Singular or plural .info Domains?

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  1. akcampbell

    akcampbell .Pro Regular VIP

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    When I started buying .info domains on the aftermarket I wondered whether to buy the singular or plural of words. With some words, its obvious which one is more valuable but with others, it's less clear.

    I ended up going for plurals and bought rates.info, prices.info and words.info. My logic was if you'd expect to find more than one of the words in question on the developed site the plural is preferable.

    That rule doesn't always work though. I'd rather own law.info than laws.info even though you'd probably get more than one law on law.info but I'd prefer lawyers.info to lawyer.info. So perhaps you have to add the caveat that plural is preferable if more than one item is expected unless the singular is a topic or subject because then it's a proxy for the plural anyway, for example with law or food.

    I suppose the ideal situation is to buy the plural and singular but with premium generic .infos that's a bit like buying the house next door so you don't have any problems with your neighbours.

    Below is a list of .info domain sales from 2002 which has several examples of singular and plurals of the same word with price comparisons. Is there a set of golden rules to follow with singular and plural .info valuations or is every .info different?

    hawaii.info $35010
    porn.info $25110
    adult.info $22010
    adoption.info $20200
    games.info $18110
    film.info $15010
    law.info $14500
    drugs.info $14010
    asia.info $12030
    europe.info $11020
    book.info $10010
    texas.info $8909
    tokyo.info $8130
    basketball.info $8015
    patent.info $7710
    advertising.info $7510
    atlanta.info $7070
    blackjack.info $7070
    lifeinsurance.info $7070
    lawyers.info $7016
    drug.info $6642
    adults.info $6220
    healthinsurance.info $6010
    financialaid.info $5151
    scholarships.info $5151
    homes.info $5136
    women.info $5070
    apartment.info $5025
    airlines.info $5020
    africa.info 21 $5010
    dating.info $5010
    education.info $5010
    food.info $5010
    lawyer.info $4515
    escort.info $4510
    organic.info $4500
    video.info $4454
    studentloans.info $4266
    computers.info $4220
    chicago.info $4110
    hockey.info $4070
    security.info $4020
    christmas.info $4010
    domains.info $4010
    pizza.info $4010
    trade.info $4005
    meditation.info $4000
    musician.info $4000
    vegan.info $4000
    vegetarian.info $4000
    mobile.info 25 - 3860
    studentloan.info 10 - 3571
    biotech.info 20 - 3570
    fitness.info 33 - 3570
    realtor.info 18 - 3570
    employment.info 22 - 3565
    cosmetics.info 27 - 3520
    greencard.info 13 - 3520
    science.info 34 - 3520
    tourism.info 27 - 3515
    toys.info 33 125 3515
    badminton.info 5 - 3510
    dvds.info 22 - 3510
    theater.info 15 - 3421
    accountants.info 18 - 3410
    lyrics.info 15 - 3410
    athens.info 16 - 3343
    buy.info 25 - 3310
    maui.info 12 - 3260
    openhouse.info 6 - 3232
    catholic.info 7 - 3210
    marketing.info 35 - 3170
    garden.info 22 - 3120
    dogracing.info 3 - 3111
    pachinko.info 5 - 3111
    versicherungen.info 12 - 3110
    broadband.info 28 - 3070
    diamond.info 18 - 3070
    dogs.info 16 - 3070
    financial.info 20 - 3070
    politics.info 12 - 3070
    properties.info 15 - 3070
    singles.info 23 - 3070
    neurologie.info 10 - 3065
    architekt.info 8 - 3030
    carinsurance.info 16 - 3020
    osteoporosis.info 9 - 3020
    attorney.info 26 - 3019
    aids.info 18 - 3010
    b2b.info 29 - 3010
    charleston.info 6 - 3010
    design.info 24 - 3010
    market.info 24 - 3000
    pustertal.info 3 - 2920
    anxiety.info 7 - 2850
    camping.info 29 - 2740
    autoloans.info 13 - 2720
    resume.info 10 - 2719
    attorneys.info 23 - 2710
    vancouver.info 18 - 2660
    architekten.info 5 - 2570
    career.info 29 - 2570
    patents.info 10 - 2570
    wealth.info 12 - 2570
    download.info 21 - 2565
    psychiatrie.info 8 - 2565
    psychotherapie.info 6 - 2560
    mba.info 11 - 2530
    motorcycles.info 14 - 2526
    club.info 15 - 2520
    travelinsurance.info 10 - 2520
    vitamins.info 22 - 2520
    britain.info 16 - 2510
    dentist.info 23 - 2510
    gift.info 22 - 2510
    hiltonhead.info 5 - 2510
    horseracing.info 11 - 2510
    myrtlebeach.info 9 - 2510
    sandiego.info 17 - 2501
    boxing.info 20 - 2500
    horoscope.info 25 - 2415
    valpusteria.info 3 - 2330
    stockoptions.info 6 - 2320
    italien.info 7 - 2310
    schweiz.info 7 - 2310
    drugstore.info 20 - 2300
