This time last year, the majority of six-number (6N) .COM domain names were available for registration. Even up until September of 2015, investors were acquiring thousands per day; the news broke here that a Chinese investor had registered 33,000 6N .COM's over a two day spree. However, it wasn't until early 2016 that this market really showed signs of real movement. There have been reports of a 40% rise in value over the past couple of weeks, and this is backed up by data from ChaoMi.cc. The graph below, directly from ChaoMi.cc, shows a steady rise in the value of 6N .COM domains. Whilst ChaoMi.cc's data only covers a couple of Chinese domain marketplaces, it's clear to see the increase in perceived value recently. Currently, every 6N .COM domain at auction on NameJet has at least one backorder at $69 or higher. At Pheenix.com today, 9 out of their 10 hottest auctions are 6N .COM domains. The current NameBio report shows 6N .COM domains fetching at least $150 each, with some strong patterns selling for over $1,000. So why are we even considering 6N .COM domains as an investment, and why are we all of a sudden talking about them, when Chinese and Western investors have been registering these in their thousands since at least January 2015? If I'm honest, I am not entirely sure. When I first ventured into the world of domain investing, names were bought on the strength of their potential end users, their age, and the amount of Google searches they received. This is a completely different ball game now, where domains are finally being acquired purely as investments and based on scarcity, creating a market of their own. Thanks to the strength of the 4N .COM and 5N .COM markets, it looks like 6N .COM is becoming the soup du jour among investors. But how can you invest in this market? Are patterns the best way to go? With 262,144 possible "premium" 6N .COM domain names (those with neither a 0 nor a 4), it's likely that you're going to have an opportunity to acquire some. They might have all been registered, but you can scour the drop lists, GoDaddy listings, and NamePros auctions for some good opportunities. Which names should you be buying? In my opinion, random combinations aren't worth the investment. If the market falls, those will be the first to lose value. Many random combinations - such as 396519.com - have been selling on the auction sites today for around $160-180. 6N .COM domains that have some sort of pattern or repetition to them seem to be selling for above $200 and above $250 in many cases. Patterns and repetition in popular categories have always sold, and have sold well. I am personally taking note of this, and learning to acquire liquid names with strong patterns. This is the approach that I would take with 6N .COM's, although before you invest any of your own money into this area, I would recommend doing your own thorough research. From my point of view, it's clear that if you want to succeed in 6N .COM domains, you need to focus on domains with patterns, such as 121235.com and 351212.com. Domains that contain triple repetition such as 153336.com also look to be holding value, as well as those ending in a double: 523577.com sold today for $260. I think that any 6N .COM ending with a double is great, especially those ending with 88. What does the future hold for 6N .COMs? Who knows. At the moment, it looks like there is a lot of activity in this market. Investors in China look to be selling off thousands of 6N .COM's that contain a 0 or 4; could this mean that when it comes to six numbers and higher that only the "premium" (without a 0 or 4) domains are worth investing in? Personally, I think the answer is yes. The next four to six weeks could be an interesting time in the 6N .COM market.