Friday, September 4, 2015
Is the Summer Slow Season for Domain Sales Over Now?
We always hear the summer is a slow season for domain buying and selling activity, and it's usually the case even though there still seemed to be some pretty decent sales activity through June to August this year, as evidenced by the sales reported in domain blogs, drop sites, and the DNJournal.com weekly report.
For myself, July and August were pretty quiet, but so far in September I'm averaging one new domain inquiry per day (yes, I know we're only 4 days into September). Two have been for .com's, and two have been for .ca's. And it's not even after Labour Day long weekend yet, the official end of summer. I hope this trend continues and that things pick up for everyone in the remaining part of the year.
The fall and winter should be interesting as those who bought into new gtlds will have to start deciding on whether to renew or not as expirations come up. The drops could get interesting, and it could be a chance to pick up some good names that others have given up on. And there are still some good new gtlds to be released, like .web and .homes
There is a domain MeetUp in Vancouver on September 8 that I would have loved to attend, but can't be there. There are quite a few Canadian domainers going (about 60), some of whom I recognize from over the years at places like DNForum. Kevin Ham will be one of the speakers (how often do you meet the man who owns the Internet?), and also John Demco (who started the .ca extension) and Cybele Negris (co-founder and President of Webnames.ca). It looks like it will be a great event just from those speakers alone, not to mention the networking opportunities. Now that I know about these Vancouver MeetUps, I'll have to try and make a future one.
2015 has been an interesting year so far, the new gtlds have created a lot of discussion, Uniregistry is growing and is one to watch given Frank Schilling's involvement and the ties to the DNS sales platform, Godaddy has gotten more expensive due to the scarcity of coupon codes, and the rise in prices of short and numeric .com's has been another big story of the year - in great part to buying pressure from China. It will be interesting to see how the rest of 2015 plays out and what the next big stories will be. One thing is for sure, domaining never gets boring!
Have a great Labour Day long weekend everyone!