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.co cheap. But nothing to buy

Labeled as discuss in ccTLD Discussion, started by abstractdomainer, Jul 11, 2020

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  1. abstractdomainer

    abstractdomainer Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    There's a massive offer going on in .CO.
    But the issue is that any good domain that you shortlist to buy, you would find that it is priced at $118. That is a lot to pay for a domain name.

    How are you finding the .CO sale? Does it look like there are opportunities in this extension, especially with almost all good domain so highly-priced?
     
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  2. X7 Ryan

    X7 Ryan Owner, X7 Media

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    Back on the first I was Epik offering them for 99cents. I started searching for the 2000 most common first names (1000 male, 1000 female) from a list I found online. All were taken or premium. Then I put together a list of recently deleted .co names from expireddomains.net that met some basic criteria. (Such as it had to be taken in .com .org and .net, ect). I ran those names though their bulk checker. I had about 1400 that met my criteria. Only about 260 of those were still available and at the 99cent price. Promos have been going on long enough i think it'll take some imagination on your part to find some decent nonpremium names to reg.
     
  3. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    You are going to have to be more creative in your research.

    People are finding deals but it is like mining for gems.

    So far in July we sold about 50,000 .CO at $0.99. I have been impressed with what folks have found from the $0.99 pool of General Availability (GA) pool. For July to date, Epik is the #1 .co registrar in the world.

    Although the registration pace is tapering, we still see more .co registrations all day long. All the obvious stuff is now picked over, I would watch the .CO expiry stream to see what comes available each day.

    There are still bargains out there.

    The .US promo deal is also $0.99 and there are more bargains there. Although the buyers for those will tend to be more limited than .CO, the renewal fee is lower too.

    @Sufyan Alani is bringing the deals.
     
  4. equity78

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

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    50,000 wow. I can't imagine 50,000 names worth regging in 2020. Now one thing I like about this special, is to for at least a year spend .99 to block someone regging the .co of your .com. I had two lately where a company regged the .co and avoided making an offer or purchase on a .com I own and the names were not priced outlandishly, $1,888 and $3,000.
     
  5. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Thanks Raymond.

    You would be amazed at what is being found, including today. It is not getting easier, but of the 50,000, I would say there was very little in the way of spam registrations.

    The .CO renewals and transfers at Epik are also very competitive at $20.99 all-inclusive so really the carrying cost for a decent portfolio of .CO is not crazy.

    If the .COM is not available, I would much sooner take the .CO before any other secondary registry.

    I say this fully knowing that Godaddy now owns the .CO registry following the April 2020 acquisition of Neustar's registry business.

    For now they kept a lot of inventory at GA pricing. As those domains drop, I could see that changing which is why I think NameLiquidate and other low cost expiry marketplaces are essential at this stage.

    At this stage, folks can buy 100 .CO domains for $99. Sell 1 domain for $100 within 1 year and they are ahead of the game. Those odds are still good for quite a lot of names.

    Rob
     
  6. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Pro tip for the booststrappers.

    It makes sense to outbound some number of obvious names, e.g. someone buys a .COM in the after-market and the .CO was still available -- the .CO would be logical for them to secure for defensive reasons.

    A quick flip of one decent .CO even on an outbound basis then covers the entire cost basis for the .CO purchase.

    I would then put every single one of them on Epik SSL landers, adding whatever SEO content is useful, and just passively wait for inquiries until around month 10.

    Then for the last 60 days, resume outbound.

    And then upon expiry, send to NameLiquidate.

    Anyone who cannot at least recover their capital using the above strategy, is probably not going to be a domainer for very long as that strategy is about as close to idiot-proof as exists for $0.99 .CO.

    The .CO July anniversary sale is without a doubt the best deal of the year for generating asymmetric returns for bootstrap domain investors who are willing to hustle just a bit.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. X7 Ryan

    X7 Ryan Owner, X7 Media

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    FWIW I just picked up more today than I did back on the first. Today brings my total to nearly 700 99cent promo .co's almost all one worders, some more esoteric as I cast a wide net to try a volume play. I seems to me $700 for 700 .co should get me a quicker return than $700 for 1 .com (assuming its not an atypical quick sell .com).

    I tried something similar a few months back with .info on 1.25 a promo but on a smaller scale with just over 100 domains I was in the black by over $400 after about 2 and a half months on an initial investment of less than $150 completely passively. I think following these promos could prove to be a good option for increasing my budget to latter invest in quality .com's that today are out or my price range.

