I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can help you..
Thank you for such a thoughtful answer. I'd be very curious to hear what others think about this as well..
There is one more factor we should keep in mind, I think. The English language does not grow at the same rate as the population grows. In five, ten, twenty years we will have a huge English speaking population all using the same language that we are using today and yet there are still plenty of three word .com domains out there if you are willing to accept three word phrases that don't get a massive amount of searches. It seems to me that as the population grows, these phrases will become valuable..
With that in mind, I've been looking for .com names that may not be very desirable today but might be in the future. Basically just nichey generic names that are undesirable because they are too nichey right now. I think someday there will be enough searches on these nichey niches to justify a nichey niche HostGator (crazy sentence)..
Thanks for your thoughts, though, I've learned a lot. I'd love to see more opinions...
If you can accurately guess consumer interest 5-10 years in the future you will be a very rich domainer..
I like the logic (predict the future, get rich), it's the execution that is next to impossible with high percentage of success, especially when you are just on the sidelines and not actively developing the strange niche demand..
Garden gnomes didn't just happen. It was a prolonged effort by many manufacturers and retailers to adapt their products to please a bunch of people that felt their landscape would benefit from this silly addition. If you are involved in that food chain then you can gauge what happens, but on the sidelines you will probably be late to the party..
Until this strange niche takes off you are sitting on a worthless domain. I have no idea but maybe ten years from now, clutch plate wall clocks will be all the rage. I won't be betting 10 years of reg fees on it though...
Personally, if I was talking about "strange niche" .com names, I wouldn't talk about strangeniche.com..
My point I was trying to make was that some names will take off a lot better than others and a lot of care needs to be taken to pick the better words. I hope that I didn't confuse you to much by emphasising on the strangeniche.com domain..
At the current rate, it looks like HostGator investing is growing at a faster rate than 15% per year (faster than the average business) and more and more the decent names are ending up in the hands of long term investors (people who won't sell for <$5000) and endusers. This depletes the supply of domains on the reseller market and the competition for decent names in the reseller market pushes up the reseller value of the names. Decent names like gardengnome.com have great potential and are a lot safer 5 year investments than unregistered names...
More garden gnome lovers doesn't mean the price of the HostGator will increase...
It's impossible to know what an end-user will want to buy. The way I look at it is you can do one of 2 things..
1) have a HostGator portfolio of names generally considered to be "valuable" (ie, they can sell quickly at anytime for a premium price.). Acquiring these domains will be more expensive than reg fee typically so you'll have a smaller portfolio, but you'll be confident of it's value, esp if the names generate traffic/revenue sufficient to cover their renewal fees..
2) have a HostGator portfolio with many, many lower quality, hand-regged names you hold in the hopes that one day, they will become valuable and the right end-user will come along. These names are generally illiquid, even in a reseller market and will cost you hundreds or thousands in renewal fees every year..
I like model 1 better...