The Brandable Insider: Looking Back on the Year in Domaining

We’re coming to the end of another calendar year. Time to look back and assess what went on in the domain industry. I thought one interesting way to do that would be to look back at what leaders in our industry said a year ago. If you remember, our friend Domain Shane, was kind enough to organize and publish (here and here) the ruminations of several domain industry leaders back in December of 2015. They gave their thoughts on what might be in store for 2016.

Here are some of the things they said. Keep in mind that these folks made their comments in the last month of 2015, right at the height of the CHIP market frenzy. Let me know in the comment section who you think had the most accurate crystal ball for 2016. Ok, here we go………

Andy Booth said:

    I think it’s safe to say that trend sectors (like short and numeric dot-com) will almost certainly be at a higher point come the end of the year. I would invest in special 4 letter domains with a pattern (AABB, ABAB, ABBB, AAAB) or raise a little more cash (go in with a couple of friends) to buy a 4 number dot-com.

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James Iles publishes China 101 – A Guide to Domain Name Investing in China

Domain name investor and driving force behind the NamePros blog, James Iles has just published an 85-page e-book which aims to help you to make sense of the Chinese domain name market. The book, which is called China 101 – A Guide to Domain Name Investing in China is not an investment guide but more designed to give you a guide to Chinese domain names with input from Chinese experts, domain brokers and industry veterans from around the world.

The book includes contributions from some of the most influential people in the Chinese domain name market such as Kassey Lee, George Hung and John Xu. The result is a well-researched and informative ebook full with valuable data analysis, the history of the Chinese market, and much more. The guide is available as a digital download for $27 which seems like a reasonable investment if you’re serious about learning more about the Chinese domain market.

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Here’s everything you need to know about the year of the Monkey.

Kung Hei Fat Choy! (Or Gong xi fa cai – if you’re speaking Mandarin.) Welcome to the year of the monkey. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities started yesterday, the day before the New Year and will continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks just like its western counterpart (which focuses a little more on Lady Luck), but with the major difference being that each block has a time-length of one year instead of one month. Each year is associated with an animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog (that’s me!) and pig. Click here if you want to know which Chinese zodiac sign you are. Read More