    england.info 29 2250 2260
    medizintechnik.info 6 - 2260
    truck.info 14 - 2260
    touristguide.info 3 - 2235
    astrology.info 27 - 2210
    ferienwohnungs.info 2 - 2210
    domainnames.info 19 - 2121
    dentists.info 16 - 2110
    inn.info 7 - 2110
    inns.info 8 - 2110
    invest.info 17 - 2110
    umts.info 13 - 2100
    allergies.info 12 - 2070
    bicycles.info 12 - 2070
    entertainment.info 27 - 2070
    radio.info 33 - 2070
    cruises.info 22 - 2060
    carrental.info 19 - 2020
    flights.info 21 - 2020
    trademarks.info 14 - 2015
    wrestling.info 15 - 2015
    account.info 11 - 2010
    airtravel.info 13 - 2010
    autoversicherung.info 7 - 2010
    bodybuilding.info 18 - 2010
    boerse.info 7 - 2010
    buch.info 8 - 2010
    catering.info 9 - 2010
    flu.info 10 - 2010
    geld.info 13 - 2010
    store.info 19 - 2010
    tiscover.info 2 - 2010
    tourismus.info 10 - 2010
    tourismusverband.info 3 - 2010
    translation.info 12 - 2010
    designer.info 15 - 2000
    girls.info 19 - 2000
    videogames.info 15 - 1975
    wines.info 20 - 1965
    autovermietung.info 8 - 1960
    arts.info 26 - 1930
    hochpustertal.info 3 - 1920
    sanfrancisco.info 27 - 1865
    ticket.info 24 - 1820
    aloha.info 6 - 1810
    boats.info 22 - 1810
    coffee.info 23 125 1810
    college.info 29 - 1810
    clipart.info 7 - 1770
    greek.info 9 - 1765
    akupunktur.info 7 - 1760
    nyc.info 25 - 1760
    engineer.info 13 - 1700
    house.info 20 - 1700
    e-learning.info 8 - 1680
    trailers.info 5 - 1676
    architektur.info 5 - 1670
    auctions.info 28 - 1665
    fertighaus.info 7 - 1660
    houses.info 16 - 1611
    cellphones.info 19 - 1605
    motor.info 16 - 1600
    accountant.info 12 - 1570
    dictionary.info 13 - 1570
    freizeit.info 10 - 1570
    golfing.info 18 - 1570
    montreal.info 19 - 1570
    pet.info 21 - 1570
    restaurants.info 18 - 1570
    sailing.info 13 - 1570
    spa.info 13 - 1570
    sexy.info 17 - 1565
    arizona.info 20 - 1561
    cool.info 17 - 1560
    diets.info 23 - 1560
    pussy.info 23 - 1560
    antivirus.info 15 - 1550
    bikes.info 13 - 1532
    buecher.info 6 - 1520
    resorts.info 17 - 1520
    altersvorsorge.info 3 - 1515
    forum.info 10 - 1515
    schmerz.info 3 - 1515
    shoes.info 19 - 1515
    stress.info 12 - 1515
    tools.info 20 - 1515
    incorporation.info 6 - 1511
    trademark.info 19 - 1511
    alzheimers.info 10 - 1510
    amsterdam.info 17 - 1510
    audio.info 24 - 1510
    church.info 24 - 1510
    cine.info 9 - 1510
    crete.info 5 - 1510
    criminallaw.info 5 - 1510
    girl.info 17 - 1510
    magazines.info 19 - 1510
    psychiatry.info 14 - 1510
    snowboard.info 17 - 1510
    southamerica.info 14 - 1510
    star.info 15 - 1510
    weinstrasse.info 2 - 1510
    savannah.info 3 - 1500
    careers.info 21 - 1465
    nude.info 18 - 1465
    medikamente.info 6 - 1461
    funeral.info 10 - 1454
    kauai.info 5 - 1411
    exercise.info 12 - 1410
    jazz.info 23 - 1410
    videogame.info 8 - 1410
    water.info 14 - 1400
    air.info 13 - 1390
    photography.info 21 - 1390
    vacations.info 30 - 1390
    gradschools.info 2 - 1350
    stock.info 24 - 1330
    studyabroad.info 3 - 1330
    buyer.info 7 - 1320
    christian.info 14 - 1310
    contacts.info 5 - 1310
    ecards.info 8 - 1310
    flower.info 18 - 1310
    charter.info 8 - 1300
    beijing.info 12 - 1270
    photo.info 18 - 1265
    arznei.info 4 - 1260
    biotechnologie.info 5 - 1260
    golfclubs.info 9 - 1260
    psychosomatik.info 3 - 1260
    camera.info 17 - 1236
    banks.info 24 - 1230
    broker.info 18 - 1230
    company.info 20 - 1230
    english.info 19 - 1230
    hyundai.info 2 - 1230
    investing.info 22 - 1230
    study.info 10 - 1230
    ecommerce.info 25 - 1220
    snowboards.info 7 - 1220
    surfing.info 13 - 1211
    airfare.info 17 - 1210
    biking.info 11 - 1210
    florists.info 13 - 1210
    leasing.info 16 - 1210
    manhattan.info 14 - 1210
    oahu.info 3 - 1210
    realty.info 21 - 1210
    show.info 22 - 1210
    anal.info 11 - 1200
    portal.info 13 - 1180
    flugticket.info 5 - 1170
    pornography.info 11 - 1170
    downloads.info 18 - 1168
    usedtrucks.info 8 - 1160
    newportbeach.info 5 - 1151
    multimedia.info 16 - 1140
    learning.info 11 - 1130
    ita.info 13 - 1130
    ****.info 16 - 1122
    milk.info 11 - 1121
    autoloan.info 12 - 1110
    debt.info 23 - 1110
    rente.info 8 - 1110
    tibet.info 9 - 1110
    florist.info 12 - 1100
    freeware.info 13 - 1100
    fundraising.info 10 - 1100
    religion.info 20 - 1075
    autoparts.info 14 - 1070
    heaven.info 10 - 1070
    homesforsale.info 5 - 1070
    medicalinsurance.info 11 - 1070
    offshorebanking.info 6 - 1070
     
