James Iles

What I Bought This Year and Why

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By James Iles, Apr 17, 2017
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    In 2017, I have been able to add to my portfolio of domain names thanks largely to a combination of hard work, research and timing my offers right. Below, I have revealed a number of domain names that I have bought this year along with why I decided to buy that type of name. The categories of domain names in this article are reflective on where I am as an investor, and the niches I'm willing to invest time and money in.

    To fund some of these purchases, I sold off a number of Chinese “premium” domains including five-letter .COM’s, six-number .COM’s and four-character .COM’s. My idea was to reduce my portfolio size into a smaller number of higher quality assets.

    You’ll notice that all of my domain acquisitions are .COM. This is my personal preference as I believe the best opportunities for both liquidity and end user sales are within the .COM extension.


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    Three-Character Domains


    So far this year, I have acquired three three-character .COM’s. These are 90X, L23, GK4. One of these domain names was acquired privately, while two were acquired from a fellow domain investor here at NamePros.

    You may notice that aside from L23, I have chosen to invest in domain names with a dreaded zero or four. I think that GK4 could be considered to be a risky investment since it does contain the least desirable number from a Chinese perspective and since Chinese investors are the primary buyer of this type of name, it is a risk. However, I think that all three-character .COM’s will continue to improve in value to investors, and we have seen several examples of end-users acquiring three-character .COM’s too.

    As for 90x, it is one of my favourite purchases ever. It is a whole number followed by an “x”, which I have learned from @DomainSherpa shows can be considered to be a wildcard letter with many uses. From a Chinese investment point of view, a zero can be valuable in the right scenario. I was told by George Hong of Guta.com that the myth of zero being an undesirable character was likely introduced around the time that six-number .COM’s were being registered in bulk.


    Four-Character Domains

    As well as three-character .COM’s, I have also acquired several four-character .COM domain names. The first of my acquisitions from this category is ATLP, a four-letter .COM with plenty of history since the name was originally registered in 1993. Aside from the age, I chose this name due to its combination of letters. Starting with an “A” is a positive since there are so many possible popular words starting with an “A” including American, Agency and Advanced.

    I am a fan of LLNN and NNLL domain names, having owned and sold many of this type of name. After selling two of my domains for four figures each recently, I decided to add to my small portfolio of four-character .COM’s by acquiring 88ZZ and 88GT. Domains such as 88ZZ are extremely rare, and historical sales figures reflect this rarity. I ended up selling 88ZZ just a couple of days after acquiring it.

    While sales figures may suggest that the NNLL pattern is less valuable than the LLNN equivalent, I feel that a double eight in a four-character domain name is worth holding.


    Brandable Domains

    I have rarely acquired brandable .COM domain names, but I was pleased to acquire Krysp via GoDaddy’s auction platform recently. As a brandable domain, I believe it has all of the qualities you could look for. It’s short, memorable and easy to spell. It’s also pronounceable and looks to be a word that is already used by several businesses.





    These are some of the domain names that I have acquired this year. Since this is a public platform, I’d invite you to comment on my purchases and perhaps even share your own purchases with your reasoning behind those acquisitions.
     
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  6. TrueDN

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    Krysp trademarked.
     
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    There's only ever been one trademark for Krysp, according to Trademarkia. Filed in 1992 and cancelled in 2001.
     
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    Thanks for share your path.
    I agree with you in trimming the portfolio focusing on quality and I also believe in the power of CCC.com as they are traded among investors and they also can have enduser demand.

    I like a lot 90x too.
     
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    good luck James for your investment.
     
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    And even if it was a current trademark they are limited to specific products and services. So you could name your restaurant Apple and not have a problem with the iPhone company of the same name.
     
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    I was wondering where GK4 disappeared to from a couple weeks ago here on namepros! Hope you do well with it!
     
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    I have a few LLNN/NNLL. Examples:

    46ZJ
    69FR
    94JO
    95TA
    FZ13
    GU95
    KI48
    KT08
    PB58
    SR47

    That last one used to be owned by the state of Florida for a project to work on State Route 47. As you can see I have both 8s and 4s. Any feedback on these?

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    Bought

    Mick.gold

    Nick.gold lol

    Simon.gold

    Chris.gold

    Bought all 4 domains for £20 approx $25

    Gold is a surname and I especially like Chris. Gold as Chris could be a man or a woman's name because both can be abbreviated to chris
     
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    I also bought

    Goodlittlecars.com

    Which is currently for sale on gd

    Ideal for anyone that sells good little cars

    Small cars like minis and Fiat 500s are selling like hot cakes in the uk at the moment they are everywhere
     
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    Thanks for sharing n wish you well with your domaining..
     
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    Bought

    Rabbitflooring.com

    And

    Privacylawyer.uk as think the profession will become huge and as I already owned privacylawyer.co.uk and learnt from a previous lesson where I did not buy the. Uk decided to buy the. Uk as defensive cover
     
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    Thanks for sharing your acquisitions. I mostly applaud your restraint. :)

    I like your selection and direction. I as well, have made additional investments in liquid domains more than anything this past month. I added both 3C and 4L .com domains this past month also. A few brandables which I think are quality, and a memorable .net that I hand regged (USPresident.net).

    Best of luck!
     
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    Thanks James for this info-can you share where you find the best outlet to sell a LLNN.com or NNLL.com? Thank you
     
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    The main buyers for LLNN/NNLL seem to be Chinese (unsurprisingly) so it's probably better to stick to patterns.
     
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    Two recent sales were from inbound enquiries (thanks Efty!) from China. The other one (88ZZ) was an investor, found through a broker I know in China.
     
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    Personally, I found this tip helpful...


    Whilst sales figures may suggest that the NNLL pattern is less valuable than the LLNN equivalent,

    Cause, currently deciding between a NNLL and LLNN..Since I plan on the long term, can't rely on the Chinese to buy in five or more years..
     
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    aquired this one today (dawtcom):
    may be useful for a Bitcoin site:


    Bit52
     
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    Thank you! Can we get you to share the price of 88ZZ.com? Obviously im asking because we have some re GQ80.com etc. If not I understand.
     
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    What patterns do you like?
     
  27. James Iles

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    I buy repeating 88s right now. (LL88 or 88LL)
     
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    1. James I think that readers may be helped if they want "patterns" to look at @Kassey Lee and right on his site he has a list of both numeric and letter meanings for China re xi90.com one we own xi = "joy" 90= "win for a long time" It's actually very interesting.
     
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    I'd prefer to keep it private. Safe to say it would rank as one of the largest NNLL .com sales on NameBio.
     
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