DomainReport.ca - It's been a long dry spell of .ca domain names left out of the DN Journal weekly sales reports, however some .ca news was mentioned in the DNJ lowdown section yesterday.
Though reported .ca sales have been few lately, country code domains are still as strong as ever in other extensions, such as .de and .co.uk.
The DNJ lowdown section reported on two items, the start-up of Dropping.ca (new site that will catch TBR .ca domains for you), and the Domain Owners Association of Canada (DOAC), both stories I've already mentioned in this blog.
To read the DN Journal account, go here:
At any rate, it's good to see .ca domains being mentioned in mainstream domaining circles. If you were watching the sales results of recent weeks, you would understand why some might have forgotten that .ca domains even existed!
So why the slump in sales for 2009? Especially after the successful MyID auctions in 2008?
My feeling is that there are a few reasons, some being the economic climate, the restriction on .ca ownership, and the relatively low Canadian population. Countries that are experiencing high cctld sales like Germany and the UK have a much larger population base, and more open registration rules than .ca.
Despite this, I have heard of some .ca domain sales that weren't reported (in the several thousand dollars range). You have to remember that the weekly domain sales report doesn't include all sales, many private transactions are still happening. I believe the future is still good for quality .ca domains, though it would be nice to see more sales happening to reinforce this.
What do you think is the reason for the recent slump in .ca sales?
Has 2009 been a good year for you in domains?