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  2. bfluid

    bfluid Mr. LLLL Man VIP

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    The non-plural fits the "extension" better.

    In life would you say: "Snake Info" or "Snakes Info".

    That would be the major rule I would go by. How does it sounds when you say it?
     
  3. akcampbell

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    How do you explain lawyers.info going for $7,016 but lawyer.info selling for $4,515? Also, the profession .info's above are invariably plurals. I would say that's because people would assume lawyer.info is a site providing information for lawyers and lawyers.info is a site providing information on lawyers for non-lawyers, maybe comparing the fees they charge or how successful they are at winning cases.

    Information is a plural concept, it implies more than one fact or bit of data, by adding an "s" you imply some form of comparison and that's where the real money is likely to come from for developed employment, consumer, and financial .infos.

    Also, I don't think people would say snake info to describe the site snake.info. They would pronounce the "dot" like they do with "dot" com. Therefore, it's not as straightforward as comparing the sound of snake info versus snakes info.

    You could also argue that people visiting snakes.info are looking for info on snakes not info on snake. And also, that the "s" on snake implies that the plural version would have more information on snakes than the singular which is what a snake enthusiast would be looking for.
     
  4. htmlindex

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    I would say that the plural version of "snakes" is better than the singular "snake" & would have more value
     
  5. akcampbell

    akcampbell .Pro Regular VIP

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    If you went to buy a book that had to have a one word title on how to look after your pet snake it would be called "Snakes", not "Snake".

    With a .com I think the situation is reversed. Snake.com would be far more valuable than snakes.com because the .com is more likely to front a brand called Snake and brand names are usually singular to maximise impact. For example, cat.com is Caterpillar diggers, not a site about cats.

    Because domain resellers are used to valuing and selling .coms they often price the singular higher than the plural with .infos but I'm not convinced that's always correct, especially when the most likely use of the domain if developed is information or comparison.
     

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