these and holding them for decent money

    DjangoCloud.com
    OnCloudNine.org
    Cloudo.org
    365CloudSolutions.com
    Office2Cloud.com
     
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    http://domainnamewire.com/2011/11/14/citrix-assigns-18-million-value-to-cloud-com-domain-name/

    Citrix Assigns $18 Million Value to Cloud.com Domain Name
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    http://sullysblog.com/Cloud-Peder-Ulander
    Cloud.com
    For one, having a top level domain brings instant traffic, awareness and, in many cases, credibility in a market place. We quickly went from unknown to a top of mind provider in the cloud computing space.


    ******************************************
    Stay with .com period
     
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    kloudkast.com is a name I have. I bought it cause I liked it as a brand, but it is also kinda aged, as it is in it's 7th year,
     
  21. hookbox

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    .media is one of my favorite gTLDs. LL dotcom media names are great and will always hold value but I think the lower tier dotcom media names will be hit pretty hard especially when the new extensions gain more exposure. If I had a media company I would ultimately want both extensions and use the .media name. NameSilo has .media at $23 and $24 renewal which isn't bad. These new trend gTLDs go perfectly with certain right of the dots.
     
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    I remember you as an early member talking about Cloud. You had CloudPros.com for a handreg right ?
     
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    Highly appreciable article, thankyou for writing such a useful & highly informative cloud post.
     
  25. gilescoley

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    Yeah thats right Ray, I sold quite a few of the cloud names I had (CloudLand.com, CloudPros.com, CloudCo.com, CloudGuru.com) and all have been developed which is great to see. I still have a few and get regular offers on them so cloud isnt going anywhere. I have also found german (.DE) cloud names sell very well with english keywords.
     
  26. forge

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    Cloudlet is actually a single word and has its own specific meaning in IT circles.

    I'm no IT guy but it's so specific in cloud architecture, I couldn't guess how it might be used.
     
  27. Sumit Agrawal

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    So, it means now you are on the "top" of "cloud" ;)
     
  28. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

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    So to speak, yes - that's what I have dreamed as a child already, yes.
     
  29. WhoaDomain.com

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    Strange though that there are no historical sales for the keyword "datacloud" on name bio. I would think there would be at least one given the relevance.

    Also any thoughts on the plural. "Clouds"? Either as prefix or suffix?

    Thanks
     
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