I had a few nice early sales that almost doubled my initial reg fees...I only have I think 5-6 names left and have been paying reg fees - so eventually it will catch up. Not a money maker for me at all.
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I realize the dust has settled for Mobi long ago, So I'm curious to hear from those who came out ahead and from those who didn't.
This is after deducting reg fees and what you paid for the domain(s), (where many paid more than what they can resell them for)
Also, how many did you register/purchase? How many do you still have?
By the time .mobi launched I wasn't even a domainer. Today I own just one which was deleted a month ago by its previous owner. I only got it because it is a geo .mobi
I probably own less than 10. Dropped a couple and have picked up a few premium letter LLL.mobi in the last year. Also got my personal initials LLL.mobi with a hand reg last week. I use one .mobi for my business mobile site, it's just a few pages but the domain is the word for my profession, like 'engineer' or 'teacher', but not that popular a profession.
.mobi never really took off, but it is still around and has a heartbeat. You still see some sales almost every week at Dnjournal.
I came out big on my .mobi investments. I focused mainly only pronouncable 3 letters such as reo.mobi and I sold all of them in the first month for high xxx - low x,xxx. I didnt invest in .mobi after that and no longer hold any in my portfolio.
cleared $1200 profit...have none now. Had 40 at most
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I never really got into .mobi ...but there are many that did well very early in the game.
Interesting how only those who did not lose a ton of money or made profit are posting.
I am certain the vast majority of domainers lost money on .mobi except for a fraction who dumped mostly by luck just prior to the huge decline.
P.S. I have read 3 letter .mobi's are now valued at reg fee.
i had regged 2 .mobi domains and bought one from a member here for $50
i dropped the two i regged and sold the last one recently > webinar.mobi on sedo
made a $$$ profit
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have one that i probalby could of sold for 40k during the hype but i didn't sell so..
As for me, I invested in only one .mobi, not as a investment but because I liked the domain and it was the only common TLD available, I kept it for a couple years and allowed it to drop last year, nobody picked it up since... I think I made enough money on PPC to recover the reg fees, which was amazing because traffic to that domain was almost non-existent.
I allowed almost 100 dot coms to drop last year and these are names I kept for over 5 years..... But you make it up elsewhere.
Thee is still a small market for .mobi domains. Needs to be top keywords/generics but those can make some money in the aftermarket. On the whole though, it was a big bust..."Hello?, ICANN? Anyone listing regarding the new TLD rollouts?"
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I was fortunate to register some nice premiums; some were sold for profit and others have been kept and developed. Needless to say, I have dropped a large amount of generics / first name mobi's that I registered and I am constantly updating my portfolio by adding more suitable mobi's as they are dropped.
Have I made money... yes, do I consistantly make money each month... yes, will I most like keep purchasing... yes so long as it makes me money. At the height of registrations I believe I owned around 1200 mobi's and now, roughly 500.
Last edited by Newton; 01-20-2011 at 04:45 PM.
If you want to be the king of the world, then you need have the king of the world vision to make the king of the world purchases at the king of the world timing. Yes, I have won in .mobi, and it makes me feel like the king of the world.