James Iles

Domain Data: Chinese Investors and Numeric Domains

By James Iles, Aug 10, 2015
  1. In this article, we'll be looking at numeric domain names owned by Chinese companies and investors. If you missed the last "Domain Data" article regarding and domains owned by China then you can view that here.

    In early 2014 (possibly slightly earlier), the value of numerical domain names started to increase dramatically with Chinese domain investors keen to acquire two-, three-, and four- number domain names. Since then, some five- and six- number domain names have gained popularity and are selling regularly on after-market platforms.

    There are a total of 100 possible domain names and have calculated that as of the end of July, 59 out of 100 (59%) domains were owned by Chinese companies or investors. In comparison, roughly 15.53% of domain names are owned in China.

    There have been no public sales this year. The last public sale was for $1,960,800 in March 2014. reported earlier this year that had been sold by, but the price has never been published.

    As for domain names, China owns around 480 out of a possible 1,000 domains (48%). We have three public sales for sales from this year:
    • sold for $800,000
    • sold for $140,000
    • sold for $110,000
    Anyone who's interested in finding out more about why China buys numerical domain names, and which numbers are most popular should read Raymond Hackney's guide here.

    WHOIS data is imperfect (especially data involving China), so the data quoted above is only a representation, but my thanks go to Tim Chen (CEO) and Bruce Roberts (CTO) at for providing the data within this article.
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    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry writer. Contact james (at) For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected] For James' own blog, visit

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  6. biggie

    biggie VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    and the moral of this "transfer of internet property" article is .....

    money talks and lowballers walk.

  7. London555

    London555 Top Contributor VIP

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    James-thank you for this article. You might find this interesting. While doing some very recent research re numerics I found that MANY Chinese are starting to buy numeric .io names and the buyers include Tommy Ho ( among others) and exec. with GoDaddy. We own and
  8. BhuvaneshKV

    BhuvaneshKV Established Member

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    chinese dominates in number domains.
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