    To give you an idea here are some that I managed to pickup just today in .co:

    Acquittals
    Discipled
    GeoPolitical
    Granddaughter
    Retrial
    Sanctified
    SchoolTeachers
    Selflessness
    Televised
    Uncategorized
    Volunteerism
    Worshipers

    There's no way I could afford any of these in .com today. If I can sell 2/700 at $350 within a year this cost me nothing, and I suspect I can get a 0.5% - 1%STR in the mid xxx to very low xxxx range in the next year. Also, it's looking like there may be a few keepers that may be worth a renewal at full price after a year if I can't get what I want for them before then.
     
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  8. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    For the record, I asked Ryan to share a few. I did not want to take a liberty in sharing his list from today, but indeed he is crushing it. I rather like Sanctified.co. Too few people know this word today. That will change.
     
  9. BigTree

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    I do not believe any good .Co can be found for hand registering too.
    Instead of talking what amazing was found and trying to increase your .Co registration sales at Epik give people real examples.
     
  10. gotasale

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    I didn't find any good .co to register at the first day of opening public registrations

    All good ones were reserved

    So i don't expect to find anything now that have value right now
     
  11. 3sixty

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    There's still a few nuggets.

    I was going to buy a .co from a platform for $300 but found a $1 .co that is a better fit.
     
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  12. blogspotter

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    Did you pick this up from expired stream?

    I got 70 in 2 days and nothing like ones above lol

    How are these:
    hungs, duplexity, crosslifter, ective, elote, fligtz, keynoted, raretalents, prettyquick, remotedb, shapewears, snapsends, vitalresources

    I just need to sell one for 69.99 to recover the costs

    I left a few out as I didn't like the sound and they all got scooped up later lol...
     
  13. james2002

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    Be careful. I will not take the domains you registered for free as they are liability and will cost you quite a bit for renewal. Good luck with flipping any way.
     
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  14. boker

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    These are a few of the one's regged by me: Demicube, Runnel, Decahedron, Prefocus, Pointwork and others
     
  15. blogspotter

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    liability as in renewal? They are 99 cents each. I will hold a year and won't renew if they don't get sold.
    Are these really bad?
     
  16. CraigD

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    Not cheap to renew, so Imagine there will be a very high turnover on these every 12 months.

    I also expect dot com owners will be receiving a lot of unsolicited (unwanted) outbound sales offers when renewals are due.
     
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  17. MadAboutDomains

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    Is there an offer on renewals too? It just cost me a relative fortune to renew 3 of my .CO names at Godaddy. 😢
     
  18. james2002

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    Personally I don’t like them and will not take them free. However you may be successful in flipping them. Good luck
     
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  19. alienbaba

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    There’s a lot of decent dictionary & keyword .co domains available which aren’t premium. I recently got about 100 at Epik but I think these have the best chance of selling:

    Fusilli.co
    Rigatoni.co
    Airflare.co
    Hazmatsuit.co
    Radiowaves.co
    Phineas.co
    Nymphomaniac.co


    You just have to search a lot & the Epik bulk search tool is quite time saving (y)
     
  20. blogspotter

    blogspotter Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I like the last one

    And dictionary words are tempting to pass when you are registering.
    I have combati v e org for over 10 years lol
     
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  21. alienbaba

    alienbaba Escaped AREA 51

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    Yeah I passed a lot of dictionary words which I wasn’t sure could sell..


    You can try outbound it to the U.S military or some weapon manufacturers/retailers :xf.wink:
     
  22. blogspotter

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    How do you chose? Do you go by feels?
     
  23. boker

    boker Top Contributor VIP

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    A few others bought today:

    Cajou
    Malefic
    Evolvent
    MultiPhase
    Becharm
    Aesthesis
     
  24. X7 Ryan

    X7 Ryan Owner, X7 Media

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    I used expireddomains.net to find recently deleted .co names that met certain criteria almost all are one word, must be taken in com, net, org, ect. From there I did a bulk availability search on Epik, sort by price low to high, scroll down to where it goes from 99cents to a higher price and moving up check the boxes to add to cart while doing a quick eyeball check to make sure the name makes sense. That's the best method I've found to filter out premium and backorder names.

    *IF* you renew them...that's not a requirement or anything, and 99.9% of them will not be renewed in almost all likelihood. There are a couple I am considering may be worth a full price renewal but that is definitively the exception not the rule. And nothing is set in stone, depends on how the next year goes, I am not committing to renewing any at this point, and expect for almost all the names that won't change.

    Finally, this is just an experiment. My risk $700, potential reward, lets say 3 sales at $1,000 as a reasonable goal, and potentially more. Chances are good in my mind though to at least pass the break even point even it its not by much.

    But in my mind an experiment like this is a great way to learn new things about the industry, practice some new negotiating techniques ect. In essence, I just spent $700 to learn something new, something the *MAY* yield a return, and quite frankly I expect will but this is neither death nor taxes so no guarantees. And if you cannot have a mindset like that or you don't think you have anything new to learn then something like this isn't for you.
     
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  25. blogspotter

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