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 Sale Update (.in /. co.in ) - This week Rehab.in sale for $17000 was announced, the buyer is a US based Rehab marketing company. Rehab / Rehabilitation is a huge market in India and this current sale and past sales of Rehabs.in and Rehabs.co.in show buyers are competing for Keyword Domains in this category. Not unusual for such development in the domain name business and notably these domains were bought by 2 US based Rehab marketing businesses. Rehab.co.in is owned by an Indian entity which runs a rehabilitation clinic. It is very clear that companies are looking to acquire 1 word domains that are relevant to the category - Rehab , Rehabs, Rehabilitation etc. Many will opt for 2 word or 3 word domains in .in / . co.in , if they are not able to afford the prices for 1 word domains. Such price wars or competition for 1 word or 2 word domains (.in and . co.in ) have occurred in other categories - insurance, liquor , tyre for example. This trend is expected to rise as In