If you are starting from scratch and want to understand how to go about, step by step and get into domain investments or acquire domains for your business, here are some of my suggestions:
Where to register :
You can check out many accredited .IN registrars, see a list on http://www.Registry.in . Godaddy, Dynadot are some of the preferred US based registrars. There are no residency requirements for registering .IN or .CO.IN domains. Prices are typically under $8 per year of registration
How to pick domain names:
I prefer domain names that have commercial value in India, domains that pertain to products and services and are of high value. Domains that are not a TM violation (check to make sure there are no obvious trademarks), generic keywords are a great option in this case.
To find popular search keywords or valuable domains use a combination of these tools
1) Google search/Google trends - Use both of these tools to see how popular your Keyword or Acronym are. Use Google.co.in specifically for India to check popularity
2) Namebio.com - Search for historical prices for domain name sales, very useful tool
3) Domainscope.com - Tool that provides you data on recent registrations (.com only). Although this is .com only, it gives you a great insight into Keyword popularity
4) Google Adwords - This is the largest online advertising platform and popularity of keywords here directly impacts the bids on the keywords. As competition for the keywords increase, so will the bids for Adwords
5) Amazon.com - For product words, this is a good tool to check the popularity of a product
Note: Large global corporations typically own 1000's of domain names in their portfolio. For every product category they have numerous domain names to market the product.
Check out DNProperty.com for .com / .net and .in/.co.in domains that are currently available to purchase. Many of our .in /.co.in are not listed and available through private enquiries. Some videos /interviews related to .IN
Today Godaddy released their aftermarket sales for June, it showed vaninsurance.co.uk sold for $106,769 and vaninsurance.com for $100,000 . This is probably the first time have noticed a . co.uk sell for higher than .com . This could have reasons such as . co.uk had a less motivated seller and he/she was in a better situation to assess the Van Insurance market . Also here in the US, we don't hear much of Van Insurance but its possibly a bigger deal in the UK. So once again, pricing and valuation of such cctlds (country code extensions) like . co.uk , .in / .co.in or .de and others are going to on a case by case basis. Typical cctlds valuation can range from 5%-25% of .com, but this again a very rough estimate as this sale shows. #domains #domainnames #india #. co.uk #websites #business #branding #marketing #ecommerce #atmanirbarta #inc42 #startup #.in #.co.in
Domain Sales News (INDIA) - Last week featured some interesting sales VPN.in , Matter.in and EBO.co.in . VPN.in was bought for $25,000 by a Netherlands based VPN company , Matter.in was bought by Gujarat, India business for about $6800 and EBO.co.in was bought for $4000 by a Bengaluru based company. Demand for quality domain names (.in and . co.in ) appears to be on the rise in India and end users (business) are beginning to pay prices that are warranted for high quality keywords and acronyms. #domainnames #domains #website #marketing #advertising #ecommerce #inc42 #yourstory #startup #venturecapital #business #india #webdevelopment #online #digital #businesstoday
http://sastha.com/domainpricing.html - Search Volume in India and Worldwide (Google.com Trends, Analytics, Adwords) - CPC (Cost per Click) for keyword advertising - Number of extensions registered (DotDB.com) - popularity of the keyword - Market size in India for Product/Service (keyword) - Comparable domain prices - .com, .co.uk, .de, .ca, .com.au and other english speaking economies - GDP growth of India in the next 10 - 20 years - Cost of TV and other Media Advertising over lifetime vs Cost of Premium Domain Name - Alternative domain extensions for India and availability - supply vs demand - Number of companies/business websites that include the Keyword in their .in/.co.in domain name - Number of Google search results for Keyword - Number of Keyword alternatives in the Niche or Category