The Brandable Insider: Identifying Milestones and Trends from 2016

As 2017 rolls clearly into view I’m looking back at the events and forces that shaped the brandable domaining space this past year. From where I sit there were a number of notable changes and events that impacted the brandable domain niche and could have an influence on our domain strategies moving forward. They’re at least worth noting and considering as we look ahead, evaluate and visualize for the coming year.

Sales & inventory are up
Self-reported sales at leading brandable marketplaces continue to improve. Although they’ve yet to release their 2016 sales totals, BrandBucket reported in their May Sellers Newsletter, that “Q1 sales dramatically outpaced last year’s Q1 and early Q2 sales.” This indicates a potentially strong sales increase year over year. Simultaneously, brandable marketplace inventories increased dramatically with some marketplaces almost doubling their 2015 inventory levels.
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Why I am breaking up with Godaddy and moving to Uniregistry

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year you’ve probably seen an ad or two for Uniregistry, a new registrar that was build for domainers. Yep, a registrar build specifically for us. But despite sponsoring just about every domaining publication out there I haven’t read many reviews from actual domain name investors that really made the switch to the “registrar for professionals” except for Abdul Basit.

As I don’t mind change and it was time to start consolidating my portfolio anyways, I decided to open an account, move 10% of my portfolio as a test and see if they could live up to their marketing promises.

I am one month in and I have decided to move my entire portfolio. Here’s why:  (more…)

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